If you have any questions about Youth Ministry, you can contact

Emma Lawson, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at youthministry@sjnlancaster.org or 717-569-8531 ext. 219

Vision: “At St. John Neumann Catholic Church, we aim to foster in our young people, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a life of discipleship through fellowship and community, a rich sacramental and prayer life, and opportunities for mission and service.”

Patron Saint: The name of our ministry is “Summit Youth Ministry,” because we want to constantly be striving towards the heights of sanctity, our relationship with the Lord, and the person we were each meant to be. Because of this, we have taken Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati as our patron Saint. Frassati was a vibrant and joyful young man who lived in the early 1900s, who loved climbing mountains, practical jokes, serving the poor, bringing his friends closer to Christ, and the Eucharist. We follow his example in striving “Verso L’alto!” –towards the heights!

Youth Mass:

All are welcome to come to the new 5pm Sunday Mass! If any teens are interested in altar serving, lectoring, ushering, handing out song sheets, or joining the music ministry, contact Emma!

Sunday Life Nights:

Open to all 9th-12th graders every Sunday Evening right after the 5pm Mass, from 6pm-8pm. There will be dinner, games and fun activities, a talk on a Catholic topic, and a time of prayer! 

Wednesday Game Nights:

Every first Wednesday of the month from 6pm-8pm, open to all 7th-8th graders! Join us for snacks, fun group games, Mario kart, pool, ping pong and more!

Any High School students who are interested in participating and being on the leadership team for these nights, contact Emma!

Dinner Sign-Ups:

If you are interested in providing dinner for the youth ministry on a Sunday Evening , click here to sign up for a date. Thank you!

Joining the Team:

If you feel the Lord calling you to serve the youth of our parish in some way, there are so many different areas that our ministry could use your gifts! Whether it be making meals, chaperoning a trip, giving a talk on a Sunday Evening, helping to set up etc., you will be blessed by serving the Lord in these ways! Contact Emma for more information.

Trips and Retreats:

  • Fan the Fire Youth Rally- November 17th open to 8th-12th graders
  • Kairos Retreat: December 6th-9th open to all Juniors and Seniors in High school
  • Spring High School Retreat
  • June Beach Trip
  • July Steubenville Conference Retreat
  • August Works of Mercy Camp with St. Mary’s Youth Group
  • There will be other service projects and fun excursions that occur all throughout the year.


Kairos is a Greek New Testament term meaning “God’s time.” God, the Creator, lives beyond the “Chronos” version of time that we know so well – scheduled time. When you enter into Kairos, you re-treat, stepping away from the day to day crush for a chance to be renewed. Kairos is first and foremost a student led retreat. The team’s goal is to create the best environment possible for your Kairos. Offered to seniors and juniors who are on the verge of a significant life change after high school, Kairos is a chance to savor the present as you prepare for the future.

If you are a high school junior or senior interested in participating in Kairos, click here to register!