FUSED4 is the name the young adults of the four parishes of Region 2 (St. James the Greater, Apollo, Christ the King, Leechburg, St. Gertrude, Vandergrift, and Our Lady, Queen of Peace, East Vandergrift) chose for their Youth Group. Led by Katie Tylinski, youth ministry coordinator for Region 2, FUSED4 is divided into two grade-governed groups:
- EDGE: a comprehensive and dynamic youth ministry program open to teens in middle school (grades 6 through 8). The EDGE curriculum uses different forms of media and instruction to teach teens the importance of their Catholic faith during their middle school years. EDGE meets 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Christ the King Church in the St. Joseph room (lower level of the parish office) from September through May with additional activities that will be added throughout the summer and the year.
- LIFETEEN: a comprehensive and dynamic youth ministry program open to teens in high school (grades 9 through 12). Different from a classroom environment, LIFETEEN brings the faith of the teenager to life by letting them truly experience Jesus Christ in the Church and in their own lives. LIFETEEN meets Sunday evenings, September through May at St. James the Greater Parish, Apollo, in the "Underground" (lower level of the school), and "Upper Room" (upper level of the school) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with additional activities that will be added throughout the summer and the year.
A "Youth Mass", is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. the fourth Sunday of every month at St. James the Greater Parish, Apollo. All youth are encouraged to participate in the various liturgical ministries; readers, servers, youth band and ushers. The Youth Mass is followed by an after Mass party (AMP) in the parish hall and is open to everyone.
"XLT" - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held quarterly at St. James the Greater Parish, Apollo, at 6:30 p.m.. The evening includes a guest speaker and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A light reception follows Adoration and Benediction. Check the parish bulletin for the next XLT.
FUSED4 CAFE is open to adults (18 years and older). Parents of the youth ministry participants are encouraged to attend. At the cafe, (along with delicious desserts), a guest speaker serves up thought-provoking talks and lively discussions! Check the parish bulletin for the next FUSED4 Cafe event.
Katie Tylinski, youth
ministry coordinator, has two office locations; one at Christ the King and the other at St. James. Her cell phone number is 724-212-6740, (she also text messages). Please call, text or email Katie if you have any questions or if your child is interested in participating in Youth Ministry.
Click here for an overview of all formation programs and opportunities offered for children, youth and adults at Christ the King Parish.
Click here for a Youth Ministry "Parent or Guardian Consent/Release" form.