Youth Ministry - Grades 7-12

Faith is not one size fits all. Jesus came so that we can have a personal realationship with Him. In youth ministry small groups we help youth discover who is Jesus, and how to develop a personal relationship with Him. Small group communites grow closer to Jesus through service, retreats and socials. Small group leaders walk with youth and answer their faith questions. 

Youth who are interesed in getting to know who Jesus is, and developing a personal relationship with Him should register for small groups by following this link. For helpful tips on how to register follow this link.

Where do I begin?

Youth who are interested in joining a small group should begin by attending one of our ALPHA for Youth sessions.

When does ALPHA meet?

ALPHA Sessions are held on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm (dinner is included!). Sessions begin on September 11th and end on December 4th. Small groups form during ALPHA and continue to meet in the spring to stregnthen their relationship with Jesus and each other.

Family Discipleship

Some families perfer to grow in faith together. Family discipleship gives them a chance to do that. Family discipleship meets once a month on Sunday morning or Wednesday night. Youth have the option of joining their family at Family Discipleship, or continuing their faith journey in Youth ministry with their peers. Family Discipleship Sessions are held once a month on Sunday morning from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm or Wednesday Night from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. Families choose their session during registraiton. 

Youth Ministry Small Groups

Small Groups are formed based on grade and interests. Youth meet once a month with their small gorup and serve together once a month. Registration is required and the cost is is $120.00 per teen.

Communication

HA Child, Youth and Family Discipleship uses FLOCKNOTE to communicate with families. This is our primary source of communication so everyone is strongly encouraged to subscribe. 

        Text hafaith to 84-576 to join our community. You will then be able to select your email/text preference.

                      

YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES

Matthew 25:40 "And the King will say to them in reply, 'Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

Youth in our program do not have a required number of "service hours" to complete each year, instead we focus on the habit of monthly service or commiting to a ministry group to serve throughout the year.  After youth serve they are invited to use their journals to record and reflect on their experience. Volunteering at school or with another organizaiton can be reflected on as well. Please consider helping with any of the below opportunites:

Holy Apostles Festival Ice Cream Booth
Each summer Youth Ministry sponsors the Ice Cream and Soda booth at the Parish festival. This year the festival will take place the weekend of June 22-24, 2018. Many youth and parents are needed to support this booth. We are also in need of an adult leader for the Ice Cream booth to help coordinate. Follow this link to sign up for a shift.

REACH OUT REACH IN (RORI) Summer Mission trip - July 15-20, 2018
Reach Out Reach In is a week long mission trip for teens aged 15-18, who have completed 9th grade and who want to be involved in direct service and social action. Sites are located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee include homeless shelters, adult daycare, community organizations, meal programs, family/organic farms, child care and more. Follow this link for a complete list of sites. Youth who have attended RORI said it was life changing. Please follow this link for more information about RORI. Follow this link 

Special Needs Summer Picnic
Last summer a group of Confirmation Youth planned a summer picnic for the Special Needs community and it was a big success! The Special Needs Ministry at HA would like to continue hosting this picnic with the help of our youth. If you are interested in planning or participating in this event, please follow this link to sign up. We are also in need of one adult leader to support this event. 
 

Confirmation Sacramental Preparation  

Before a teen begins preparation for confirmation we assist them in the development of the following habits of discipleship: weekly mass, monthly service, yearly retreats and small groups.

Our mission in Confirmation Preparation is to prepare youth for a life of service as a missionary witness of Jesus Christ in our wold. Youth spend time deeper in prayer, learning about our Lord, and loving others through service.  

Are you ready to prepare for the sacrment of Confirmation?

Youth who will be 15 years of age by September 1, have participated in Youth Ministry Small Groups, or attended a Catholic School for at least 1 year prior to and including the year of preparation, are eligible to register for Confirmation Preparation. Registration begins in September and closes in November. Prepartion begins in January and the Sacrament is celebrated in October. 

For more information please visit our Confirmation Sacramental Preparation page.

 

Holy Apostles Athletics Program

Holy Apostles School athletics program: 7th and 8th grade youth who are actively involved in our Youth Ministry program are eligible to participate in volleyball, basketball or track. For more information Visit their webpage

CYM Sports - Youth in 9-12th grade who would like to play on a co-ed Volleyball or Basketball team for our parish are invited to register for CYM Sports!  For questions follow this link or contact our parish coordinator. Denise Christianson at denchrist7@wi.rr.com

 

COLLEGE CATHOLIC

Off to College, Technical School, In pursuit fo life's next stage whether near or far... Holy Apostle Parish Youth Ministry wants to stay in touch with you!! Follow this link to update contact information to be included in our College Catholic Ministry.

 

Get Involved

You can support children and youth on their faith journey by participating in a variety of ways, including small group leader, assistant leader or substitute, event planner, event facilitator or volunteer, or administrative coordinator. Sharing your gift will influence both their faith journey and yours. It takes over 150 people to support our child and youth faith formation experiences. Click here to explore your opportunities and be apart of forming disciples of Christ!

 

Safeguarding All God's Family

Before any adult can become involved with a parish/school event for children or youth, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee requires that he/she attend a Safeguarding All God’s Family training and have a criminal background check. Click here for more information and steps to complete.

Contact
Rachel Madden
Mission Director: Youth
262-786-2035

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