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!
Recap of "Trending" in Verified
The Bible stands at the center of Christianity. It is one of the most significant and best-selling books in all of human history, yet it is unlike any other book that has ever been created. The Bible is the living Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. It has been handed down to us so that we may know God’s love and the story of our salvation. When your teens take the time to learn about the Bible and how to read it, they will see both the necessity and the power of Scripture in their life as they come to know God and themselves. The goal of "Trending" is to introduce teens to the power of Scripture and invite the teens to consider the necessity of knowing Scripture in order to better know God and ourselves. We began our time together by playing a game where we guessed to see if a particular verse came from the Bible or from Kanye West. We followed that up with looking at the Bible and selecting a passage from the Gospel of Mark to study with our small groups. We are challenging our teens to pray lectio divina on Matthew 5:14-16 each day this week.
Join us next week in the gym or playground on Sunday from 6:00-8:00!
Featured FORMED Selection: Light in the Darkness: Living a Christian Life in a Secular World by Patrick Lencioni
In this talk given at the FOCUS National Conference, Patrick provides a hopeful yet cautionary lesson about the dangers of living a partially Christian life. 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.