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Inviting young people into a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through Saint Bernadette Parish. Learn more about our mission here.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about our different youth activities.

Saint Bernadette strives to provide a wide range of opportunities to be formed in the Catholic faith for 6th-12th grade teens in Springfield, VA. Our ultimate goal is to provide an avenue for every single teen in the parish to enter more deeply into their faith and parish community.

Many of our current opportunities for 6th through 12th grade teens are listed through the tabs above. However, we are always looking for new ways to engage the youth in our parish. If you have a gift or idea that you are excited to share please reach out to the Office of Youth Ministry. We would love to work on developing your idea for a new youth program!

In order to have a well-rounded experience of parish life, we recommend that every teen be consistently involved in at least one youth grouping/program that particularly interests them, participate in monthly community gatherings when possible and attend at least one special event (retreat, diocesan event, or trip) throughout the year. None of these experiences are more important, however, than attendance at weekly Sunday Mass with the rest of our parish community! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Youth Ministry if you desire some guidance as you discern your involvement for the year.

6th through 8th Grade

MIDDLE SCHOOL ARISE

3RD FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH IN THE SCHOOL GYM FROM 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Arise is our monthly large group gathering of all middle school students. This is an opportunity for them to grow as a community, to hear about a general faith topic, and to have a lot of fun. Our hope is that Arise can be a place where youth can invite their friends, no matter what their background, to come and have a fun, positive experience with the Catholic Church.

Open to all 6th-8th graders on 3rd Fridays at 6:30 PM in the School Gym. Includes a crazy fun game, snacks, a talk, and discussion.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MONTHLY SOCIALS

1ST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Middle School Socials are monthly opportunities for all middle school youth of St. Bernadette Church to come together for a fun evening. Activities range from bowling to laser-tag to a game night here at the church. These are great events for participants to invite their friends, no matter what their background, to come and have a fun, positive experience with other Catholic peers.

Open to all 6th-8th graders on 1st Fridays generally from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (depending on the particular activity)

JCYO SPORTS

The St. Bernadette JCYO sports program is one part of a comprehensive youth ministry program in the parish and the diocese to help children enjoy the many benefits (physical, mental, relational, and spiritual) of playing sports in a setting that fully incorporates Catholic values. The sports programs at St. Bernadette includes basketball, volleyball, and track & field. One principal aim of the JCYO program is to encourage positive interaction between, both private and public, middle school youth outside of school and Mass.

All 6th – 8th grade parishioners are invited to participate in JCYO Sports.

Registration

Basketball – October

Volleyball – January

Track & Field – April

FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

1ST FRIDAY of the month IN THE CHAPEL FROM 6:30 – 7:30 PM

This is an hour of the monthly parish First Friday Adoration that is hosted by the Office of Youth Ministry. All 6th-12th graders are invited but anyone is welcome to join. This is a fantastic way to start off your month. The hour may include some praise & worship music, a brief talk, a scriptural reflection and some silence. The hour is from 6:30 – 7:30 PM and is usually followed by a high school and middle school social outing.

DIOCESAN EVENTS

ANNUALLY

Our diocese provides some incredible events for you to participate in annually including Life is Very Good and BASH. These are a great opportunity for you to experience the joy of our wider church community and connect with friends from other parishes or schools.

LARGE COMMUNITY EVENTS

ANNUALLY AND SEASONALLY

Events such as our annual Youth Summit and End of Year Celebration provide the opportunity to come together as a larger parish community to meet new friends and be inspired in faith. We strongly encourage newer participants in youth activities to attend these events.

YOUTH CHOIR

week night rehearsal and sunday 5pm mass

Use your gift of singing or playing musical instruments for the church! If you are interested in joining our 7th-12th grade choir, contact David Mathers (dmathers@stbernpar.org),

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

various masses on sunday                                         

Participate in the Mass in a special way by being a lector, altar server, usher or greeter! If you are interested in taking on any of these roles, please contact the office of youth ministry.

SUMMER YOUTH EXCURSIONS

weekly throughout july                                            

Our summer youth excursions invite 6th-12th grade teens to go on various trips that may include hikes, pilgrimages, and always Diocesan Kings Dominion Day!

ALPHA YOUTH SERIES

EVERY WEEK FOR A 9 WEEK PERIOD

Alpha is designed to be a space where teens can come and have conversations about life, faith, and God, in a way that is fun and authentic. It's a place where you can invite your friends to talk about life's biggest questions, to feel welcome no matter what they believe, and to get a glimpse of the Christian faith.

Very often, we have so many questions about life and God and we don't always know where to go to discuss them. Alpha creates a non-threatening environment where we can hear the message of Jesus and explore these questions through discussion.

This series happens over 9 weeks, meeting once a week, with a special weekend day away after the 6th week. Every Alpha session looks very similar with snacks, a talk, small group discussion, and a fun group activity.

All 6th - 12th grade students are invited to participate in Alpha.

9th through 12th grade

HIGH SCHOOL DINNER & FELLOWSHIP

3RD SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH IN THE BRADICAN ROOM FROM 6:00 – 8:30 PM

This event was developed to model the community described in the book of Acts, “Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoyed favor with all the people.”

Acts 2:46-47

Open to all 9th-12th graders on 3rd Sundays beginning with the 5:00 PM Mass and transitioning to dinner in the Bradican Room around 6:00 PM. Each gathering includes a home-cooked meal, a witness from someone in the community, important announcements for all parish youth and socializing/games in the youth room and gym!

HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL
 

1ST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

High School Socials are monthly opportunities for all high school youth of St. Bernadette Church to come together for a fun evening. Activities range from bowling to laser-tag to a game night here at the church. These are great events for participants to invite their friends, no matter what their background, to come and have a fun, positive experience with other Catholic peers.

Open to all 9th-12th graders on 1st Fridays generally from 8:00 – 10:00 PM (depending on the particular activity)


D3: DAILY MASS, DONUTS, AND DROP-IN

EVERY TUESDAY THROUGHOUT JULY

Rising 9th-12th grade teens are invited to participate in Daily Mass with the rest of the community at 9:00 a.m. They are then invited to eat donuts and hang out in the youth room and school gym for part of the day. This is a great time for teens to catch up over the summer and feel at home in the parish.

RETREATS

SEASONALLY

An opportunity for all 9th-12th grade teens in the parish and Springfield to have an encounter with God by following Jesus’ example of “withdraw[ing] to deserted places to pray.” Luke 5:16 Retreats are a very important aspect of growing in our faith. These provide an atmosphere for reflection and a way to get away from the noise of everyday life.

SMALL GROUPS

various days and times, usually on a weekly basis

Small groups can vary from 6 week bible studies to a weekly topical series. These are a great way for teens who are looking to learn more and dive deeper into their faith. An awesome opportunity to make lifelong and meaningful friendships!

GIRLS AND BOYS CATHOLIC LIFE COMMUNITIES (CLC’S)

BOYS, THURSDAYS AT 7:30 PM IN THE YOUTH ROOM (Girls on temporary pause)

Catholic Life Communities are committed, parish-based, single-sex high school communities of faith for guys and girls, that promote their spiritual, emotional, and social development in an atmosphere of Christian values and friendships.

Boys CLC Coordinator: Austin Mee, austinsamee@gmail.com

DIOCESAN ONE ACT PLAY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

AUDITIONS IN LATE NOVEMBER/EARLY DECEMBER             

Every year different parishes from around the diocese compete in this one act and short film festival. If you like to act, this is an awesome way to share and use your gifts with the church and to glorify God!

SUMMER THEATER PROGRAM

AUDITIONS In late spring                                            

The Summer Theater Program at Saint Bernadette is locally known for its incredible productions each summer. Rising 9th-graduating 12th graders are invited to audition for the summer musical. Over 100 teens participate in the program.

SPORTS NIGHT

MONTHLY                                                                     

Our new sports night was created in response to many teens who have an interest in playing sports for fun. We hope that this is an opportunity for teens to come together to play a fun game and feel more a part of the community.

                Contact: Dan Jent, dejnavy00@hotmail.com

                                Kevin Stewart, kevin.m.a.stewart@gmail.com

SERVICE GROUP

various dates throughout the year                           

We are all called the serve so why not do it as a community? We try to provide various service activities such as visiting Green Springs or assisting the Missionaries of Charity in DC. Come meet Jesus in the people that you serve.

WORKCAMP

monthly prep meetings; weeklong summer camp in june

Arlington Diocese WorkCamp is a week long experience providing the teens of our Diocese an intense conversion experience through service, community, and prayer. Through the WorkCamp program, we seek to serve our fellow Virginians by making their homes warmer, safer, and drier.  

WorkCamp Stakeholder: Carolina Diez, workcamp@stbernpar.org

FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

1ST FRIDAY of the month IN THE CHAPEL FROM 6:30 – 7:30 PM

This is an hour of the monthly parish First Friday Adoration that is hosted by the Office of Youth Ministry. All 6th-12th graders are invited but anyone is welcome to join. This is a fantastic way to start off your month. The hour may include some praise & worship music, a brief talk, a scriptural reflection and some silence. The hour is from 6:30 – 7:30 PM and is usually followed by a high school and middle school social outing.

DIOCESAN EVENTS

ANNUALLY

Our diocese provides some incredible events for you to participate in annually including Life is Very Good, RALLY and WorkCamp. These are a great opportunity for you to experience the joy of our wider church community and connect with friends from other parishes or schools.

LARGE COMMUNITY EVENTS

ANNUALLY AND SEASONALLY

Events such as our annual Youth Summit and End of Year Celebration provide the opportunity to come together as a larger parish community to meet new friends and be inspired in faith. We strongly encourage newer participants in youth activities to attend these events.

YOUTH CHOIR

week night rehearsal and sunday 5pm mass

Use your gift of singing or playing musical instruments for the church! If you are interested in joining our 7th-12th grade choir, contact David Mathers (dmathers@stbernpar.org),

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

various masses on sunday                                         

Participate in the Mass in a special way by being a lector, altar server, usher or greeter! If you are interested in taking on any of these roles, please contact the office of youth ministry.

SUMMER YOUTH EXCURSIONS

weekly throughout july                                            

Our summer youth excursions invite 6th-12th grade teens to go on various trips that may include hikes, pilgrimages, and always Diocesan Kings Dominion Day!

ALPHA YOUTH SERIES

EVERY WEEK FOR A 9 WEEK PERIOD

Alpha is designed to be a space where teens can come and have conversations about life, faith, and God, in a way that is fun and authentic. It's a place where you can invite your friends to talk about life's biggest questions, to feel welcome no matter what they believe, and to get a glimpse of the Christian faith.

Very often, we have so many questions about life and God and we don't always know where to go to discuss them. Alpha creates a non-threatening environment where we can hear the message of Jesus and explore these questions through discussion.

This series happens over 9 weeks, meeting once a week, with a special weekend day away after the 6th week. Every Alpha session looks very similar with snacks, a talk, small group discussion, and a fun group activity.

All 6th - 12th grade students are invited to participate in Alpha.

We will be gathering in the Bradican room on the bottom floor of the church office building which is located on the right as you enter the church parking lot.

Meet the Team

Kara Lilly
Kara LillyDirector of Youth Ministryklilly@stbernpar.org
General Responsibilities: Ministry vision and strategy, staff management, youth worker formation, oversees all youth programs/events/activities
Stephen Paquette
Stephen PaquetteAssistant Director of Youth Ministryspaquette@stbernpar.org
General Responsibilities: Assists in execution of strategy, coordinates community programming and supports youth grouping logistics
Christine Parvin
Christine ParvinAdministrative Supportcparvin@stbernpar.org
General Responsibilities: Coordination of special events, trip, and retreats

Want to learn more about Saint Bernadette Youth?

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