Steubenville Youth Conference!

Steubenville pre-registration is here!

Steubenville is for any current 8th-12th grade youth (anyone entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 -OR- who will be a Class of 2018 High School Graduate.)

“In this way, the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.” 1 John 4:9

We live in a world where there are voices shouting at us from all sides, trying to tell us who we are and who we aren’t, who we should be and who we shouldn’t be. If we pay too much attention to these voices, it won’t be long before we forget our true identity altogether.

But amidst all the noise is our loving Father, who wants to make Himself known to us and speak the truth about who we are. God’s love is deeper and His plan for our lives is greater than anything the world has to offer – will we allow Him to reveal it to us?

This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will participate in 25 Steubenville Youth Conferences, and we want you to be one of them! Come experience the love of God in a new and more profound way. He has so much in store for you.

We have 2 great options this summer!  You can go with the archdiocese in July or join the Youth Ministry team in June to have a mini-mission trip also included with the conference.

The pre-registration forms are below.  Please fill them out and return them to Jordan at the Parish Office by the dates listed on each form. Registration happens for the Denver trip beginning January 16 and February 1st for the Archdiocese trip.  

Denver pre-registration form = June 19-24

Archdiocese pre-registration form = July 13-15

Please contact Jordan if you have any questions!!

Coming this Summer!! Just 5 Days

  • Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20, 2018 (5 day/4 night)
  • Roncalli High School
  • Open to youth entering grades 7-9 in the fall
  • The cost for youth to attend is $290
  • To reserve a spot, complete the pre-registration form located here

(This program will be replacing the Youth Serve sessions that have been offered in past years.  Just 5 Days is a middle school youth mission coordinated by the Center for Ministry Development (CMD) with content and schedule similar to Youth Serve)

FAITH is the heart of Just5Days. Our theme this summer is inspired by the scripture passage 1 Corinthians 12:27   “Now, you are the Body of Christ!” and the Catholic social teaching principle of solidarity.

SERVICE during Just5Days places youth in direct, hands-on work that meets real needs of the local community.

PRAYER begins and ends each day of Just5Days.

COMMUNITY within Just5Days is fostered through age-appropriate activities, group discussions, and simulation games.

CATHOLIC is who we are!  Just5Days promotes the principles of our Catholic faith, Sacred Scriptures, teachings of Pope Francis, and other holy men and women who have heard the call to follow Jesus and serve with love.

Steubenville Youth Conference

Preparations are underway to take young people in currently in grades 8-12 to this summer’s 2018 Archdiocesan-sponsored Steubenville Conference trip.  We will be attending Week 1 of the Mid-America Conference on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO from July 13-15, 2018.

 

Cost breakdown and deadlines:
The cost of the trip is $300 per person and includes the conference registration fee, meals, and dorm housing during the conference, transportation, and group t-shirt.

The $50 non-refundable deposit is due with pre-registration by Wednesday, January 31st to reserve a spot for the trip this year.  Please note that the $50 non-refundable deposit cannot be refunded for any reason after February 1. The balance is due by April 15.   Click here for the pre-registration form.

To help with the cost of this trip, Mary Our Queen Youth Ministry will give a $50  grant to students who regularly attend youth group or are actively involved in other Mary Our Queen parish ministries (EMHC, Lector, Altar Server, Catechist, Choir, Ministry of Hospitality, etc.)

Scholarships
Please contact our Omaha hub coordinator for Archdiocesan scholarship information, Beth Carlson at bccarlson@archomaha.org.   The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 30th.

Additional scholarships are also available directly through the Steubenville Mid-America Conference.  As of December 5, the application is not yet available online.

Mary Our Queen Youth Ministry will also have a limited amount of scholarship money available for parishioners.  Contact Jordan Moser in the Youth Ministry Office at jemoser@archomaha.org.  The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, March 30.

Squires and Youth Group Trick-or-Treating for Cans!

With the holiday season quickly approaching we will be setting out to collect cans again for Operation Others.  Operation Others provides food assistance to families at Christmas and educates others about these families in our community without enough in order to encourage a preferential option for the poor.   The cans we collect will be taken to Prep to be sorted and boxed to pass out to families in need of a good holiday meal.   On October 29th, from 6:00-7:30 pm, our high school and middle schoolers will be out in the Prarie Lane neighborhood to collect non-perishable canned or dry food items.  If you won’t be home and wish to donate, feel free to leave them on your porch with a note or drop them off at the church in the box labeled OO Trick-or-Treating for Cans.  Thank you in advance for the support!

MOQ Summer Youth Group

This summer for Youth Group we will be doing the Alpha Youth Film Series.  There are twelve episodes filmed in Vancouver, London, Paris, and Jerusalem, hosted by youth pastors Jason and Ben.  Alpha’s Youth Film Series explores timeless questions about faith, life and God for a new generation of teenagers in an engaging format.  Check out the trailer below!

Starting on Wednesday, May 31, we will be meeting in the Trinity Rooms for dinner at 6:00 pm.  Following dinner, we will be moving to the Future Sacristy to watch the video and discuss.  We will then enjoy desserts and games to end the night by 8:00 pm.

If you are interested in attending Youth Group this summer please contact Jordan at jemoser@archomaha.org.

 

National Catholic Youth Conference Meeting April 12!!

NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE:  Called

November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones.  The schedule includes keynote addresses and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics.  There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

Who can go to NCYC?    High school freshmen through seniors for the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to attend NCYC.  All registrations must be facilitated by a parish or school youth minister, pastor, or volunteer serving as the designated group leader.

We will be meeting at St. Robert’s on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Community Room to discuss the conference in depth.  This will include price and payment options, schedule details, all registration information, and chaperone information.

If you have any questions please contact Jordan at jemoser@archomaha.org 🙂

High School Senior Mass and Dinner

Please join us in celebrating these high schoolers biggest accomplishment, graduation!  On April 23, at 5 pm we will have a special mass with a dinner to follow.  For more information please check the attachment.

Please submit a senior photo and one other photo to Jordan at jemoser@archomaha.org.

senior mass 2017

A Challenge to Everyone..

This Lenten season I am challenging the youth to think about someone else other than themselves.  Some of the things we have talked about are simply smiling at someone passing by, holding a door open, sending a friendly note, or doing some other sort of service for someone else.  I would like to encourage you to try to do the same for the remainder of Lent.  🙂

I decided to partake in this challenge as well; so far I have found this to be one of the easier challenges that I have given the youth to do over the course of this year.  While babysitting the other day I was asked by one of the kids what I gave up for Lent, my response was that I wasn’t giving up anything but that I was going to take time to do more things for others.  I was told “you can’t do that; you have to give something up.”  While giving something up for the duration of Lent would be easy I wanted something that was going to challenge me every day!  I think many kids are so stuck in that mind set of you have to always give something up for Lent and that is the only option available.  This was why my challenge for the Youth Group members was going to challenge them in a different way.

So many times has it been thrown in my face that Millennial’s and younger generations are going to be the end of us.. But why? Maybe it’s because we aren’t taking enough time to develop these youth, our future, into the exceptional human beings God has made them to be.  Or maybe it’s because they have to learn things for themselves.  I don’t have kids now but being a Millennial I am sick of the bad street cred we are all given, due to the actions of few, and would like to change the older generations mind about those youngsters.  I want to take these superb youth of our parish and help become the exceptional human beings I know they can all be.  Next time you see someone in a younger generation stop and say something nice or positive to them so they have the hope that they need to better our country, because they are our future.  Let’s be positive and show these youth that they can break free from the stereotypes they have been given.

We are doing a Youth Group service project that we are hoping to get our whole parish involved in.  This is something that the kids are excited about and I wanted to share that with you all in ho0pes that you would be willing to lend a hand or even some words of advice.  I would love it if you all to help this younger generation learn what it is like to be a good person who thinks of others, not just because of a challenge but because they want to be a better person.  They want to be a role model for younger children to look up to.  I am hoping you all will join me on this journey to help make the youth of this parish the sons and daughters of Christ they were born to be.

In the spirit of service, I am so happy to announce that the Medical Mission is back on! Please join us at St. Robert’s on Sunday, March 12, from 3-6 p.m. to help out these wonderful doctors. We will be packing medicine for the doctors to take to Sudan. Come for an hour or stay the whole time! This is such a great service opportunity for the whole family!

Please contact Debbie Marcil at dmarcil@stroberts.com or Jordan Moser at jemoser@archomaha.org if you have any questions. We hope you can join us!

 

Young Catholic Professional Events in March!

Join Young Catholic Professionals for food, drinks, networking and fellowship on Thursday, March 2!  All young adults in their 20s and 30s in any profession or industry are invited to this FREE event.  Drink specials will be $2 Wells All Day and $1 off all Draft Pints.

The event will take place at Saints Pub Midtown Crossing (120 S 31st Ave. Omaha, NE 68131) from 6:30-9:00 P.M.

For more details or to RSVP follow the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/660652760781833/

 

Come to YCP Omaha’s March Executive Speaker Series! Mary Kay Leatherman will be giving her presentation on Living the Dream.
The event will be taking place on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church

6:30 p.m. Mass with Fr. John Norman
7 p.m. Networking Reception with free drinks and appetizers
7:45 p.m. Mary Kay Leatherman: Living the Dream

To read more about this event please refer to the Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/775192049298465/

 

To get more information about YCP Omaha or to check on the events, you can follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YCPOmaha/