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.
Middle School (7th and 8th Grade)
EDGE (7th & 8th Grade) – EDGE is our middle school program for all students in 7th and 8th grade. EDGE will meet the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm (calendar will be provided) 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 both Spanish and English.
High School (9th-12th Grade)
Life Teen (9th – 12th Grade) – Our high school youth program 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). 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.
- Confirmation Preparation
- High School Youth Group: We are looking to get our youth group started and need volunteers. Please reach out if you are interested. Be on the lookout for upcoming events!
* All programs require previous registration *
New! Faith Formation Class Calendar 2022-2023
New! Confirmation Class Calendar 2022-2023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Andrea. Must be enrolled in EDGE or Life Teen to participate in Sacrament Preparation.
New! Sacramental Preparation Calendar 2022-2023
Other Youth Information
- Registration online (REGISTRATION ENDED Friday, September 2)
- Print Registration Form
- Parent Volunteer Information
- Appalachia Service Project
- Worthy of the Call – training for youth volunteers (14-17 years old)
Looking to get plugged into the parish and form community with other young adults? Contact Andrea (email@example.com) to get more information about upcoming events.
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.
St. John’s-Columbia takes on World Youth Day
World Youth Day 2023
July 28 – August 7, 2023
To join the group, contact Andrea (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christ the King Praisefest
BLESSED – A night of worship for Christ the King
Come and join fellow young adults for a night of worship for Christ the King!
November 19, 2022 | 7:00-9:00pm
St. John the Evangelist | Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
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, email@example.com.