By the time our Logan County Catholic Community's teens get to high school, most of them have had as many as eight years of formal Catholic catechesis. Active Catholic Teens, also known as ACT, is a program that helps teens learn to apply the Catholic faith they've learned about to their daily lives and to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our secular-leaning world is constantly challenging, and even attacking, the morals and values that we identify as Christian. With this program, we hope to support our local teens in living out their faith and in developing into strong Christian leaders of the future. Our program is specifically designed for teens entering their Freshman year of High School though their Senior year of High School, and Confirmed Eighth Grade Students. For more information, email us at LoganCountyACT@logancountycatholic.org, or contact our Catholic Community main office (at 217-732-4019) for a call back from one of our volunteers.
We realize that teens have hectic schedules and many demands pulling them in different directions, so we have an open attendance policy. Teens can join any time throughout the year and attend whichever meetings and outings they can. Just bring your registration forms to the first meeting or outing you attend.
All ACT participants are required to have several forms on file. Please complete the ACT Registration/Liability/Permission/Code of Conduct form and the Religious Education Medical Information form (links to the right). Certain field trips will require additional forms and/or waivers. We will post additional forms, as necessary, throughout the school year. In addition, friends of members are welcome to join us in many of our outings each year. We have posted Guest registration forms here as well.
Regular meetings are held on Sunday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Carroll Catholic School (a snack will be served each evening). Please see the 2018-2019 school year calendar (link to the right). You can also call or email us to request a schedule or forms be mailed to you.
There is no registration fee to join ACT, but we do ask for parent volunteers to provide snacks for our meetings. We usually have between 10 and 15 attendees each week. Snacks can be brought in at the beginning of our meetings.
Mark your calendars for these special events (for more information, see our calendar):
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11:00 am to 12 Noon: Rosary Walk from Holy Family Church to Scully Park.
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 11:45 am to 4:00 pm: Paintball
Friday, November 2, 2018, 5:00 pm to Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:30 pm: CDOP Abide In Me High School Retreat
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Christmas Movie Night
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Church Soup/Dessert Fundraiser
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Put together Christmas Fruit Baskets and deliver to our sick and shut-ins with the Knights of Columbus.
Friday, January 4, 2019, 7:00 pm to Saturday, January 5, 2019, 6:00 pm: Lock-In
Dates TBD, but on the schedule for Spring Semester: Peoria Rivermen Hockey Game, Rock Climbing, and Volunteering at St. John's Breadline
Friday, April 19, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Perform Shadow Stations of the Cross (performance begins at 3:00 pm)
Sunday, April 28, 2019, time TBD: Closing meeting at Grady's Family Fun Park
Friday, July 12, 2019 through Sunday, July 14, 2019: Steubenville Youth Conference 2019, Steubenville STL Mid-America 1: BELONG: 1 John 3:11. See the teaser trailer here. This conference is open to all teens entering their freshman year of high school in the fall of 2019 through seniors graduating in May of 2019. We can also take a few young adults (those between ages 18 and 21, who graduated from high school in 2018 or earlier), and chaperones (those ages 21 and up). Registration opens in early February, 2019, so mark your calendar and contact us by the end of January, 2019 to reserve your spot!
We hold our annual fundraiser in the spring of each year to help cover the cost of attending the Steubenville Youth Conference, however donations are accepted at any time. To make a donation to our program, please make a check payable to Holy Family Parish and write ACT on the memo line of your check and on the envelope. You can drop donations in the weekly collection basket at any of our Logan County Catholic Masses, mail them to the parish office, or drop them in the mail slot at the parish office.
We also encourage teens to download the myParish App to view shorts from ODB Films. A new 5-minute video comes out each Sunday with practical tips to help today's teens live a life of meaning and purpose. For more information, go to https://vimeo.com/230836388.
Click here to see videos and highlights from prior years' Steubenville Youth Conferences held in Springfield, Missouri (our favorite place to attend).
Click on the albums below to see slide shows from the 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 Steubenville trips that were made possible by your gifts to our teen youth group program, ACT: