High School Youth Ministry
All 9th-12th graders are encouraged to get involved in the service and spiritual opportunities offered here at Saint Susanna. We have a weekly PEER (youth group) meeting every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Retreats, mission trips, service opportunities, and conferences are also great opportunities offered to our High School Youth where they can deepen their Catholic faith. During the school year there will be a 'Youth Mass' once a month where high school students serve in the various ministries at Mass. Teens who get involved will have fun, grow as individuals, and grow closer to Jesus Christ during the process.
Our High School Youth Ministry Program is intended to encourage discipleship in combination with the Confirmation Preparation and Faith Formation programs. All 9th-12th graders are encouraged to enroll in Faith Formation Classes. Click below for more information about the Confirmation Program and/or High School Faith Formation:
Adults Willing to Chaperone
All adults must have completed Safe & Sacred and have a current Background Check on file in order to chaperone any event with the youth of our parish.
The following are a list of Youth Ministry Events open to all high school students throughout the year. If you are looking for Confirmation Preparation or High School Faith Formation for students in 9th-12th grade, please click HERE.
Pizza & Prayer for Life
Sunday, October 28
12:30-approx 2:30 p.m.
All 6th-12th grade students and their families are invited to join us on Sunday, October 28 in the Parish center at 12:30p.m. for Pizza. We will caravan up to 86th St. to pray outside the Planned Parenthood. We will pray for 30 minutes and then head back to St. Susanna. It is the largest facility in Indiana and is where majority of abortions occur in our state. We will pray for those considering abortion, for babies who have been aborted, and for adults who are suffering after the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of abortion.
E-mail me if you plan to come so I plan to order enough pizza and plan for enough drivers, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions or concerns:
PEER (HS Youth Group)
Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
All 9th-12th graders are welcome to join us for fellowship, prayer and a discussion about a topic of faith. Meetings are low key and the community is welcoming and strong. We always start with sharing our 'Highs & Lows' of the last week and end with a shared prayer.
St. Mark's Food Pantry
Middle & High School Youth Ministry
Every 2nd Thursday of the Month
Help at our local pantry any Thursday all year long from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. St. Susanna has a regular presence at St. Mark's all month long. It is a great local service opportunity. All 6th-12th Graders are welcome!
Remaining 2018 YM St. Mark's Dates:
Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
The Lord's Pantry: Anna's House
Middle & High School Youth Ministry
from 8:30 a.m.-approx. 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays: Sept. 29 & Dec. 8
All 6th-12th graders are welcome to join us for this unique service opportunity. You will set up and prepare a food pantry that will serve between 150-200 families. Guests receive a lot of fresh produce, breads, and meat. You should plan to dress in layers and be willing to work hard!
Shanty Town- Homelessness Simulation
High School Youth Ministry
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE:
Begins: Saturday, October 27 from 1:00 p.m.
Ends: Sunday, October 28 at 8:45 a.m. following 7:30 Mass
Cost will cover food expenses and various service projects for the homeless and those in need in our community
All 9th-12th graders are welcome to join us for this unique opportunity to experience homelessness for one night.
We are also in need of a few adult chaperones.
Bring your own box to sleep in. Bring a pillow and sleeping bag, but do not plan to bring a change of clothes. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. We will participate in service in the afternoon. We will be attending 7:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 7 and you will be sent home shortly after Mass. Contact Ellice Bedel with questions!
Michaela Farms Service Day-Trip
6th-12th Graders welcome
Spring 2019 Date TBA
7:00 a.m.-approx. 4:00 p.m.
All 6th-12th graders are welcome to join us.
Registration will be online
BRING A SACK LUNCH
The farm is operated by the Sisters of Saint Francis and relies on the help of volunteers to keep its program running. We will be given various jobs to do, and we’ll also have a tour of the farm. This will count as 8 hours of service. We need Safe & Sacred-trained chaperones who have had background checks this year.
Please e-mail me if you’re willing to drive/chaperone.
3127 State Rd. 229
Batesville, IN 47006
Catholic Heart Workcamp Mission Trip
Location & Date for 2019 Trip TBA
COST: 2018 cost was $385
Current 8th-12th graders are eligible to attend
Join us for a week of service, prayer, and extreme fun! It's absolutely worth the sacrifice of time. Expect to grow a lot as a person and to grow deeply in your Catholic Faith. Serving the poor is always a tremendous experience.
E-mail Ellice Bedel if you are a teen or adult interested in attending
Nazareth Farm Mission Trip
Dodridge County, WV
2019 dates TBA
This is a transformative Mission Trip/Retreat Experience. Our group will travel to West Virginia to live out the 4 Cornerstones: Prayer, Service, Community, Simplicity. You will work harder than you ever have, pray more than you ever have, and fall even further in love with the God that created and loves you unconditionally.
NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference)
Nov. 21-23, 2019
More info to come
NCYC is a biennial gathering of high school youth from around the United States. It is an opportunity for you to experience the true universality of the Catholic Church by praying, going to Mass, and experiencing Christ in Reconciliation and Adoration with other Catholics from around the country.
NCYC always attracts some of the biggest and best known Catholic speakers and musicians, and brings them together to share their time and experiences with you in break-out sessions and workshops.
There are also plenty of opportunities for you to get to know other people from different regions of the U.S. Entertainment includes concerts, a dance, a comedy club as well as interactive exhibits.
Ultimately, NCYC is a weekend get-together with the you, the Holy Trinity, and 23,000 of your closest friends!