7th & 8th Grade Youth Ministry

Welcome 7th & 8th Graders

Youth Ministry News

 REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER EXPLORER PASSPORT! Don't miss out on the summer fun - remember, you MUST register in advance for these events! See below for more information and registration forms! REGISTRATION DUE JUNE 2.
As we look ahead to the summer and beyond, planning must begin for next year! This is where Allie can use YOUR help. After settling in, now Allie wants to know how Youth Ministry is doing, and what will get YOU the most interested and involved! Please help out by taking this survey - the TEEN VERSION HERE and the PARENT VERSION HERE. They do have different questions, so please make sure you're taking the correct one. Please take the survey by Monday, June 10. Thank you!

May Events

"Senior" Prom Fiesta CANCELLED due to lack of RSVPs 

Summer Events

Vacation Bible Camp
Who: Leaders needed! We need teen volunteers to help out as counselors. 
When: June 24-28, 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Where: SJA
What: See the VBC page for more information
*This does count for service hours* 
Summer Explorer Program - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Who: Any student going into 7th grade to going into 12th grade
When: Multiple days
Where: Multiple venues
What: the Youth Ministry summer program is all new! Each month (June, July, and August), Youth Ministry is hosting 3 events - one fun/active/social, one spiritual/religious/faith-based, and one service. Students will get to pick and choose the events they attend, marking them off on their passport! The more events you attend, the better prizes you can win at the end of summer! Registration forms available here, forms and payment due back to Parish Office by June 2.
SEP Event Descriptions:

Metroparks Service Day: Tuesday, June 11 9am-12pm meet at SJA at 8:15 to carpool *

We’ll be going to the Acacia Reservation of the Cleveland MetroParks to serve our greater community by picking up litter and cleaning up the park. Water and snacks provided. Closed-toe shoes (sneakers/hiking boots) and long pants required. SEP t-shirt today!

Be the Light Retreat Day: Saturday, June 15 10am-5:30pm

Start off your summer with a day of retreat! We’ll be reflecting on the theme Be the Light – finding the light of God in the world, those around us, and ourselves. The day will end with us going to 4:30pm mass as a group. Lunch and snacks provided. Active clothing highly suggested – we’ll be moving a lot and outside part of the day.

Canoeing/Kayaking: Wednesday, June 19 10am-2pm meet at SJA at 9 to carpool

Join us as we take a trip downriver at Camp HI! Choose between a canoe, tandem kayak, or single kayak for your 2 mile adventure down the Upper Cuyahoga River. We’ll end with a cookout and games next to the river. Swimsuits/clothing you don’t mind getting wet and shoes that you can wear in the water mandatory. It is suggested to bring dry clothes and a towel. Paddles and life vests are provided by Camp Hi.

Pioneer Water Park: Friday, July 5 11am-3pm meet at SJA at 10 to carpool

Relax after 4th of July by joining us poolside! We’ll be at Pioneer Water Park, where you can enjoy a pool, water slides, and more! Please keep swimsuits modest. Please bring a bag lunch or money to purchase a lunch.

Cleveland Food Bank: Wednesday, July 10 10am – 12pm meet at SJA at 9 to carpool *

We’ll serve our greater community today by volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank to sort and repack donations. Event registration on the Cleveland Food Bank website mandatory – instructions to follow for those that sign up. Long pants and closed-toe shoes mandatory. SEP t-shirt today!

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Sunday, July 14 12pm-2:30pm meet at SJA at 10:45 to carpool

We’ll journey downtown to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for 12pm mass, followed by a tour of the cathedral. Come learn about the center of the Catholic Church in Cleveland!

Captain’s Baseball Game: Friday, August 2 7pm Meet at SJA at 5:45 to carpool

We’re going out to the ballgame! Join us at a Lake County Captain’s Baseball game, complete with fireworks! SEP t-shirt today!

The Fest: Sunday, August 4 2pm-10pm meet at SJA at 12:45 to carpool

Come together with other Catholics from all over to hear world-famous Christian bands, say the rosary, participate in Eucharistic Adoration, and more! End the day with mass said by Bishop Perez along with thousands of other people. Schedule for the day to be determined – come for part of the time or stay all day! SEP t-shirt today!

Service Day at St. Aloysius: Monday, August 12 1pm-4pm meet at SJA at 12 to carpool

Serve teens and younger kids just like you as we work at St. Aloysius-St. Agatha Parish and School in the Colinwood/Glenville area of downtown Cleveland. We’ll be helping to get the school ready for the new school year. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toe shoes. SEP t-shirt today!

* Indicates an optional lunch at SJA after the event  

Contact Us

Allie Gall
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
[email protected]

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Parent Volunteers

To help youth group events run smoothly, we need parent volunteers!
Please sign up to be a parent volunteer by filling out this form.
Volunteers currently needed for 12/23. 

Forms and Downloads

The letter Allie wrote to introduce herself to the community.

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