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St. Richard's Middle & High School Religious Ed. Newsletter

Happy New Year!

The joy and hope of a new year is still upon us, even in the bleak and often overcast January weather. Sometimes it is hard to look forward and set goals when life circumstances do not change, however Our God is a God of both second chances and new beginnings. I am taking 2016 to be a year I pray the rosary more. I made the goal to pray the rosary everyday, but when that wasn't possible I "remade" my goal to say it twice a week. It is awesome to see how attainable and specific goals have the best outcomes.

I am also excited to announce that I will be traveling to our Diocese Mission in Guatemala this month. Youth group will still resume as usual on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m. during the two weeks I am absent. I am traveling with a small parish group from Missoula to visit the people at the Diocese run health clinic and do outreach ministry in the indigenous populated towns in the mountains near Santo Tomas, Guatemala. I am already excited to return and share our experiences with the youth at St. Richard's. It is going to be a very challenging but awe-some trip. Please pray for our group and the people who we will encounter while on our journey. If you need to get in touch with any of the youth group leaders while I am absent please call Colleen at the office and she will direct you to the leader for that particular week.

With a prayer of newness and inspiration,


Coming Up:

Middle Schoolers will be focusing on stories of the Old Testament in the next 7 weeks at Youth Group. Feel free to ask them about Adam and Eve, Moses, Ruth or Esther ... they'd love to tell you :)

High School is going to be breaking open the 7 sacraments of the Church and talking about the most perfect sacrament of them all: Jesus! I am super excited to get them talking about the sacraments - they are that which sustains our faith and our Church!

Service this Month

It has been requested that Middle and High School youth sign up to help serve at a Valentine Dinner fundraiser for LOVE INC on Thursday February 11th at Christ Lutheran Church. A short class will be held at 4:30 p.m.. Youth will be finished at about 7:45 p.m. and will receive a free dinner. Please call Bev York (406-892-2117) or the LOVE INC office (406-892-3544) to sign up or sign up at youth group this week.

Dress is white shirts, dark pants. They are asking for 5 - 8 youth from St. Richard's to help serve.

Volunteer Snack Schedule

January 13th - Jodie McIntyre

January 20th - Holly McKenzie

January 27th - Jack Burgess

February 3th - _______________________

February 10th - Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m.. No snacks needed.

February 17th - _______________________

February 24th - _______________________

Email me or sign-up at youth group if you can bring snack. Thank you in advance!

Prayer for the Month

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

Bible Quote of the Month

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Junior High Carnival $5

Friday, Feb. 5th, 7pm-9am

St. John Paul II Bigfork, MT

Junior High Carnival is a hilarious and fun get-together for Middle School Youth in the Flathead Valley. The event is hosted by Catholic Youth Rural Outreach and costs $5. It is an overnight event - You can expect games, prizes, food and friends. We will help coordinate rides with other families from Columbia Falls that want to go.

Paper and online registration.

Questions? Contact Fred Woelkers, Catholic Youth Rural Outreach Coordinator - fwoelkers@gmail,com

St. Richard's Catholic Youth

A religious education opportunity for middle and high school student to engage their faith and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to encourage youth to have a personal relationship with Jesus, serve those around them through love and become well-rounded members of their faith community.