Chastity to be topic of Youth Ministry program
Jason Evert, a nationally known speaker with a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, will speak on teen chastity at three presentations throughout the diocese the weekend of April 2-3.
Mr. Evert’s presentations, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry in partnership with the Office of Catholic Schools, are intended for both teenagers and their parents. There will be separate sessions for each group.
“Teaching our teenagers about the gifts that God has given to them and how to use them wisely and for the glory of God is of paramount importance for parents and the Church,” said Michael F. School, diocesan Director of Youth Ministry.
Acknowledging that the topic of sexuality is one of the most difficult topics for parents to address with their children, Mr. School said it is also one of the most important.
Mr. Evert, who is married, will present a session for teenagers on Saturday, April 2, at Saint Mary Church in Richmond from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, April 3, at Saint Gregory the Great Church in Virginia Beach from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
In addition, he will offer a session to help parents with discussing chastity issues on Sunday, April 3, at Saint Jerome Church in Newport News from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The cost for each event is $10 per participant, unless otherwise indicated by the parish. Pre-registration by participants is not required, but space will be limited on a first-come, first serve basis.
A DVD of the adolescent session can be purchased for $15 by contacting the Office of Youth Ministry via phone (804-622-5112) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mr. Evert will speak to 8th through 12th graders at all Catholic schools in the Diocese live on Monday, April 4, in two private sessions in Virginia Beach and Richmond.
For Catholic Schools that cannot attend these programs live, a recorded session will be shown during the month of April at a school assembly.
Mr. Evert’s video “Teen Relationships and Sexual Pressure” received the Silver Crown Award for Best Youth Video by International Christian Visual Media.
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