“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“Serve one another through love.”
St. Gabriel Youth Group was formed in the fall of 2005 with the purpose of providing High School youth of the parish the opportunity to earn the service hours that are required for graduation from Catholic High Schools. It is also a chance for them to stay connected to St. Gabriel Parish and to continue to grow in their faith as young adults. There are opportunities throughout the year to earn service hours, and a weeklong service trip is offered during the summer. The Youth Group earns the money for their summer service trip through several fundraisers. The main source of the funds is raised from the Middle School Trivia Night that the teens plan and run.
The spiritual needs of the teens are addressed by our yearly retreat, which is planned by a team of High School Seniors from the group. The service trip also offers nightly reflection/prayers, to help the teens focus on the reason that they are serving others, and to help them realize that they are Christ’s Disciples.
The Youth Group meets monthly, usually the first Sunday evening of each month, but that schedule is flexible to meet the needs of the teens, i.e. exams, school plays, etc. We also have a winter and summer planned fun outing, and the teens often get together outside of youth group meetings and events. Although we are the St. Gabriel Youth Group, our teens have invited their high school friends to join us, and we now have several other parishes represented in our group. Eighth grade students are invited to attend our yearly retreat, and then are able to join the Youth Group. All high school age teens are invited to join us!
As members of the Youth Group have graduated from high school, they have stayed involved to mentor the teens. As this group grows with each graduating class, we hope to eventually have a College/Young Adult Group. We appreciate the time the young adults continue to devote to the youth group when they are home from college.
"THE BEST WAY TO FIND YOURSELF IS TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS."