The goal of St. John's Youth Ministry is to develop our knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith and deepen our love for Christ while having fun with our friends. St. John's Middle School Youth Group is for grades 6-8 and High School Youth Group is for grades 9-12. Instead of regularly scheduled meetings, youth group consists of a variety of events from several annual Catholic college visits, pizza nights with the SSVM religious sisters and events with the seminarians, as well as Bible studies and other events. By registering, you'll provide us with information needed to add you to email distribution lists for these events. You can also see scheduled events below.
Meetings are light and upbeat, starting with fun activities and ice breakers, followed by discussions on how to live our Catholic faith in this modern age. We discuss hot topics and key life issues in a Catholic light so that we will be prepared to face the challenges of the world.
In addition to our regular meetings, we engage in a variety of social events, including roller skating, pizza nights with the SSVM sisters, Quo Vadis retreats for young men, bowling and hosting a Catholic College and Vocations Fair. This year we are chartering two buses to the Youth Rally and Mass for Life in DC in January and visiting some great Catholic colleges. See the calendar below for times/dates/details.
Part of our mission is to reflect Christ’s love by providing service to our parish and neighbors. Among other things, we conduct a fall and spring food & goods drive for the SSVM sisters and then deliver the collection to their three DC area convents. See the calendar for times/dates/details.
The mission of St. John’s Summer Program is twofold: first, to run a Catholic summer camp where children ages 4-14 can grow in their faith and love for Christ daily through the guidance of young Catholic instructors serving as role models; and second, to provide a Catholic community for high school and college instructors to help them grow in their faith and love for Christ through daily Mass, theology classes and Eucharistic Adoration. We encourage children ages 4-14 to attend, 8-12th graders to volunteer, and rising high school seniors and college students to apply for jobs. It's an amazing way to spend your summer!
For questions or comments, contact Rich Olon, Youth Minister
Office: (301) 373-2281
Cell: (240) 587-8906
Jr. Youth Group
Sr. Youth Group
CALENDAR OF YG MEETINGS 2022-23
All meetings are held on Saturday evenings. Elementary (grades 2-5) and Jr. (grades 6-8) Youth Groups meet from 6-8pm; Sr. Youth Group (grades 9+) from 8-10pm. Elem. YG meets in the school 7th grade room and Jr. & Sr. YGs meet in the St. Jude Room & Msgr. Harris Center.
GOING DEEPER 2022-23
A fall and a spring study for high school students
Join us Sunday mornings above the sacristy in the Esto Vir room from 10:05-11:15am beginning Sept. 25, 2022.
Click HERE for the calendar of meetings.
Click on the red event titles below for more info.
Seminary Saturday for HS Boys
Van leaves St. John's after the 8am Mass and returns around 5:30pm. Seating limited. No Cost Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Vans leave after school on Thurs and we return late Friday night. Seating limited. No cost. Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Pizza night with SSVM sisters at Juniorate house in DC
Van leaves St. John's at 5pm and returns around midnight. Seating limited. No Cost Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Departing SJ's early Sunday morning. Flying to Dallas and returning late Monday night. Seating limited. $200 Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Departing SJ's early Sunday morning. Flying to Bismarck, ND to visit UMary and returning to SJ's late Monday night. $250 Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Departing SJ's early Sunday morning. Flying to Kansas City to visit Benedictine and returning to SJ's late Monday night. $200 Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Van leaves St. Mary's Ryken parking lot at 5:45am & returns around 7pm. Seating limited. No Cost. Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Food delivery to the SSVM - tentative date
Sort and load food in the St. Jude Room from 11:30-1:30, then deliver it to the three DC convents and return home around 8:30pm.
Departing SJ's early Sunday morning. Flying to FL and returning late Monday night. Seating limited. $125 Contact Rich Olon to reserve a seat.
Parish Christmas Party
6pm in the Monsignor Harris Center
Youth Rally & March for Life
We will take 2 charter buses to the Youth Rally & Mass for Life at the Verizon Center and then attend the March for Life. All middle and high school students welcome. Buses will depart St. John's at 4:30am sharp and will return around 6pm. There is no cost to attend.