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Friday, October 18 - Cemetery Walk “Back From The Dead” at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD - Join 9th-12th grade youth from Jesus the Good Shepherd, Saint John Vianney, and Saint Anthony's Church for a bus trip to Seton Cemetery at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD. Take part in a candle light guided walk in the dark and meet saints and martyrs that came back from the dead to share their stories. Parent chaperones needed! Download the permission form below. For full details and a trailer video, CLICK HERE.

Active Catholic Teens

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Teens who have turned 18 need to go through the Child Protection process.  Click here  to download the packet.

Teens who have turned 18 need to go through the Child Protection process. Click here to download the packet.

A.C.T. is a community of teens supporting one another and pursuing the truth in faith. Our year includes faith formation, summer mission trips, retreats, community building activities and social gatherings. All teens are invited to explore your faith by asking questions, gathering as a community, and living in the light of the Gospel.

When: every other Sunday evening, 6:20-8pm from September to May. Click the link below for the full year’s calendar.

Summer Mission Trips: In partnership with the Glenmary Home Missioners, we are sent to two locations in rural America over the summer to lead a Vacation Bible School for small Catholic mission parishes that would not otherwise have the means to do so. These trips are life-changing for our teens, chaperones, and the communities we serve. Teens interested in attending mission trips should be faithfully involved in A.C.T. throughout the year.

Cost for Glenmary Summer Mission trips: $450 total, $100 deposit due with registration
Registration will open in February 2020 for summer events.

Follow us on Instagram! @jgsyouthmd

Middle School Youth


MSY is for 6th through 8th grade youth. Once per month we gather to hang out as a community sharing in faith. MSY nights include games, food, faith talks, and a service project. We typically meet from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the gym. Join our Flocknote list for the latest updates.

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Who am I? My name is Casey Esser, and I'm a millenial parent who loves Jesus, my family, my faith, and "my teens."

Why do I love youth ministry? Did I mention that I love Jesus? I want everyone to meet him. I also believe that teenagers are some of the most creative, passionate, and hardworking people on the planet. I have seen and experienced some of the amazing things that can happen in and through teens who are open to God's love, and nothing gives me greater joy than to offer those same opportunities to today's youth.
Fun facts about me? I'm a twin, I once did a triathlon, and I lived in France for two years. (Oui, je parle français.)