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. on the playground. Please don't forget your mask. 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!
Overview of "New Fire"
Recently, our teens rekindled the fire that God put in us. We recalled how the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles on Pentecost, which allowed them to preach the Gospel. We realized that there are three things we must do in order to preach the Gospel. We must believe it, we must live according to the way He wants us to live, and finally, we must love like Jesus, whether it is in loving God or our neighbor. We realized that evangelization is important, because if we truly love our friends/family, we will want to share the glory of God in our lives. There is a quote that is often (wrongly) attributed to St. Francis of Assisi that says, "Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words." It can be hard to preach the Gospel; however, we have the Holy Spirit on our side! He will guide us, so that we can share how God is working our lives! To remind us to be lights in the world and to "set the world on fire", we partnered with a friend and made candles with quotes from Scripture and the saints. We concluded our time together by praying with and for our partner. We also had a few opportunities to grow in community- including with current fifth graders. We enjoyed decorating candles and sugar cookies, Jenga, bowling, and of course, dancing!
Continue the Conversation at Home:
In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we read about Pentecost, which is where the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles, and they began to preach to people of all nations. Have you ever thought about what it means to preach the Gospel?
We learned that evangelization means spreading the Gospel. Why is it so important?
Pope St. John Paul II said that, "To evangelize is to teach the art of living." What do you think this means?
What are some ways that you think you can be a good missionary disciple?
We will begin our summer series on Tuesday, June 1. Please RSVP here if you plan to join us. If you are able to chaperone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention, High School Seniors!
We are so proud of our teens and want to feature our high school seniors on social media, but we need your help. Please email us with a short bio of your teen, what his/her future plans are, a picture, and something they'd like to share that will spiritually uplift someone. This could be a favorite Bible verse, saint quote, fun memory, or small piece of advice. Congratulations, seniors!
Even though our teens may leave graduate, our prayers continue as they continue growing in their faith and community. Here's a scary (and sadly, true) statistic: Four out of five college students will not practice their faith in college- and the chances of them coming back are not good. We highly recommend that you sign up with Newman Ministry (formerly Newman Connection) to go ahead and meet some of the people already at your university who want to support you in becoming the best version of yourself. (They also have an app.) This amazing organization can't guarantee that your teen won't stray, but it can help to make sure there's a smaller chance. Fill out this link if you'd like us to pass along your teen's information.
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Bible Study on the Ascension through the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
Have you ever wanted to grow in your understanding and devotion to the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary? Join Dr. Ben Akers as he walks through Scripture, taking a closer look at the Ascension of the Lord. To access the FORMED feature, click on the image next to this text.
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.