Middle School Youth Ministry
The St. Francis Xavier Middle School Youth program (grades 6-8) 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 Mondays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the playground. Don't forget your mask, please. We'd love to have you and your friends join us as we strive for Christ together.
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 email@example.com.
Featured FORMED Selection: Sacred Art: The Ascension of the Lord
Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down with different pieces of Sacred Art to discuss their theological meanings and how they can speak to us today. To access the FORMED feature, please click on the image next to the box.
Want to serve as an adult leader for our middle school students? Please let us know! We really want to thank you for your desire to serve our Lord through the youth of our parish.
Note: All adults who sign up must have on file with SFX Parish the proper unexpired youth protection required training. It can be completed online here. They must also have submitted the volunteer inquire release forms at least three days before the day they plan to volunteer.
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.