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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.

FUSED 4 ~ APRIL/MAY EDGE CALENDAR

(Grades 6th-8th ~ St. James Parish Underground/Upper Room ~ 6:30-8:00 PM)

April 13th—Session / April 20th—Session / April 24th-- Youth Mass/After Mass Party (AMP)--at Christ the King at 5:00 PM. Main dish—Ham BBQ sandwiches and Sloppy Joes. / April 27th—Session / May 4th—Session / May 11th—Session / May 18th—Session / May 20th—XLT at St. James at 6:30 PM / May 22nd-- Youth Mass/After Mass Party (AMP)--at Christ the King at 5:00 PM. We welcome our guest priest, Fr. Tom Lewandowski, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World in Duquesne, PA (Diocese of Pittsburgh) / May 25th—Session (End of the Year Party)

FUSED 4 ~ APRIL/MAY LIFETEEN CALENDAR

(Grades 9th-12th ~Christ the King Parish ~ St. Catherine Room ~ 6:30-8:00 PM)

The Youth Masses are in lieu of the normally scheduled session.

April 17th—Session / April 24th-- Youth Mass/After Mass Party (AMP)--at Christ the King at 5:00 PM. Main dish— Ham BBQ sandwiches and Sloppy Joes. / May 1st—Session / May 8th—No Session / May 15th—Session (End of Year Party) / May 20th—XLT at St. James at 6:30 PM / May 22nd-- Youth Mass/After Mass Party (AMP)--at Christ the King at 5:00 PM. We welcome our guest priest, Fr. Tom Lewandowski, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World in Duquesne, PA (Diocese of Pittsburgh)

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

May Crowning/Rosary—at Christ the King--May 1st (Come at 6:00 PM—starts at 6:30 PM) Please sign up by April 24th to help

Volunteer at Vacation Bible School (June 20th-24th)

Kayaking the Kiski (June 23rd)

Youth Mass and (AMP) at Christ the King at 5:00 PM (June 26th)--everyone

Creation (June 30th-return the morning of July 2nd)—current 8th-12th graders

Participate in the float for Apollo’s Bicentennial (July 9th)—please sign up to volunteer to construct it ASAP—Open to current 5th-12th graders

Kennywood—(July 14th)—see details below—Family Event

Youth Mass and (AMP) at Christ the King at 5:00 PM (July 24th)--everyone

Wave Pool at Boyce Park--(August 4th)-- Open to current 5th-12th graders

Pirate Game  (August 19th)—Family Event

Youth Mass and (AMP) at Christ the King at 5:00 PM (August 28th)--everyone

More dates and updates will be announced in the bulletin.

We are looking to do 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 need at least 30 people to make this happen.  Please contact the Youth Ministry Office by May 22nd to express your interest in this option. If we have 30 or more interested, we will go that route and at that point begin signups. If not, then we can try another group route with a discounted price that doesn’t include food.  We need at least 20 to make that happen. Otherwise the tickets at the door cost $43.99.