CYO

See Updated CYO Schedule Below for Winter/Spring 2020!

Calendar is also in this weekend's bulletin!

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 Winter/Spring 2020 Calendar

Seniors bring desserts in February; Juniors in March; Sophomores in April. Thx.
Sunday, February 2: No CYO meeting. Super Bowl Sunday.
Sunday, February 9: No CYO meeting—winter recess.
Sunday, February 16: 7:30-8:45 PM. Leadership Night.
Sunday, February 23: 7:30-8:45 PM. “Theodore and the Art of Bullying.” Soap Box icebreakers.
Friday, March 6: Service event.
5:00-8 PM Decorate for Irish Night party. Pizza will be served.
Saturday, March 7: Service event. 5:30-8:30 PM: Serve dinner at Irish Night at St. Mark’s. No Sunday meeting.
Thursday, March 12: 6:30-8:30 PM. Service Night. Movie “Unplanned” at St. Denis Church (location change!) Fr. Padovani will be the featured presenter. CYO members needed to  host—act as ushers, serve refreshments, etc. Permission slips required.
Sunday, March 15: 9:15-9:35 AM. Speak to 8th graders about CYO program. (Volunteers needed.)
7:30- 8:45 PM. CYO St. Patrick’s celebration. “St. Patrick and other favorite saints.” Catholic Art Night.
Monday, March 16: 7:30-7:55 PM: Speak to 8th graders about CYO program. (Volunteers needed.)
Sunday, March 22: 7:30-8:45 PM: Rehearse for Stations of the Cross. Cast and crew only in upstairs Church.
Saturday, March 28: 9:30 AM-2 PM. Service Day at Soup Kitchen in Asbury Park. Must wear hat and bring permission slip.
Sunday, March 29: 7:30-8:45 PM. Stuff the Eggs Night. CYO confessions. Rehearsal for Stations of the Cross.
Palm Sunday, April 5: Easter Egg Hunt after 10 AM Mass.
7:30-9:00 PM: Dress rehearsal for Stations of the Cross.
Holy Thursday, April 9: Washing of the Feet at evening Mass. Volunteers needed.
Good Friday, April 10: Present the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM. Arrive by 6:30 PM.
Easter Sunday, April 12: Happy Easter! No CYO.
Sunday, April 19: 6-7 PM. Senior Supper with Monsignor Sean in Rectory.
Sunday, April 26: 6:30-8 PM. CYO barbecue. This may be moved to May.
Summer: CYO miniature golf with alumni. Time and place TBA. Summer service at Care One at Wall—Time and dates TBA