"Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers." (1 Timothy 4:12)
Antioch is an ongoing parish-based ministry of youth to youth. It is a spiritual program that begins with a weekend experience and then continues with weekly follow-ups. This experience gives high school youth a sense of being called, of belonging, of being church. It offers them an opportunity to listen, discuss and better understand what it means to be a Catholic today.
What is Antioch?
The Antioch Weekend gives teens time and space to question whether they are growing in the Catholic Christian faith or just "going through the motions" of a faith that has lost its meaning. Guided by a group of well-trained young men and women, the teens share their faith stories with each other and come to know our Lord Jesus, the Christ, more personally. The weekend is also a time for relaxation and community spirit. It is peer ministry at its best!
The name "Antioch" is derived from that of an ancient city situated in Asia Minor. It was at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians; also that's where they began building a community among themselves. The Acts of the Apostles made sound description of the spirit living among the believers in Antioch at the time, most notably their selflessness in living together as a family. Their lifestyle was highlighted by their willingness to share and their loving care for each other, which gradually made them witnesses to Christ and His resurrection. People were drawn to them as their goodwill continued to spread, especially as the persecution in Jerusalem persisted.
St. Philip's holds two Antioch weekends a year in March and November. It begins Friday night at 7 and ends with Sunday liturgy at 5 PM. Contact Fr. Brian for more information.