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About Our Youth Ministry

 

St. Pius X Youth Ministry

We Celebrate Youth, We Welcome, Include, And Respond To
Our Youth's Needs As Valuable Members Of The
St. Pius-X Parish Community.


St. Pius Youth Ministry

In Youth Ministry we promote the responsible participation of youth in the life, mission, and work of our parish community. This ministry includes preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation and High School and Jr. High School programming for social, service, and outreach initiatives.

We need adult volunteers for office help, telephone, publicity, and reporting activities for the Pius Connection, director of One Act Play, chaperones for trips and local events, coordinators of service group or trash bag sales (just to mention a few).

For the 2016-2017 Youth Ministry Calendar, click here.

We are looking for new members for the Youth Commission.  This is a leadership role which is a two year commitment with a once a month meeting.  If you would like to help represent and be a voice for our youth of St. Pius X Parish this would be the opportunity for you. For more information regarding the Youth Commission, contact Anthony Campo.
 
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Our Youth Ministry develops and coordinates age appropriate experiences to reinforce the Catholic based values being fostered in the youth of St. Pius X parish. To succeed the Youth Ministry needs the active participation of adult parishioners to assist in the various youth ministry programs.  

Review the Youth Programs listed to see if you have a gift of time, talent, or treasure that could enhance the SPX Youth Ministry.  These programs provide opportunities for group interaction, or individual reflection.  All adult parishioners are invited and encouraged to take part in these programs.  

Youth Ministry Coordinatior
Craig Gehlhausen 
317-466-3370


 
 
YOUTHWORKS Mission TripYouthworks logo

Each year since 2006 St. Matthew Parish has taken high school students on a summer mission trip  They started with eight brave souls going to Savannah and have grown to as many as forty-eight people traveling throughout the eastern United States. During that time they have served many, and all involved have grown much stronger in their faith and their witness for Christ. This past summer, some of our St. Pius youth joined this group and YouthWorks in St. Louis.

In 2014 the group traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to participate in another YouthWorks summer mission trip, with St. Matthews, and also with youth from St. Simons. Below is an update from our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Craig Gehlhausen.

 
Greetings from your 2014 mission trip seniors!

We arrived in Minneapolis Sunday at 4 o'clock. After a brief orientation, we went into community time also know as Club. This is a time where the whole community gathers together to bond for the first time. We continued to get to know each other through church group. Church time is an experience where the group as a whole shares their daily spiritual experiences. Last night we each received a hearthstone and a miniature representation of a saint. Each heart stone contained a random spiritual aspect that pertained to our lives. We are challenged to look deep within ourselves to reflect upon God's individual journey He has in store for us. 
 
Monday morning a group of dedicated individuals went on a run too early in the morning, but it was fun. After breakfast, we each learned our work groups for the week: the Windchills, Vikings, Timberwolves and Twins. The Windchills left on their journey to help out an organization known as Matter. It is a warehouse that collects and organizes medical supplies to be shipped internationally. The Vikings went to serve Youth Enterprises. They are an organization that employs inner city kids to teach them life skills, everything from faith to finances. We packed boxes of t-shirts that they made and sorted them. Timberwolves went to Hospitiality House, where children in grades K-12 attend school and learn fundamental skills. The kids in the group spent their day interacting and building relationships with the young children of the organization. The Twins went to help a kindergarten teacher organize and clean her room. The school's name was Hope academy, a private school mostly run off of donations. Hope Academy is a school set up for students who are impoverished and mainly non-Christian. The school loves to introduce the young men and women to the idea of Jesus and His teachings.
 
The theme for Tuesday was "reach out". We incorporated this theme through both club and our church group. Today during club we discussed the verses Matthew 10:29-34. Jordan, one of the Youthwork leaders, lead us in a discussion about the passage. Next, the seniors lead church group. As leaders, we planned activities that incorporated the theme "reach out". Even though it is not always easy to reach out to people we are not familiar with, we learned it is a much more fulfilling and necessary experience to live a life like Jesus.
 
Here is a picture taken of the group and Fr. Bart, after Mass on Sunday.After Sunday Mass with Fr. Bart
 
This is a picture of some of the kids at the Sculpture Gardens.
SPX St Matt and St Simon being the fun young church at Sculpture Gardens