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My name is Katie Tylinski and I am the new youth coordinator for the four parishes of our region. I am thrilled to be here!

As you may have heard, I was a youth minister in New Castle for nine years at St. Camillus Parish. I graduated from St. Vincent College in 2005. My husband and I reside in Ford City. I started here as your coordinator of youth ministry on July 20th. Everyone has been so welcoming and it is clear to me that this is a very special community of faith.

As the youth coordinator for each of the four parishes and I will do my best to be present to all of you and serve each of the parishes equally.

I have two office locations; one at Christ the King and the other at St. James. I will be informing you of my office hours once I establish them so that you know when and where to reach me. My cell phone number is 724-212-6740, that way you can reach me easily no matter which office I am working at.

I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zones and participate at the awesome youth events that will be held at all four parishes. I look forward to meeting you!

Have a blessed day! ~Katie

If you are age 13 and above I encourage you to join our remind.com group. It is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps me to share important updates and reminders with you and your parents. You can subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. To receive messages via text, text @reg2youth to 81010. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to reg2youth@mail.remind.com.

At the back of the church there are interest forms for parents and for youth in grades 6-12, as well as volunteers. These forms were recently mailed to you. Please return them to me at your earliest convenience or drop them in the box at the back of the church. We are looking for volunteers. Please consider using your talents to serve this very important ministry. We need volunteers of all kinds: from chaperones to teachers, core team members and beyond. Please note your interest on the forms that are in the back of the church.

Upcoming events (more information forthcoming)—Open to current 6th-12th graders unless otherwise noted.

We are looking for volunteers in 9th-12th grade that will help with the Operation Fresh Express at St. Gertrude’s from 3:30-6:00 PM on Monday, July 18th. Please sign up by contacting the Youth Ministry Office by Sunday, July 10th.

We are doing a family day at Kennywood Park on July 14th which includes an all you can eat buffet (for one hour) and 3 hours of all you can drink. The cost is $39.99/person. We will not be doing a bus. We will do a carpool. Deadline to register is Thursday, June 9th. Please make your checks payable to St. James Parish. Permission slips are needed if you have not turned in one yet. Bring a friend!

A family outing to the Pirate Game has been planned for Friday, August 19th. Cost is $31/ticket which includes bus transportation. Please make your checks payable to St. James Parish. Deadline to register is Thursday, June 9th. Families are encouraged to attend. We are going with St. Getrude’s Altar servers/Christ the King Altar servers/Cardinal Maida Academy. Permission slips are needed if you have not turned in one yet. Bring a friend!

Those who registered for Creation and their parents are asked to come to a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM at St. James Underground.

If you are interested in helping to create (and ride on!) a youth ministry float for Apollo’s Bicentennial, please express your interest no later than June 3rd.

We are in need of volunteers to be lectors (readers), greeters, ushers, for our upcoming youth Mass on Sunday, June 26th at 5:00 PM at Christ the King.