High School Discipleship: 9th – 12th Grades

High School Discipleship is open to all High School Youth

Remember that you are never alone, Christ is with you on your journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to Him in prayer and in love. Ask Him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this freedom always. Walk with Him who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.” -St. John Paul II

WELCOME HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLES!

Both Confirmed and Non-Confirmed High School teens are invited to attend our High School Youth Discipleship.

Youth are encouraged to continue growing in relationship with Christ throughout High School.  Discipleship formation includes opportunities for prayer, for dialogue, and for entering more deeply into the mysteries of Christ and His Church. Additionally, our youth ministers offer a wide variety of growing opportunities– such as weekly gathering, small group discussions, Adoration, National and Local retreats, Service Projects, dodge ball tournaments and more!

High School Discipleship is based upon the small group model outlined in YDisciple. Topics are diverse, engaging and based upon a wide variety of topics geared towards leading teens closer to Christ in the lens of the Catholic Church.

Youth Peer Leaders – Teens are encourage to become more deeply involved by becoming Teen Peer Leaders. Zack would love to share more with you!

Click here for the Registration link

Steubenville of the Rockies 2021 (incoming 9th grade through graduating 12th grade)

 

Steubenville will be held in person July 2-4, 2021 at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.
The registration cost is $175 per person including a $50.00 deposit per participant due two weeks after your registration is confirmed. The Steubenville of the Rockies Conference is for high school youth (rising 9th graders to those who will graduate in the spring of 2021). Please see our website for this years’ speaker line up and additional information about this amazing high school conference.

Contact Zack, Laura or Sarah for further details

Some important points I want to highlight Retreat/Hotel costs will be near $265.00
Registration fee/ some meals is $175.00
Hotels are separate fees – approximately $90 additional dollars (based upon 4 people per hotel room occupancy), if less than 4 people, fee’s go up accordingly.
COVID Precautions – This will be an in person event, following these precautions.
I just spoke with the SOR Coordinators on the phone today, and assuming that the Retreat will still be operating under 50% capacity, they can still have between 1,600 and 2,000 participants. This includes following current state guidelines of 6 ft social distancing (might be 3 feet by then), wearing masks, etc.
NEXT PARENT/SPONSOR CONFIRMATION MEETING – March 28th, 2021 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Sister Joan’s Room.
Please bring any outstanding paperwork to the meeting (refer to the Confirmation Checklist below)
SAVE THE DATES!
Sunday April 11th from 12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Retreat for Middle and High School Confirmation Candidates. This will be an interactive gathering with large group presentations, small groups, time for prayer, conversation and fellowship with food. More details coming!

 

Friday April 23rd  Youth Led “Tenebrea” Service held in Parish. Parents and guests welcome to join in this beautiful, sorrowful, powerful prayer event.

 

Thursday April 29th and Friday April 30th – Confirmation Ceremonies for middle and high school teens with Bishop Berg. Please be sure to sign up with Zack or Laura
High School and Middle School Youth participating in the 2020 Gingerbread creation contest on December 13, 2020

High School and Middle School Youth and their families, performing Work of Mercy at Roselawn Cemetery on November 1st, 2020. The event ended with a celebration of Deacon Stephen Escalera’s life at his graveside.

October 9, 2020

Hello parents and guardians!

There have been many changes in our Religious Formation programs, so if you have not registered and received this information by email, go and register online ASAP.  You can find the link on our website on the home page.

Here are some highlights:

Elementary formation for children in Pre-K through 6th Grade and their parents:  We will meet with the Parents and Students on the first Sunday of the month in person from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  The following Sundays the parents will work with their children at home with materials provided at the in-person meeting.   More information to follow on First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation.

Middle School Discipleship for students in grades 7 & 8:  We will be meeting in Discipleship small groups  at two different times: 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.  If your child has not been assigned a small group yet, please contact Laura Escalera.  We will be preparing interested 7th & 8th Graders for confirmation once a month.

High School Discipleship:  We will be meeting in Discipleship small groups on Sundays at 12:15 p.m. weekly.  We will also have Confirmation preparation once a month.  We have begun a peer leadership program that will be meeting after small groups and there are service projects, adoration nights, and social events sprinkled throughout the year.

We have schedules more information below.

Laura Fisher Escalera
Pastoral Associate for Religious Formation
Christ the King Parish
(719) 542-9248 ext. 113

 

2020/2021 High School Discipleship Schedule
Fall 2020 Highschool Discipleship Schedule (1)

Photos of the joint Parish Net Retreat held on 1-17-2020

WELCOME HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLES!

Both Confirmed and Non-Confirmed High School teens are invited to attend our High School Youth Discipleship.

Youth are encouraged to continue growing in relationship with Christ throughout High School.  Discipleship formation includes opportunities for prayer, for dialogue, and for entering more deeply into the mysteries of Christ and His Church. Additionally, our youth ministers offer a wide variety of growing opportunities– such as weekly gathering, small group discussions, Adoration, National and Local retreats, dodgeball tournaments and more!

Our Goals for the Youth at Christ the King reflect the document “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”

  • Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

 

What makes Youth Discipleship unique at Christ the King?

Our Discipleship is led by faith filled enthusiastic young adults.  Their Catholic faith is alive and real to them, and they are eager to engage the high school teens and walk with them as they journey closer to Christ throughout their High School years.

Our Mission – Leading Teens Closer To Christ

At Christ the King, we are proud to utilize YDiciple sessions. YDiciple has sought to create resources that reach the hearts and minds of young Catholics, leading teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, YDiciple seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.

 


Questions about the Sacrament of Confirmation? Check out the Confirmation tab under Sacraments.

Congratulations to our newly Confirmed Youth! Confirmation was celebrated by Bishop Berg on May 16th, 2019.

Steubenville of the Rockies 2020

Steubenville of the Rockies:

The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 25 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Our mission is to build the Church by evangelizing, equipping, and empowering God’s children to become radical and joyful disciples. For more information about the Steubenville Conferences, visit steubenvilleconferences.com.

Not familiar with Steubenville of the Rockies? Watch this promo and show it to your teens too!
Click here for the “Steubenville Promo Flier”

Want to learn more? Check out their webpage –  https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/otr/

Denver, Colorado

June 19-21, 2020

Hosted by Archdiocese of Denver

For those teens who have attended at least once, and would like to grow in their faith with other young Catholics — check out this awesome Youth Leadership formation opportunity called LEAD  — promo video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=183_YAa9xdQ
NEXT STEPS:
  • Show this video and promo information to your teens, and forward it to families/youth who might be interested.
  • Thankfully, registration is a bit later this year — if you could let me know your names/commitment numbers (to include both teens and chaperones) by January 20th, 2020 — that would be fabulous.
  • Complete the “interest” pdf flier for each participant to complete and return by January 20, 2020
  • The $50.00 deposit per each attendee (adults and teens) will be due within 2 weeks of that date.(I am going to suggest January 30th, 2020)


Equipping all Catholics – including parents and guardians– to become the “Diocese of the Little Way”

The Office of Missionary Discipleship is promoting a new website entitled “The Little Way Equip.”

The goal of the website is to have all Catholics in Southern Colorado register for a weekly email that will deliver on average one new post each week, which everyone subscribed will receive in their email inbox automatically, to stay in touch with the latest and greatest.

You can expect posts about The Joy of the Gospel, Building Amazing Parishes, Forming Intentional Disciples, Prayer and Spirituality, Easy Evangelization, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and what it means that we are The Diocese of The Little Way.  Plan to get very simple, practical, and exciting messages, tools and resources from our posts.

https://tlwequip.org/

BACCALAUREATE MASS at Christ the King

The Class of 2018 was honored at the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, June 3rd at the 10:45am MassCongratulations to our 2018 Graduates! We pray for these young men and women, and those not pictured, that God will guide them in the next step of their journey.

 Headed to College in the fallClick here for Pope Francis’ Advice for College Students.

Youth who were confirmed at Mt. Carmel on Sunday, April 22nd 2018 by Bishop Stephen Berg.

Raymond Arellano, John Steefel, Alexandria Bosley, Cesley Cordova, Micaela Diaz,
Adrian Gonzales, Jason Vigil, Gabrielle Sanchez

EVENTS:

Youth are encouraged to grow in their faith through active participation in a variety of activities, retreats, conferences and events.

(L to R) Youth and Families participate in Roselawn Cemetary Clean Up &  Youth Ministers and teens summit a mountain this summer & Youth participate in the City Wide Youth Festival with Jesse Manibusen.


 PARISH INVOLVEMENT:

At each Mass we proclaim that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments, and indeed all  ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself.

Youth and families are welcome to share their gifts and talents within any of the following ministries:

  • Lector
  • Altar Server
  • Greeter
  • Hospitality/Usher
  • Music Ministry
  • Communion Minister (once they are Confirmed)

Training and mentorship offered for any of the above ministries. Contact the Parish Office for further details!

High School Newman Clubs

CHECK LOCAL SCHOOLS TO SEE IF THESE ARE OFFERED DURING THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Are you a high school student who attends East, Centennial, Central or South? Did you know that there is a Newman Club at your school that meets once a week during all the lunch periods?  Newman Clubs provide food (yes – free food!) and a great place to talk about Catholic faith issues with other students and Catholic youth ministers.  You don’t even need to be Catholic – invite your friends.  Here is where and when they meet.  Stop in and check it out!

East High School – Mondays in Mr. Terry’s room (Room #37)

Centennial High School – Tuesdays in the Art Room (Room 418)

South High School – Wednesdays in Mrs. Tkacik’s Room (Room 25)

Central – Tuesdays in Room 315

Newman Clubs are sponsored in part by the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Pueblo.

 VOCATIONS

Your life has meaning! Let us help you hear and answer God’s call!

Keep praying about God’s plan for your happiness!

“How am I called to love?” This is one of the first questions that a person who is discerning should ask.
Discernment is to enter into a search so as to be lead by the holy spirit and the Church and eventually arrive at a solid understanding of and faith in God’s plan for your life.  Simply put, to discern is to allow the Holy Spirit to make a very big decision that will impact your life, your relationship with God, and others around you in a tremendous way!
The four primary vocations that a persons discernment will lead them to are:
Religious Life, Single Life, Priesthood, or Married Life.
www.pueblovocations.com

​The Vocation Director and Office are here to help: 

Working with any person in the Diocese of Pueblo who is discerning their vocation.
Fr. Carl, the vocation director, has 3 years of priesthood experience, 2 years working in the vocations field, a certificate in Seminary Formation- March 2019, frequent communication with religious sisters, and a joy for living out his vocation and helping others find and live theirs.
He is readily available via call or text or e-mail or social media.
719-680-1971 or cwertin@dioceseofpueblo.org or @frcwert
Vocations Website
Feel free to take a peek at and be aware of the diocesan web page for vocations!
www.pueblovocations.com
 
Young Men:

All young men age 14 and older, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood, are invited to contact   Fr. Carl at 719-680-1971 (Call or Text) cwertin@gmail.com or the Vocations Office at 719-544-9861 ext. 1116.

Young Men’s Discernment Retreats- There will be periodic discernment retreats throughout the year. Please continue to check back here or at the Diocese of Pueblo Vocations page.

 

Young Women:

Periodic Retreats and discernment dates are set throughout the year for those who may have questions about serving in the Church. Ladies, if you have questions please contact Fr. Carl at 719-680-1971 cwertin@gmail.com or the Vocations

Young Woman’s Discernment Retreat held at different locations and dates. Please contact Diocese for further details.

National Catholic Youth Conference—Held every 2 years

High School Parishioners Madison Fillmore- along with other youth throughout the city attended NCYC — a gathering of 24,000 youth from all over the U.S. celebrating their faith—a tremendously powerful experience!

They wish to express their gratitude for the outpouring of support from the Parish Community.

For a video on NCYC click here: http://www.ncyc.info/

 

Adult Fellowship and Formation:

There are many Adult Formation opportunities throughout the year.  These can be found under the Adult Formation tab.  All are welcome!

Equipping all Catholics to become the “Diocese of the Little Way”

The Office of Missionary Discipleship is promoting a new website entitled “The Little Way Equip.”

The goal of the website is to have all Catholics in Southern Colorado register for a weekly email that will deliver on average one new post each week, which everyone subscribed will receive in their email inbox automatically, to stay in touch with the latest and greatest.

You can expect posts about The Joy of the Gospel, Building Amazing Parishes, Forming Intentional Disciples, Prayer and Spirituality, Easy Evangelization, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and what it means that we are The Diocese of The Little Way.  Plan to get very simple, practical, and exciting messages, tools and resources from our posts.

Register today! https://tlwequip.org/

 YOUTH MINISTRY ADMINISTRATOR:

Questions? Feel free to contact Sarah Nelson at (719) 542-9248 ext. 121 or email Sarah at snelson@ctkpueblo.org (Youth Ministry Administrator)

High School Discipleship COORDINATOR:

Dedicated and passionate about their relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church, our High School Discipleship Coordinator, Zack Garduno is waiting to meet your youth. Come and join us!

Zack Garduno (719) 542-9248 Ext. 121 (Leave a message on Sarah’s phone.)

Courtney Lewis will be leaving Christ the King as her husband was offered a new career in Minnesota. We wish them well.

We also welcome long time Parishioner, Zack Garduno to the position of High School Discipleship Coordinator.