Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

ST. JOE’S HIGH SCHOOL TEEN GROUP

Upcoming Events

October 2019 - August 2020

We have been working on a High School Teen Group schedule and hope you can join us for some - or all - of these events! Dates and times are subject to change, especially during the winter months when inclement weather comes into play. We have some events still in the works as well, so stay posted! Please feel free to share this calendar with your friends and families, including those outside of our Parish Family! The High School Teen Group is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 - not just St. Joe’s Parishioners or St. Mike’s alumni (for your siblings & younger friends - we will welcome the 2020 newly Confirmed 8th graders in the Springtime - keep an eye out for an invitation). As always - we will gladly sign off on service hours for any event which qualifies! We offer great opportunities to serve your community while having fun with your friends!  If you have any questions, feel free to email us

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OCTOBER 2019

  • Please join our Parish Family for Forty Hours Devotion. With 3 dates to choose from, you will have ample opportunity to participate! You are welcome to sit with your family, or pray together as a group. The church will be open on the following dates & times:
    • Sunday, October 13th - following the 11AM Mass until the service at 7:00 PM.
    • Monday, October 14th - following the 8AM Mass until the service at 7:00 PM.
    • Tuesday, October 15th - following the 8AM Mass until the service & solemn procession at 7:00 PM. *NOTE: All Altar Servers are expected to be in attendance for the Forty Hours Procession and should be vested no later than 6:45 PM.
    • What is Forty Hours Devotion? This website provides a great explanation: http://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-is-the-40-hours-devotion/
  • PREP Grades 1-7 will present a Living Rosary in the Parish Center on Sunday, October 20th, from 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM. Please join us - You are a shining example to the youth of our parish - like rock stars, truly! Your presence and participation would help bring a special aspect to this celebration of Mary, the Mother of God. You don’t have to do anything but show up & pray along!
  • Fr. Buckley’s Annual Trick or Treat Family Party will be held on Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Parish Center. There will be festive treats, crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, dancing, and, of course, a Costume Parade & Contest.
    • Volunteers are needed to help with: snack table, kids’ activities, handing out bags/prizes, and clean up.
    • To make things extra fun - We are once again proposing a COSTUME CONTEST amongst our High School Teen Group volunteers! Show up in a kid-friendly costume to volunteer, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card! Costumes must be kid-friendly - think: everyday heroes (cowboys, farmers, doctors) and superheroes, Disney characters (princesses are always a favorite), cartoon characters, etc. NO weapons of any kind; NO depictions of violence (ex: fake blood, bruising, serial killers, zombies, etc); NO inappropriate references or themes (ex: underage drinking or drugs, murder, sexual innuendos, etc). HAVE FUN but BE RESPECTFUL.
    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c48adad22a0fc1-help5

NOVEMBER 2019

  • We will once again be creating and selling Advent Wreaths to our Parish Family, but with a twist this year. Rather than collect order forms, we will meet to create wreaths & box them, as well as wrap candles for individual sale. We will then be selling the created wreaths and candles at our Family Movie Night, as well as before and after Masses on November 23/24.

    • We will create the wreaths using pre-formed wreath frames, faux foliage, ribbon and candles. It is FUN and EASY to do - you don’t need to be crafty!

    • Advent Wreath Assembly will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, from 12pm-2pm in the Meeting Room across from the school office. A light lunch will be provided.

    • Sales will take place at our Movie Night on 11/17, as well as in the Church before and after Masses on November 23/24.

    • Please RSVP for this event and/or sign up to help with sales by emailing us, or signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c48adad22a0fc1-advent

  • We will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Sunday, November 17th at 5:00PM in the Parish Center.

    • A G or PG family-friendly movie will be projected onto the large screen on the stage.

    • Admission will be FREE, but donations to our Holiday Hope Chest project will be requested and collected.

    • Also, we will advertise food for sale: popcorn, hot dogs, soda, water, chips, soft pretzels, candy, etc. Proceeds will benefit purchases made for the Holiday Hope Chest project.

    • Volunteers will be needed to: greet families, collect donations, run the food stands, clean up afterwards.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C48ADAD22A0FC1-volunteers1

  • Holiday Hope Chest Project - Sunday, November 24th, 1PM to 3PM in the cafeteria.

DECEMBER 2019

  • Parish Family Christmas Celebration - Sunday, December 8th starting at 12PM, in the Parish Center.

    • All Parishioners are encouraged to attend and bring a dish to share for lunch. The Adult Choir performs Christmas carols, Santa Claus makes a surprise visit, and Fr. Buckley provides a “letters to Santa” station for the kids, as well as raffles and presents for all!

    • Volunteers are welcome to help with crafts & letters to Santa, as well as clean up.

    • No RSVP - just show up and enjoy some time with your family! If you’re there, you can help however needed - just look for Mrs. Lanning or Mrs. O’Donnell.

JANUARY 2020

  • Winter Reflection & Bowling - Sunday, January 12th at 5PM.

    • We will enjoy dinner together after a prayer service, and engage in a discussion in preparation for upcoming events before we BOWL!

    • We will gather at Earl Bowl in Quakertown. Each attendee will be responsible for their own transportation to/from the bowling alley.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (link will be available closer to the date.)

FEBRUARY 2020

  • Mission Sunday Mardi Gras Celebration will be held on Sunday, February 23rd from 11AM to 12:30PM in the Parish Center (volunteers needed 10AM-1PM).

    • We will run games of chance, hand out prizes to winners, and sell snacks.

    • Volunteers will be needed to: set up, run the games, sell food, clean up afterwards.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C48ADAD22A0FC1-mission2

    • Proceeds will benefit our Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.

      • About the Charity: Saint Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Church assists those in our parish and in our community who are in need of material assistance. The Saint Vincent de Paul fund is supported entirely through voluntary donations. Referrals considered may be made known by those in need, as well as by their families and friends. Upon receiving a referral, every effort is made to ensure anonymity. Needs considered may relate to shelter, fuel assistance, clothing, car repair, limited mortgage/rent assistance and gift cards for food items not available at Betty Lou’s Pantry.

MARCH 2020

  • We will be hosting an afternoon of BINGO on Sunday, March 15th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Parish Center.

    • Trying something new - an alternative to Family Movie Night. 

    • All will be invited - An admission fee will be charged per patron, with 2 boards included and the option to purchase additional boards. We’ll play a variety of Bingo games with a variety of (simple) prizes!

    • We will sell popcorn, snacks & drinks. 

    • Volunteers will be needed to: set up, hand out boards, call out numbers, work in the concession stand, man the prize table, clean up.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (sign up link will be available closer to the date).

  • We ask you all to join us for Stations of the Cross at 7PM on Friday, March 27th, in the church. 

    • We can sit together, or you can stay with your family - it is up to you.

    • After Stations, we will meet in the cafeteria for soft pretzels, Lenten trivia, and to help stuff the goody bags for the Egg Hunt. We should be finished before 9PM.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (sign up link will be available closer to the date).

APRIL 2020

  • Fr. Buckley’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 11 AM.

    • This event is held RAIN, SNOW or SUNSHINE! Either in the field behind the Rectory, or in the Parish Center.

    • Volunteers are needed to assist with: putting out eggs, handing out prizes, handing out goody bags, help with clean up.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C48ADAD22A0FC1-help6

  • Join us for Holy Thursday Mass (Washing of the Feet) and Church Visitations on Thursday, April 9th.

    • We are honored to be chosen once again to participate in the washing of the feet. All altar servers are expected to be in attendance for the Holy Thursday Eucharistic Procession, but you are still able to have your foot washed even if serving - just let us know in what capacity you will be joining us that evening. Teen Group will be sitting together in a pew behind the altar servers, and we will join in the procession as well.

    • After Mass, we will visit several churches throughout the Diocese. We will plan to spend 10-15 minutes at each Parish. We will then look forward to food & fellowship at a diner following our visitations. We will end the evening back at our own Parish with a Night Prayer service to close our Parish and prepare for Good Friday.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Each participant is responsible for their own transportation (so for most, figure a parent may be joining us). Neither Fr. Buckley nor Mrs. O'Donnell are permitted to drive attendees, nor are we permitted to arrange for your transportation with someone else. This is due to Diocesan insurance obligations.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (sign up link will be available closer to the date).

MAY 2020

  • HS Teen Group will say Farewell to Seniors, and officially Welcome the Newly Confirmed on Saturday, May 23rd, following the 5:15 PM Mass.

    • We would like to have the HS Teen Group participate in the Mass.

    • Following Mass, we will have a prayer service under the pavilion, enjoy a picnic dinner, and engage in some friendly competition (outdoors if weather behaves - kickball? Frisbee? Corn hole? We’ll have fun no matter what!).

    • More details to be released closer to the date.

JUNE 2020

  • HS Teen Group Booth at the St. Joe’s Parish Festival - Date TBA, either 6/21/20 or 6/28/20

    • We will be selling Popcorn and Snow Cones.

    • Volunteers will work in shifts throughout the day.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (link will be provided closer to the date).

JULY 2020

No events currently scheduled. Vacation Bible School (VBS) will most likely take place this month, so watch for that info in the Spring!

 

 

AUGUST 2020

  • We will once again be hosting a Charity Car Wash to benefit local Back to School Drives on Sunday, August 16th.

    • We had a successful event this past August - We raised over $400 and delivered over 3 dozen school bags filled with supplies to the Salvation Army in Allentown.

    • Located in the road between the Rectory and the school. Volunteers will assist with: washing and drying cars, collecting donations. This event is weather-dependent and may be cancelled if inclement weather.

    • Please RSVP for this event by emailing us, or signing up online (link will be provided closer to the date).

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