9408 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center, Mi 49315

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Email: parishoffice@stsebastianmi.org

Ignite High School Youth Ministry

Ignite the Fire Within

Ignite is a small group experience committed to the reality that young people are an important and integral part of our parish community, and in fact are the Catholic Church.  Ignite seeks to build future leaders of the Church by fostering and nurturing the faith of our youth. Ignite leads our youth in their faith journey, and walks with them in the light of Christ by bringing them together with their peers and leaders for fellowship, fun and spiritual direction.

Ignite meets in the Youth Center bi-monthly, on Sunday’s from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Alternating Sunday’s w/ Sparks)



Does God care? Does He hear me when I speak to Him? If He hears me, does He speak back, and how can I know what He is saying? Communication is essential to every relationship, so it is not uncommon for these questions to arise when we talk about having a relationship with God.

In this semester Of Ignite, we will explore the Word of God and discover the love of God through His self-revelation. God has spoken, and He continues to speak. God spoke each of us into existence and desires a personal relationship with us. We can learn to hear His voice by becoming familiar with the way He has communicated throughout salvation history and ultimately through Jesus Christ. Spoken leads teens through the Scriptures and offers unique encounters with God through prayer and the sacraments so that they live rooted in His Word.

The catechesis in this series meets the “SCRIPTURE” requirement within the USCCB framework for high school students.

The goal of Spoken is to invite teens into a relationship with God through an encounter with His self-revelation in the Scriptures, culminating in the Incarnation. It will challenge teens to listen to the voice of God through a life of authentic prayer and active discernment.

• Matthew 4:4
• John 1:14
• Hebrews 4:12
• CCC 51-53


“Who am I?” While we all wrestle with this question to a certain extent, the current discussion regarding gender makes the answer even more difficult to figure out. In this series, 2 (Two), we discuss the human person as created in the image and likeness of God, body and soul, as male and female. We hope to offer clarity to this sensitive topic while inspiring teens to accept and live out their God-given sexual identity, which is rooted in their biological sex.

The catechesis in this series meets the “Person of Christ” requirement within the USCCB framework for high school students.


2019-2020 Youth Ministry Registration Form



Adult Volunteer Application

Medical Release Form

2019-2020 Medical Release Form

1. By anyone who is not registered in our youth ministry but would like to participate in an event.
2. For any parent who needs to update their youth's medical release form.
  • Medical Treatment Release

    As the parent or legal guardian, BY CLICKING “SUBMIT” BELOW I hereby authorize first aide/medical treatment for my youth(s) who is/are listed above in the event of an emergency which may endanger her/his life, cause disfigurement, physical impairment, or undue discomfort if delayed. It is understood that efforts will be made to contact the emergency contact person listed on this form as soon as reasonably possible. In the event that my youth(s) requires my authorization for treatment and I cannot be reached in an emergency, I hereby give my permission to the physician selected by the activity leader to hospitalize, secure medical treatment, and/or order an injection, anesthesia or surgery for my youth(s) as deemed necessary. Furthermore, BY CLICKING “SUBMIT” BELOW I understand all reasonable safety precautions will be taken at all times by the parish and its agents during youth programing and events. I understand the possibility of unforeseen hazards and know the inherent possibility of risk. I agree to waive and release, and indemnify and hold harmless Saint Sebastian Church, any and all affiliated organizations, its/their employees, agents, representatives, volunteers and drivers, from any and all claims my child may have, excluding claims for intentional misconduct or gross negligence, arising from or relating to my child’s participation in this event.

2019 Student Missions

CLICK FOR A Mission Presentation

It’s time to secure your Youth’s Summer Mission Trip Spot! 
Dear parents, If your daughter or son is planning on attending one of our summer missions this year, than we need to make it official with a small deposit to hold her/his spot(s). (Only a limited number of spots remaining-please respond now).

Please, “REPLY,” to this email and let me know what mission(s) your youth will be attending. OR, please contact me for more information and to learn more so you can make a decision. If you’re not familiar with the way we do this, please follow along below.

Our policy for the financial portion of missions is fairly simple. We always require a non refundable deposit, primarily because this is what was required from the parish when we purchased the spots. After your initial deposit you can make payments until the final amount is due on May 10, 2019. Mission costs are specified below. Your final amount due will depend on how much money your youth earned during their participation in any fundraisers.  Finally, no youth will be left behind because of financial hardship. We sometimes have anonymous sponsors who desire to help, so PLEASE don’t hesitate to let me know if this is your case!

-Catholic Heart Workcamp – Cumberland MD.: June 16-22, 2019. Approximate cost is $550.00 less fundraising. Deposit of $100 is due NOW. Final amount is due, after fundraising totals are announced, on May 10, 2019. Please make checks payable to St Sebastian Church or contact me asap.

-DYMO Camp.  June 16-22, 2019. Cost $410, less fundraising. Deposit is paid directly to DYMO in the amount of $50. Register before January 15th and SAVE $100. Register and pay directly online at http://dymo.org/registration/

-Steubenville High School Youth Conference at Franciscan University: June 16-22, 2019. Approximate cost is $350, less fundraising. Deposit of $75 is due NOW. Final amount is due, after fundraising totals are announced, on May 10, 2019. Please make checks payable to St Sebastian Church or contact me asap.

Please call, text or email me anytime at the contact information at the bottom of this email…



We Are the Pro Life Generation

October 6/7, 2018

My dear friends in Christ,

This year’s Respect Life Month theme, “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” takes its inspiration from our Blessed Mother and her appearances as Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in Mexico. During her appearance in 1531, the Virgin Mary asked Juan Diego to build a church where the people, whose culture was gripped by oppression and death, could encounter her Son and receive her care. Juan Diego accepted this mission that would lead to the conversion of millions of people. By embracing his mission, Juan Diego showed us what it means to be chosen and sent.

Today’s world remains in the grip of oppression and death as shown in the many ways our culture diminishes the value of human life. How are we being called like Juan Diego to change our culture and place a priority on human life? This year’s theme emphasizes the immense value we place on human life and dignity as Catholics, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Before we are formed in our mother’s womb, we are created in the image and likeness of God. This means nothing can diminish our worth. We are created for an eternal union with Him and called into a deeper relationship with our Savior. We are chosen through baptism to receive the love freely given to us by the Father and spread it throughout the world. God calls us to love our brothers and sisters as people chosen and cherished by Him.

In our interactions, whether face-to-face or through social media, do we view each person as someone created in the image and likeness of our Savior? Or do we see them as a silhouette of a person whose dignity does not register with us? We are called to reflect on how we treat each other and respond by enabling those we encounter to be accorded their inherent dignity and worth.

I thank those parishes, schools, and institutions throughout our diocese who participate in the Respect Life program during this month and who make respect life efforts a priority throughout the year. Building a culture of life is an indispensable part of our calling as Christians.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids

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