Cardboard Campout

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4pm, Sat April 26 — 1:30pm, Sun April 27

Join us for a simulated experience of a homeless night – complete with sleeping outside in a cardboard box and soup kitchen-style meals – games, guest speakers, prayer and more. After all Masses we will collect monetary donations for the Maggie’s Place, which provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of pregnant women including shelter, food, clothing, and a supportive community. We will as also offer tours to parishioners of our cardboard city.

This will not likely be a comfortable experience – that’s part of the point. There will be speakers, prayer, games, and activities. Meals will be nutritious, but food will be limited and simple.

Click here for much more information, including items to bring for Maggie’s Place, and the Consent Form which is due April 21. Cost is $10.

Holy Thursday Chapel Crawl

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Holy Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm – midnight

Join us in a mini-pilgrimage to
‘watch and pray’ with Jesus
as the apostles did
after the Last Supper.

We will start with Mass of the Last Supper at St. Barnabas. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the main sanctuary and reposed in Bedell Commons. We will begin our mini-pilgrimage by moving there to pray before the Eucharist. After a period of quiet prayer we will drive to Our Lady of Guadalupe and other local Catholic churches for Eucharistic Adoration, including St. Basil the Great to join them in praying the chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Start: 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Barnabas (sit up front with us!)
End: Around midnight at St. Barnabas
Bring: A rosary and a journal!
Attire: Please wear a St. Barnabas retreat t-shirt so that we may be seen during our pilgrimage! However, this is a significant day in our liturgical year so please dress reverently: khakis/slacks/skirt, no jeans, no athletic apparel.

Chaperones will provide transportation.

Consent Forms are due April 14.

Westside Catholic Center

IMG_1601Saturdays: March 29, April 26 from 8:30am-1:30pm

The Westside Catholic Center has a monthly fresh-produce distribution for the poor and you can be a part of it! Only a small group gets to go to the mobile pantry each month, so first come, first SERVE! We will meet in the St. Barnabas parking lot, near the rectory.

RSVP the Wednesday before to Angie Forkapa and download a Consent Form to bring with you (from the Forms page).

2014 Spring Retreat

7 pm Friday, March 21 — 6:30pm Sunday, March 23

Our biggest event of the season is quickly approaching!

It’s a time to get away from the stresses of everyday life and relax, allowing an opportunity for God to be present to us. You never know, you may see your friends, yourself, & our God from a whole new perspective. The retreat is a great way to make new friends, hang out with the old, & get even closer to God!

This retreat is planned BY teens, FOR teens. The Retreat Team has been meeting weekly since the beginning of January to get it ready for you and they can’t wait for you to be a part of this great weekend!

Consent, Medical forms and $85 fee are due February 24. Checks should be made payable to St. Barnabas. You can drop them off to the rectory.

Don’t miss out on this incredible weekend!

You are welcome to invite friends – they don’t even have to be Catholic!

Pray-a-Thon


5:30pm, Sunday, February 16 – 7:45am, Monday, February 17

Our Teen Advisory Board, made up of upperclassmen, is hosting an all-nighter in the church!  (Monday is President’s Day.)

Join us for crazy games, fort-building contests, different forms of prayer, great friends, lots of laughter, and an amazing hour of Eucharistic Adoration with worship & praise music at 10pm. (Families are welcome to join us from 10-11pm for Eucharistic Adoration.)

For those who want to attend the Life Night, but cannot spend the night with us, the dismissal time will be at 11pm. If you plan on spending the night, you will need to RSVP to Francine by Saturday, February 15 and bring your Consent Form and $5 fee with you on Sunday.

To Bring:

  • Sleeping bag or blankets & pillow
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Modest PJs (no crop tops, yoga pants or leggings as pants)
  • A t-shirt/pillow case to decorate (optional!)
  • Your friends – all high school teens are welcome!

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

June 15-20, 2014

CYSC is a week-long residential Catholic camp experience in the Columbus area which includes activities like paintball, Eucharistic Adoration, zip line, retreat talks, jet skis, Reconciliation, climbing walls, and much more!

CYSC combines high adventure activities with high adventure faith. At CYSC you may come for the ropes courses but you’ll leave with a stronger faith and a deeper love for Jesus and His Church.

The total cost of the camp is $495. Parents-led fundraising efforts can help reduce that cost significantly for those who want to participate.

Sign Up form and $100 non-refundable deposit are due Feb 16. StBLT only has 10 spots reserved. Get yours in early to snag a spot!

Steubenville Youth Conference


June 27-29, 2014

Over 40,000 teens will attend 20 Steubenville conferences across North America this summer. Join us as we head to the main campus. With an exciting lineup of speakers and musicians (including Bob Rice & Jackie Francois), the Youth Conferences challenge teens to stand firm in their faith, rely upon the power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend, and Savior, and to show that faith to the world.

If you are beginning your walk with Christ, needing strength to continue the journey, or ready to party with other young Catholics, then this is the conference for you!

The total cost is $185. Parent-led fundraising efforts can lower the cost of conferences for those who wish to participate. Final payment due April 14.

Update: ALL StBLT spots for the conference are full and the conference is sold out. If you would like to be on a waiting list in case someone has to drop out or we can find extra spots from another youth minister, please contact Francine. If you are hoping to join us next year, please let Francine know so she can secure enough spots.

Beyond Words

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm in the Life Teen Lounge

Want to hang out with friends and dive deeper into your faith? We will explore the upcoming Sunday readings and see where the informal conversation leads us. For those of you who’’ve been on our long bus rides…, this will be like JTT -– Jesus Talk Time. YOU will get the chance to lead the direction of the discussion. If there are any issues – from Life Nights, your Small Christian Communities, school, work, or home – that you would like to discuss and see how they relate to your faith, bring those topics up at Beyond Words!

We will be there every Thursdays – you don’t need to come each week to participate and you don’t need to prepare anything. Just be there.

Westside Catholic Center


Saturdays: January 25, February 22 from 8:30am-1:30pm

The Westside Catholic Center has a monthly fresh-produce distribution for the poor and you can be a part of it! Only a small group gets to go to the mobile pantry each month, so first come, first SERVE! We will meet in the St. Barnabas parking lot, near the rectory.

RSVP the Wednesday before to Angie Forkapa and download a Consent Form to bring with you (from the Forms page).

March for Life


Washington, D.C.
11pm, Tuesday, January 21 – 1am, Thursday, January 23

We invite our teens to join your voice with that of hundreds of thousands of others at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 22 to show the government that we are NOT okay with the decision that legalized abortion 41 years ago and cost the lives of well over 57,000,000.

The trip is FREE due to the generosity of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. We will ride by bus overnight to Washington, D.C., and then return home after the march on Wednesday.

SPACE IS LIMITED!!! If you would like to join us, turn in your Consent & Medical Forms ASAP! They are due Monday, January 13. (If you have already turned in your Medical Form at the beginning of the year, we do not need another.)

Trip Details

Departure: 11pm, January 21 from FCSLA Home Office, 24950 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122
Arrival back to FCSLA: 12:30-1am, January 23 (depending on traffic and weather)
Cost: FREE!! Bring spending money for extra meals
Sponsors: Busing and one meal provided by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association and the First Catholic Slovak Union