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!
SFX High School Core Team after "Vivid Victory"
Recap from Project YM Live
Perhaps this is the case, or maybe it is not for you. Maybe you show up for Mass, but you find yourself wanting to get involved in something for God but don’t know when to start. There are a few ways that we can imagine the church. However, we can always be assured that the church is not just a physical building. We know that God calls us to have meaningful relationships with other believers. Let’s examine these ideas:
The church is the family of God. In Lumen Gentium, we explore the idea of the family as the domestic church. (Not sure how your family can begin living as a domestic church? Check out this great resource!) Cardinal Tagle told us that the family is where we encounter belonging. This is what allows our hearts to open to accept others, as well. He iterated that family isn’t just among blood lines, but it is a community of people of whom you can be yourself. Sometimes that can be hard for people to examine because they don’t have or didn’t have a great experience in their childhood or teenage years. Let us pray that these wounds will be overcome by the great love of God.
Church is a home; it’s a home for God and a home for us. Is there love present in our home? If you were to visit someone’s home, you’d most likely be greeted with a warm embrace and an invitation to enter inside. Once inside, you will find pictures of loved ones and will probably be offered something to eat/drink before spending time together. Can the love of God be recognized in our church and in our homes? Can we tell if our church and our home are set apart from the rest of the world? That doesn’t mean that we should give God a dilapidated shack that no one takes care of. We should give God a beautiful place that is maintained well- whether it’s small, large, or in-between. After all, he has given us beautiful blessings in our own lives!
The church is people, not a building. It’s a movement of hope, love and justice. We are all invited to live out our faith in community with other believers. God works through the church to extend love to the whole world; we are so blessed to have such a diverse and universal church! Even though we may not all look alike, we know that it is our faith in God that unites us. The body of Jesus is the Church. We must recall that Christ is the head of the Church, and we, its members are the physical representation of our Lord on earth. Are we acting like it? 1 Corinthians 12:25 tells us that we shouldn’t allow division in our community; rather, we should have equal concern for one another. As members of the Body of Christ, we are baptized into his death so that we may enjoy new life with him and other believers in Heaven. Around the world, for centuries, the Church has been performing corporal and spiritual works of mercy to show others that God loves them. May we be inspired to be his hands and feet!
We are called to have koinonia, or Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians. If we judge our friendships by only how many “friends” or “followers” we have, we will have empty relationships with these people. We know that God wants us to have authentic friendships with people; these allow us to be a better friend to him! If we limit our ability to love others based off superficial “follower counts”, then we doom ourselves to struggling with being “enough”. We know that being with other Christians helps fuel our own fire of faith. However, we must be reminded to take the light of Christ to others so that they may also shine. Now, not all Christians get along- we’re not in Heaven yet, after all. We must be remember that Jesus is in our neighbor, so we must treat that person as we would Christ. When you love Jesus, you love those who he loves- even the ones who get on your nerves, those who you disagree with, and those who have hurt you. We can be comforted by these words of our Lord in the Gospel of Matthew, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am with them!” So, how can we have koinonia when we are supposed to have physical distancing? We must remember that God is still with us- even if we aren’t near others.
Pope Francis likes to describe the church as a field hospital. We are all broken in some way (or many ways), thanks to sin. As much as we’d like to operate on ourselves to alleviate the pain, we are not able to do so. We may settle for a temporary fix, but we must not fall for this. Jesus, the Divine Physician, wants to heal us! He knows what is wrong before we even ask him. To ask God of great favors demonstrates our great faith in him. Are we prepared to let him do what he needs to do so that we can live without suffering in the next life?
Let us pray that our church may be one, holy, catholic and apostolic! Thank you for joining us for this Project YM Live and Alpha collaboration this summer. We hope you’ll join us at the end of the month for in-person youth ministry activities.
Continue the Conversation at Home:
How have you enjoyed Alpha so far? Any highlights?
What has stood out to you most about your experience of Alpha so far?
Did anything surprise you about your experience of Alpha?
What has your experience been with the church?
When you think about the church, what questions come to mind?
What are some misunderstandings people have about the church?
What do you think about the idea that “church is a people, not a building”?
If this pool represents a relationship with God, which character do you identify with the most?
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.
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.