High School Gathering – THIS FRIDAY!

Hey everyone!

Circle of Life meets this Friday, June 2 @ St. Luke, 7-9pm for all high school youth! The location has changed to St. Luke for the Circle of Life youth choir “Sempiterna” to plan for this Sunday’s Liturgy! Also, for ANY youth who wish to take part in our TALENT SHOW on Sunday, August 13th — send your ideas to John no later than Friday, June 23 so we can plan out the full itinerary!

Details for our 1st Annual “Crescendo” Talent Show will be forthcoming!

More to come soon!


St. Rita’s May Crowning, 2017!

At St. Rita’s Youth Mass this evening, we had a Mother’s Day/May Crowning of the Blessed Mother statue outside the church.  Special thanks to. . .

~ Ms. Rita Bernauer ~

For decorating Mary’s crown with fresh flowers and making it look so lovely!  You really are an artist.

Us with wreath



~ Fr. Jerry Bell ~

For letting us have the procession and crowning and for leading us in prayer!

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~ Little Natalie and Bella ~

For leading the procession with us and crowing our Blessed Mother!

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Remember, oh most gracious virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, oh virgin of virgins my mother.  To you I come – before you I stand – sinful and sorrowful. Oh mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.  Amen!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama Mary!


Your kids — the Circle of Life

Summer 2017 is HERE!!!


Hey Everyone! The Summer 2017 Calendar is finally HERE!

Thank you for your patience despite some of the delays. Please note our next upcoming event for incoming 8th graders and up is next Wednesday evening from 4:30-8:30pm. We will be attending our first “Dinner @ St. Vincent DePaul” to spend time together and meet some amazing people who are going through some difficult times. We will meet at St. Luke at 4:30pm to carpool together so please fill out a permission slip if you wish to attend. RSVP is required no later than Monday, May 15 so I can find enough drivers. I will have extra permission slips on hand the day of the event, but you cannot come with us without this permission slip! We will be traveling back to St. Luke in time to finish with 7pm Adoration so please do not be late.

All other events are listed below. Click HERE for a printable version!

Events listed in chronological order are subject to change and additions

Website links listed below with /xyz refer to http://www.circleoflifeyouth.com/xyz



Dinner at St. Vincent DePaul

Wednesday, May 17 @ 5pm-8:30pm

Meet at 4:30pm St. Luke to carpool (RSVP & Permission Slips Required)

Come for 7pm Adoration at St. Luke afterward



Sundays, May 21 & June 4

(Arrive 15 minutes before Mass ends)


St. Athanasius – 7:30am, 9am, 11:30am

St. Rita – 9am, 11am, 1:30pm, 6pm

St. Luke – 10am


Regular High School Gathering

Friday, June 2 @ 7-9pm, St. Athanasius

In the Parish Hall (the “Upper Room”)


St. Athanasius PICNIC

Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10

Shifts from 6-11pm Friday, 4-11pm Saturday



Ignite Your Torch Youth Conference “/ignite”

Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30pm

* Final payments are DUE at this time *

St. Athanasius Parish Center



Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17

Shifts from 6-11pm Friday, 4-11pm Saturday

* Regular High School Gathering moved to next Friday! *



June 19-23, 2017 (Need Volunteers!)

St. Athanasius Cafeteria


Saturday, June 24 @ 8am-2pm

(Held in Front of Casper Center @ St. Rita)


Rosary Walk @ Walking Bridge

Friday, June 23 @ 6:30-8pm

Regular High School Gathering (Meet at the Bridge!)


Dinner at St. Vincent DePaul

Wednesday, June 28 @ 5pm-8:30pm

Meet at 4:30pm St. Luke to carpool (RSVP & Permission Slips Required)

Come for 7pm Adoration at St. Luke afterward





July 6-9, 2017 @ Bellarmine University


3rd Annual FIAT FLOAT Canoe Trip

Friday, July 14 @ ALL DAY

Cave Country Canoes @ Blue River



Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21

Shifts from 6-11pm Friday, 4-11pm Saturday


Saturday, July 29 @ 1-8pm

Circle of Life Birthday



Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 2:30-4:30pm

CRESCENDO: A Talent Show

Held in St. Rita’s Casper Center (Tentative)

Dinner & Family Fundraiser!



Wednesday, August 16th @ St. Rita, 2:45-3:30pm

Wednesday, August 30th @ St. Athanasius, 2:45-3:30pm

(Permission Slips for After School Gatherings are due at this time)


Fall, 2017 & Beyond – Save the Dates!


Friday, September 1 @ 5pm-10pm

3rd Annual Labor Day Mass & Cookout @ the Rays’

Back to School Gathering (Tentative)


Friday, September 8th @ 7-9pm


All Auditions, Practices, & Rehearsals @ St. Luke

+ Saints Alive Performances (October)


Circle of Life Adult / Young Adult Retreat

ALL DAY: Saturday, September 9th

Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center


Regular High School Gathering

Friday, September 15 @ 7-9pm

Topic: Into the Deep @ St. Rita’s “Dungeon”


Regular High School Gathering

Friday, September 29 @ 7-9pm

Topic: To the Heights @ St. Athanasius’ “Upper Room”


Other Upcoming Events

Light of Faith Youth Rally (Oct 13-14)

Haunted House & Fall Festivals (TBA)


NCYC 2017 @ Indianapolis, IN

November 16-19, 2017

($100 Deposit due by Aug 15, 2017)


Angel Tree & Santa Shop (December)

A Christmas Carol (December)



Summer 2018 in Wichita, KS (Tentative)

Catholic Heart Work Camp

($100 Deposit due by Dec 1, 2017)


World Youth Day 2019 (18+) @ PANAMA

(First $500 Deposit due by May 1, 2018)

Twelve Hands, Six Sharpies, one Mission (and an iPhone!)

I’ll start with this: if there’s one thing the Circle of Life is horribly bad at, it’s making people feel left out.

Now for the story.  If any of you have ever been to the Casper Center “Dungeon,” you probably noticed the large Circle of Life symbol painted on the wall.  But you might or might not have noticed is “Circle of Life” — the words — written on the wall as well.

Three years ago, Briana Baker (former student at St. A’s, currently at Bellarmine) offered to do this paint job to make the youth group room more our own.  And she really did a magnificent job — the letters are perfectly proportioned and just the right size.  The only problem was that it was left uncompleted.  You couldn’t read the white words on a pale yellow background.  But her life pulled her in a different direction and she left the group.

Flash forward to May 3, 2017. I bargained on coming to the Dungeon and letting John and Shane do their little middle schooler thing while I, armed with five sharpies, two rulers, and a protractor, outlined the words on the wall.

“Why’d you bring so many sharpie markers?”  I can’t tell you which of the kids said this because I’m sure it was more than one.  I took a lot of comments on how many markers I brought — but semper paratus is a good motto for everyone.

Well, their “little middle schooler thing” and my “draw-on-a-wall thing” ended up becoming the same thing.  Huge thanks to Amber (St. R), Stephanie (St. A), Nathan (St. R), Daighre (St. A), and John for making it such a fun and quick event.

We got the whole job finished in under half an hour, even amid classic Circle of Life distractions (read: screams, laughter, deep conversation, too many ‘your face’s, and a spontaneous dance party).  And of course, my description wouldn’t be complete without mentioning James’ wonderful DJ skills – just think frantic video game music and looped Spongebob to give you an idea.  (By the end of it all we wondered why he was allowed an iPhone, but it’s not like we had any better music to offer).

So thanks again, everyone.  That’s how a project three years in the making finally got completed. 🙂


Group pic with wall

You can read it now! *little party*