High School Youth Ministry
The St. Francis Xavier High School Youth program (grades 9-12) provides a great opportunity for our youth to meet new friends, have fun, enjoy fellowship, participate in mission and service, and grow in their Catholic faith while growing closer to Christ and His Church.
Our regular meetings are held on Sundays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. All high school youth from our parish, school, and the wider community - both Catholic and non-Catholic - are always welcome! If you would like to assist as an adult leader, please let us know through email or by calling us!
In-person youth ministry events are cancelled until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
SFX High School Core Team after "Vivid Victory"
Recap from the "Miracles" series: This week, our teens looked at the miracle of Jesus walking on the water. We examined both Matthew and John’s accounts of the incident. It’s incredible to note that it wasn’t the fact that Jesus calmed the storm that brought comfort to the disciples, but it was him being in their midst. Often, we pray, Lord, I’m so scared; please take away ___. When we can’t see our next steps underneath and fail to walk in faith, we do not give God enough credit in taking care of us. Instead of trusting him and letting God be God (instead of ourselves), we just want our troubles taken away. We fail to realize that our crosses will lead us to the resurrection! And yes, while these crosses cause us to suffer, we realize that they are only temporary and that Christ is forever. We ended our time together with the “Footprints in the Sand” poem to remind us that not only is Christ with us, but he is here to help us every step of the way. To continue the conversation at home, please view the questions below.
Join us again on Thursday at 3:00 on Zoom by clicking here. Please email us for the meeting ID.
Featured FORMED Selection: "Facing Your Fears"
Mark Hart uses Scripture and his experience of surviving an earthquake to share how we can master our fears. He also reveals how our fears will pursue us if we don't meet them head on. Mark encourages us not only to face the proverbial giants in our lives, but also to slay them as David did Goliath, thereby finding freedom in Christ.
Continue the Conversation at Home:
Tell us about a time when you were scared. How did you react in this fear?
What do you think was the response of the apostles when they saw Jesus walking on the water?
Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t fear and to trust in him, even when we’re in the middle of the storm. What are some ways that we can do that? How is Jesus calling us to trust him?
Notice how in John’s account of this story, Jesus doesn’t calm the storm and in Matthew’s story, he doesn’t calm the storm until he’s back in the boat. What do you think this means?
Are you willing to get out of the boat and walk with Jesus?
Want to sign up an adult leader with our high school students? Please let us know! We really want to thank you for your desire to serve our Lord through young people. Young people are so impressionable, and it helps to have as many positive Catholic influences surrounding them so that they make good choices. Being a teenager is tough, and we want our students to know that they are loved and supported.
Please make sure you've completed your youth protection training and turned in your background check at least three days before working with our students.
Discipleship Small Groups
We are proud to announce our discipleship small group program for high school students! We would love to have adult assistance with these small groups, so please contact us if you would be interested in joining us on this adventure! The small groups would meet outside of regular youth ministry times; however, the students would be the ones to decide when they would meet, based off the schedules of those in the group. I highly encourage our parents to view this video (and this one for dads, too!) to understand why it is important for our students to be involved with discipleship. This will not replace our regular youth ministry time. Small groups allow students to express their thoughts and feelings in an intimate environment with their friends, instead of vulnerably doing so in a large group. Like youth ministry, the discipleship small group is NOT a place for gossip but a way for our students to continue to grow in their faith with people they trust. Currently, our students are being encouraged to prayerfully discern how they should participate in small groups. At this time, we are asking our students to only commit to a short series for their small groups, during the summer. Please view the gray and blue image to see how students may participate. We have several resources and materials for students to use to help them kick off their discipleship small group. We'd be happy to have our students become more involved, even if they are new or shy.
Are you interested in being a part of our discipleship program as an adult helper, youth leader, or participant? Please shoot us an email at to let us know how you'd like to be a part of the fun!
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church abides by the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama Youth Protection Program. Through annual training, our students are reminded that they are made in God's image and carry dignity. To review the materials associated with our Safe Environment/Sexual Abuse Prevention, please click here. For more information about becoming a chaperone and earning Youth Protection certification, click here.