Summer 2019 CREW

Senior High Crew Summer 2019

by Ashley Cermak

One summer Sunday in my elementary years, my mom woke me up for Mass. I remember saying to her, “Mom, why are we going to Mass? It’s summer. Isn’t it time to take a vacation from church?” I don’t remember exactly how she responded, but I do remember that I ended up going to Mass that day. Somehow I had mixed up summer vacation from school with taking a vacation from my faith. Maybe like I was, you, too, are tempted to take a break from church. But what if summer could be a time for you to dive into your faith more deeply? To ask those burning questions you’ve been wanting to ask? To develop a prayer life? To step away from the craziness of life and encounter Christ during a weekend away at a Steubenville Conference, or to find joy in serving others on the Christpower mission trip?  

We know summers are still pretty busy. That’s why we have several opportunities for you to stay involved, and even dive deeper into our faith, all while forming incredible friendships along the way. Whether you join us for one of these life-changing experiences, or all of them, we are thrilled to journey with you this summer! View the options below.

Chaperone Any of These Events!

Are you able to help chaperone any of these events? Many of our volunteers find that by attending these events, they end up growing in their faith, too! Visit hnoj.org/summervolunteer to sign up or email Ashley or call 763-233-0251 to learn more!


Let's Hang Out


 

Bonfires with the Crew 

Who: All current 8th-12th graders (bring a friend!) 
What: S’mores, bonfire, and chill time 
When: 

  • Sun. June 30 – 7-9 p.m. 
  • Wed. July 17 – 7-9 p.m.  
  • Sun. Aug. 11 -- 7-9 p.m. 

Where: HNOJ (meet outside) 
Cost: Free 
No registration is necessary. Just show up! 


Let’s Dive In – Small Group


 

Discipleship Small Groups 

Who: All current 8th-12th graders 
What: A small community who meets regularly to grow in Christian friendship, prayer, and love for Jesus Christ.  
When: Groups meet weekly or bi-weekly based on your availability. 
How It Works:  Sign up for a time that works with your schedule. Discipleship groups will be formed according to sign-ups and announced by June 1st. They will begin once school is out and continue through mid-August. 
**While it is important to commit to your group, we understand you may be gone for a week or two due to a family vacation or other event.  Please don’t let that keep you from signing up! 
Cost: Free 

Click here to sign up

 


Let’s Dive In - Overnight Experiences 

Note: These events count as a retreat for Confirmation candidates. 


 

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Christpower Mission Trip 

This Year’s Theme: Reckless Abandon  
Who: All current 9th-12th graders 
What: A week-long mission trip to our own hometown. We lie, work, pray, and play for one week at the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis. We go to work sites each day, play each afternoon, and pray each night 
When: Sun. July 21-Thurs. July 25 
Where: Minneapolis, MN  
Cost: $200 by May 15; $230 after (scholarships available upon request) 
Registration: Forms available at the Parish Office or at https://www.hnoj.org/christpower

Steubenville Conference 

This Year’s Theme: Belong 
Who:  All current 8th-12th graders 
What: A weekend-long Catholic youth conference. Music, speakers, entertainment, small groups, Eucharistic Adoration, and more (Actually, it’s kinda a weekend-long concert with friends)    
When:  July 12-14 
Where: Rochester, MN (bussing provided to and from HNOJ) 
Cost: $275 before April 30; $300 after April 30 (scholarships available upon request) 
Registration: Go to www.hnoj.org/Steubenville to view the two-fold registration instructions  

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Let's Go Deeper


The Apologetics Institute-CANCELLED

Who:  All current 8th grade and older (including college students)
What: Apologetics is defending the faith against attack by explaining it. The Apologetics Institute consists of six sessions, each addressing a particular topic, that explains the “what” and “why” of the Church’s teaching, and discusses practical ways to defend our faith to peers.
When: 6 sessions, come to one, a few or all!

  • Tues., Aug. 6 -9-11 a.m. – The Relationship between Faith and Science
  • Wed., Aug. 7 - 9-11 a.m. – The Protestant Reformation & Where We Are Today
  • Thurs., Aug. 8 -9-11 a.m. – The Laity & The Priesthood: Why Is There a Hierarchy?
  • Tues., Aug. 13 - 9-11 a.m. – Male and Female He Created Them: Equal, but Different
  • Wed., Aug. 14 - 9-11 a.m. – God’s Plan for Sexuality: Misconceptions and Whys Behind Church Teaching
  • Thurs., Aug.15 - 9-11 a.m. – Death with Dignity? What Does the Church Say about Euthanasia

Cost: $10/session or all 6 for $50 (Each session Includes a light breakfast and take-home tools)

This event has been canceled

Middle School Crew

We will soon welcome our Middle school Youth Minister. We are working with them to decide what's next for our middle schoolers this summer! We are so excited for what's to come!  Keep watch on this page or in our bulletins and newsletters.


 

Extreme Faith Camp

Who: All current 6th-8th graders
What: A five-day summer camp experience with all the awesome camp activities (archery, canoeing, swimming, zip-lining, fishing, waterslides…) while immersed in the beauty of our Catholic faith
When: Saturday, June 22-Wednesday, June 26
Where: Big Sandy Camp, McGregor (busses to and from Saint Vincent de Paul included)
Cost:  $415 before March 29; $465 after (scholarships available upon request)

Register: www.hnoj.org/camp

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Special Opportunities for Current 8th Graders

--See “Discipleship Small Groups” and “Steubenville Conference” and “Understanding and Defending Our Faith” under Senior High Crew

Summer Sprint 2019

Who: Those entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade fall of 2019

What: We will spend our mornings doing service and in prayer, and in the afternoons we will go on a fun social outing. You can sign up for one, two or all three days.In an effort to make it possible for our middle school students to participate in all their summer activities.

When: Summer Sprint will happen on three consecutive days from Tuesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 18. Our meeting time will be from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. You can sign up for one, two or all three days.

Daily Schedule:

Tuesday, July 16:  ICA Food Shelf and movie at Plymouth Grand 15

Wednesday, July 17: volunteering at a local nursing home and Minnesota Twins Game

Thursday, July 18: Packing food at Feed My Starving Children and Bunker Beach Water Park

Cost: The cost is $35 each outing, or $100 for all three. You will also need to bring a bag lunch each day.  We will have a cooler on the bus. Feel free to bring money to buy concessions at all the afternoon activities.

To register: pick up a registration packet in the parish office or download here. Registration forms must be received by Monday, June 17.

Contact Elliut Fonseca at efonseca@hnoj.org with questions.

Through the Storm - A retreat JUST for current 8th Graders

Who: Current 8th graders (9th grade in Fall 2019)
What: This day-long retreat, led by adults and current high schoolers, is designed specifically for incoming 9th graders to equip them to enter high school with confidence, having Christ as a firm foundation.
When: Sun. Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Includes 5:30 Lifeteen Mass, followed by an official welcome into SH Crew by current high schoolers!)
Where: HNOJ

Cost: $25

Copy Of Black White Register ButtonRegister: Pick up a form in the parish office or click the register button to be directed to the registration page.

 

Summer Opportunities for College Students


Summer College Kick-Off

Who: All incoming freshmen-seniors in college
What: An opportunity to reconnect (or connect for the first time) with your peers. We will start with a Holy Hour at 7 p.m. followed by a bonfire and snacks.
Where: HNOJ
When: Wednesday, June 5 from 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Free
No registration, just show up.

Other events will occur on the evenings of Sunday, July 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 7. Details to come, but save those dates!

Apologetics

Who:  All current 8th grade and older (including college students)
What: Apologetics is defending the faith against attack by explaining it. The Apologetics Institute consists of six sessions, each addressing a particular topic, that explains the “what” and “why” of the Church’s teaching, and discusses practical ways to defend our faith to peers.
When: 6 sessions, come to one, a few or all!

Tues., Aug. 6 -9-11 a.m. – The Relationship between Faith and Science

Wed., Aug. 7 - 9-11 a.m. – The Protestant Reformation & Where We Are Today

Thurs., Aug. 8 -9-11 a.m. – The Laity & The Priesthood: Why Is There a Hierarchy?

Tues., Aug. 13 - 9-11 a.m. – Male and Female He Created Them: Equal, but Different

Wed., Aug. 14 - 9-11 a.m. – God’s Plan for Sexuality: Misconceptions and Whys Behind Church Teaching

Thurs., Aug.15 - 9-11 a.m. – Death with Dignity? What Does the Church Say about Euthanasia

Cost: $10/session or all 6 for $50 (Each session Includes a light breakfast and take-home tools)

Click here to register

Discipleship Groups

Who: All incoming college freshen-seniors
What: A small community who meets regularly to grow in Christian friendship, prayer, and love for Jesus Christ.
When: Groups meet weekly or bi-weekly based on your availability.
How It Works:  Sign up for a time that works with your schedule. Discipleship groups will be formed according to sign-ups and announced by June 1. They will begin once school is out and continue through mid-August. Click here to sign up
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**While it is important to commit to your group, we understand you may be gone for a week or two due to vacation or other event.  Please don’t let that keep you from signing up!
 

Things-I-Never-Thought-to-Ask: An Evening for Incoming College Freshman

What: A special evening to help you prepare for college! Ask questions of current college students; get tips on how to make good friends; learn ways to keep your faith in college, and more!
When: Sunday, July 28 – 5:30-9:30 (Includes 5:30 Mass + dinner)
Where: HNOJ
Register: Click here to register