High School Youth
oooIn everything we do with the youth – programming, games, and activities – we seek to introduce them to Jesus and encourage them to live as His disciple.
Sacred Heart’s High School Youth Group meets most Sunday evenings from 6 to 8pm. The format changes from week to week, everything from Bible study and conversation to games or some project. We choose the evening’s session topics to be applicable to the daily lives of the youth and we work hard to incorporate activities and discussion into the sessions. It isn’t just talk.
Trips & Big Events
We know that “big” trips and events can make a significant impact in the lives of the youth.
Youth Rally and Concert, July 17, noon-8pm
We will join with several other youth groups for this day of fun, encouragement and growth in our faith. It all happens here at Sacred Heart. Start with lunch then participate is a wide variety of games – basketball, soccer, 4-square*, and carnival games, to name a few. Or show off your artistic and music skills. We will break for some small group chats on our theme of “Shepherd” throughout the day. After an outdoor Mass and dinner, we end the day by being encouraged in our faith by the Scally Brothers in concert.
Covecrest – LifeTeen Summer Camp, July 25-30, 2021
Covecrest is incredible! The camp, located in Tiger, GA, is run by LifeTeen Ministries who are experts in leading teens closer to Christ. Each week they bring in a highly talented musician and an experienced speaker to present a powerful and challenging program. Add to this a high and low ropes, white water rafting, “messy games,” and the obstacle course and you have the makings of a tremendous, life changing, week!
Good Samaritan Project
This is a week of service sponsored by our diocese. The teens “live” at Bishop McLaughlin High School in Pasco County, then, each day, join up with other youth groups to perform service for individuals and organizations. The days are all different and the evenings feature music, games, Mass and programming. We could not fit this into our summer schedule this year but let us know if you are interested. We might be able to connect you with a youth group that is going.
What can you do?
Are you a high school youth? Join us each Sunday! Yes, it may be a bit awkward at first and it may take a few weeks to feel comfortable. It will be worth it. We think you’ll enjoy the sessions, meet great people, and (seriously) change your life as you learn and live out your faith.
Are you a parent? Encourage (beg, bribe…) them to go each Sunday. We honestly think this is more important than many other things the youth do and should be a priority. Did you know that attendance at youth groups like ours is a predictor of whether they’ll stay connected to their faith in their young adult years?
Are you an adult who has a heart for youth? The key to youth ministry is relationships. Maybe you told your parents everything that happened in your life, but most youth don’t. Mentors can be the adults with whom the youth share their joys and struggles and, since the youth have a wide range of interests and personalities, we need an equally diverse leadership team. It is a crazy important role. Let us know if you’d like to explore this. It is a commitment. We’ll need you nearly every Sunday and there is background screening and training to do. Believe us, it is all worth it. Contact Fr. Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to start a conversation.
*Without going into the rules, 4-square is a game played on a court divided into four large squares, one player per square. A volleyball is hit from square to square and, in the most competitive rallies, the action can be fast, fun, and demand athleticism. We find that 4-square is a great way for the adults to interact with the youth and for the youth to meet new people. The game moves quickly and even when waiting in line, great conversations happen. Sacred Heart has, what we think is the only regulation 4-square court in the diocese!