Hope you all had a beautiful Christmas with quality family time. The Christmas message is deeply moving- God has not abandoned us! He draws near to us, entering into our humanity and offering us forgiveness for our sins. Year after year we are reminded of this great mystery: that the God of the universe became flesh and dwelt among us.
There is a universal longing in all of us to be given a fresh start, a new beginning. Jesus promised that He would make all things new in the book of Revelations, saying "Behold, I make all things new!" As we approach New Year's Eve and the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us look to our Mother who -through her surrender to God's will- allowed all of us to have a new beginning in Christ.
You're all invited to join the Village for our 4th Annual New Year's Eve Overnight! In past years we've had 20-35 teens and young adults come together for great food, board games, Mafia, huge games of Freeze Tag, Sardines, and Dodge ball!
In addition to all the fun, we will be beginning the new year with thoughtfulness and prayer. There is no better way to begin the New Year than prayer! We will be praying Night Prayer and Morning Prayer, and celebrating the last Mass of the calendar year, fulfilling the Mass Obligation for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The cost for participation is $15. Permission slip (attached) and money are due by Tuesday, December 29th. Parish Offices are open 8am-8pm both today- Monday 12/28 and Tuesday 12/29. Parent Volunteers are wanted to help with Overnight, see permission slip!
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
Fourth Annual Village New Year's Eve Overnight
Join the St Thomas High School Youth Group for an amazing New Year’s Eve Party! Our fourth annual New Year’s Eve party will feature great food, board games, Mafia, huge games of Freeze Tag, Sardines, and Dodgeball! In addition to all the fun, we will be beginning the new year with thoughtfulness and prayer. We will be praying Night Prayer and Morning Prayer, and celebrating the last Mass of the calendar year, fulfilling the Mass Obligation for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
All men will be sleeping in Room 250, the Youth Room. All women will be sleeping in the South School Building. Bring a sleeping bag & pillow, pajama’s, and any necessary toiletries. Showers will not be available during this overnight. Lights out will occur no later than 1:30am. Wake up and Morning Prayer will occur no earlier than 8:30am.
The cost for participation is $15 and helps offset costs to St Thomas. Final registration deadline is Tuesday, December 29th. [Parish Offices are open 8am-8pm both Monday 12/28 and Tuesday 12/29] In order to ensure a healthy ratio of adults to teens, there will be no exceptions to the final deadline. Teens are asked to bring a snack to share.
Schedule for New Year’s Eve Overnight:
10pm: Open Gym & Snacks outside Gym
11pm: Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
11:45pm: Watching the Ball Drop & Celebrating!
12am: Games in the Youth Room
1am: Night Prayer
1:30am: Lights Out
8:30am: Wake up
9am: Morning Prayer
10am: End of Overnight! :(
Snack to Share
Sleeping Bag & Pillow
Toiletries– toothpaste, etc
Upcoming Village Events
There will be no regular Village Meetings or Dead Theologians Society Meetings until after Christmas Break.
Sunday night Village Meetings as well as weekly Dead Theologians Society Meetings will begin again starting Sunday, January 10th!
Stay tuned for the full calendar of Village events for January-June!