See Updated CYO Schedule Below for November and December!
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 Fall 2019 Calendar
There are some changes in the calendar reflecting the fact that we will not be able to get the Christmas wreaths until Dec. 7-8. Sophomores bring desserts in November. Freshmen bring desserts in December.
Sat., Nov. 16: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM: CYO Service Day at the Asbury Park Soup Kitchen. You must sign up with me. Please bring a permission slip and wear a baseball cap. Thx!
Sunday, Nov. 17: 7:30-8:45 PM. Operation Christmas Child. Please bring 1-2 empty shoeboxes, Christmas wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. Also bring toys, art supplies, health items. Do not pack your box ahead of time! Some suggestions: coloring books and crayons, soccer ball with pump, Slinky®, Etch-a-Sketch®, toy cars, foam balls, yo-yos, small dolls, kites, combs, hairbrushes.
Monday, Nov. 18: Gifts are dropped off in Operation Christmas Child boxes between
4-6 PM @ Presbyterian Church on the Hill.
Sunday, Nov. 24: 7:30-8:45 PM. Our Thanksgiving celebration! Please bring a favorite appetizer or dessert from your Thanksgiving table! Operation Christmas Candy begins! Please bring Hershey’s Kisses® or hard Christmas candy. Candy will be gifted by Missionaries of Charity Sisters to local prisoners on Christmas Day.
Sunday, Dec. 1: No CYO. Thanksgiving holiday.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8: Christmas wreath sale at all Masses. All proceeds will be donated to charities. Every CYO member should sell wreaths at one of the weekend Masses. Arrive a half hour before Mass to put the bows on the wreaths. The night of Dec. 8th, we will be Christmas caroling on the Crescent followed by our Christmas party. Please bring a $5 gift to exchange with another CYO member. Last night for Operation Christmas Candy.
Sunday, Dec. 15: 5-6 PM. Christmas caroling at Sunnyside Manor in Wall. Permission slip required.
No meetings on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 due to Christmas and New Year’s holidays!