YOUTH GROUP UPDATE: St. Alphonsus will not be hosting a Youth Group this year. Last year, we only had 2-3 youth most nights, and it is hard to do activities with so few! However, there are options! Mrs. Seeley has a Youth Group with ACC one night a week, and everyone is welcome to join them. Also, St. Peter’s Church in Saint John has started up a youth group and they have invited everyone to join them there. It is Sunday nights from 7-9 and I hope to get over there sometimes.
In addition, the Steubenville group will be hosting events throughout the year, and also invite everyone along, The next one will be a “Lock-in” in Miramichi on October 14th and promises to be fun event. After that will be Oct. 22, in Fredericton, where Father Owen will say a mass at St. Dunstan’s Church and I am not sure what other events they have planned. We are definitely planning a Christmas event somewhere! I will post them on our FB page.
I have had a wonderful time over the past few years getting to know so many youth of our community. I am amazed at everyone’s generosity and willingness to help. Do you realize that in 5 years, the youth have raised over $13,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society?? They have put 5 floats in the Hampton Santa Claus Parade and put on pageants at Christmas time. You have brightened the days of seniors, prepared many meals for Hampton Middle School’s lunch program, and raised $5000 for the Hampton Food Basket. You should all be proud. I know that I am!
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St. Alphonsus Parish Youth Group
Relay for Life - 2016 - Hampton High School
Youth Group Christmas Float - 2015
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Are you involved in your community? Do you enjoy physical activity such as competitive sport or just going for a bike ride? Do you like learning new skills? Then check out the Duke of Edinburgh awards. The Awards are a non-competitive program where participants work towards achieving personal goals in all of these areas. It's a terrific way to try out something new you may have never thought of doing, or motivate you to continue doing what you already are.
The Awards are open to all Canadians 14 to 24 years old and has three levels:
Bronze: ages 14 years and up
Silver: ages 15 years and up
Gold: ages 16 years and up
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MLA Bill Oliver presenting the Bronze Award to Nick Smith, July 2016.