What is a Parish Evangelization Team?
A Parish Evangelization Team is a group of students ages 18-25 who travel to a neighboring parish or Catholic School and host a day retreat for teens on Saturday, stay over with local parish families, and be of service wherever needed in the parish on Sunday. The teams commit to a three-week formation period leading up to the event, and spend some time afterwards processing their experience and discerning whether or not they feel called to do it again.
Who can apply to be on a Parish Evangelization Team?
Any student who has completed the Intro to Ministry Formation at St. Augustine Church is eligible to serve on a Parish Evangelization Team.
What is the time commitment required?
Students will commit to three planning meetings before the retreat, the day retreat and Sunday day of service at the parish, and 1-2 debriefing meetings in the weeks following the event. Work done outside of the meetings will be minimal; attendance at every meeting and event is mandatory.
What other requirements are there?
Students must be fingerprinted and background-checked, and take the Protecting God’s Children course. The church can cover the costs incurred.
What does the day of recollection look like?
Each one will be slightly different, but the basic outline will be as follows: 10am-5pm; icebreaker activity, praise and worship, witness talks, small group discussion, some more praise and worship, lunch, an activity, recreation time, witness talks, small group discussion, adoration/reconciliation, parish Vigil Mass. The day of service in the parish on Sunday will vary based on the needs of the parish but could include helping with music ministry, helping with liturgy, hospitality, short witness talks, event planning, light manual labor.
When are the meetings?
Meetings for each retreat will be Tuesday at 9pm during the three weeks leading up to the retreat. Each retreat date will be announced as they are set!
Applications available here!