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Youth Minister                                            Fr. Stephen Paolino
Phone: 610-326-5877 ext. 433

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Summit Lectionary Discussion Group

Summit meets on Thursdays in the 2nd Floor Parish Center Conference Room.  We use the readings from the coming Sunday for our discussion and reflection.  Summit includes both time for group discussion and personal reflection.  Students are encouraged to be as engaged in the sessions and then to take what is discussed and use it for their personal reflection and prayer later on.

Everyone who attends Summit will receive a copy of the Sunday readings and discussion questions for that weekend.  Each person is asked to bring a journal (either a book or a folder or binder of some sort) and pen. Students can also bring a Bible if they wish to help them place the stories in a greater context.

Discussion Questions will be posted here on the Summit website in advance of each session in particular for anyone who cannot attend a session and for the weeks that we are not able to meet.


Summit Schedule

Summit will meet each Thursday during the school year beginning on Thursday, September 8th from 7-8PM in the Parish Center 2nd Floor Conference Room. The only dates we will not meet will be the following:

November 24th (Thanksgiving Day)

December 8th (Immaculate Conception; Holy Day of Obligation)

December 15th (Christmas Tour & Party)

December 29th (Christmas Week)

April 13th (Holy Thursday Mass & Church Tour)

The final meeting for the 2016-2017 School Year will take place on June 8th.

Summit will meet on the Thursdays of the Cluster Dinner Service.  The service concludes at 6:00 PM.  If there is enough interest, we may order pizza and have dinner in the Parish Center before the meeting.


Summit Summer Preview

As a preview for the Summit program, use the following readings and reflection questions to help you either prepare for the upcoming Sunday's readings, or use it after the weekend as a way to reflect on the readings you heard at Mass the previous Sunday.  These questions are taken from the Summit program that we will be using each Thursday.  In addition to the questions and readings, we will view a brief video each week to help us focus on the weekly theme.


July 17th; 16th Week in Ordinary Time: "Going Through the Motions"

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.” 

The Gospel of the Lord.


Questions for Reflection:

1.) What are your greatest worries and anxieties? List them and give them to God

2.) What is your greatest distraction during the day? What takes up a majority of your time?

3.) How do these worries and distractions affect your prayer life? What can you do to help yourself rest in Jesus?



July 24, 2016; 17th Week in Ordinary Time: "Good God"

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."

And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,'
and he says in reply from within,
'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.'
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

The Gospel of the Lord.


Questions for Reflection

1.) What is your relationship like with your father? What is your relationship like with God the Father?

2.) What are some challenges in each of these relationships?

3.) What is something that you can do today to help grow in each of these relationships?



July 31, 2016; 18th Week in Ordinary Time: "Empty Handed"

A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!

Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill,
and yet to another who has not labored over it,
he must leave property.
This also is vanity and a great misfortune.
For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart
with which he has labored under the sun?
All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation;
even at night his mind is not at rest.
This also is vanity.

The Word of the Lord.


Questions for Reflection

1.) Outside of school, what do you spend the most time doing each week?

2.) What do you think about, daydream of, or find your thoughts turning toward most often?

3.) How much do you pray each week?

4.) What do your closest friends value? Do they align with your values?

5.) In your relationship with God a priority in your life? Why or why not?