Interactive Experience Planned for Students at Junior High Youth Day


By Tony DeGol

Young people throughout the diocese will have the opportunity for a journey of a lifetime this Lent.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown’s annual Junior High Youth Day for students in grades six, seven, and eight will be held on March 17 – one week before Palm Sunday – at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg.

In that spirit, participants will embark on a journey through the halls of the school designed to truly unite them with Christ’s passion and death.

“I want our young Church to actually have the experience of walking the journey with Jesus to the cross,” explained Youth Ministry Coordinator Francine Swope. “It will not be like Stations of the Cross, but it will be interactive and meant to help them really understand the Lord’s sacrifice for us.”

During the experience, students will have the opportunity to learn about the places and trials Jesus endured before his death.

“This activity will be something totally different for Junior High Youth Day,” Swope added. “I’m especially excited to see it all come together. Our young people need these faith-based experiences to help them grow deeper in their faith.”

The day will begin with Mass with Bishop Mark and then lunch. Following lunch, the journey will begin.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, families should contact their parish Director of Religious Education or their Catholic school principal.