Relationships need to be nurtured, and that involves spending time getting to know one another. What better way to do that than by sharing a meal together! Providing dinner on Sunday evenings after the 4:30 pm Mass and before our youth group meeting is an effort to offer such an opportunity. Although you are not required to participate in the Sunday evening meal, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to help us build a stronger faith community.
Approximately 80 students are registered in our High School Youth Group (Grades 9-12), and on average 35 students join us for dinner each week. If your family chooses to participate, please sign up to provide dinner once a year per participating child. You will receive a reminder email 7 days prior to the date you signed up for.
- Families can choose to prepare dinner at a minimum cost. Examples of popular dinners have been spaghetti, tacos, subs, soup and salad, even pancakes and sausage. Iced tea and lemonade mixes are available in the Parish Hall to make in large coolers.
- Families can also purchase and serve prepared food from a local restaurant. You can also save some money by using Incarnation’s tax exempt status.
- Please make sure there is an option for the vegetarians in our community!
- The meal is served buffet style on the rectangular tables in front of the kitchen.
- The buffet line should be ready by 5:30 pm. Youth Group begins at 6:00 pm.
- Paper products (plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups) can be found in the locked pantry at the back of the kitchen (see Patrick for the key).
- Tables and chairs should be taken out of the closet for setup. Eight chairs can be placed at each round table. Please set up five round tables!
- Allow enough time to set up. It is recommended that families set up prior to Mass.
- Please leave the Parish Hall in the condition you found it, or cleaner!
- Students are expected to throw away their trash, put their chairs back on the chair racks, and help return tables to the closet.
- Trash bins are lined with black plastic bags and should be emptied if full. New bags can be found in the cabinet under the small sink next to the dishwasher. Full bags should be taken out to the dumpster (on your right at the end of the walkway after exiting the door by the Parish Office).
- Pitchers, coolers, and other non-disposable dishes should be washed and put away.
- Any extra food can be taken home by your family, given to other people to take home, or left in the refrigerator. Please let Patrick know if you decide to leave any food in the refrigerator so that it won’t go to waste.
[blurb from the youth group page]
We encourage all students to attend the 4:30 pm Mass with their family prior to coming to youth group, but this is not a requirement, (especially if an earlier Mass works better for your family schedule). Dinner begins right after the 4:30 pm Mass ends, and our meeting officially starts at 6:00 pm. Dinner is also not required, but it’s a great way to get to know other people, and hey–free food! Parents are asked to sign up to help provide dinner one Sunday during the year (see our Sunday Evening Dinners page for details).