High School Youth Ministry

Kelsey Burgans

Youth Minister

Phone: 205-803-5402
Email: youthministry@

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!

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Recap of Episode #7 ("Invitations") of The Chosen

To watch the seventh episode of "The Chosen," please click here. Start the clock at 14:51; the episode concludes at 49:51. We look forward to our last meeting on Tuesday, August 3 from 9:00-12:30 p.m. In addition to watching the seventh episode of "The Chosen," we will have several water games. Please RSVP here if you haven't already done so. 

Review from Episode 7: In the Sinai Peninsula, 13th century BC, Moses fashions a bronze serpent, much to the confusion of his assistant Joshua. In Capernaum, 26 AD, Gaius escorts Matthew to show his gratitude for his promotion. Quintus questions Nicodemus concerning the miracle worker, while Jesus agrees to meet with Nicodemus by night. After witnessing the miracles Jesus did, Matthew struggles to reconcile his mathematical understanding of reality and visits his mother, hoping to find answers. Meeting with Nicodemus by night, Jesus explains the Kingdom of God and being born again. Jesus illustrates himself as the Son of Man using Moses and the bronze serpent as an example. He tells of God's love for the world and his mission to save mankind from sin. As Jesus invites Nicodemus to join him, John records their conversation. Nicodemus worships Jesus, declaring him the Son of God. In the morning, Jesus and his students pass by Matthew's booth. Jesus invites Matthew to join him, and Matthew promptly follows. Jesus then leads his disciples for a dinner party. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 3 from 9:00-12:30.

Continue the Conversation at Home:

  • Did it surprise you how quickly Matthew agreed to follow Jesus? Especially in comparison to how timid Nicodemus was?

  • Have you ever answered a difficult call from Jesus? If yes, how so?

  • It can be shocking to read stories like the bronze snake. God demands obedience and faith. What daily habits can we develop and strengthen to become as quick to obedience as Matthew was?

We meet on Tuesdays from 9:00-12:30 p.m., first meeting on the playground or the multi-purpose room if raining (directly across from the gates of the playground). Please RSVP here if you plan to join us. If you are able to chaperone, please email youthministry@sfxbirmingham.com.

Featured FORMED Selection:
The Bread of Life


In this excerpt from the Augustine Institute’s program on the eucharist, Presence, a host of speakers provide a close examination of John 6. To access the FORMED feature, click on the image next to this text.

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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 youthministry@sfxbirmingham.com to let us know how you'd like to be a part of the fun!


 Everyone needs rest, so that they may grow. Even Jesus took time for rejuvenation. Click on to see how you can grow more in your relationship with SFX Youth Ministry! 


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