Youth Ministry includes youth in grades 7-12 and Confirmation preparation. We are planning to meet IN PERSON this year! Orientation for youth and parents will be September 8th at 7pm. Please register ASAP so we can be prepared for the upcoming year.
There will be some changes in the coming year. We are extending Youth Ministry to include grades 7-12!All youth in those grades will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7-8:30pm starting in September. There will be some large group activities for everyone and also small group discussions. Teens will be put into small groups by grade level. During small group time, 10th graders will be their own small group focusing on Confirmation preparation. To create the best experience we can, we are going to need a team of volunteers to help make these programs possible. If you know someone who has a heart for working with teens, encourage them to join the Youth Ministry Team. Contact Kelley Tansey to learn more.
Below is the slide presentation from the Youth Ministry Orientation meeting that was held on September 8th. This is an overview of the program and calendar for the year.
Prayer is an important foundation for each person's faith life. It is how we build our personal relationship with God. A resource you may find helpful is the "Laudate" App that you can download to your phone or tablet. With the Laudate App you have access to prayers, an interactive rosary, the Order of the Mass, the Bible, today's readings, and so much more. Look for "Laudate" in your app store- it is free. Below are some YouTube videos about Reconciliation including an examination of conscience meditation from Fr. Louis Merosne.
We are now able to attend public Mass. The Bishop is still granting a dispensation from the Sunday obligation- so if you feel that attending Mass would put you or someone else at risk (like you have an at risk person in your home) you can choose to stay home from Mass. You can find our live stream Masses on our YouTube Channel: St. Al's MP Livestream.
If you are not physically attending Mass, you should still "attending" Mass online- either our parish or explore other parishes. If you want to see Mass at another church- you can find Masses from around the world here.
If you are not feeling at risk, you may be struggling with motivation to get back into the habit of going to Mass. Maybe you weren't in the habit of going to Mass before the pandemic- this is a good time to reflect on why you choose to attend or not attend Mass. Check out the videos below about attending Mass.
If you are going to physically attend Mass again at St. Alphonsus, please talk to your parents and consider helping with the Mass. Besides contributing and ministering to your fellow parishioners (yes, teenagers can minister too), service is part of your preparation for Confirmation. You can also get service hours for silver cord at school. What are the areas we need help?
TECH TEAM- we are looking for volunteers to help live stream Masses at 5:30pm on Saturday. We are looking for teams of two for each Mass (can be a parent and teen, or two teens supervised by a parent). If you are interested in getting trained, contact Kelley Tansey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a time.
Eucharistic Minister (must be Confirmed)
Lector- Read and make announcements
Cantor - sing hymns during Mass (contact Carmen Heaton)
Musician - provide music during Mass. All instruments are welcome, especially piano/organ (contact Carmen Heaton)
FORMED offers so many resources for all ages. The parish has a subscription so it is free for all parishioners, you just have to register with your email. To register, go to FORMED.org; click "sign up"; click "I belong to a parish"; search for our parish by zipcode "52641" and select our parish. Enter your name and email. You will then be sent an email to confirm your registration, click on the link in the email and you are ready to explore FORMED. Among the many video, audio, and ebooks- there are videos aimed at teens.
Check out this series of music videos on SHADE - The Series "SHADE" is a new acoustic series featuring the music of Brother Isaiah, CFR. Brother Isaiah offers simple and uncut prayers from the heart hoping these "holy-hooks" might offer you an experience of the Lord's accompanying presence and refreshment in the midst of your day-to-day journey. The pilgrimage of life can be difficult at times and we can easily find ourselves pretty weary along the way, but the Lord wants to meet us along that road in little moments of quiet rest with renewal unlooked-for, like the simple refreshment one finds “beneath the shade of a tree.” As the psalmist sings, “The Lord is your guard and your shade; at your right side He stands” (Ps 121:5). We pray these little tunes might be a source of life and refreshment for the road the Lord has for you these days. Remember, we’re pilgrims on this earth… "poco a poco, vamos a llegar.”
You can also find Brother Isaiah on Franciscan Friars of the Renewal YouTube channel: