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Join us this summer for IGNITE, a student-led small group for college and high school students.
We meet weekly for community time and reflection on how the scriptures are relevant to our daily lives. Wherever you are in your faith journey, all are welcome for this popular summer group! IGNITE will meet each Tuesday this summer from 7-8pm at the St. John of the Cross Parish Center.
Vicariate Youth Leadership Awards
“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence…” (1 Pt 3:15)
Each year the Archdiocese of Chicago seeks nomination of high school teens who have exemplified leadership qualities in a variety of ministries within youth ministry and within the parish at large. This year we recognized two dozen teens who have not only remained committed to their ministry roles but also have gone above the minimum requirements to share their faith the community around them. These individuals have sought out ways to share that the reason for their hope is Christ, and they share their faith with gentleness and reverence.
This past weekend, we recognized these high school teens at the 9:30 mass with certificates of appreciation signed by Bishop Manz. Following the mass, the teens and their families were invited to attend a delicious brunch reception in Morrissey Hall. This was a lovely celebration of the vibrancy of teen participation in our parish and in our Church.
This group of teens is not an all-inclusive list of the dozens of teens involved in parish life, and while we cannot recognize every teen individually, our parish is in gratitude for your decision to serve as you do. I also want to thank our pastor, Fr. Bob, as well as Fr. Ken and Fr. Lorenzo, Deacon Stuart and Deacon Jesus, who have supported teens in ministry. I thank other parish staff, who welcome teens to be part of parish life through the Religious Education program, social concerns ministry, as well as liturgical and music ministries. Parents, I also want to thank you! I know it takes encouragement and dedication on your part to coordinate schedules and priorities so that teens can remain active in parish life on top of other commitments, and we are so grateful. Thank you!
There will be a second collection after all masses the weekend of June 3rd and 4th. This collection will support youth ministry to help us with our fundraising efforts for our summer service trip to South Bend, IN. Our funds will help cover the cost of renting vans to reach our destination and travel to and from our service sites as well as to cover the cost of registration for teens and adult volunteers. Thank you in advance to all parishioners for their prayerful support and financial contributions to make it possible for our teens to follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting to respond to the Gospel by serving God’s people through this week-long service commitment.
Leadership Workshop on Spiritual Gifts- NEW DATE
Join us on Monday, June 5th for a mini-retreat focused on Uncovering Gifts! Take some time to discover what gifts may be hiding within you and then discern the ways you can put those gifts to use. All teens welcome who have completed at least one year of high school. Whether you have been a leader in the past in youth ministry and want a capstone to your experience, or plan to be a leader in the future and are exploring the ways you will lead, or have little or no experience in ministry at all, this event is for you! The retreat will be held at St. John of the Cross from 10-2. RSVP to Elizabeth Tomasek at email@example.com or to Katie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st is preferable.
Each year teens are recognized across the vicariate for their contributions of time and talent, energy and passion to their parish communities.
This year St. Cletus will honor 25 high school teens for their outstanding commitment to the various ministries of parish life. This recognition will take place during the 9:30 Mass on Sunday, May 21st. These teens and their families have been invited to attend a celebration brunch following the Mass.
- Heather Auwerda, Prayer and Worship
- Grace Berger, Prayer and Worship
- Grant Campbell, Catechesis
- Ben Cranny, Justice and Service
- Amy Fatora, Catechesis
- Mary Claire Garvey, Catechesis
- Christopher, Jauregui Catechesis
- Carlos Lalonde, Prayer and Worship
- Krystal Levitske, Catechesis
- Jack Lively, Prayer and Worship
- Meg McLean, Prayer and Worship
- Alex Morlock, Justice and Service
- Maria Ojeda, Catechesis
- Sarah Pavlik, Catechesis
- Mary Prystalski, Prayer and Worship
- James Ramicone, Community Life
- Emily Rausch, Catechesis
- Britany Rojas, Catechesis
- Roland Rondez, Catechesis
- Brenna Sheehan, Catechesis
- Amanda Siegert, Prayer and Worship
- Deirdre Sheridan, Catechesis
- Patrick Sheridan, Catechesis
- Maddie Walsh, Prayer and Worship
The 2017 summer Kairos, Kairos 26, is sponsored by St. Francis Xavier Parish from July 27-30, 2017 at the LaSalle Manor Retreat Center in Plano. Registration for Kairos 26 is OPEN! This is a joint youth ministry opportunity of St. Francis Xavier, St. John of the Cross, and St. Cletus Parishes, and is open to all soon to be juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors (class of ’17, ’18, and ’19). The retreat will be filled on a first come, first served basis; so please do not delay in turning in your form! Teens from the three parishes have an early opportunity to register until May 19. After May 19, registration is open to all area teens.
To make a retreat payment online go to: Kairos 26 Online Payment
Kairos is … a 4 day retreat open to High School Juniors and Seniors. The experience offers time to reflect, build relationships with peers, and learn more about yourself and your connection with God. On Kairos you will…
- Have a chance to spend 4 relaxing days with your friends, as well as meet new ones
- Develop better relationships with the people in your life
- Have a chance to grow in your faith and share the experience with others
- Learn more about yourself with the help of others, as well as God
- Be able to experience a fantastic weekend your Junior or Senior year of high school
For more information, contact Fr. Bill Tkachuk at: email@example.com OR 708-352-0168