CYO

Sign Up for the Champion for Life Dinner on Sunday, October 27th, at 5 PM Doolan's Shore Club

Msgr. Sean is the 2019 Champion! He'd love to see you there! No charge. Service hours. Contact Mrs. Reilly (see "CYO News' in bulletin for details).

St. Mark’s High School CYO

St. Mark’s CYO youth group is open to all high school teenagers. Our meetings are typically Sunday evenings (7:30-9 PM) during the school year. We not only learn about our Catholic faith but put faith into action by engaging in numerous service activities including working at an Asbury Park soup kitchen and visiting a local nursing home. We assist at the annual Champion for Life dinner, are servers at the St. Patrick’s Day party at St. Mark’s, and we also present the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday as well as well as run the parish Easter Egg hunts.
CYO is an opportunity to bond with other teens who share our common faith and compassion to serve others. It is also a great social outlet with lots of social events: our Girls and Guys’ Nights, Bowling and Miniature Golf, our annual barbecue, Senior Supper with Monsignor Sean, plus our Thanksgiving and Christmas parties! We have Game Board Night, Leadership Night, Comedy Night and very special guest speakers. If you wish to develop your leadership skills, there are plenty of opportunities for you to lead a meeting or discussion group or design and implement a new CYO activity and then get it organized and completed. Our current and former CYO members have written and directed movies as well as implemented Operation Christmas Child, Operation Cookies for U.S Soldiers in Afghanistan and a charity bike-a-thon into our program. Our annual Christmas wreath sale enables us to donate thousand of dollars to many worthy charities such as Madonna House, St. Denis Doves and the Mission of Mercy– Uganda missions.
Our primary goal in CYO is to make all our teens feel welcomed in our church and to help them realize their special role in knowing, loving and serving God and others through our faith community. CYO members make lifelong friends in our program.

CYO Fall 2019 Calendar

(Desserts: Juniors in Oct., Sophomores in Nov., and Freshmen in Dec./Jan.)

Wednesday, October 2: 7-8 PM. CANCELLED! Duggan Hall above Spring Lake police station. Planning meeting for DARE Scary Walk on October 26. Service opportunity.
Sunday, October 6: 7:30-8:45 PM. CYO meeting at Church. “Why I am God’s Greatest Miracle”
Sunday, October 13: No CYO. Columbus Day holiday.
Saturday, October 19: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Service day at the Asbury Park Soup Kitchen. Must wear a hat and bring a permission slip.
Sunday, October 20: 7:30-8:45 PM. “Drug and Alcohol Awareness Night”
Sunday, October 27: 4:15-8:15 PM. Service night for Champion for Life (Msgr. Sean is THE CHAMPION!) dinner at Doolan’s Shore Club. Permissions slips required.
Sunday, November 3: 7:30-8:45 PM. CYO Board Game Night. Please bring your favorite board games to share with other CYO members. Plus we will be making plans for Operation Christmas Child, Operation Christmas Candy, and the rest of our fall service events. Sophomores bring desserts.
Sunday, November 10: No CYO due to Teacher’s Convention.
Saturday, November 16: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Service day at the Asbury Park soup kitchen. Must bring a permission slip and wear a hat.
Sunday, November 17: 7:30-8:45 PM. Operation Christmas Child. Please bring 1-2 empty shoeboxes, old Christmas wrapping paper, scissors, scotch tape. Also bring toys, art supplies and health items for packing in the boxes but do not pack the box ahead of time. Some suggestions: coloring books, crayons, soccer ball with pump, foam balls, slinky, etch a sketch, plastic dinosaurs etc, toy cars, Yo-Yo, small kite, comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, etc.
Monday, November 18: Drop off Operation Christmas boxes between 4-6 PM. Presbyterian Church on the Hill.
Sunday, November 24: 7:30-8:30 PM. Thanksgiving with Monsignor Flynn and our families. Please bring a favorite appetizer or dessert from your Thanksgiving table to share with everyone. Operation Christmas Candy begins. Bring Hershey Kisses or hard Christmas candy.
Saturday, November 30-Sunday, December 1: Christmas Wreath sale at all Masses. All proceeds will be donated to charities. No night meeting. Every CYO member should sign up to sell wreaths at one of the weekend Masses. Arrive 4 PM for Saturday Mass, 7:30 AM for 8 AM Mass, 9:45 for 10 AM Mass and 11:45 AM
for 12 noon Mass.
Sunday, December 8: 7:30-8:45 PM. CYO Christmas caroling on Crescent Pkwy, followed by CYO Christmas party. Last night to bring in donations for Operation Christmas Candy. Freshmen bring Christmas desserts.
Sunday, December 15: 5-6 PM. Christmas Caroling at Sunnyside Manor in Wall. Permission slip required.
December 22 and December 29: No CYO due to Christmas and
New Year holidays.