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.





BASH is the largest Diocesan Middle School event held each year and includes hundreds of middle school students from around the area.  It includes music, games, inflatables, pizza, ice cream, inspirational speakers, an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a Mass said by Bishop Burbidge.  BASH will be held on Saturday, April 21, 3:30pm-9:00pm (we will carpool from SJN).
We will meet in the SJN parking lot at 2:30pm and carpool to the event.  We plan to return around 10:00pm.
The cost is $10 per person.  (This can be paid by cash or check, in advance or the day of.  Please let me know if a scholarship is needed.)
Friends are welcome!  They do not need to be Catholic but they will need to attend Mass at the event with the group and be registered by a parent by the deadline listed below.
Chaperones and possibly carpool drivers are needed.  Please let me know if you are willing to do either.
The deadline to register is April 15.  However, everyone attending the event will receive a t-shirt and we are more likely to receive the sizes requested if we are registered by April 11 (in TWO DAYS).
Space will be limited by number of chaperones and carpool drivers, so please consider volunteering if you are able.

You can register here:

You must also complete a permission form which can be found here:  click here
Here is a promotional video for the event:  click here!


Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be July 9-13this year and will meet daily, 9:00am-12:00pm.  Registration for Vacation Bible School has already begun!  You can see more information and download registration forms here or stop by the display outside of the Faith Formation office.

  • Rising 6th through 8th graders are considered Senior Campers and this age group fills up quickly!
  • Rising 9th graders (and other high school teens) are able to volunteer as crew leaders and other important roles (this can count as service hours).



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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