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 and will begin on August 29. 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 Our Time Together

This week, we went to get ice cream, since we ran out of time last week to get it. We enjoyed getting to play cards, eat dinner, and discuss how God speaks to us. We are so thankful for our teens; it is not too late to join youth group on Sundays at 6:00. Find a recap of what we talked about below. We will not meet next week; our next meeting will be on Sunday, October 17.

Review: Our Lord is the God of action and clarity. He loves us and knows us better than we know ourselves. We know that He has prepared a beautiful life for us and that we should trust in His timing.

Continue the Conversation at Home:

  • Have you ever said or thought, “God, I just want to do Your will. Just reveal it to me!”?

  • What prevents you from taking the first step of an action?

  • We’re often tempted to give into fear. What are some things we can do to remember to trust God?

Featured FORMED Selection: Jesus Taught Us to Pray
In prayer, we can see the magnificent and organic unity of the Catholic Faith. We listen to God, and he speaks to us. In prayer, we discover who God is, and we come to know ourselves as his beloved children, the sacraments take on their fullest meaning, and our moral actions become beautifully clear. In this session, we'll discover how God has fallen in love with us and pursues us through a life of prayer.

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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