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High School Youth Ministry

What it is
Emmaus Nights are not a class or youth group, but an ongoing retreat experience! There are aspects of our retreats that really resonate with the teens, and we wanted to translate those elements into a weekly opportunity. We want teens at Emmaus to encounter God, have time to relax, talk about faith or life, and form deep and meaningful relationships.

Each night starts with authentic fellowship and sharing, in small groups the students choose for themselves. That's followed by teaching/ enrichment - most of which comes from the 6 PM mass, followed by pizza in "Intermission." After pizza we have a short story about Jesus, and end the night with worship! An optional "After Hour" will give teens the chance to have more follow up discussions or 1-on-1s, or hang out and play games/have snacks!

Day/Time: Sundays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM (9:00 if you stay for the "After Social")
2017 Dates: Sept. 10*, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 17
*- Sept. 10 is a special schedule, Emmaus follows the Fall Festival from 4:00-7:00 PM instead of usual time
Location: Starts in the Courtyard, we also use the church/sanctuary

To Register: No Registration needed, and it's free! Open to 8th-12th graders

What it is: Retreat Team is an awesome opportunity for youth to share their faith, have a lot of fun, be part of a close-knit community, and change some lives! The Team helps plan and run off-site retreats through St. Odilia, working with our Youth Minister. Team members can help with anything from skits to games, logistics to icebreakers, faith testimonies to worship and prayer ministry.

How to Join: Retreat Team has two meetings in most weeks. Emmaus Nights are where our team prays together, talks with each other, and grows closer as a team. New leaders start with this piece, as they get to know the team and grow in their own faith! After joining us on Sundays and becoming part of the Retreat Team, students can officially apply to be on team (like they would apply to lead VBS, etc.).
Date/Time: Emmaus Nights are Sundays (see above), Business Meetings are Tuesdays 4-6 PM
Location: Emmaus meets in the Courtyard, business meetings are in the St. Odilia Youth Room
To Register: No registration required before attending meetings - but there is an application process to be on team, and each retreat will include a registration form & discounted event fee.

UPCOMING EVENT: Retreat Team has begun for the 2017-18 school year! Teens can apply to be on team, contact Scott for details, or just stop in at a Tuesday business meeting if interested. Meetings continue throughout the year, as we prepare for each retreat. Our current retreats scheduled for 2017-18 are: Nov. 10-12 (weekend Confirmation Retreat), Jan. 14-15 (offsite weekend Confirmation Retreat), Feb. 23-25 (weekend Confirmation Retreat)

We are currently preparing for the Fall Confirmation Retreat on November 10-12!

What it is: Lifeline is a huge teen mass and event that draws over 1,000 people per event! There are excellent, youth-oriented homilies and fantastic music by Christian rock group SONAR. Each month after mass there is a keynote speaker, concert, or breakout sessions. The event is hosted by NET Ministries, and features students from dozens of parishes each month. St. Odilia organizes a group to travel to and attend the events most months, and we also get dinner before the event - check below for details on registering and joining our group for the trip!

Date/Time: The 1st Saturday of each month, November-May
Times are usually 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM (but check prior to event as some months differ)

Location: Event is at NET Center in West St. Paul, we carpool from the Faith Formation building

To Register: Registration for the first of the 2017-2018 events is now live! We'll have each month's registration open at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the event.

The November 4 Lifeline event will be part of our 2017 Halloween Retreat!
Register for the retreat to both attend the great Lifeline event in the evening,
and the rest of the retreat activities, games and more throughout the day!

High Schoolers - Join the Spark Team and help us lead Faith Spark!
What it is: Faith Spark is St. Odilia's new youth ministry program for middle schoolers, designed to pump up our youth and inject some excitement into our experience of faith!
With live music, funny videos by our leaders, and high-energy games, these nights are sure to help spark some interest in faith for our kids. And the youth-oriented messages help students take those first steps in their faith. If this is our kidsí first experience with youth ministry, we want it to be an awesome one!

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
2017 - 2018 dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 24** Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, April 18, May 2
**Oct. 24th is our first "Faith Spark Encore" event at a different time. Head here for more details!

Location: The Courtyard at St. Odilia
To Register: No registration required, and it's FREE!
For more information
+ Kieffer, Scott
Click on name to see details.

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