The CYO had its first Bible Night: CYO Presents Great Stories of the Bible, this past Thursday night.
Our production was hosted and directed by senior Liam Sittig who with Meghan Cattani, Thomas Fury, Sarah DeMaria, Kyle Rotante and Joseph Gisoldi were our readers.
Monsignor Sean was kind enough to give an overview of the Bible—its origin, writers, purpose, and how to read it and apply it to our lives. At our monthly gatherings, he will also be giving a reflection on the themes of the passages our CYO members read.
Monsignor has always been an excellent teacher of the Bible. In his homilies he often gives the Biblical history of the readings as well as important information about the Biblical figures themselves. This past Monday for example, on the Feast of St. Luke, he gave a very informative overview of both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (also written by Luke.)
Anyone can attend our Bible nights. They will also be livestreamed so that people at home can watch. Our next Bible Nights are scheduled for November 11th and December 16th. They will be from 7-8 PM.
The CYO will meet this Sunday, October 24th, at 7:30 PM. There will be no meeting on Halloween but many of our CYO members will be participating in CYO Operation Halloween Feed the Hungry. If you wish to participate in this service event, please contact Mrs. Reilly and she will give you the form you will need.
Many thanks to all who attended our CYO Bible Night including all those watching from home. A very special thanks to Monsignor Sean for all his support and guidance.
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.
Profiles in Courage Night
Fall 2021 – Relay race and then playing charades
Mini golf and 9th Ave Pier, Sunday, June 27, 2021
Emily Walker Memorial Day Walk for Hunger, May 31, 2021
Mother’s Day Rose Sale, May 9, 2021
Easter, March 2021
Bowling at The Lanes in Sea Girt, March 2021