Keeping the faith during summer


By Quinn Montgomery

Summer: the warm sun and the feeling of having your feet in the sand. These are some of the things most people think of when summer comes to mind. But what is summer really about? Is it a time to get a summer job, hang out with friends or just sit around at home watching T.V.?

Well, summer can be all of these things, but I like to look at summer as a time for opportunity. During the summer I often find myself looking for things to do and getting really bored in the process. Luckily there are activities I can participate in. Church activities!

Yes, I know what some of you are thinking, “Church during the summer?” Yes! Why not? There are tons of activities during the summer with the church. They all are really fun! Activities such as Teens Encounter Christ, Catholics In Action (application due by June 11), and the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI). 

There are also mission trips that youth groups can take to help their community or other nearby communities. What? You don’t have a youth group? Well, that’s OK. Just gather a group of friends and ask to join another local youth group. These activities are great ways to spend your summer! Instead of spending your entire summer on the sofa, go out and meet some great new people, learn about your faith, and have fun!


As Catholics, we are taught to help others in need. Summer is the opportunity to do so! You have lots of free time on your hands, so go on. It won’t hurt. Ask your youth minister, pastor or other close church groups if you can participate in church events. You can also log on to

There are tons of information about all of the events listed above and so much more. Summer is a valuable time of the year with lots of opportunities. How will you use it?

(Quinn Montgomery, a member of St. Mary Parish in Oxford and the Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee, will attend the University of  Iowa this fall.) 

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