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Jo Ann McLaughlin-Klemencic
Regional Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
(724-335-9877 x. 206)
Email:  jmklemencic@dioceseofgreensburg.org

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Following Youth & Family Mass:
First Saturday of Every Month

From Pope Francis to Youth

I am sure that you don't want to be duped by a false freedom, always at the beck and call of momentary fashions and fads.  I know that you are aiming high, at long-lasting decisions which will make your lives meaningful.  Jesus is capable of letting you do this:  He is "the way, and the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  Let's trust in him.  Let's make Him our guide.

It is YOUR life that Jesus wants to enter with His word, with His presence.  Please let Christ and His word enter your life, blossom and grow.  

Dear Young Friends:  If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and as you deserve, I say to each one of you, "Put on Faith", and your life will take on a new flavor, it will have a compass to show you the way;  Put on Hope and every one of your days will be enlightened and your horizon will no longer be dark, but luminous; Put on Love, and your life will be like a house built on rock, your journey will be joyful, because you will find many friends to journey with you."

Dear Young Friends:  Put on Christ in your life and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust; Put on Christ and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future.  Put on Christ and your life will be full of his love; it will be a fruitful life."

Do not be afraid to ask God's forgiveness!  He never tires of forgiving us, like a father who loves us.  God is pure mercy!

You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.

What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day?  I expect a mess.  There will be one.  There will be a mess here in Rio?  There will be!  But I eant a mess in the dioceses!  I want people to go out!  I want the Church to go out to the street!  I want us to defend ourselves against everything that is worldliness, that is installation, that is comfortableness, that is clericalism, that is being shut-in on ourselves.  The parishes, the schools, the institutions, exist to GO  OUT!

The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!Be the first to seek to bring good, do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it."

Jesus, with His Cross, walks with us and takes upon Himself our fears, our problems, and our sufferings, even those which are deepest and most painful. With the Cross, Jesus unites Himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless.

The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on His shoulders our crosses and saying to us: 'Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you. I have overcome death and I have come to give you hope, to give you life' (John 3:16).

What has the Cross left in each one of us?  You see, it gives us a treasure that no one else can give:  the certainty of the faithful love which God has for us.  A love so great that it enters into our sin and forgives it, enters into our suffering and gives us the strength to bear it.  It is a love which enters into death to conquer it and to save us.

Dear Young People, let us entrust ourselves to Jesus, let us give ourselves over to Him, because He never disappoints anyone!  Only in Christ crucified and risen can we find salvation and redemption.  With Him, evil, suffering, and death do not have the last word, because He gives us hope and life:  He has transformed the Cross from being an instrument of hate, defeat, and death to being a sign of love, victory, triumph and life.

There is no cross, big or small, in our life, which the Lord does not share with us.  We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.

Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people's side,of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the 'night' contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a Church which realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return.  But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture.

Do you know anything more powerful than the strength hidden within the weakness of love, goodness, truth;  and people today are attracted by things that are faster and faster; rapid Internet connections, speedy cars and planes, instant relationships.  But at the same time we see a desperate need for calmness; I would even say slowness.  Is the Church still able to move slowly:  to take the time to listen, to have the patience to mend and reassemble?  Or is the Church herself caught up in the frantic pursuit of efficiency?




Youth Day

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Preventing Cyber-bullying

Ten Ideas for Youth to Educate their Community about Cyberbullying

Responding to Cyberbullying

Password Safety:  Top 10 Tips for Teens

Cell Phone Safety:  Top 10 Tips for Teens

Safe Responsible Social Networking

Cyberbullying Scenarios

Year of Faith

Video Catechism":  3-minute videos, http://www.vcat.org/creed/creed-overview.html


Youth Meet Youth in Haiti
Senior Youth have begun preparing for their friendships with youth in Haiti.  After learninght_3_4 more about their pen pals in Deslandes, Haiti, they will begin writing to youth (with the help of the Google translator).  If you are interested in beginning a friendship with a youth in Haiti, contact Sister Valerie.  In the meantime, learn a little about our neighbors in Fondwa (a neighboring community of Deslandes) with the following youtube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjXi_vCjZEE

Peace Camp

We are grateful to the Grable Foundation for their continued support of Peace Camp.


    Make the World a Peaceful Place!

    Peace Camp seeks to develop peaceful, empowering communities and educate for peace, nonviolence and social justice.  Peace Camp encourages today’s youth – from kindergarten children to college students – to practice peace-making skills in the face of increasing violence in communities, classrooms and homes and to model nonviolent approaches to resolving conflict.

    • Peace Camp 2014 Training Week for High School & College Counselors: June 16-20, 2014.
    • Peace Camp 2014 Camp Week for Youth in Grades 1-8: 
      June 23-27, 2014.

      Peace Camp 2014

    Click here for more pictures of Peace Camp 2014.

    Read the Peace Camp Mission and Vision.
    Read the Classroom pledge of Nonviolence.
    Read the 2014 Peace Camp Counselor Refelctions.
    Read the 2014 Peace Camp Campers Reflections.

    View the 2014 Peace Camp photo gallery.

College Counselors

2014 Brochure
2014 Application
2014 Counselor Professional Reference
Personal References
Info. about Clearances


High School Counselors
2014 Brochure /Application

Campers:  Youth in Grs. 1-8

Registration Form
Medical Release Form-Emergency Contact
Parent Permission Form
Photographic Release Form

Peace Camp 2013 Pledge Ceremony, :  January 18, 2014 @ 1:00PM @ United Presbyterian Church, 2:00PM.  Youth who have completed their pledges to continue to work for Peace will be honored at this ceremony.  Refreshments and fun activities will follow the ceremony.

NCYC 2011Annual event inspires, motivates youth to answer God's call in their lives 

Diocesan youth enjoy time with new friends at NCYC. EEsasky

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Click here for pictures from NCYC 2011.

Mt. St. Peter Youth Day

Click here for pictures of Youth Day 2011.



Mission Statement

We the members of the Youth Group of Mt. St. Peter Parish are committed to building a community of young people, passionate about strengthening and deepening our faith, motivated about challenging our intellects and abilities, and who desire to grow, socially, in our understanding of ourselves and others.   As we grow in our faith and understanding of the Gospel, we will be empowered to confront the unique challenges we will face, always aware of God’s love and grace.