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Young Adults

Þ Young Adult Retreat, Dec. 7-9 – Whether you've never been on a retreat before or you're a retreat junkie, you can get something out of this weekend. Our retreats always combine free time, time to meet other young adults, prayer, small groups and talks. Lisa Borgnini is leading the group from St. Ben’s. Go to indycatholic.org/retreat for more information and for registration. Or, text Lisa, 812.298.4095.

Þ Lectors, Servers, Greeters and Communion Ministers – We are looking for young adults to help at Mass, even if it’s just occasionally! We really need you! Text Jason for more info, 812.244.3510.

Þ Theology on Tap/Uncorked – Free dinner, drinks and a faith-based discussion, 3rd Saturday of every month at 6:30p at a local Terre Haute parish: Dec. 15 is at St. Joe’s, Jan. 19 at St. Margaret Mary, Feb. 16 at St. Ben’s. Each event at the respective parish center.

Þ New Year’s Eve Potluck & Game Night – December 31 in Hellmann Hall. Details to follow, but know we’ve got you covered for New Year’s Eve!

Þ Wednesday evening small group faith-sharing – We meet every Wednesday at 7:30p to pray, share, eat, and discuss the Scriptures. It’s super casual and all young adults, 18-39ish are welcome!

· Text Jason for more info, 812.244.3510.

 

For more information, please contact Rita: text 812.230.3459, or rita@stbenedictth.org or call 812.232.8421, ext. 12.

Activities and Community   

That’s what young adults at  St. Ben’s are looking for! At least, that’s what a group of young adults said during the cook-out and listening session we recently hosted on the friary patio.  The group said that they’d like to see more activities geared to young adults. They also said they want a parish where they feel like they are “heard” and where they feel like they are welcome and belong.

*Thanks to all those who came to the cook-out and thanks to those who joined us for bowling! We’re glad you came!

 

Below we reported on some of the responses we heard from young adults, during a “Listening Session” we held on July 25th. Below are some of the other questions we asked and the responses given by the 17 young adults who gathered with us in Hellmann Hall.

Also, note that the questions we asked are the same questions the larger Church has asked young adults throughout the world in preparation for a young adult synod that Pope Francis has called for in October 2018. Bishops will gather at this synod to discuss the needs, wants and issues of young adults. We sent the responses of our young adults to the Office of Young   Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Why do young adults drift away from Church?

· Don’t feel included

· Being alone, busy                              

· Priorities                                                                                 

· Exploration                                                                            

· Forced to go as child/Rebellion                                             

· Spouse, significant other doesn’t go  

· Too much negativity, too old-fashioned

                                   

What do young adults want from the Church?

· Community

· A sense of belonging                                                             

· Jesus                                                                                       

· Giving thanks w/ others, community, spiritual insight

· Inclusive community (one that goes beyond Mass)                

· Tradition, authentic Catholicism        

· A place that welcomes, a place to fit in, a place that shows love

· Upbeat Mass

· Events for parents and kids together 

· Want an outlet to escape the materialistic/self-centered society promoted in American culture                

 

    A Sunday afternoon trip to Tj Hasse Winery

 

 

Office of Young Adult Ministry