Cardboard Campout

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4pm, Sat April 25 — 1:30pm, Sun April 26

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 West Side Catholic Center, which offers hot meals, hospitality, clothing and household goods, emergency services, advocacy, a women and children’s shelter, and a housing solutions program to those in need at no charge. 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 the West Side Catholic Center, and the Consent Form which is due April 22. Cost is $10.

Holy Thursday Chapel Crawl


Holy Thursday, April 2, 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 March 31.

2015 Conferences & Events

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

June 14-19
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – Seven $100 Scholarships still available
Paintball, Eucharistic Adoration, zip line, retreat talks, jet skis, Reconciliation, ropes courses, and much more! CYSC is a week-long residential camp that combines high adventure activities with high adventure faith. Deep discipleship can take root this week. Click here to download the CYSC Scholarship Application, which includes directions on how to register. The cost is $495, minus fundraising you choose to do. The first 10 teens who register will receive a $100 scholarship due to the generosity of our parishioners!

Tolle Lege Summer Institute

June 14-19 or June 21-26
A fun, faith-centered week-long residential camp on the grounds of Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe. The camp was founded to promote the pursuit of wisdom and provide a foundational understanding of Catholic philosophy and theology to young men and women in the summer before their senior year of high school. The cost is $250, minus fundraising you choose to do.  Click here to go directly to the Tolle Lege website and download the application.  Because of the intellectual nature of the Tolle Lege Summer Institute, students who wish to attend the camp must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their previous three years in high school.

Life Teen Leadership Conference

June 21-27
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – Contact Francine to go on the waiting list
Training for older teens who no longer want just a “feel good” faith, but are craving depth and substance along with practical leadership skills for our community. Located at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and run by Life Teen, this gathers teens from around the country in the summer before their junior or senior year of high school. The cost is $650, minus fundraising you choose to do. Check out the Life Teen website to find out more information about the event.  The first 12 teens who register will receive a $200 scholarship due to the generosity of our parishioners!  Click here to download the LTCL Consent Form and Information Packet.

Servants 4 Christ Retreat

July 5-9
Save the date for our mission ‘trip’ this summer with area churches. During the day we go out in work crews to serve, followed each evening by a dynamic retreat experience and sleepover. This year we will be hosting it at St. Barnabas.

Steubenville Youth Conference

July 10-12
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – only 4 spots left!
Join thousands of other teens for a weekend of powerful music and amazing speakers, like Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bob Rice. This conference challenges teens to dive deeper into relationship with Christ and helps them stand firm in their faith. The cost is $195, minus fundraising you choose to do. Click here to download the Registration Information and Consent Form

National Catholic Youth Conference

Nov. 19-26
25,000 teens will experience the universal Church and be emboldened with the knowledge that they are not alone as Catholic teens in this culture. Join us in Indianapolis next November for national speakers & artists who will lead workshops and sessions to dive into our faith. Click here to download the Registration Information and Consent Form. The cost is $499, minus fundraising you choose to do.

2015 Spring Retreat

7pm Friday, March 20 – 6:45pm Sunday, March 22 Lion

Ever had someone ask you, “Why do Catholics…?” And you didn’t know the answer? Join us for the Spring Retreat to find the answers to many common questions about the Catholic faith.

This is a retreat planned and lead by teens for teens. Come with an open mind… you may be surprised at the answers you find there. The retreat is a great way to make new friends, hang out with the old ones, and delve into a relationship with God like you never imagined.

All high school teens welcome! (They don’t have to be Catholic.) So bring your friends!

Sign up by downloading these forms and drop them off with the $90 fee at a Life Night or to the rectory by Monday, March 2.

Jackie Francois & Bobby Angel


Sunday, February 22, 5:30-9pm

Jackie (Francois) and Bobby Angel are coming to St. Barnabas on Sunday, February 22 from 5:30-9pm. All are welcome – especially teens, young adults, parents, and those who minister to them.

Jackie & Bobby are dynamic, funny & engaging national speakers. Jackie has been a keynote speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference and multiple Steubenville Youth Conferences, as well as many other events across the country.  The evening includes Mass, dinner (for the teens), Parent Talk (How to talk with your teen about the benefits of chastity), Girls Chastity Talk with Jackie, Guys Chastity Talk with Bobby, and a mini-XLT (Eucharistic Adoration with praise & worship music).

Questions or to RSVP your parish’s group, please contact Francine Costantini: or 330-467-7959 ext 120. For group leaders: a donation of $5/teen for dinner & the event is requested, along with a group RSVP by Feb. 16 to help with the dinner count.

March for Life


January 21-22, 2015

Over 58 million babies have been lost to abortion in American since the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion 42 years ago – that’s 1/3 of our generation 

St. Barnabas Life Teen will be joining our voice with hundreds of thousands of others at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22 to show the government that we are not okay with the decision that legalized abortion.  Please join us!

We are blessed to be able to offer this trip for FREE due to the generosity of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies!  We will be traveling by bus overnight on Wednesday, and will return immediately after the march Thursday afternoon, arriving home Thursday night / Friday morning around 1am.

Consent forms are due January 14 to the rectory or Life Teen Lounge.  We have a limited number of seats, so turn your forms in soon to guarantee your spot! If we will fill up, we will notify you that you are on the waiting list.


Departure: 11pm, Wednesday, Jan. 21 from FCSLA Home Office, 24950 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122

Arrival back to Ohio, FCSLA: 12:30-1am, Friday, Jan. 23 (depending on traffic and weather)

Cost: FREE!!  Bring spending money for extra meals

Sponsors: Busing and some meals provided by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association and the First Catholic Slovak Union

Details: Sleep on bus; attend Mass & Rally for Life Thursday morning; attend the March for Life Thursday afternoon; leave D.C. Thursday after the march

St. Mary Christmas Party

Sunday, December 21, 5-9pm
St. Mary Church, Hudson


Mass, dinner, caroling,

gift exchange & more!

St. Barnabas and St. Mary get together each Advent to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season and this year, St. Mary Life Teen is hosting!  If you want to join in the fun, bring your consent form with you or drop it off in the rectory or the Life Teen Lounge.

We will meet in the St. Barnabas parking lot near the rectory and transportation will be provided by Core Members and parent volunteers.

Bring a WRAPPED present (under $10) for a gift exchange.  DRESS WARMLY for caroling!

2014 Fall Retreat

7pm Friday, December 5 – 6:45pm Sunday, December 7

Come get away for an entire weekend… relax with friends and de-stress with the One who loves you most! Our teen Retreat Team is working hard to plan an amazing weekend for you!

This is a retreat planned and lead by teens for teens. Come with an open mind… you never know, you may see your friends, yourself, & your 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!

All high school students are welcome! (They don’t even have to be Catholic!) Bring your friends!

Sign up by downloading these forms, and drop them and $90 fee off at the Rectory. Make checks payable to St. Barnabas. We have extended the deadline to Sunday, November 16.



Saturday, November 15, 6:15-10:30pm

tobyMac and Matt Maher are coming to the Akron Civic Theatre!

This is going to be a night of amazing music by these two huge Contemporary Christian artists!

Tickets are $30. Reserve your spot by downloading the consent form and turn it in with the ticket fee to the rectory or Life Teen Lounge. We only have a small block of tickets, so get yours in ASAP! Because tickets are limited, priority will be given to registered StBLT members.

We will meet at St. Barnabas in the parking lot near the rectory at 6:15pm and StBLT chaperones will provide transportation.

Movie Night & Senior Farewell


August 7, 8-11:30pm, St. Barnabas Pavilion

Join us for a night out with friends to watch one of the most frequently quoted movies!

Some of our grads have requested we watch The Princess Bride, so naturally we said, “As you wish.” If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s got “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” We have heard reports of folks judging others based upon whether or not they liked this movie. (But we would never do such a thing! That would be inconceivable.)

We will also say farewell to our high school grads who will be leaving us for college and more. :’(