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.

If you would like more information on the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program please contact Mike James, Youth Minister, 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 see the section under the Confirmation picture below.

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.  Meeting log in information has been emailed to all new teens and their parents.  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

 


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 to join us 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”.  Zoom log in information has been emailed to all teens and parents and is the same as last week. 

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”.  Zoom log in information is the same as last week. 

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”.   Zoom log in information is the same as last week. 

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

 

 


Confirmation Policy

Parents may download our Confirmation Policy at the link below.

Confirmation Policy

 


 

2019-2020 Youth Ministry Year

Youth Ministry - CANCELLED

March 13, 2020 (1:50pm) - Our March 15, 2020 Topic Night has been cancelled as well as all Youth Ministry meetings until at least the end of March as per our Bishop's Statement on the Coronavirus.  Please see the Youth Ministry Cancellation Statement.  Watch this space for updates moving forward.  The Diocesan statements regarding these closures are on their website at https://www.sdcatholic.org/

-Mike James, Youth Minister

 

April 5, 2020 Topic Night - "Holy Week" - Now Online!

April 5, 2020 - Our Youth Ministry Topic Nights have resumed and will now be held online via our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClwFfkgVPkHmnp6agris86Q.  Follow the steps below for our Topic Night on Holy Week.

1.  Watch the video on the Scripture Readings for Palm Sunday at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebV3lEa1m8s

2.  Download the Holy Week Handout

3.  Watch the video on Holy Week at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXSV34KWsvg

4.  Email [email protected] with any questions

 

April 19, 2020 - Zoom Check-in Meeting at 5pm

April 16, 2020 - We have started a Zoom account and are holding a Zoom Check-in Meeting on Sunday April 19 at 5pm.  Emails with details on the log in information were sent to all parents and teens.  Please join Fr. Minh and Mike James as we will see how everyone is adapting to the stay at home guidelines, explain how we moved to online learning models, and fill everyone in on the parish news.

 

April 26, 2020 - Topic Night - "Reconciliation" - Now Online!

1.  Watch the video on the Scripture Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTFMhhqhoYg

2.  Download the USCCB - How to Go To Confession and USCCB - A Brief Examination of Conscience Handouts

3.  Watch the video on Reconciliation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtWR2dxV7HU

4.  Email any questions to [email protected]

 

May 3, 2020 - Topic Night - "Revelation" - Now Online!

1.  Watch the video on the Scripture Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj5FpuGyxIU&t=20s

2.  Watch the video on Revelation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN27kLQ7HfU

3.  Email any questions to [email protected]

 

May 17, 2020 - Topic Night - "Revelation - Part 2" - Now Online!

1.  Watch the video on the Scripture Readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RACiSLWWwYw&t

2.  Watch the video on Revelation Part 2 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8dXYXbfGgY

3.  Email any questions to [email protected]

 

May 31, 2020 - Zoom Check-in Meeting at 5pm

May 25, 2020 - We will hold a Zoom Check-in Meeting on Sunday May 31 at 5pm.  Emails with details on the log in information will be sent to all parents and teens.  Please join Mike James as we will see how everyone is doing, explain the online learning models, and fill everyone in on the parish news, including the church re-opening plan and answer all questions moving forward.

 


 

2019-2020 Year Confirmation Announcements

Confirmation Retreat - CANCELLED

March 13, 2020 (1:53pm) - Our Confirmation Retreat scheduled for March 14, 2020 has been cancelled as per our Bishop's Statement on the Coronavirus.  Please see the Confirmation Retreat Cancellation Statement for details.  This page will be the first source of all information on Confirmation moving forward.  The Diocesan statements regarding these closures are on their website at https://www.sdcatholic.org/

- Mike James, Youth Minister

 

Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #4 Now Online

March 20, 2020 - We have started a YouTube Channel to post our Confirmation Immediate Preparation Classes online moving forward.  Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #4 that was scheduled for March 15, 2020 but was cancelled is now online.

1.  Email your Confirmation Readiness Questionnaire that is due in Class #4 to [email protected]

2.  Download the Catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation Handout - Catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation Handout

3.  Watch the video for Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #4 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O67Cgm2xyy0

4.  Email any questions on the video material to [email protected]

5.  Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 will be posted on that YouTube Channel on Sunday March 29, 2020 as scheduled.

 

Confirmation Mass - CANCELLED

March 27, 2020 - Our Confirmation Mass scheduled for Sunday April 26 has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled when the public health emergency is over.  Please see #4 in the Bishop's Statement at https://www.sdcatholic.org/coronavirus/latest-covid-19-news/

 

Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 - Now Online

March 29, 2020 - Finish Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 by following the steps below.

1.  Email your Confirmation Name Essay that is due today to [email protected] along with any other paperwork not turned in yet

2.  Download the Final Interview Questions and Diagram for Approaching the Bishop Handouts

3.  Watch the video for Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCwWROlLrM4

4.  Watch the video on how to Approach the Bishop at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehuGliNfDN0

 

Confirmation Final Interview Schedule

  April 8 April 9 April 10
1pm     Bugg
2pm     Marquand
3pm Meader Picano / Banning Mossy
4pm Cardenas Platovsky Sweeney
5pm Eagan Meyers Grismer
6pm Michelsen Fravel Jorgensen
7pm Harmet Thuresson Kimmel

 

  April 14 April 15 April 16 April 17 April 19
1pm   Sweeney      
2pm Michelsen        
3pm          
4pm Sweeney        
5pm   Ryan      
6pm   Kimmel      
7pm          

 

  April 21 April 22 April 23 April 24 April 26
1pm         Helfert
2pm       Murphy Shakiba
3pm Barsily Laureti S. Kerr Ellis  
4pm   Budelsky B. Kerr   Scherer
5pm   Legg Kotsay A. Rodgers  
6pm Walton Fernandez Helfert Tran  
7pm Donaldson Leyva Mirer    

 

  April 28 April 29 April 30 May 1
1pm Jorgensen Jorgensen    
2pm        
3pm Legg      
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  May 5 May 6 May 7 May 8
1pm        
2pm       Meader
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  May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15
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5pm Meader      
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  May 19 May 20
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May 22
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New Updates on Church Reopening

May 25, 2020 - Please see the page on this parish website at https://nativitycatholic.weconnect.com/church-reopening-updated regarding the plans that are being put into place.  Note that there is no specific information on the scheduling of sacraments for the Confirmation Class yet but hopefully there will be an update on that soon as well.

 

Confirmation Mass Date Set for June 20, 2020

May 31, 2020 - Our Confirmation Mass date has been set for Saturday June 20 at 9am and 11am.  The class has been split into 2 groups to meet social distancing and capacity requirements. Bishop McElroy has delegated Fr. Minh to administer the sacrament.  Please download and read the full update and see which mass your teen has been assigned, the new procedures, safety precautions, Sponsor limitations, and number of guests allowed per candidate at Confirmation Update and Policies.  

Also please see the Bishop's video on what to expect when you return to mass at https://www.sdcatholic.org/coronavirus/latest-covid-19-news/ as these policies will be in place for the Confirmation Masses as well.

 

Confirmation Mass Final Update

June 19, 2020 - Please see the Confirmation Mass Final Update to prepare for attending our Confirmation Masses on Saturday June 20, 2020.

Seating Chart - 9am Mass

Seating Chart - 11am Mass

 

 

Confirmation Calendar

February 9, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #1 - 3:30-4:30pm

February 23, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #2 - 3:30-4:30pm

March 8, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #3 - 3:30-4:30pm - (My Personal Creed due)

March 14, 2020 - Confirmation Retreat - 10:30am-7pm

March 15, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #4 - is posted above - please see our Confirmation Retreat Cancellation Statement for details

March 29, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 - is posted above - please see our Confirmation Retreat Cancellation Statement for details

March 31, 2020 - May 29, 2020 - Final Interviews by appointment over phone

April 26, 2020 - Confirmation Mass - 5pm - CANCELLED and will be rescheduled when the public health emergency is over.  Please see the #4 in the Bishop's Statement at https://www.sdcatholic.org/coronavirus/latest-covid-19-news/