but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14


Steubenville NYC 2016

Youth Ministry at St. Catharine of Siena is divided into four different programs based on age:

Little Angels – for young children up through kindergarten

Kids for Christ – for children in 1st through 5th grades

Junior High Youth Program

Senior High Youth Program

Youth News & Upcoming Events: 

St. Catharine of Siena Youth Ministry events are in bold

Sunday 10/22 – The Family Fully Alive 100 years of Fatima at HGA. Families are invited to attend a Family Holy Hour, followed by dinner, a telling of the Fatima story, and a family craft.  Read the AD Times or visit the diocese website for more information. Registration required.

Thursday 10/26 – Sacrament of Confirmation at 4:30pm

Saturday 10/28 – Corn Maze at Mast Farms!   Open to all Junior and Senior high youth.  Always a good time! Invite your friends!!!! Permission slip (available on line) and $12 will be due to the parish center by 10/26. These can be dropped off after hours simply by putting everything in an envelope marked “Youth Ministry- corn maze” and slipping in mail slot  to the left of the door. Plan to attend the 4:30 Mass then meet in the social hall for a pizza supper before our carpool down there. (Looking for adults with clearances to volunteer as drivers/chaperones.  As always you are free!  Please contact Mrs. Stratton 610-406-0452 if you can help). Pick up will be 8:30pm from Mast Farm (2715 Main St. Morgantown).  They have 3 corn mazes, ZipLines, Jumbo Jumping Pillow, Hay Tunnels, Hay rides, Straw Mountain and so much more. Don’t miss the fun! everyone MUST BRING A FLASHLIGHT TO THIS EVENT

Monday 10/30 – Side by Side Session One (“More than Meets the Eye”) from 7-8:30pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm.  This program is designed for both young (Jr & Sr High youth) and old to learn and experience their shared faith “Side by Side”! Together we will learn from Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed”, which is a DVD 5 part series from Ascension Press. This seriesaddresses head-on one of the biggest problems we all face: How do we get Catholic teens (and adults) to appreciate the awesome beauty and mystery of the Mass…and to actually look forward to attending and participating?  Location TBD.

What is Altarations? Through a unique learning experience, including powerful cinematography and workbook resources, participants will come to see the Mass and the priesthood in a dramatically new way. Alteration is designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire souls to a deep and lasting love for the Mass.

After experiencing the “why” behind the “what” of the Mass, Catholic teens (and adults) will…Enter Prepared, Participate with Sincerity, and Exit with Purpose!

Altarations captures the beauty and depth of the Mass, while its top-notch production makes the videos and resources relevant and accessible, particularly for young people.”        -Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Light refreshments will be served.  Workbook recommended but not required. Contact Deanna Stratton (610-406-0452) if interested in workbook by 10/16 or order for yourself at AscencionPress.com.

Questions you may have:

I’m a teen interested but my parents are busy.  Can I still come?

Absolutely! We just ask that your parents fill out a permission slip when dropping you off.  That way should you fall off your chair and break your arm, we’ll have a number to contact them with. Rules! Sorry.

I’m an adult with no young person in my life but would love to check this out. Can I still come?

Absolutely! And you do not need a permission slip J

I’m not sure we (parent and teen) can make each of the 5 nights.  Should we still sign up?

Definitely! Come to those you can.  Better to get something, than nothing. God is calling you.

I have friends from other parishes.  Can I invite them too?

Sure!  The more the merrier.

Sunday 11/5 – 40 Hours close of October’s month of Adoration. Open to all in the parish, SCS school and Altar servers must attend.

Monday 11/6 – Session 2, “Side by Side”- “Our Father’s Plan” 

Saturday 11/11 – all day! Pilgrimage to “Catholic” Philadelphia for senior high youth and their friends.  Have fun while checking out several sites in Philadelphia.  More information to come soon.  Permission Form below.  Will need adult drivers/chaperones.  Adults interested in helping please contact Mrs. Stratton or Fr John Rother soon. (Must have all clearances in place).

Sunday 11/12 – Culture of Encounter, Holy Hour in honor of Our Lady of Fatima 7-8pm.  “We become, what we behold” Family Eucharistic Adoration is just what every family needs.  Note these “Holy Hours” will be offered monthly throughout the Berks Deanery all year.  However we are the kickoff event! Let’s make it great with your attendance.  Our Holy Hour will include a Fatima reflection from Father Rother, Teen led Rosary, confessions available and moments of silence to focus on Christ. All are welcome!

Monday 11/13 – Session 3, “Side by Side”- “The Mystery Revealed”.

Saturday 11/18 – Regional Youth Leader meeting 9am at St. Columbkill. to discuss ideas/collaborate.

Monday 11/20 Session 4, “Side by Side”-“What is Our Response?”  (Note that 11/27 is an “Off” night from this program).

Date TBD – kick off of recruitment for Senior High School Youth Retreat! Interested in signing up? Contact Mrs. Stratton or Fr John Rother.

Monday 12/4 – Session 5 (last one) “Side by Side”-The Why’s Behind the Whats”.

Tuesday 12/5 – Planning meeting at 7pm for senior high youth and adults interested in youth ministry at our parish. Location TBD.

Sunday 12/17 – Jr & Sr High Youth Christmas Party and Mt Penn Christmas Caroling 5:00-8:15pm


Click Here to visit the official Youth Ministry website for the Diocese of Allentown

Please visit our Contacts / Resources page to find the contact information for Youth Ministry