Church youth groups do 'cool' things

February 22, 1997


Staff Writer

There are few words in the teen vocabulary that have survived from the 1960s, but "cool'' is one of them.

So when Joan Fye and Father Andrew Mohl made an effort to attract young people to St. Ann Catholic Church's Youth Alive junior high group, they made sure to promote the program as cool.

But it really is cool, Mohl promises. The group's activities are open to any young person in grades 6-8.

Youth Alive meets the first Saturday of the month at 5:15 p.m.

After a worship service, Mohl said, an activity follows - sometimes something pure fun such as skating, skiing or hiking.

The group also hosts special events. On March 1, the Juniata College concert choir offers a 7:30 p.m. performance at the church.


A core of parishioners is essential to keep the activities going in both the Youth Alive group and LifeTeen, the group for high school students.

Adults help plan events and chaperone. They also serve refreshments and encourage the kids to take part.

"St. Ann is very interested in keeping kids interested,'' Mohl said. The church also sponsors Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops and a variety of music and youth choirs.

The church also sets up camping trips, a summer camp at the church and Vacation Bible School, Mohl said.

In the mission statement for Youth Alive, junior high students are assured they are appreciated.

"We want to get to know you better and help you in your search for the good, the true and the beautiful,'' the statement reads. "We know life is hard and we need one another.''

On Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m., the Catholic youth organization Life Teen Program of Washington County worships.

The group meets alternately at one of three Catholic churches - St. Ann and St. Mary's in Hagerstown and St. Augustine's in Williamsport.

There are trips, retreats and other activities. Recently, the teens met for a game night. Another time, they made Christmas baskets.

All young people, Catholic or not, are welcome, Fye said. For more information on LifeTeen, call 745-3120.

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