Update from Wade Lovell – May 6, 2024

Follow this link to complete online waiver:  https://forms.gle/PKo9sPqM1SYnvGa46

Update from Wade Lovell – March 4, 2024

On Monday, March 18, the youth group will be joining other Jr. High youth groups in the area for a Stations of the Cross journey followed by pizza and games at Holy Rosary Parish.  The youth will go to the Good Shepherd art room right after school.  Then we are hoping to get some parent volunteers to help transport the youth from Good Shepherd to Holy Rosary (once the front lot clears out).  Parents are responsible for picking up their child(ren) at Holy Rosary at 5:15 pm.
There is no cost for the event.  There are waivers that need to be signed.  Please fill out the google form by March 14.
There is a place on the form that indicates if you are able to help with transportation.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for Notre Dame Vision for this summer if you have someone in 8th – 12th grades.  Those need to be done by March 11.  It’s going to be a great trip for youth to have fun and better use their gifts to serve God and others.

Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell

Update from Wade Lovell – February 28, 2024

High School Youth Conference at Notre Dame

Good Shepherd will be taking high school youth to a summer conference at Notre Dame called ND Vision.  Here’s a description of the conference from the ND Vision website:

“Each year, Vision conferences at the University of Notre Dame offer high school students from all across the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tradition and campus life of Notre Dame as they learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live their faith.  For five days, sharpen your spiritual vision to recognize God’s grace at work in your life and immerse yourself in the Notre Dame campus.  Sleep in the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and pray at the numerous sacred spaces across campus.

Notre Dame Vision combines the theologically-rich experience of hearing nationally-known keynote speakers with mentorship of college students.  From large group sessions to small faith-sharing groups comprised of your peers, Notre Dame Vision gives you the space and the community to ask big questions about how God is calling you to use your talents in service to the Church and world.”

When: July 8 – 12, 2024

Who: Youth currently in grades 8 – 12

Cost: $460 – includes transportation costs. A scholarship from ND Vision is available as well.

How to register: Step 1 is to fill out the google form here by March 11.  Then you will be contacted on further registration steps.  Space is limited, so make sure to submit forms on time.

More info available at https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/summer-institute/vision-youth-conference/ or contact Wade Lovell at 812-549-9562 or wlovell@evdio.org

Additionally, the entire Jr. High youth group will be participating in a joint Lenten activity with the Holy Rosary youth group on Monday, March 18.  Youth will be doing a stations of the cross journey and then having pizza and fellowship.

Update from Wade Lovell – January 26, 2023

Good Shepherd junior high youth group parents,

There is an excellent youth retreat that happens every spring in Evansville.  It’s called Source and Summit and always brings in the best speakers and priests and sisters from all over the country.  This retreat is extremely well done, fun, and sets up the kids to be open to a stronger relationship with Jesus.
All the retreat info is here: https://sourcesummitevansville.org/
This year the retreat is at Mater Dei.  It is Friday-Sunday, March 8-10.  The youth come home each night and return in the morning.  Friday 5:30-10:30, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-noon.
The retreat is for those age 13 or older, so I know this might not be applicable to all of you.  I have attached the registration form.  Please fill this out and include the payment specified on the form.  Turn in your forms and fee to Mrs. Fulton by Feb 15.  I will be there for a portion of the retreat, but not the entire time.  On the chaperone line you can put Howie Rumjahn 812-390-4694.  He is taking some Good Shepherd confirmation kids as well.
Let me know if you have any questions or need some financial assistance. Thanks!

Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell
Printable Microsoft Word – SOURCE + SUMMIT REGISTRATION FORM.docx:
Please share the Promo Video and Invite your Friends!

Update from Wade Lovell – November 17, 2023

Junior High Youth Group Christmas Party
Join us in the gym on Sunday, Dec. 10 for party games, presents, and pizza.  6th and 7th graders will meet from 6:00 – 7:10 pm while the 8th graders should come from 6:50 – 8:00 pm.  The only thing you need to bring is Christmas cheer!
If kids have siblings in the other group, they can stay the entire time.
I need one 8th grader and one 6/7th grader that is willing to give a less than 5 minute talk about a saint.  They should tell us about the saint and how the saint’s life relates to the lives of jr high kids today.  If they do a good job, I’ll give them a gift card.  If your kid is interested, please reply (to me only) with the name of the saint that they want to talk about.  If I get several, I’ll randomly choose one.

Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell

Update from Wade Lovell – October 31, 2023

Our November and December dates are TBD.  Please check back with the website for updates.


Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell

Update from Wade Lovell – September 19, 2023

GS youth group parents,

On Sunday, Oct 1 we are all going to the Good Shepherd 10:30 AM Mass.  Then we’ll get on a bus (or vans if we don’t have enough kids) and drive to Ferdinand.  If we have at least 4 adult chaperones we can give the kids the choice to get their own lunch from McDonald’s or across the street at Arby’s.  Then we’ll go to the Monte Cassino Shrine outside St. Meinrad.  It is a small chapel on top of a wooded hill about a mile away from the Archabbey.  There we will join about 100 to 200 other pilgrims for a rosary pilgrimage.  This includes a monk giving a 10-15 minute talk and then all of us walking around a grass field while praying the rosary.  This is all happening outdoors, the chapel is to tiny to fit us all.  I’ll probably tell the kids about the history of the shrine as well.  Then we’ll drive over to the Archabbey, which has a Benedictine monastery, large church, and several buildings that contain a seminary.  At the Archabbey we’ll eat some snacks and then split into groups and I’ll give the kids pictures of things around the grounds of the Archabbey and challenge them to find those things before the other groups.  This will also be done all outdoors.  Around 4 pm we’ll load up to head back to Good Shepherd and hopefully be there by 5 pm (there aren’t really any good eating options on the way back so we won’t have supper).  The point of the trip is to build community and experience some of the many ways that we can live out our relationship with Jesus.

Let me know if you have any questions.  If your child is interested and/or you are interested in chaperoning, please fill out the Google form by Monday, Sept 25.  And make sure to turn in your money to Mrs. Fulton by that day as well.

Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell

Register by completing the attached PDF Google form:  2023 St. Meinrad trip

Update from Wade Lovell – August 28, 2023

Jr. High Youth Group:

Sunday, Sept 10, 2023:  Meet in the gym for volleyball, 9 square in the air, and pizza.

      8th graders will meet from 5:00 – 6:10 pm.

      6th and 7th graders will meet from 5:50 – 7:00 pm.

If you have a sibling in a different group, you are welcome to stay the entire 2 hours with them.

Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,

Wade Lovell

Update from Wade Lovell – August 11, 2023

Jr. High Youth Group
Come kick off the new semester with some kickball and pizza. Sunday, Aug 20 from 6-7 pm. Gather next to “bigfoot” (or in the gym if it is raining). Everyone in grades 6, 7, and 8 (from any school) is invited.
Fall semester possible youth group event dates (subject to change)
Aug 20
Sept 10
Oct 1 (possible Monte Cassino pilgrimage)
Nov 12
Dec 3
Wade Lovell

February, 2023 – Youth & Young Adult Newsletter

February 2023

Indiana State March for Life
120 high school youth & adult chaperones went to Indianapolis for the Indiana State March for Life on January 23. We attended Mass at St. John the Evangelist, had a quick lunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and marched through downtown Indianapolis with well over 1,000 of our pro-life friends. Thank you to Bishop Siegel, Fr. Jason Gries, Fr. Garrett Braun, and Dcn. Dan Niemeier for making the trip with us!Indiana State March photos by Megan Erbacher, Assistant Director of Communications & Assistant Editor of The Message
Bishop Siegel gives a blessing before the march begins.
Over 1,100 attended the Mass for Life at St John the Evangelist Church.
Rally at the Indiana Statehouse.
High school students from the Diocese of Evansville march through downtown Indianapolis.
National March for Life in Washington DC
Not only did we have strong representation in Indianapolis at the state march, but several groups of youth and adults around the Diocese made the trek to Washington DC for the national march. Thank you to the Right to Life of Southwest Indiana for leading the trip!
Saint Maria Goretti Youth Group, Gibson Co.
Youth & adults from Christ the King in Ferdinand.
Evansville Theology on Tap
Jasper Theology on Tap
Join us for our next young adult trivia night on Thursday, February 2 at St. John’s in Newburgh! See picture below from our January event at Holy Redeemer.
Click HERE if you’d like to learn about more opportunities for young adults in our Diocese.
2023 Saint Maria Goretti Youth Distinction
(c) 2021 Adelaine Nohara, Eyes of the Heart Studio

This event will take place at St. Benedict’s Cathedral on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00pm CST. Registration is open until Friday, February 17. More details along with the online application can be found HERE.

Source & Summit 2023
Reitz Memorial High School
March 17-19
“Through Him and With Him and In Him”
Source & Summit Information
Alive in the Spirit (formerly Confirmation Spectatular) is set for Saturday, February 11 at St. Joseph’s in Jasper.For more information on the Alive in the Spirit, click HERE.
Open to incoming 9th grade and outgoing 12th grade students. Young adult staff and adult group leaders needed.
Group leader registration is now open!
Questions about Mission Evansville? Email Sherie Cooley at scooley@evdio.org
Teen’s Encounter Christ #112
St. Mary’s in Ireland, IN
Sat, Feb 18 – Mon, Feb 20, 2023
SWITECMen’s Cursillo #97 Feb 23 – 26
Women’s Cursillo #100 March 23 – 26
Sarto Retreat House, Evansville, IN
Diocese of Evansville Cursillo
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Jeremy Goebel
Diocesan Director
Youth & Young Adult Ministry