SPARK Teen Ministry
Grow Spiritually * Engage Socially * Serve Selflessly

Find the SPARK that lights your soul. Be the SPARK that lights the world.

Dear Friends,

Spring has sprung!  As we enjoy beautiful weather and signs of new life, we rejoice in the Risen Jesus and journey closer to Pentecost. During the Easter season, we spend time reflecting upon the witness given by the early Church and follow in their footsteps by building up the Body of Christ among us. Let’s invite the Holy Spirit into each of our hearts to help us to grow spiritually, engage socially, and serve selflessly. Together, let’s find the SPARK that lights our souls and become the SPARK that lights the world.

There are plenty of opportunities to do so this May and June! Check out the following events and sign up today!!

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: The Teen Advisory Board will meet for a planning meeting on Sunday, May 7, from 5pm to 6pm in the Community Room. Confirmed 10th, 11th, and 12th graders are invited to participate and take on a leadership role in SPARK Teen Ministry.  Contact me to come on board and make a difference!

MISSION TRIP MOTHER’S DAY SALE:  The Mission Trip Team will be selling Mother’s Day cards and chocolate lollipops after all Masses on the weekend of May 6-7.  Please support their efforts!

ZUMBATHON!!:  All teens/adults are invited to this awesome event…a Zumbathon at Jefferson Elementary School (35 Corn Hollow Road in Succasunna) on Saturday, May 20, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 each; proceeds will benefit the Mission Trip Team.  Bring family and friends to this great afternoon of music, dance, exercise, and FUN – all for a great cause!  All ages 13+ are welcome (parents too!) and no experience is necessary. To reserve your tickets, sign up here or contact me!

CLOSING TEEN MASS AND PIZZA PARTY:  After the Zumbathon, please join us for the final Teen Mass of the season, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at 5:00 pm. Singers and musicians, as well as lectors, ushers, and gift bearers are needed. Music ministry will meet at 3:00 pm; liturgical ministries at 4:30 pm. After Mass, please join us for a fantastic pizza party before we head into summer. For planning purposes, please sign up for ministries and RSVP for pizza here by 5/15.

WALK OF COMPASSION:  The Mount Olive Clergy Association will sponsor the Fifth Annual Walk of Compassion on Sunday, May 21, at Flanders Park.  All are invited to seek out sponsors, raise funds for our community, and then walk together in friendship!  All proceeds will benefit the Mount Olive Food Pantry and other community needs.  Registration will begin at 1:30 pm; the walk itself will start at 2:00 pm.   Sign up here to represent our parish!

GARAGE SALE!:  Our Annual Parish-Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, from 10am-4pm…and is ALWAYS an awesome day to volunteer and have a great time!  Teens are needed to help at the sale (set-up, sales, clean-up) and man a craft/face-painting table. Shifts are available! Sign up here and indicate your job preference in the comments.  Come join the fun!

MISSION TRIP BAKE SALE!: On Sunday, June 11, the team will host a bake sale at the Flanders Shop-Rite from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Stop by for a tasty treat! If you’d like to donate baked goods, please sign up here and indicate what you plan to bring in the comments. Many thanks for your support and generosity!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!:  Teen Leaders are needed to help make St. E’s 3rd Annual VBS another great success!! This is a fantastic way to volunteer, expand your leadership skills, AND have an amazing time. VBS runs for crew leaders from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4. There will be a teen orientation meeting on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.  Sign up here today to come on board and make a difference!!

MOUNT OLIVE MANOR PICNIC: Join us for a special visit with our friends at the Mount Olive Manor (49 Flanders-Bartley Road, Flanders) on Thursday, June 29, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. In keeping with tradition, we will volunteer our help and smiles at the annual resident picnic.  Sign up here today!

Many thanks to all!  As always, if you have any questions or if I may be of assistance, please feel free to contact me.  Keeping you in my prayers and wishing you beautiful spring days, filled with God’s blessings!



Shannon Jones
Youth Minister/Confirmation Coordinator
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Youth Ministry
Cell: 201-407-6995

To participate in any Youth Ministry event, please fill out the release form with your parent or guardian.


Peer Leaders, expand your leadership role in the parish by serving as Teen Leaders in our monthly events. This will be a great opportunity to continue to build your leadership skills, grow your faith, and make a difference!

Adults, YM depends upon your partnership! If you would like to join our adult volunteer/mentor team, please contact Shannon Jones for more details.

Set out on the journey by contacting
Shannon Jones at 201-407-6995 or at


Recent YM Pizza Party Fun!

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TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: Our Teen Advisory Board  meets on specific Sundays throughout the year.  Confirmed teens are invited to help us to shape the future of Youth Ministry at St. E’s. Please keep this amazing group of teen leaders in your prayers, as they work together to write a new chapter in St. E’s YM!