StAY Catholic Youth Group for Teenagers

StAY Catholic is starting its second year at St. Anthony’s. We are a youth-driven, youth-led ministry for 9th-12th grade students. We meet September through June and take the summer off. Our weekly meetings are on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Saint John Paul II Tru-Legacy Center. We have lots of food, games, and a student-led lesson every week. We are currently using the Life Teen book 100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know by Mark Hart and Todd Lemieux. Each teenager receives a book and t-shirt. There is no cost to the teenager to be a part of this youth group.

Mission Statment

ACT justly, LOVE mercy, WALK humblyThe mission of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church youth group is to establish a foundation for building Christian character, morals, values, and behaviors in the youth by using creative and innovative methods to excite, inspire, capture, and ignite young people for Jesus. We will strive to achieve this with the full support of Father Andrew and the fusion of youth driven resources of Life Teen and Ascension Press.

Meeting Format

We meet in six-week blocks and then take one week off. Week six is always a social event. Each regular meeting has 30 minutes of social interaction, 30–40 minutes of a lesson, and 20–30 minutes of activity. We start and end with prayer and prayer intentions.

Activities and Highlights from 2017–2018

Here are some of the amazing highlights from 2017–2018:

  • Designed StAY Catholic t-shirts
  • Attended the Love My Life rally in Raleigh
  • Assisted with church receptions in the parish hall
  • Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Dinners at Brixx, Vito’s, Panera Bread, and Maguro
  • Raised $1,156.73 from bake sales to attend a 3-day Steubenville Atlanta Youth Conference, an outreach of Franciscan University

Points of Contact for More Information

Sophia Felicetta (732) 547.1832
Luis Garcia (910) 992.0212
Donna Boyce (910) 690.0485
Wendy Smyth (910) 315.9145