Servite Domino in laetitia! [Serve the Lord joyfully!]
- St. John Bosco -
At Saint John Bosco Parish, we are dedicated to supporting the involvement of children, teens, and families in the life and activity of our parish. We recognize the importance of everyone's gifts and to provide chances for all those gifts and blessings to shine through. Therefore, we excitedly promote a number of different opportunities for kids, teenagers, and young adults, doing our best to help them develop their relationship with God and live out their faith life in real and active ways. We’re happy to offer a variety of helpful resources and great activities in addition to providing opportunities in education and ministry to all those interested.
Start by looking at our Monthly Calendar with all of Upcoming Ministry Events! All of these events also count towards the Confirmation Program's Flex Ministry Hours.
Teens are invited to fun, monthly gatherings where they can hang out with other parish teens, explore their faith in relation to teen issues and themes, and build friendships. The nights are planned around age-appropriate topics for high school and for middle school.
Seek is for those who simply want to seek God, have a relationship with him, and learn what he teaches us in His Word. If you've never picked up your bible and don't even know where to begin, this is a good place to start!
Restore is a place to de-stress and take a break from the outside world. Leave behind homework, sports, and other extra curriculars for an hour to relax and be still. The group will have quiet time where you can journal, pray, read, color, do a craft, or whatever you feel called to do in the moment.
The Youth Ministry Rosary Group is an easy place to learn and follow along if you've never played a rosary before, as well as a welcoming space to pray in comminuty with a group of other families and peers!
The SJB Peer Leadership Team is a group of confirmed teens who serve as positive role models and witnesses to the faith among their peers and to younger children in the parish. As a Peer Leader you're supported as you grow in your own faith and are coached to reach out and minister to others by helping to lead retreats, faith formation classes, and other parish events.
Teens interested in hands-on community work and volunteer efforts are invited to participate in monthly meetings with Jenny Smith and Kim Reinwald to plan and carry out service activities throughout the year. Several of these teens are trained global ambassadors who will be planning efforts to address needs around the world.
We are always looking for help with our Youth Ministry Events! If you have any interest in joining our YM Core Team, please see the “Catechist and Adult Volunteers” page for more information or reach out to Kim at [email protected]
Teens invested in service and mission will participate with the parish Mission Team in a youth trip for 8 and 9th graders or week-long trip for 10 – 12th graders. Local day trips will also be planned for grades 7 – 12. Fundraising, planning meetings, and team-building activities are planned throughout the year.
Children Grades K–5 can participate in various fun activities that engage their interests and spark their faith. Pageants, Trunk-or-treat parties, holiday caroling, etc. will be announced throughout the year.
Events and activities are planned throughout the year to involve children in Grades 4-8 in simple, meaningful community service projects.
Other Youth-Related Parish Ministries
Children's Liturgy of the Word
- Mothers Group
Family Nights (Trivia, Karaoke, Game Night, Movie Night, etc.)
Parent Support Talks
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Sacred Life Ministry (suicide prevention, pro-life, euthanasia)