Ongoing Youth Ministry Events
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For information about Youth Ministry and SMASH, please contact:

Deanna Lane
Director of Youth Ministry

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SMASH Prayer

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for blessing us with a community of believers that worships and prays together.

Help us, Lord. Help us lead lives we can take pride in despite all of today’s pressures.

Remind us, Lord. Remind us that when we are lost and lonely, you are always near.

Forgive us, Lord. Forgive us for we are far from perfect and grant us hearts that are open to forgiving others.

Give us strength, Lord. Give us strength to hear your voice and follow your plan today and always.


Youth Ministry Philosophy
The Student Ministry program at Sacred Heart strives to empower the teens of the parish to live as Disciples (followers) of Christ, to draw them into responsible participation in the social and spiritual life of the parish and to foster their personal and spiritual growth through a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and their relationship with Jesus.

What is SMASH? Watch the video above for a sneak peek...

SMASH (Student Ministry at Sacred Heart)
SMASH on Wednesdays: Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in weekly youth gatherings from 6:30-8:30 most Wednesdays during the school year. Participants have the opportunity to explore their faith and grow in their relationship with God through the use of music, media, prayer, games, stories, talking with peers and more. No registration necessary, come any time! 
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Service: Opportunities to serve others are offered throughout the year such as serving a meal at Catholic Worker House, Courage League Sports and Christmas shopping with underprivileged kids. Extended service trips are offered during spring break (FIA) and in the summer.  

Community Building: Many opportunities to build community are available through events such as Ice Skating, Lazer Tag, and Summer Beach Bash to name a few. 

Teen Choir: This energetic group leads upbeat music for Mass about once a month (usually 11:15). Rehearsals are two or three Sunday’s a month from 6:30-8:00 pm. New singers and instrumentalists welcome any time throughout the year. See Calendar for schedule. 

What's Happening!


NCYC - National Catholic Youth Conference 

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to attend NCYC in Indianapolis Nov. 19-22, 2015. Join over 20,000 young Catholics for three exciting days filled with powerful speakers, engaging workshop sessions, energetic concerts, meaningful prayer experiences, exhibits and more.
CLICK HERE for more information and a registration form. Registration deadline extended through September 2015 (disregard May 10 deadline on the printed materials)

Upcoming Calendar Highlights (Complete 2015-16 Calendar coming soon)
July 8  Courage League Service Opportunity
July 18 Mission Trip Send Off Service and Potluck
July 19-25 Summer Mission Trip to Omaha/Winnebago Indian Reservation
Sept. 9 Confirmation 2015 Candidate Session 6:30-8:00
Sept. 13 Teen Choir Rehearsals begin 6:30-8:00
Sept. 16 Back to SMASH Bash 6:30-8:30 (all 9th-12th) (SMASH on Wed. continues weekly)
Oct. 7 Confirmation 2015 Candidate and Parent session/rehearsal
Oct. 11 2015 Confirmation Mass 4:00
Oct. 18 Confirmation 2016 Kick-Off Meetings & Rite of Acceptance
Oct. 25 DCYC (Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference @ Dowling)
Oct. 25 Sacred Heart Parish Day of Service
Nov. 4 Confirmation 2016 Candidate Session 6:30-8:00
Nov. 19-22  NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, IN

View Photos from the Summer 2014 Mission Trip: Colorado Flood Relief 

The mission trip was a HUGE success. We worked hard, played hard and most importantly, prayed hard! Thanks to all for their prayers and financial support of this year's trip. Click this link to enjoy many pictures from the week.

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