Youth Faith Formation Schedule
September 17-Classes begin, family meeting
October 15-Class, family meeting
October 22-Class, Patronal Feast, beginning 40 hours devotion.
November 1-All Saints Day, Holy Day of Obligation
November 19-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
November 26-No Class, Thanksgiving weekend
December 6-Parish Penance Service/First Reconciliation
December 17-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
December 24-No Class, Christmas Eve
December 31-No Class
January 21-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
February 14-Ash Wednesday
February 18-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
March 17-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
March 24-Class and Palm Sunday Procession
March 28-Holy Thursday
March 29-Good Friday
March 30-Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
March 31-No Class, Easter Sunday
April 21-Class, family meeting (parents and students meet in the Community Center)
April 25-Confirmation at Sts Peter and Paul, Huntington
May 19-Last Class, family meeting, Pentecost, First Holy Communion at 10:30 am Mass
Optional Summer Opportunities
Optional Summer Activities are in alphabetical order.
High school students are invited to a five-day residence camp to encounter Jesus Christ through understanding of five core themes: Beauty of Creation, Beauty of Art, Beauty of the Body and Sexuality, Beauty of Vocation and Beauty of Worship. Students will experience engaging talks, prayer, recreation, entertainment and community.
Dates: July 9-13, 2023
Where: University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring Street
Cost: $200 per camper
Contact Megan Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 260-399-7700, ext. 6703 with questions.
Where high-adventure activities lead to high-adventure faith.
Dates: 8 weeks to choose from June 11-August 4
Where: Centerburg, OH or Brighton, MI
Cost: $570 per camper
Week 1: July 16-21
Week 2: July 23-28
Cost: $325 for Fort Wayne-South Bend Parishioners ($425 for non-parishioners).
Scholarship Available: Yes
Registration Deadline: Not Listed
The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is a one-week, pre-college program that provides 80 high school students each year the opportunity to:
- Live on a college campus—and benefit from the peer mentorship of select Holy Cross College students
- Participate in lively seminar discussions that are rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by faculty from Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame
- Serve community organizations related to your area of interest
- Share community-building experiences with students from around the country
Choose your own spiritual adventure! Saints & Scholars participants choose one of six distinctive tracks that enable you to investigate how faith intersects with a wide range of subjects, including:
- Public Health
- Human Rights
Regardless of which track you choose, you will explore the Institute’s fundamental question: What kind of saint is God calling me to be?
Location: Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana
Date: June 26-30, July 10-14, or July 17-21
Scholarship Available: Yes, $275 scholarship through the Diocese, which makes the cost $150. Available on a first come, first serve policy. Contact Stephanie to reserve a scholarship.
Early deadline: March 25, 2023
Regular deadline: May 17, 2023
Notre Dame Vision is a 5-day experience on the Notre Dame campus designed to help participants discover and renew God’s call in their lives.
Connect with hundreds of other high school students as you learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live your faith. Immerse yourself in the Notre Dame campus and sharpen your spiritual vision to recognize God’s grace at work in your life.
With the rich insights of nationally-known speakers and the mentorship of active college students, in large group sessions and in small faith-sharing peer groups, Notre Dame Vision gives you the space and community to ask big questions about how God is calling you to use your talents in service to the Church and world.
We are not taking a group to Steubenville this year, but if you want to attend with your same-gender child(ren), I am happy to help you register! Send me an email.
Location: Steubenville, OH
Date: June 16-18, June 23-25, July 7-9 or July 14-16
Cost: $250 per person
Resources for Teens
FORMED-one-stop Catholic website and app for movies, shows and e-books. Sign up as member of “St. Paul of the Cross” for free access.
Hallow-Pray with millions around the world alongside Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Roumie, Sr. Miriam, Fr. Mike, and more on Hallow, the #1 prayer app in the world. Has both free and subscription features.
Laudate (does not have a website)-app available on Apple and Android with access to prayers, Daily Mass Readings, the Bible, church documents and more!
Resources for Parents
We live in an age of nonstop information. Not knowledge, not wisdom—just information. All of these conflicting bits and chunks of data are competing with us for the very souls of our children. If we don’t explain to our children why our Catholic Faith is logical, coherent, cohesive, consistent, and beautiful, they will have no reason to stick with it when the rest of the world tells them it’s stupid, superstitious, oppressive, irrelevant, and evil.
—Leila Millerfrom Raising Chaste Catholic Men
How to Form Saints, Not Just College Applicants
This webinar is a must-watch for parents! I have the book if anybody wants to borrow it.
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. The Gospel presents the life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as a model for our families.
We spend a lot of time worrying about our family’s welfare. Will we have enough money to send the kids to the best schools? Will they find and establish a lucrative career? Will they fit into polite society?
But the only question that finally matters is: have they found their mission from God? The family is meant to be, as John Paul II described it, an ecclesiola, a little Church. And the Church’s purpose is to discern and foster the missions of its people.
What makes a family holy is its capacity to surrender itself to a higher goal, as in Aristotle’s definition of friendship. When the family turns in on itself, it devolves into dysfunction. “If you love someone, set them free,” says the famous quotation attributed to American writer Richard Bach. The holy family is one that is free for God’s work. Bishop Barron, December 31, 2017
National Eucharistic Revival
- NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: Here is a video message from our office regarding the National Eucharistic Congress in 2024. VIDEO LINK
- We are encouraging our youth and young adult ministry leaders to prioritize the National Eucharistic Congress (July 17-21, 2024) for their summer plans next year. The last National Eucharistic Congress was more than 80 years ago.
- Youth group leaders and students can receive special youth ministry pricing ($250 / ticket) for the National Eucharistic Congress through registering here: It will be important that they list “Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend” as their diocese in registration. (See the “registration questions” in the attachment.)
- Families registering with children under the age of 18 should register here: ($299/adult, $99/child age 3-18, Free for lap children age 0-2).
- Adults and young adults can buy discounted passes ($299) here through the diocese: https://diocesefwsb.org/eucharist-events/#congress
- In 2024, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is expected to journey through our diocese (likely in the South Bend side of our diocese).
- In the summer of 2023, our diocese will be a pilot for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage with an 8-day Eucharistic Pilgrimage from Fort Wayne-South Bend.
As our country makes preparations for a 2024 National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has been selected as a preparation site to host a Cross-diocesan Eucharistic Pilgrimage in June of 2023. Catholic Faithful will follow the Eucharistic Lord through our cities, highways, rural roads, and small towns. The Cross-diocesan Eucharistic Pilgrimage will happen June 4 (Fort Wayne) to June 11 (South Bend). Our diocese is seeking a small team of pilgrims to walk the entire 100+ mile pilgrimage over 8 days with Jesus. Additionally, Catholic faithful, priests, and deacons will be invited to join for portions of the Eucharistic Pilgrimage on the various days of the week of June 4-June 11, 2023. Interested in joining for the full pilgrimage? Email John: email@example.com. Interested in joining part of the pilgrimage? Find more information and registration (coming soon) at diocesefwsb.org/procession.