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CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

Youth Ministry

2021-2022 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 ongoing Faith Formation and challenging teens to apply and live all aspects of their Catholic faith in everyday life.  Some people incorrectly refer to our Sunday Topic Nights as "Confirmation Class".  Sunday Topic Nights are not about Confirmation.  Our topics come from the documents listed above, our 4 year curriculum from St. Mary's Press, and our Topic Survey of the most requested topics from the parents and teens at the start of each year.  This method allows for both a Catechetical systematic structure and the flexibility to cover current events.

 2.  Service Projects

There are regularly scheduled Service Projects as well as many other pop-up service projects offered to the teens during the year.

 3.  Social Events

We do Social Events about every other month and the teens vote on what to do.

 4.  Confirmation Program

The Confirmation Program runs from February through May every year.  The "Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class" is specifically and only education on the Sacrament of Confirmation for eligible sophomores, juniors, or seniors and is in addition to our Sunday Topic Nights or Catholic schooling.  It only involves a few classes, a Retreat, small homework assignments, and successfully completing a Final Interview.  Confirmation is only 1 part along a teen's Faith Formation journey within the Nativity Youth Ministry Program, not the end or "graduation" from Faith Formation.  It is important to remember it's place in the bigger picture of Youth Ministry.  Teens are expected to continue with their Youth Ministry involvement after Confirmation as part of their lifelong education in our Catholic faith and to live out their Confirmation commitments.  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].

 


2021-2022 Youth Ministry Registration

Registration for the 2021-2022 Youth Ministry year is now open.  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 for Youth Ministry properly:

  1. If you aren't already a parishioner please fill out the Parish Registration Form.
  2. If your teen attends a public high school fill out the Youth Ministry 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 also be participating in Youth Ministry Sunday Topic Night meetings fill out the Youth Ministry Registration Form and Topic Survey and mail them back to the parish along with the Registration Fee
  4. 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 Youth Ministry 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 2021-2022 Youth Ministry year will reflect those guidelines. 

 


 

2021-2022 - New Teen and Parent Orientation

Our New Teen and Parent Orientation will be Sunday September 19, 2021 from 5-6:15pm.  All freshmen, new teens, and most importantly their parents are invited to come 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 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 attend as it will be information they heard in previous years. 

 


2021-2022 - Get to Know You Night

Our second meeing on September 26, 2021 is for all freshmen-seniors from 5-6:15pm.  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.

The pictures from this night are now up at https://nativitycatholic.weconnect.com/photos/view/id/66633

 


Nativity Youth Samaritans - Summer Service Project

On Sunday August 8 at 11:30am we will help assemble the backpacks and school supplies donated by parishioners for the “Voices for Children” organization.  We will meet in the Commons. 

By providing backpacks and school supplies, we’re ensuring less of a financial burden on the foster families, so that they can use the funds they get for food and clothing.

Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused, abandoned, or neglected children by providing them with trained, volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  For more information on Voices for Children go to https://www.speakupnow.org/

The pictures from this Service Project are now up at https://nativitycatholic.weconnect.com/photos/view/id/65641

 


 

Diocesan Update - August 4, 2021

Please see the latest statement from the Diocese - "Restrictions Lifted But Caution Prevails".  It is also on the Diocesan website at https://www.sdcatholic.org/find-a-parish/indoor-masses/

 


 

Service Project at Fr. Gus' Installation Mass & Reception

Teens are needed to help with various tasks for Fr. Gus’ Installation Mass and reception.  It will be on Wednesday September 8 from 6-8:30pm.  Teens will earn service hours and get a free meal.  Contact Mike James to sign up at [email protected].

 


 

On Sunday September 12 from 5-6:15pm we will have a special FREE event with Motivational Speaker Jessica Cox titled “Evangelizing as Young People in the World”.  It is hosted by the Youth Ministry Program but open to teens and adults in the parish and local community.

Jessica believes in a future where people passionately pursue their dreams with the resilience to overcome any challenge. Described as a speaker “no one will ever forget," Jessica shows audiences around the globe how to inspire enthusiasm and empower diversity. With the goal to lift audiences to a new level of attention and excitement, she teaches how to tackle new challenges with commitment and resilience. Born without arms, Jessica is fascinated by the way assumptions and perceived barriers prevent people from achieving their dreams. Jessica has utilized dormant physical traits to adapt and use her feet the way people use their hands. As she learned to conquer physical barriers, she developed mental skills that allowed her to go on to achieve the seemingly impossible in her unique way.  www.JessicaCox.com

For full details on this event go to https://nativitycatholic.weconnect.com/jessica-cox

 


Nativity Youth Samaritans - Service Project - Operation Gratitude 9/11 Digital Letter Writing Campaign

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and National Day of Service, Operation Gratitude welcomes grateful Americans to express their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of first responders, service members, and Veterans through our digital letter writing campaign.  Their goal is 200,000 digital letters!  Go to https://www.operationgratitude.com/9-11-digital-letter-writing/ for the details and to submit the form that becomes the digital letters.

 


Nativity alum & current CCHS senior, Grace, needs our help ASAP. Please bring handwritten letters to the table in the Narthex under the Resurrected Christ painting, or just email them to me. These are veterans who are being flown to DC to be honored and visit memorials, the letters will be their “Welcome Home” on 9/24, hence why it’s so urgent. She needs 500 letters so let’s each do 10.

We love our veterans, let’s show them how much!

 


October 3, 2021 - Safe Environment Training

In compliance with the Diocese of San Diego’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the topic of Safe Environment will be introduced to your teenager at our Topic Night on Sunday October 3, 2021 from 5-6:15pm.  Emails were sent to all parents on 9/29/21 with a Parent Letter, Parent Conversation Resource from the Diocese, and the PowerPoint that your teens will be shown according to their grade level.  If you have any questions please email [email protected]

For more information on the Diocesan Safe Environment Program go to https://www.safeinourdiocese.org/

 


 

October 10, 2021 - The Resurrection

Sunday’s Topic will be “The Resurrection”.  What are the similarities in all 4 gospels regarding the resurrection?  What are the differences?  What did Jesus do after the resurrection?  How many people witnessed Jesus after the resurrection?  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 in the Commons.   

 


October 17, 2021 - The Road to Emmaus

Sunday’s Topic will be “The Road to Emmaus”.  What did Jesus do after his resurrection?  How did people recognize Jesus after his resurrection?  If you could ask Jesus 1 question on the road to Emmaus what would it be?  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 in the Commons.