"This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.
-Gaudium et Spes 24
We get the name, "GS24" from the 24th pharagraph of a document by Pope Paul VI called Gaudium et Spes. Translated to english Gaudium et Spes means "Joy and Hope." The pharagraph (quoted above) talks about finding ourselves through sincerly giving ourselves in service of others. In GS24 our goal is to discover the hope and joy that comes from knowing Jesus and humbly serving our friends, family and the world around us.
Changes in Our Program This Year:
As Covid-19 continues to effect us all GS24 won't look exactly the same as it has in the past, but Christ's work continues! We are so exited to share with you our plan for ministry this semester. We are confident that it will bless both our teens and our familes.
After listening to the feedback of our parish families, we realized that the key to a succseful semester of Youth Minsitry here at St. Mary Magdalene is options, options, options! Thus, we've created options for teens to participate virtually in person and in the larger community.
GS24 will begin Sunday Sept 13th. We will have a few different types of in person events on our schedule this year.
"Rodzinka" Is a polish word meaning "little family." During St. JP2's early years as a priest he and a few other young people would meet together in groups he called "Rodzinka" to discuss thier religion, hike, play and grow as friends. Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to experience "little families" within GS24! We will meet here at the parish begnining right after the 4:30pm mass (around 5:45/6pm) and ending at 7pm. Everyone is invited to to attend the 4:30 Mass. During the night we will be divided into Little families" of 8 teens and 2 adults. Each group will have their own room/outdoor space with their own entrance and designated parking area. In these groups we will listen play, laugh, listen to a talk, have small group discussion and pray together.
Community Service: We can only find our true selves through a gift of ourselves! Thus, GS24 will meet off campus for a community service initiatives once or twice a month. These will include recycling/trash pick up initiatives, outreach to those experiencing homlessness, food drives etc. (If their is an initiative that you would like to see us help with let us know!)
Community Nights: We will have as many community nights as possible. The CDC guidlines allow for outdoor meetings of up to 50people. Our community nights will be out doors and will include social distancing protocol. Ex. Drive in movie, guys and girls nights, sports nights etc.
For GS24 Online we will be utilizing Youtube Live and Zoom. The same GS24 content (virtual game and a talk) used for GS24 Rodzinka-Little Family nights will be streamed for those that would like to participate virtually. After virtual participants watch the talk they are invited stay in touch with the community by hoping on to zoom for a virtual small group lead by our awesome Core Members.
-Social distancing and Masks-
While on campus all teens and adults are required to wear masks and practice socail distancing.