Branching Out is the new Middles School Youth Ministry program at St. John Neumann parish.  Branching Out aims to provide a number of opportunities for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders to engage in service oriented, social, and faith growing experiences to compliment the Rooted program.  As we become more ROOTED in our faith, we are called to BRANCH OUT as Christs hands in the world around us.



Hot Cocoa and Taize Prayer

Branching Out is inviting all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders along with their families to join us for hot chocolate and Christmas cookies on December 13th at 6:30pm in the Social Room.  A few minutes before 7:00pm, we will head over to the Chapel to join with other parishioners for a Taize Prayer service.  Taize Prayer originated in Taize, France and is a form of meditative communal prayer that consists of singing/chanting and silence.  Rooted participants experienced this during Session #4 and many students stated that they really enjoyed it, found it very peaceful, and felt like they were floating on clouds during the service.  Middle Schoolers are welcome to come by themselves or with their family/friends.  Please email Angela ( with an estimated head count so that we can ensure we have the right amount of cocoa!


Service Opportunities / Help Needed

Reconciliation Reception – THIS CAN COUNT AS SERVICE HOURS

We need a few volunteers (youth and/or their parents) to help with the upcoming First Reconciliation receptions to be held on January 26th (Friday) and February 2nd (Friday).  Volunteers are needed 6:15pm-7:45pm.  Volunteers will be helping to set-up, maintain/replenish, and clean-up the cookie tables.  Please sign up here if you or your child is interested.


Every month the Knights of Columbus hosts a breakfast to help raise money for a charity.  Their next breakfast will be held on February 4th.  They need some volunteers for setting-up, serving breakfast, and cleaning up.  Please sign-up here if you would like to help.


Check out our video from our recent event, Cookie Baking for Kairos.  35 Middle Schoolers (6th/7th/8th Graders) worked together to create 43 posters and 44 dozen cookies to be donated to an upcoming Kairos prison retreat.  Thanks for all your hard work!

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please contact Angela Davis at

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