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CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

Youth Ministry

2020-2021 Youth Ministry Year

The Church of the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program fosters the spiritual, intellectual, and social growth of young people and empowers them to serve as disciples of Jesus while drawing them to responsible participation in the life of the Church.

The Church of the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program involves 4 components and is based on these church documents: A Vision of Youth Ministry, Renewing the Vision, and Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

  1. Educational/Catechesis - this is accomplished mainly through our Sunday Topic Nights from September to June.  Sunday Topic Nights are about on going Faith Formation and challenging teens to apply and live all aspects of their Catholic faith in everyday life.  Although some refer to these Topic Nights as "Confirmation Class", they are not about Confirmation.  Our 4 year curriculum from St. Mary's Press allows for both a Catechetical systematic structure and the flexibility to cover current events.
  2. Service Projects - there are regularly scheduled Service Projects inside and outside the parish as well as many others offered to the teens by the outside community during the year.
  3. Social Events - take place approximately every other month, with the teens voting on the activity.
  4. Confirmation Program - runs from February through May of the Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year.  The Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class is specifically education on the Sacrament of Confirmation for eligible Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors and is in addition to our normal Sunday Topic Nights.  It only involves 5 classes, a Retreat, small homework assignments, and the successful completion of a Final Interview.  Confirmation is only a small part along the journey or a teen's Faith Formation process within the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program, not the end or "graduation" from Faith Formation.  For more information on Confirmation go to our Confirmation page.

If you would like more information on the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program please contact Mike James, Pastoral Associate, at [email protected].

 


2020-2021 Youth Ministry Registration

Why is it important for all teens to register?  We track all teens in the parish throughout their high school years whether they go to a public or Catholic high school.  It is important for us to have them on our class lists and know what high school they attend to determine their eligibility for Confirmation Immediate Preparation Classes at the appropriate time.  For more information on the sacrament of Confirmation please see our Confirmation Page here on this website. 

To register properly:

  1. If your teen attends a public high school fill out the Registration Form and Topic Survey and mail them back to the parish along with the Registration Fee
  2. If your teen attends a Catholic High School and will also be participating in Youth Ministry Sunday Topic Night meetings fill out the Registration Form and Topic Survey and mail them back to the parish along with the Registration Fee
  3. If your teen attends a Catholic High School and will not be participating in the Youth Ministry Sunday Topic Night meetings but wishes to stay on our class lists for Confirmation Preparation when eligible fill out the Registration Form and mail it back to the parish.  No Registration Fee or Topic Survey is needed.

Please know that we are monitoring all the rapidly changing state and Diocesan health guidelines and our learning models for the 2020-2021 Youth Ministry year will reflect those guidelines. 

 


 

2020-2021 - New Teen and Parent Orientation

Our New Teen and Parent Orientation will be Sunday September 20, 2020 from 5-6:15pm on Zoom.  All freshmen, new teens, and most importantly their parents are invited to log on and hear about the Youth Ministry Program and Confirmation Program requirements.  This is the only meeting we ask new parents to attend during their teen’s 4 years in the program so they can hear how the Youth Ministry Program works, especially for Confirmation in sophomore, junior, or senior year.  There will be plenty of time for questions in the chat after the presentation.  This orientation meeting is actually pretty important because each parish has a different model of Youth Ministry and different model of Confirmation Preparation so it is important to know and understand how we do it at Church of the Nativity.  Returning teens and families are not required to log on for this as it will be information they heard in previous years. 

To prepare for our New Teen and New Parent Orientation Meeting please download the following 2 documents:

1.  New Teen and New Parent Orientation Agenda

2.  Confirmation Policy

3.  Diocese of San Diego - Internet Safety Tips and Social Media Rules for Students

4.  Diocese of San Diego - Media Safety Tips for Families

 


2020-2021 - Get to Know You Night

Our second meeing on September 27, 2020 is for all freshmen-seniors from 5-6:15pm on Zoom.  Meeting log in information has been emailed to all teens.  It will be a "Get To Know You Night" where freshmen and new teens are introduced to the returning teens to do sharing and icebreaker activities to help ease their transition into High School.  We will also discuss the online learning model and small groups for the first part of the year.

 


 

October 4, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "The Eucharist"

Do you know what is really behind what happens at mass?  There are a lot more people there and things going on than what you can see with your eyes!  We will watch a special video and talk about the things that happen at mass that are both visible and invisible.  All freshmen-seniors are invited from 5-6:15pm on www.Zoom.us for an in-depth discussion and video presentation on “The Eucharist”.  Zoom log in information has been emailed to all teens and parents. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download The Veil Removed Summary

 


October 11, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "Social Justice"

Jesus taught to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.  How does this translate in 2020 with all of the things we see in the news lately?  How can teens live our faith with an eye on social justice issues?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on www.Zoom.us for an in-depth discussion and video presentation on “Social Justice”.  

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

2.  USCCB - Life and Dignity of the Human Person

3.  USCCB - Social Justice Principles

 


October 18, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "Discipleship"

What does it mean to be a disciple?  What is the difference between a disciple and Apostle?  Jesus didn't only call the elite.  Jesus' invitation to follow him is for everyone at all stages of faith!  What does that call of discipleship require of us?  We will also watch the video of one teen, Carlo Acutis (http://www.miracolieucaristici.org, http://carloacutis.com) who answered the call to discipleship early in life and was recently named a Saint.  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on www.Zoom.us for an in-depth discussion and video presentation on “Discipleship”. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Discipleship

 


 

October 25, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "Adoration"

Is Jesus really present in today’s world?  How can that be possible since he died over 2000 years ago?  What do Catholics do in Adoration?  Let's talk about how this applies tody in the church!  We will also watch a special video from Adoration at Nativity and spend some time in prayer and Adoration.   Plus, we will review Pope Francis' latest statement on Civil Unions - what it means and what it doesn't.  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on www.Zoom.us for an in-depth discussion and video presentation on “Adoration”. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Pope Francis' position on same sex Civil Union laws - https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/not-news-pope-francis-has-supported-civil-unions-years

3.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Adoration

4.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

 


 

November 1, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "Vocations"

Sunday’s topic will be “Vocations” as part of the National Vocations Awareness Week.  What is a vocation?  What are the types of vocations?  Does everyone have a vocation?  Fr. Minh will join us on Zoom to share about his Vocation story.  We will also do a short review of All Saints and All Souls Days, review the scripture readings, and catch up on other items from past classes.  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom for an in-depth discussion on Vocations. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - Solemnity of All Saints

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  All Saints Day / All Souls Day Information Sheet

 


 

November 8, 2020 - Sunday Topic Night - "Stress"

Sunday’s topic will be “Stress”.  It was the #1 most requested topic from the teens and #2 most requested topic from the parents in our Topic Survey.  What is stress?  What effect does it have on our body?  What can it lead to?  How did Jesus deal with stress?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom for an in-depth discussion on Stress.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Scripture and Saint Quotes on Stress

3.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

 


 

November 15, 2020 Topic Night - "Heaven"

Sunday’s topic will be “Heaven”.  It was the #3 most requested topic from the teens in our Topic Survey.  What are the 3 possibilities when we die?  How are those 3 possibilities determined?  What will heaven be like?  Who is in heaven?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom for an in-depth discussion on Heaven.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

 


 


November 22, 2020 Topic Night - "The Bible"

Sunday's topic will be "The Bible".  Do you know where the bible comes from?  How was the bible put together?  How do Catholics interpret the bible?  What tools do we use to read the bible?  What was God’s role in the bible?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom for an in-depth discussion on The Bible. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on the Bible

 


 

November 29, 2020 - No Class

There is no class on November 29, 2020 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will resume on December 6 at the regular times.

 


December 6, 2020 Topic Night - "Advent & the Immaculate Conception"

Sunday's topic will be "Advent & the Immaculate Conception".  Happy New Year!  Our new liturgical year always starts with the season of Advent.  We will cover all the basics and a little more.  How many weeks are in Advent?  What is the purpose of the Advent wreath?  What do we do spiritually during Advent?  How is Advent part of God’s plan for salvation?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about Advent & the Immaculate Conception.  Zoom log in information is the same as last week.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - 2nd Sunday of Advent

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Advent Handout

4.  Immaculate Conception & Assumption Handout

 


 

December 13, 2020 Topic Night - "Revelation"

Sunday's topic will be "Revelation".  How does God communicate to us?  What is salvation history?  What church teachings and doctrines have come from God’s revelation?  We will talk about and answer these questions and more.  We will also explain the meaning behind the 3rd Sunday of Advent, "Gaudete" Sunday and finish some items left over from last week's Advent & the Immaculate Conception topic.  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about Revelation.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - 3rd Sunday of Advent

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Catechsim of the Catholic Church Quotes on Advent

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Revelation

 


December 20, 2020 Topic Night - Christmas Party

We will go over the readings from the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas, have small groups, and play some online Christmas games and contests.  We encourage you to wear Christmas sweaters or hats during the meeting!  Best Christmas outfit might just win a Gift Card!  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday of Advent

 


 

December 27, 2020 and January 3, 2021 - No Class for Christmas Break

 


January 10. 2021 Topic Night - "Discernment"

Sunday's topic is "Discernment".  What is the difference between discernment and choosing?  How do we really know the truth from God?  What are some tools we can use to discern God’s will for us and judge between right and wrong?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom.  The new Zoom log in information was emailed to all teens and parents on Friday.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - The Baptism of the Lord

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions 

3.  Scripture Passages on Discernment

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Discernment

 


January 17. 2021 Topic Night - "Discernment - Part 2"

Sunday's topic is "Discernment - Part 2".  What is the difference between discernment and choosing?  How do we really know the truth from God?  What are some tools we can use to discern God’s will for us and judge between right and wrong?  All freshmen-seniors are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions 

3.  Scripture Passages on Discernment

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Discernment

 


Nativity Youth Samaritans - Operation Gratitude Service Opportunity

As presented on Sunday in our meeting here is the information on the Operation Gratitude Letter Writing Project - https://28zynx7e84y43nfqd3f09vk1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OG-Letter-Writing-Military-042020.pdf.  Letters are due back on February 1 and can be placed in the Samaritan's bin in the Narthex of the church.

 


January 24. 2021 Topic Night - "Service"

Sunday's topic is "Service".  How is service part of living our Catholic faith?  What are ways we can serve others?  What are the origins of service in scripture?  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Scripture Passages on Service

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Service

 


January 31, 2021 Topic Night - "Truth vs. Tolerance"

Sunday's topic is "Truth vs. Tolerance" with Chris Stefanik from the FORMED program.  What does it really mean to be tolerant?  Is there an Absolute Truth, or is truth really a personal choice we make depending on the circumstances?  What is relativism?  How do we apply and live these concepts to our morality in our Catholic faith?  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about Truth vs. Tolerance. 

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Scripture Passages on Truth

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Truth

5.  Apostles Creed / Nicene Creed

 


 

February 7, 2021 - No Class - we resume on February 14

 


February 14, 2021 Topic Night - "Dating"

Sunday's topic is Dating, which was the #1 most requested topic by the parents in our Topic Survey in the fall.  What does the bible say about dating?  What are some good ideas for a date?  Is there a Catholic purpose to dating?  How do we apply and live these concepts to our morality in our Catholic faith?  We will also look at the story of St. Valentine, who died defending his faith.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about Dating.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Scripture Passages on Dating

 


Nativity Youth Samaritans - Service Opportunity

We will be assembling Sanitary Supply kits in 1 gallon ziploc bags. The supplies can be collected from the Samaritans bins in the narthex after February 28th & assembled at home. Only take as many supplies and ziploc bags as you have time to fill. Return the filled bags to the Samaritans bins by March 7th. Each bag should contain 1 travel-sized of each of the following items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, comb, If you have add: dental floss, sunblock, lotion, chapstick, tissues, hand sanitizer, wipes, mask.

 


February 21, 2021 Topic Night - "Lent" and "Dating Part 2"

On Sunday we will do a quick review of Lent and it's meaning for Catholics.  Why do Catholics get ashes on their forehead and what do they represent?  What is our mindset during Lent?  What are the 3 special things Catholics do during Lent to prepare for Easter and why do we do them?  Why is Lent so important?   We will also finish our Dating topic that we started last week.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about Lent and Dating.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - First Sunday of Lent

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Lent Handout

4.  Scripture Passages on Dating

 


February 28, 2021 Topic Night - "10 Great Reasons To Be Catholic"

Sunday’s topic will be “10 Great Reasons To Be Catholic”.  What makes the Catholic Church different?  What are some parts of the Catholic Church that are important to us and not important to other Christian religions?  What are the origins of our Catholic faith?  How big is the Catholic Church?  We will learn about these as we watch a video with Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn 10 Great Reasons To Be Catholic.

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - 2nd Sunday of Lent

2.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on the Desire for God

 


March 7, 2021 Topic Night - "Saying Yes to God"

Sunday’s topic will be “Saying Yes to God”.  How can we make ourselves available to God?  Why is it good to say “no” to some things?  How do we find lasting happiness?  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "Saying Yes to God".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday of Lent

2.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on the Desire for God

 


March 14, 2021 Topic Night - "The Nature of God"

Sunday’s topic will be “The Nature of God”.  What was God seen as throughout history?  If we believe in the Trinity then why do we believe in 1 God?  If there is only 1 God then why is there so many different religions?  We will answer these questions and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "The Nature of God".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday of Lent

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  The Perception of God in History

4.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on The Nature of God

 


March 21, 2021 Topic Night - "You Shall Not Bear False Witness / Honesty"

Sunday’s topic will be “You Shall Not Bear False WItness / Honesty”.  How does the 8th commandment apply to a teen's life?  Why is it important to be honest?  Why is this a virtue of our faith?  We will answer these questions and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "You Shall Not Bear False Witness / Honesty".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fifth Sunday of Lent

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom - Instructions

3.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Bearing False Witness

4.  Scripture Passages on You Shall Not Bear False Witness

 


March 28, 2021 Topic Night - "Holy Week / Tridium"

Sunday’s topic will be “Holy Week and the Tridium”.  What are our teachings on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter?  Why is it considered 1 service in 3 parts?  What are the meanings behind all of the special and different things we do at these services like Veneration of the Cross and Washing of the Feet?  We will answer these questions and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "Holy Week and the Tridium".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Sixth Sunday of Lent / Palm Sunday

2.  Holy Week / Tridium

 


Operation Gratitude Thank You Letter

Operation Gratitude sent the Nativity Youth Samaritans the above thank you letter for the letter writing and care packages service project.

 


 

April 11, 2021 Topic Night - "The World of Jesus"

Sunday’s topic will be “The World of Jesus”.  What was the world and culture that Jesus lived in like? What was daily life like in Jesus' time?  How far did Jesus travel during his life and ministry?  We will answer this and more.  We will also discuss the story behind Divine Mercy Sunday.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "The World of Jesus".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

2.  Divine Mercy Sunday

 


 

April 18, 2021 Topic Night

Sunday’s topic will be “The Mission of Jeuss and The Infancy Narratives”.  Where did the story of Jesus being?  Why don't we have much on his early childhood?  Did he do anything important before coming to be baptized by John?  What trails did he undergo right after his baptism?  We will answer this and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "The Mission and The Infancy Narratives".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday of Easter

2.  Small Group Sharing on Zoom

 


 

April 25, 2021 - No Class!

There will be no Topic Night on Sunday April 25, 2021 beause of the 2 Confirmation Masses.  We will resume on May 2 at the regular times.

 


 

May 2, 2021 - Topic Night - "The Parables and Miracles of Jesus"

Sunday’s topic will be “The Parables and Miracles of Jesus”.  What are parables and how did Jesus use them?  What do parables teach us about first?  How many miracles did Jesus perform?  What are the 4 types of miracles?  We will talk about this and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "The Parables and Miracles of Jesus".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - FIfth Sunday of Easter

2.  The Parables of Jesus

3.  The Miracles of Jesus

 


 

May 9, 2021 - Mother's Day - No Class

There is no Topic Night on May 2.  Teens should spend our regular class time of 5-6:15pm doing something for their Mother.  We will resume on May 16 at the regular times.

 


 

May 16 & 23, 2021 - Topic Night - "Death and the Resurrection"

Sunday’s topic will be “Death and the Resurrection”.  What are the 3 options when we die?  How do we as Catholics look at death?  What emotions do we go through in dealing with death?  What is there in the story of Jesus’ death that gives us hope?  We will talk about this and more.  All freshmen-seniors attending public or Catholic high school are invited to join us from 5-6:15pm on Zoom to learn about "Death and the Resurrection".

To prepare for our Topic Night please download:

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Seventh Sunday of Easter

2.  Opening Scripture Passages

3.  Catechism of the Catholic Church Quotes on Death and Resurrection

4.  Scripture Passages on Death and Resurrection

5.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Pentecost Sunday

 


 

May 30, 2021 - Memorial Day - No Class

 


June 6, 2021 - Year End Party

Join us on Zoom for our Year End Party from 5-6:15pm.  We will have lots of Zoom Games, evaluate the past year, discuss possible summer activities, and look ahead to next year.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Corpus Christi