SAY is our St. Albert Youth Program. This program is a comprehensive program for those who are in 9th – 12th grades. So what does that mean?
Our youth programs consist of learning what it means to be Catholic and live in the world today. We spend time exploring not just what our faith teaches but why. Our goal is by the end of high school our students will know and understand what Catholic is and why it is who they are.
We accomplish this by exploring our faith through the sacraments, prayer, our history, our traditions, the saints and how all of these things influence us individually and as a faith family.
We gather each week on Sunday evenings from 5:15 – 7 PM in the Parish Hall. We begin with an experience. This could be a game, an event, a sport or an idea – something to take us out of the everyday and put us in a new place so we can look at our world and how we fit into it in a different light. Next we break open the word. Bring your bible as we will read and explore the gospel reading of the week. Then we will have a teaching which could include a skit, a video, a guest speaker, discussion or some quiet. We end with prayer in the church. And not just the sign of the cross and Our Father; we offer the vast and varied prayer traditions we as Catholics use in our conversations with God (Adoration, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy, Novenas, Benediction, Silent, Formal and Spontaneous).
Food is involved in our meeting times because we learn from the bible that food is an important part of Jesus’ world both in what and how He teaches.
We attend both diocese wide experiences and experiences with the larger Catholic community. Some of these experiences are Steubenville conferences and softball tournaments in the summer. We hope to expand our offerings of these larger experiences.
Our program is growing and changing to meet the needs of our high school students. As our students grow more confident in their faith we offer them opportunities to take leadership roles in their faith journey. We have a teen leadership committee of students who are invited to join and they work with our Adult team to plan and run meetings.
SAY is a multi-cultural group. Last year our members represented over 7 countries and 10 high schools including homeschoolers. Some of the countries were Mexico, Vietnam, South America, Korea, Africa, and the Middle East. The high schools represented - Connelly, McNeill, McCallum, NYOS, St. Dominic Savio, Round Rock, Anderson, Cedar Ridge, Pflugerville, and LASO. We had fun learning about each other, finding our common ground in our Catholic faith and becoming family. All high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
SAY is a place you can come as you are, bring your questions about your faith and your world and find answers. Our goal is to teach you our high school students not only what we believe as Catholics but why. To make your faith real to you so that when someone ask who you are – you respond Catholic.
So join us for food, fun, fellowship and faith at SAY on Sunday evenings. You can follow us here for exact dates and times or call the youth office.