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, 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 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.  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

 


 

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.  Zoom log information is the same as last week.

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

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.  Zoom log in informationis the same as last week.

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

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 a tthe 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.  Zoom log in information is the same as last week.

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

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