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Youth Ministry

Sacred Heart Parish Youth Program is available to students attending 7th through 12th grades. A major emphasis of the program is becoming involved in the mass, service to the parish and service to the larger community. Activities the youth are involved with include retreats, social activities and community service projects.

Please welcome our Youth Minister Abby Jones to Sacred Heart Parish. Abby is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Hospitality Management and Human Resources with a minor in Leadership. She grew up in a small town called Westphalia with her parents, two brothers, and dog. She was recently married to Trevor Jones in July 2021. Her hobbies include running, water skiing, crafting, reading, and traveling. She worked at Walt Disney World as an intern and traveled to 8 countries in Europe. She is here to bring her passion for faith to life!  Abby grew up Catholic and has always been involved in her church, going to retreats, bible studies and in college, she led Bible studies and retreats. Abby is excited about helping the students and families come together for some fun and faith-filled events like sporting events, volunteer opportunities, movies, bible studies, retreats, and hopefully, pilgrimages in the future.

Upcoming Youth Events 2022

Come and visit the sisters of Mercy in Alma! Meet the sisters, tour the convent, and join them for prayer. We will leave Mt Pleasant at 2:00 pm and return around 5:30 pm.

Please join us for an evening of sharing how God can turn Broken lives into Beautiful testimonies for His glory. Pro-Life speaker Abby Johnson will be sharing her story at this event and how she is involved in the pro-life movement. She is a former Planned Parenthood worker, whom the movie Unplanned is about. The event will take place from 6:30-9:00pm in Midland. If you are interested, please let me know by September 15th. We will provide transportation. A $20 donation is recommended, not required. Parents are welcome to attend as well.

It is wonderful to see the youth get involved. Parishioners enjoy attending Thursday school masses to see the students participating in roles throughout the mass. We will be having an opportunity for students to participate in roles on the weekend masses. The roles include: serving (3), readers (3), sacristan, ushers (5), gifts (3), eucharistic ministers, and anyone who would like to singing in the choir.

We will have a retreat for 9th-12th graders to raise homelessness awareness. This is a great opportunity for students to learn empathy and how living out the Corporal Works of Mercy can help our community.

Cardboard City is a homeless experience where individuals will spend the night in cardboard boxes to experience what many homeless families and individuals go through. A simple meal will be served for dinner and there will be activities, entertainment, a presentation, and service-based education throughout the evening.
The event will begin with check in at 6:00pm and students will depart at 9:00am the next day.
 

We will be hosting a haunted house in the Big House on 305 Franklin St. If you are interested in volunteering, we are in need of some volunteers to help make this a spooktacular event! This will be a fundraising event for those going on the World Youth Day Retreat. 
If you would like to participate, please let me know what days you are able to work.
The haunted house will be open at 7:00pm and ticket sales will end at 10:00pm.
You are able to get service hours for this event
 

This is our pending date to rake leaves it may change depending on how the season is. This event is an opportunity to help those in need. I talk to the church and Commission on Aging to seek out those who need the leaves raked in their yard. We value service and how we can spread our faith and witness by helping those in our community. You are able to get service hours for this event.

It is wonderful to see the youth get involved. Parishioners enjoy attending Thursday school masses to see the students participating in roles throughout the mass. We will be having an opportunity for students to participate in roles on the weekend masses. The roles include: serving (3), readers (3), sacristan, ushers (5), gifts (3), eucharistic ministers, and anyone who would like to singing in the choir.

Contact

Contact Abby Jones if you are interested in any events at Ajones@sha.net or calling the parish office at 989-772-1385.

If you would like to stay in the loop about Youth Ministry activities please email me, Abby Jones at ajones@sha.net. Please tell me your full name and phone number (parents or students) and I will add you to an app called Remind. The app will allow me to send out text message updates of anything going on and keep you all updated about events or changes to events!!

Upcoming Opportunities

WORLD YOUTH DAY LISBON 2023

WHAT IS WORLD YOUTH DAY? 

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. WYD is open to all young people (ages 16-35) who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and His Church. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, through prayer and the sacraments, together with hundreds of thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?

World Youth Day 2023 is from July 28, 2023 to August 7, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Check out the official WYD Lisbon 2023 website.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PILGRIMAGE? 
  • Roundtrip Airfare and ground transportation
  • 10 nights in Portugal, including a panoramic tour of Lisbon
  • Visit to the Fatima Shrine and sites of apparitions
  • WYD Registration and access to all WYD events
  • Most of the meals are included
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP?

May 7th so that we are able to start planning and booking our amenities. 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Email Abby Jones, our Youth Ministry for more information: ajones@sha.net

 

Recent Events

 
Spooktacular Halloween Party- Oct 29th

NET Ministries Retreat- November 3-4

Leaf Raking- November 7

Youth Activities

Youth Activities/Volunteer Opportunities

  • Retreats
    • Steubenville and NCYC
  • Caroling
  • Youth Led Mass
  • Leaf Raking For Parishioners
  • Halloween Party
  • Kickball, Volleyball, Hotdogs, Ice Cream & More!
  • Christmas Outreach
  • Volunteer Projects
  • Haunted House
  • Movie Nights
  • Pro-Life Events
  • Local March for Like