Youth & Young Adult Ministry

We know that there is a deep hunger in youth and young adults – a hunger for love, for truth, for meaning, for belonging, and for purpose that the culture alone cannot satisfy. We know that this hunger is truly satisfied in friendship with Jesus Christ, which is a friendship that leads to community in His Church, to faithful sharing of love and care for one another, and particularly those in need.

St. John the Evangelist Youth Ministry seeks to create and promote community amongst our youth. Through opportunities for prayer, reflection, fellowship and service we strive to have our youth come to know and love Jesus, and be his missionary disciples.

Register Now for 2023-2024 Youth Ministry. – Inscripciones abiertas para ministerio de jóvenes 2023-2024. Registrations will close Sunday, September 3rd. – Las inscripciones cerrarán el domingo 3 de septiembre.

Middle School (7th and 8th Grade)

EDGE (7th & 8th Grade) – EDGE is our middle school program for all students in 7th and 8th grade and meets at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Middle schoolers will have the opportunity to engage with their faith through themed nights, small groups, games and more. Middle Schoolers will learn more about their faith by exploring different topics, participating in small group discussions and a variety of games. Classes are offered in English. Dates and times coming soon!

High School (9th-12th Grade)

Life Teen (9th – 12th Grade) – Life Teen is for all high schoolers in grades 9-12. Our high school youth group will meet every Sunday, except the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:00 pm (calendar will be provided) at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. High schoolers will be able to grow in community and faith while participating in series, social and issue nights all focused on faith. High schoolers are required to participate in our program at least one year before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes are offered in English.

Sacramental Preparation – Teens (Grades 7th-12th)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is adapted for middle school and high school aged youth to prepare them to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Communion. Young people will participate in a series of classes to prepare. Contact Andrea Torres, 410-964-1425 x318 or, to learn when the next session will be held.

Sacrament Preparation (7th—12th Grade) – If you are in middle or high school and have not yet received the Sacrament of Baptism or First Communion, please contact St. John’s. Must be enrolled in EDGE or Life Teen to participate in Sacrament Preparation.

* All programs require previous registration *

Other Youth Information

Young Adults

Looking to get plugged into the parish and form community with other young adults? Check out below to get more information about upcoming events.

World Youth Day Local Pilgrimage Series

World Youth Day Pilgrimage Series – Archdiocese of Baltimore

In preparation for World Youth Day in Lisbon, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has designed a monthly half-day spiritual formation series for young adults that will be held every third Saturday of the month in various locations.

The local pilgrimage offers Mass, a dynamic talk, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, food, and fellowship. This event is free, but registration is required.

Sacramental Preparation – Young Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith formation process in which adults become full, participating member of the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Our RCIA program and volunteers serve individuals of another faith who wish to convert to Catholicism, individuals who were baptized in another Christian denomination and wish to become a member of the Catholic faith, and individuals who were baptized in the Catholic Church, but never received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Individuals going through the process meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to noon.

Every week, Deacon Paul Gifford hosts gatherings for new and already-interested Inquirers. These are very informal gatherings to look at various aspects of our Catholic faith for those who aren’t ready (and may not ever be ready) to transition into the church. If you are not Catholic but might like to be – give Paul a call! Contact: Deacon Paul Gifford,

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