All events are open to those in grades 7-12 unless otherwise noted.

Into the Deep Nights are our Sunday evening event featuring Dinner, Teaching about Catholicism, Small Group Discussion, and time for Games and Socializing. All are welcome! (On EDGE Nights, 7th and 8th graders in EDGE are welcome to come for dinner at 5pm, and the head to St. John XXIII for EDGE before 6pm.)

Contact James Hamilton at jhamilton@sjnlancaster.org for more information or to sign up


Weekly Wednesday Hangouts are a time to enjoy time away from home to play games, do homework with friends, watch television, and destress.

Wednesday hangouts are every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the youth room.

There is no Weekly Wednesday Hangout on 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, or 3/28


Sunday, November 26, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night

Monday, November 27th, 6-7pm Catholic HEART Workcamp 2018 Info Meeting – Room 12

Proposed Workcamp: Boston, MA, July 1-7, 2018  Note: Parents and Teens should attend this meeting together.  If you cannot attend the meeting but would still like to attend, please contact James Hamilton.

Sunday, December 3rd, 12:30pm until finished (approx. 1-2 hours), Christmas Tree Gift Sorting – Social Hall

Teens and families invited to help. Teens can help alone, but younger kids should come with parents.

Thursday-Sunday, December 7-12, Kairos XXI Retreat (Juniors and Seniors)

Deadline for Application: Thursday, November, 16, 2017

Kairos XXI Invitation/Application

Sunday, December 17, 4-8pm, Christmas Party

Sunday, January 7, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night + 40 Hours Devotion

Sunday, January 21, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night

Saturday, February 3, Laser Tag, Tentative

Sunday, February 18, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night

Wednesday, February 21, Weekly Wednesday Hangout goes to our Parish Mission

Friday, March 2, 150th Diocesan Anniversary Youth Event

Friday, March 16, 7pm, Shadow Stations of the Cross performed by Youth Ministry

Sunday, March 18, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night

Saturday, March 24, Service Day, to be announced (grades 9-12)

Saturday, April 7, Easter Day of Reflection, Tentative

Sunday, April 22, 4-8pm, Into the Deep + Game Night

Saturday, May 5, Skyzone or Go-karts, Tentative

Sunday, May 13, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night (8th Grader Confirmation Celebration)

Sunday, May 27, 5-8pm, Into the Deep Night (Senior Night)

Friday, June 8, Hersheypark Trip. Tentative


Youth Room Update!

For all those who have donated to the makeover of the Youth Room, thank you so much! We know have a few fun spaces for our teens at St. John Neumann and they definitely feel welcome to hang out and have some fun!

We are still looking for donations of a few things to enhance the experience for our parish’s teens! Listed below are examples of what we’re looking for, but we are open to other items. To let me know what you’d like to donate, please contact James Hamilton, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at jhamilton@sjnlancaster.org or 717-569-8531 ext. 219.

What we’re looking for:

  • Multiplayer Nintendo Switch Games (eg. 1-2-Switch, Splatoon 2, Arms. We already have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
  • Nintendo eShop Gift Cards (for games for Nintendo Switch)
  • New/Gently Used Board Games (playable by 7th-12th graders)
  • KanJam
  • Corn Hole
  • Foosball Table
  • Individual Snack Packs of Chips, Cookies, Candy, etc.
  • Cases of Water Bottles
  • Juice Boxes
  • Bottles of Gatorade

Guiding Scripture:

Family Movie Night

And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” – John 17:3 RSV

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the   name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded  you; and lo, I am with you always, to the                                     close of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 RSV


Vision: For the Youth of St. John Neumann Parish to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ, grounded in the sacraments, observing all that the Catholic Church teaches.

Mission: Reflecting Jesus’ commands, Youth Ministry will seek to always love God, love our neighbors, and make disciples. From there we will work to form an inviting, loving community where real and deep relationships can form, opportunities for encounter with Jesus Christ are ample, and formation in the way of Christian discipleship is transformational.


Whitewater Rafting August 2017

Youth Ministry is working on developing a plan for our Youth that has Discipleship of Jesus Christ at the center, for our Youth Ministry Team, for Youth, and for our parents. As part of that, we will be implementing Discipleship-based Small Groups for weekly formation and evangelization for our teens, along with weekly activities that are prayer, social, and service-oriented and special opportunities to experience the Church in an exciting way, including Steubenville Conferences and NCYC.

Hershey Park 2017

If you or your teens want to get involved with Youth Ministry, contact James Hamilton, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at jhamilton@sjnlancaster.org

We are looking for volunteers and core group members to give the best experience possible to our Youth!