S.A.Y. (St. Aloysius Youth) is our high school youth group that gathers weekly, typically following the Religious Education program calendar, on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in Clare Hall. All youth in grades 9-12 from both public and parochial schools in Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Otsego and other surrounding area schools are welcome to join us for activities. Those activities include spiritual nights, lesson nights, service nights and the ever-popular game nights. In addition to our weekly gatherings, we have offered a winter ski trip, spring barbeque and small study groups.
Throughout the year, we encourage spiritual growth opportunities sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo, Foundation for Life, and the Catholic Youth Organization. Some of these include Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Retreat, Youth Elect Service (YES) Project, XLT: music and praise nights, and the annual Steubenville Youth Conference. More information about the current opportunities for our high school students in these outside activities is found here.
Additionally, youth in our parish are encouraged to get involved in parish life. Youth Called to Service (YCtS) is an open invitation to serve our parish in a multitude of ways including participation in The Holy Mass. More information about YCtS will be available soon on its own page.
S.A.Y. would not be possible without the support of adult volunteers. We are looking for adult team members to support us in our efforts and in this vital ministry.
If you are middle school student, check out the F.I.A.T. (Faith In Action Team) page for students in grades 5-8.
S.A.Y. NEWS & NOTES
New Committee on Youth
The Youth Program Focus Group has now become the Committee on Youth. The chairperson is Scott Goodrich, our very own seventh grade religious education teacher. He and the committee have identified three areas of focus: recreational events, fundraising, and enhancements to our current Wednesday night SAY program. They would like to invite other interested high school youth and adults to join them in their efforts. The next committee meeting is Thursday June 14 at 7-8:30 p.m. in school, Room 103. The time to get involved is NOW! All are welcome!
Diocesan Youth Day at Cedar Point
The date is Tuesday June 19. The day is open to all students in grades 6-12 and their families. Cost is $42 per ticket. Tickets will be sold the day of the event at a window designated for the “Diocese of Toledo” just to the right of the Main Entrance. Tickets will only be sold from 9 a.m. – noon. Bonus: Mass in the park will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Park hours are 10 a.m. -10 p.m.
The new Committee on Youth will host a barn party on Saturday June 30 from 6-10 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. The main dish and drinks will be provided. Location information on the release form. Students must complete this participation release form in order to attend.
Do you need service hours or have free time to volunteer?
The parish has several opportunities for youth volunteers this summer.
Corpus Christi Celebration (F.I.A.T. event)
June 2, set up at 4 p.m.
Contact Heather Sekerak 419-352-4195
Vacation Bible School
June 11, 13-15 preparation days
June 18-22 program, arrive at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Jean Bargiel 419-352-4195 ext. 110
June 28 drop off, times vary
June 29-30 sale days, times vary
Contact Parish Office 419-352-4195
YES Project at St. Mary’s Millersville
July 13-15, arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Contact Heather Sekerak 419-352-4195
Other opportunities open to youth in the Toledo Diocese: click here
Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30
S.A.Y. Fundraiser at Rummage Sale
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Friday) and 9 a.m. – noon (Saturday) • Hartmann Hall
Saturday June 30
Barn Party and Bonfire
location and more information on the release form
Youth Group Activities
Students preparing for youth-led Stations of the Cross.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa visits Bowling Green.
Posing with the “Pope” at the Steubenville Youth Conference.
Musicians warming up before youth-led Stations of the Cross.
Students enjoy the Pond Party.
Fr. Mark celebrates Mass outdoors with the youth during the Pond Party.