High School Youth

St. Anselm High School CYO

One of the many blessings of Saint Anselm Parish is our young people. Our parish tries to offer a spiritual, social, service, or sporting opportunity to our high school students each month. These events are open to all high school students (grades 9-12) from our parish and their friends. New faces are always welcome. Parents who would like to get involved are also welcome.

 

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Upcoming Events


September 18, 2016 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have food, a discussion/presentation, followed by some fun.


 September 25, 2016 — Churches & Cheesesteaks – 1:00PM

All high school students are invited to join us on Sunday, September 25th for “Churches & Cheesesteaks.”  We will begin with the 12 Noon Mass at St. Anselm’s, before boarding a school bus downtown.


October 16, 2016 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


 October 21, 2016 — Terror Behind the Walls – 6:30PM

Every Fall, the former Eastern State Penitentiary is transformed into a haunted house attraction.  Our group will meet at ?PM on Friday, October 21st and take a bus downtown to Fairmount, where we will go through the prison.  Space is limited, and the cost is just $ per person.  Sign up by October th.


 November 04, 2016 — Bonfire

Join us on Friday, November 4th for a bonfire in the field behind the church parking lot.   The evening begins at 6:30 PM.  We will have snacks, music, KanJam, football, and other entertainment.


November 13, 2016 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


December 04, 2016 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


December 10, 2016 — Peddler’s Village

Join us on Saturday, December 10th for the beautiful scenery and shops at Peddler’s Village.


January 22, 2017 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


February 11, 2017 — Flyer’s Game

All high school students are welcome to join us as we cheer on the Flyer’s!


February 19, 2017 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


March 19, 2017 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


April 02, 2017 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


April 08, 2017 — Spring Cleaning

Join us on Saturday, April 8th to spruce up St. Anselm’s buildings and grounds, making it a beautiful place for all to enjoy.


May 07, 2017 — Youth Night – 6:30PM

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


May 13, 2017 — Paintball

All high school students from St. Anselm Parish and their friends are invited to a day of paintballing at Skirmish in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, May 13th.  We will leave from the church parking lot at 7:30 AM.  The cost of the day is $, which includes: bus transportation, admission to the Skirmish paintball fields, paintball gun, goggles, facemask, unlimited N2 air fills, field referees, and all day play on private playing fields.

*** You must register by April  in order to participate!  ***

All participants under 18 years of age must complete this waiver.  Also, check out the Skirmish homepage


Useful Links for Teens

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Past Events


June 24-26, 2016 — Steubenville Youth Conference

One of the highlights of our year is this trip to Franciscan University of Steubenville for their summer youth conference. This weekend retreat has been, for many young people, a life-changing experience. All high school age youth (current 8th graders through graduating seniors) are invited to join us for our 9th annual trip to Ohio. We were able to reserve 25 spots this year for our parish. The dates for the weekend will be Friday through Sunday, June 24-26.

Please register at the Parish Center with a $50.00 deposit (checks payable to St. Anselm Youth). The total cost is $195 (all inclusive).

For more information, see the Steubenville homepage.


May 29, 2016 — Service Project: Corpus Christi Procession

It is traditional, on the Feast of Corpus Christi (“The Body of Christ”), for a parish to host a procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Our HS CYO will plan and carry out our parish’s first procession in many years.


May 15, 2016 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  This will be our seniors farewell night.


May 14, 2016 — Paintball ($30)

All high school students from St. Anselm Parish and their friends are invited to a day of paintballing at Skirmish in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, May 9th.  We will leave from the church parking lot at 7:30 AM.  The cost of the day is $30, which includes: bus transportation, admission to the Skirmish paintball fields, paintball gun, goggles, facemask, unlimited N2 air fills, field referees, and all day play on private playing fields.

*** You must register by April 29 in order to participate!  ***


May 1, 2016 — Sunday Fun Day

Building on the success of the last three years, we will host another “Sunday Fun Day” on May 1st.  Events begin with the 12 Noon Mass, followed by a barbeque, DJ, inflatable obstacle course, wiffle ball, and other activities in the church parking lot.  There will also be tug-of-war and a t-shirt giveaway!


April 23, 2016 — NET Retreat

This will be a fun-filled retreat day with music, games, and food in Our Lady of Victory Hall (gym).  Teens from neighboring parishes will be joining us for this special retreat.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.  In order to register, please complete the registration form and return it to the Parish Center.


April 17, 2016 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


April 15, 2016 — Rock Climbing ($10)

This will be our first-ever rock climbing trip!  We will have a group climbing session at Philadelphia Rock Gym.  We will leave from St. Anselm’s at 4:45 PM.  Must sign up by April 10th!


March 18, 2016 — Fun Plex Night ($10)

This social event will feature opportunities for indoor go-karts, laser tag, bowling, arcade, and other activities.  Snacks will be provided.  The cost for this event is just $10 for all St. Anselm high school students and their friends.


March 13, 2016 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


March 3, 2016 — Pro-Life Prayer Vigil

Join us as we gather in peaceful, prayerful protest at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Comly Road.


February 21, 2016 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


February 11, 2016 — Temple-UConn Basketball Game ($10)

All high school students, as well as our HS CYO alumni, are welcome to join us for this game at the Liacouras Center.  We will leave from St. Anselm’s at 5 PM and return at approximately 9 PM.  A spaghetti dinner will be provided.


February 6, 2016 — Service Project: 19154 5K Race

The fourth-annual 19154 5K Race will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016.  The race requires a large number of volunteers doing many tasks.  This is our sole fundraiser for youth & young adult ministries each year, so we depend heavily on the participation of our high school students.  Volunteers must be available for a volunteer meeting on Monday, February 1st at 7 PM in Our Lady of Victory Hall.  On race day, volunteers should report to the gym by 7:30 AM to receive final instructions.

For more information, click here.


January 17, 2016 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


December 13, 2015 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  This will be our annual High School CYO Christmas party.


December 10, 2015 — Sky Zone ($10)

Our group will be going to the Levittown Sky Zone on this Thursday night.  Sky Zone is a large, indoor facility filled with trampolines.  Depending on space availability, we may be able to play dodgeball.  You must sign up in advance in order to attend, and you must also complete an online waiver available here.


November 22, 2015 — Stand Up For Life Dinner

Each year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia hosts this event for pro-lifers across the region.  Approximately 1300 people will be in attendance, including over 300 students.  There will be a keynote speaker and plenty of good information about the many pro-life efforts afoot in the greater Philadelphia area.  We have a limited number of seats available to us for this dinner at the Center City Sheraton Hotel.  Contact Fr. Friel if you would like to attend.


 November 8, 2015 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  We will be having our first-ever Pasta Party this month!


 November 6, 2015 — Terror Behind the Walls

Every Fall, the former Eastern State Penitentiary is transformed into a haunted house attraction.  Our group will meet at 4 PM on Friday, November 6th and take a bus downtown to Fairmount, where we will go through the prison.  Space is limited, and the cost is just $10 per person.  Sign up by October 30th.


 October 30, 2015 — Bonfire

Join us on Saturday, November 1st for a bonfire in the field behind the church parking lot.   The evening begins at 8 PM.  Will will have snacks, music, KanJam, football, and other entertainment.


 October 18, 2015 — Churches & Cheesesteaks

All high school students are invited to join us on Sunday, October 19th for “Churches & Cheesesteaks.”  We will begin with the 12 Noon Mass at St. Anselm’s, before boarding a school bus downtown.  We will start with a stop at Sonny’s & Campo’s (both at 2nd & Market), and then we will explore St. John the Evangelist Church (13th & Market) and the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul (18th & the Parkway).


October 11, 2015 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  We will be making “Sundaes on Sunday” this month!


October 3, 2015 — Service Project: Parish Oktoberfest

St. Anselm Parish is hosting an Oktoberfest again this year.  The date will be Saturday, October 3rd, and our help is needed to set things up, take things down, serve as runners, etc.  The event officially begins at 12 Noon, but assistance will be needed all throughout the day.  Plan to help out and enjoy the day.  Service hours will be given to those who participate.


September 20, 2015 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have food, a discussion/presentation, followed by some fun.


June 19-21 2015 — Steubenville Youth Conference

One of the highlights of our year is this trip to Franciscan University of Steubenville for their summer youth conference. This weekend retreat has been, for many young people, a life-changing experience. All high school age youth (current 8th graders through graduating seniors) are invited to join us for our 8th annual trip to Ohio. We were able to reserve 25 spots this year for our parish. The dates for the weekend will be Friday through Sunday, June 19-21.

Please register at the Parish Center with a $50.00 deposit (checks payable to St. Anselm Youth). The total cost is $187 (all inclusive).

For more information, see the Steubenville homepage.


May 31, 2015 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have food, a discussion/presentation, followed by some fun.  This will be our seniors farewell night.


May 11, 2015 — Service Project: St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen

St. Francis Inn is a wonderful place where many homeless men & women find refuge each day.  Located under the El in Kensington, it serves meals to the needy at lunch and dinner time.  The guests come in, sit down at a table, and are served a hot meal by volunteers.  We will be the volunteers serving the dinner meal this night.  The Inn can only accommodate 6-8 volunteers per night, so please contact Fr. Friel soon if you would like to participate.


March 9, 2015 — Paintball

All high school students from St. Anselm Parish and their friends are invited to a day of paintballing at Skirmish in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, May 9th.  We will leave from the church parking lot at 7:30 AM.  The cost of the day is $30, which includes: bus transportation, admission to the Skirmish paintball fields, paintball gun, goggles, facemask, unlimited N2 air fills, field referees, and all day play on private playing fields.

*** You must register by April 24 in order to participate!  ***

All participants under 18 years of age must complete this waiver.  Also, check out the Skirmish homepage


April 26, 2015 — Sunday Fun Day

Building on the success of the last two years, we will host another “Sunday Fun Day” on April 26th.  Events begin with the 12 Noon Mass, followed by a barbeque, DJ, inflatable obstacle course, wiffle ball, and other activities in the church parking lot.  New for this year: tug-of-war and t-shirt giveaway!


Spring 2015 — CYO Volleyball Team (Co-Ed)

If you are interested in playing on the team this year, please come to an initial meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at 8:30 PM in the gym.  Practices will be held Tuesday nights, beginning in March.  Games will be played in April & May.

League information & schedules can be found here.


February 13, 2015 — Brunswick Zone Night ($10)

This social event will feature 90 minutes of bowling and a round of laser tag.  Snacks will be provided.  Brunswick Zone also has a newly renovated arcade room that we can use.  The cost for this event is just $10 for all St. Anselm high school students and their friends.


January 31, 2015 — Service Project: 19154 5K Race

The third-annual 19154 5K Race will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015.  The race requires a large number of volunteers doing many tasks.  This is our sole fundraiser for youth & young adult ministries each year, so we depend heavily on the participation of our high school students.  Volunteers must be available for a volunteer meeting on Monday, January 26th at 7 PM in Our Lady of Victory Hall.  On race day, volunteers should report to the gym by 7:30 AM to receive final instructions.

For more information, click here.


December 29, 2014 — Service Project: St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen

St. Francis Inn is a wonderful place where many homeless men & women find refuge each day.  Located under the El in Kensington, it serves meals to the needy at lunch and dinner time.  The guests come in, sit down at a table, and are served a hot meal by volunteers.  We will be the volunteers serving the dinner meal this night.  The Inn can only accommodate 6-8 volunteers per night, so please contact Fr. Friel soon if you would like to participate.


December 14, 2014 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  This will be our High School CYO Christmas party.


December 11, 2014 — Sky Zone ($10)

Our group will be going to the Levittown Sky Zone on this Thursday night.  Sky Zone is a large, indoor facility filled with trampolines.  Depending on space availability, we may be able to play dodgeball.  You must sign up in advance in order to attend, and you must also complete an online waiver available here.


November 23, 2014 — Stand Up For Life Dinner

Each year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia hosts this event for pro-lifers across the region.  Approximately 1300 people will be in attendance, including over 300 students.  There will be a keynote speaker and plenty of good information about the many pro-life efforts afoot in the greater Philadelphia area.  We have a limited number of seats available to us for this dinner at the Center City Sheraton Hotel.  Contact Fr. Friel if you would like to attend.


November 16, 2014 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.  We will be making “Sundaes on Sunday” this week!


November 7, 2014 — Terror Behind the Walls

Every Fall, the former Eastern State Penitentiary is transformed into a haunted house attraction.  Our group will meet at 4 PM on Friday, November 7th and take a bus downtown to Fairmount, where we will go through the prison.  Space is limited, and the cost is just $10 per person.


November 1, 2014 — Bonfire

Join us on Saturday, November 1st for a bonfire in the field behind the church parking lot.   The evening begins at 8 PM.  Will will have snacks, music, KanJam, football, and other entertainment.


October 19, 2014 — Churches & Cheesesteaks

All high school students are invited to join us on Sunday, October 19th for “Churches & Cheesesteaks.”  We will begin with the 12 Noon Mass at St. Anselm’s, before boarding a school bus downtown.  We will start with a stop at Pat’s & Geno’s, and then we will explore one of South Philly’s most beautiful churches: the National Shrine of St. Rita.


October 12, 2014 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


October 11, 2014 — Service Project: Parish Oktoberfest

St. Anselm Parish is hosting an Oktoberfest again this year.  The date will be Saturday, October 11th, and our help is needed to set things up, take things down, serve as runners, etc.  The event officially begins at 1 PM, but assistance will be needed all throughout the day.  Plan to help out and enjoy the day.  Service hours will be given to those who participate.


September 19, 2014 — Movie Under the Stars

On Friday, September 19th, we will be showing Forrest Gump on a big outdoor screen.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass.  There is no cost for admission, and snacks & drinks will be provided.


September 14, 2014 — Youth Night

Come to our monthly Youth Night, where we will have a discussion or presentation, followed by some fun.


July 2014 — Six Flags Trip

We are traveling to Six Flags (Jackson, NJ) on Thursday, July 24th!  You must register before Thursday, July 10th in order to attend.   Cost is $35 per person, which includes park admission and bus transportation.  We will depart from St. Anselm parking lot at 10 AM and return at approximately 8 PM.

Download the flyer & registration form here.


June 2014 — Steubenville Youth Conference

One of the highlights of our year is this trip to Franciscan University of Steubenville for their summer youth conference. This weekend retreat has been, for many young people, a life-changing experience. All high school age youth (current 8th graders through graduating seniors) are invited to join us for our 7th annual trip to Ohio. We were able to reserve 25 spots this year for our parish. The dates for the weekend will be Friday through Sunday, June 20-22.

Please register at the Parish Center with a $50.00 deposit (checks payable to St. Anselm Youth). The total cost is $185 (all inclusive).

For more information, see the Steubenville homepage.


Spring 2014 — CYO Volleyball Team (Co-Ed)

If you are interested in playing on the team this year, please come to an initial meeting on Tuesday, February 25th at 8:30 PM in the gym.  Practices will be held Tuesday nights, beginning in March.  Games will be played in April & May.

League information & schedules can be found here.


May 2014 — Sunday Fun Day

Building on the success of our first event last spring, we will host another “Sunday Fun Day” on May 4th.  Events begin with the 12 Noon Mass, followed by a barbeque, DJ, inflatable obstacle course, wiffle ball, dunk tank, and other activities in the church parking lot.


April 2014 — Neighborhood Stations of the Cross

This Palm Sunday (April 13th), you are invited to come participate in the 12 Noon parish Mass and listen to the reading of the Passion.  At the conclusion of Mass, we will gather in front of the church to begin an outdoor Way of the Cross.  We will process with a wooden cross through the neighborhood, pausing at 14 locations to reflect on the Stations of the Cross.  These Stations will be organized & led by our high school youth, but the whole parish is invited to join us.

Join us as we witness publicly to our faith in Jesus Christ!


March 2014 — Paintball

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All high school students from St. Anselm Parish and their friends are invited to a day of paintballing at Skirmish in Jim Thorpe, PA on Saturday, March 29th.  We will leave from the church parking lot at 8 AM.  The cost of the day is $30, which includes: bus transportation, admission to the Skirmish paintball fields, paintball gun, goggles, facemask, unlimited N2 air fills, field referees, and all day play on private playing fields.

*** You must register by March 15 in order to participate!  ***

All participants under 18 years of age must complete this waiver.  Also, check out the Skirmish homepage


February 2014 — 19154 5K Race Service Project

The second-annual 19154 5K Race will be held February 1, 2014.  The race requires a large number of volunteers doing many tasks.  Please consider helping out.  Volunteers must be available for a volunteer meeting on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM in the Parish Hall.  On race day, volunteers should report to Our Lady of Victory Hall by 8 AM to receive final instructions.

For more information, click here.


January 2014 — Palestra Game

Our first event for the New Year is a trip to the Penn-Princeton basketball game at the Palestra.  Penn & Princeton are epic rivals, and the Palestra is the cathedral of college sports.  We have 25 tickets, and all high school students & their parents are invited.  The game is Saturday, January 11th.  We will meet our bus in the church parking lot at 4:00 PM.

Before tip-off, we will get a quick tour of the Penn Newman Center, home of Catholic campus ministry at the Ivy League school.

            Tickets are only $5!  If you would like to attend, please put $5 per ticket in an envelope marked with your name and return it to Fr. Friel at the Parish Center.


November 2013 — Dodgeball Tournament

Who doesn’t love dodgeball?  You’re invited to Our Lady of Victory Hall on Sunday, November 24th at 4:30 PM for our first-ever dodgeball tournament.  Come as individuals, and we will form teams there.  Food & drinks will be provided at the end of the tournament.


November 2013 — Bonfire

Join us on Friday, November 1st for Mass and a bonfire.  The evening begins with the 7 PM Mass in church for All Saints Day.  After Mass, we will go out to the parking lot & field for a bonfire with snacks, music, KanJam, football, and more.


October 2013 — Churches & Cheesesteaks

All high school students are invited to join us on Sunday, October 6th for “Churches & Cheesesteaks.”  We will begin with the 12 Noon Mass at St. Anselm’s, before boarding a school bus downtown.  We will start with a stop at Jim’s Steaks on South Street, and then we will explore two of our city’s most beautiful & historic Catholic churches: Old St. Mary’s and Old St. Joseph’s.


April 2013 — Sunday Fun Day

High school students from any school are invited to join us on April 28th for “Sunday Fun Day.”  Events begin with the 12 Noon Mass, followed by a barbeque, kickball tournament, DJ, jousting, bonfire, and other activities in the church parking lot.


 

 

Questions?  Suggestions?  

Contact Fr. Friel (father.friel@stanselmparish.com; 215-637-3525)

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