Youth and Young Adult

What is needed today is a Church which knows how to respond to the expectations of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue with them and, through His body which is the Church, to propose the possibility of a choice which will require a commitment of their lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the Church must become the traveling companion of young people..." - St. John Paul II, World Youth Day 1995, Philippines


Youth Ministry Mission Statement
: Here, at Holy Family, the mission of the Catholic Youth Ministry Office is rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church and in conjunction with the Diocese of Oklahoma City. Holy Family's youth ministry program is committed to the reality that young people are the light of our parish community and the hope to lead us into the future. The youth program seeks to foster maturing in the faith of the young people of our parish and the surrounding community. Therefore, it is our goal to draw the youth into responsible participation in life, work, and mission of the parish community. To do this we have compiled four key cornerstones to help the youth in their journeys in becoming the people God has intended them to be.

These cornerstones include:

1. Providing opportunities for the youth and adults we serve to experience the love and hear the call of our Lord Jesus Christ in their lives.

2. Giving our youth and adults ways to experience the Church in a positive manner and giving them opportunities to pray and share their faith with others.

3. Shaping our youth and young adults spiritual and moral values and inspiring a sense of respect for the dignity and rights of themselves and others.

4. Providing our youth and adults a sense of community and belonging not only to the local, but also the universal Church.


Holy Family Youth Group will take place from 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. on Wednesday nights. Our Youth Group will also partake in community service projects, retreats, conferences, and other faith filled adventures throughout the year.


YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: In our world today it is difficult to be a young Catholic adult. With this in mind we have formed the Young Adult Ministry (YAM's). YAM's will give the young adults, ranging in age from eighteen to thirty-nine, a place to deepen their relationship with Christ and continue to educate themselves in the Catholic faith. Young adult ministry is diverse and encourages all of those within the age group stated above to join us when we meet every second and fourth Thursday's of the month from 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. We currently have Theology on Tap, Bible studies, guest speakers, prayer nights, retreats, and fellowship for the young adults.  All are welcome so please join us!  For more information please contact Billy Gonsler at 580.536.6351 ext 122, or email bgonsler@holyfamilylawton.org

 

Youth Schedule 2015-2016

Youth Scheduled EVENTS to look forward to 2015-2016

Christmas Caroling at the Nursing Home - December 22nd

Movie Night featuring ELF smores, cocoa, and popcorn provided - December 23rd 6-8:00p.m.

Luminaries display - Christmas Eve Midnight Mass set up at 8:00 p.m.

March for Life – January- 21st-25th  San Francisco                                  COST $450.00

Buckley Retreat – February 6th 2016                          COST $10.00 (if HF Parish Members $5.00)

Mission Flint – March 12-19th    Flint, Michigan        COST $250.00 (only 10 spots available)

Confirmation Year II Retreat- April 9th

Confirmation with Arch-Bishop Coakley- April 15, 2016

Youth Lock in – May - TBA

There will be other opportunities this upcoming year, but these are the ones we either have set in stone or will be finalizing last details as soon as possible! I encourage those who might not actively participate to come and join us at one (or all) of the events listed above. Also, if you have any ideas please feel free to contact me! Thank you for all of your support this past year and please… pray for the youth and myself throughout this upcoming year!

In Christ’s love

Billy Gonsler – Youth Minister

Questions/comments/ideas? – Call (580) 536-6351 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Information

Position Youth Director
Name Billy Gonsler
Phone 580.536.6351 ext. 122