Welcome to SPY
Welcome to SPY, the home of St. Philip Youth. We’re so glad you’re here. SPY is made up of two vibrant groups, SPY Fortis (HS) and SPY Fides (MS). Our identities, Fortis and Fides, are Latin for “Strength” and “Faith” – inspired by Romans 4:20. Our SPY mission is to help the youth of our parish encounter Christ in a deep and lasting way. Both SPY sessions are held in large group formats but if you need another option for your youth, click here to read about our Online Home Program.
High School Schedule
Our HS group is SPY Fortis. The word “fortis” is Latin for “strength.” All high school students, grades 9th-12th, are invited to join us in the Community Life Center on select Sunday nights following 5:30PM Mass and ending at 8:30PM. Join us for dinner, fellowship, and an inspiring Catholic teaching and activities. In addition to SPY Fortis on Sunday nights, our HS program offers various trips and events throughout the year.
September 10th – Kick-Off!
(SATURDAY) January 6th
Middle School Schedule
SPY Fides is our MS group. “Fides” is Latin for “faith” which is the focus of our SPY formation program for middle school students, grades 6th-8th. Sessions take place on select Wednesday nights from 7-8:30PM in the Community Life Center. SPY Fides is taught in a large group format with small group breakouts within each session.
September 13th – Kick-Off!
(SATURDAY) January 6th
additional youth involvement
For youth to be eligible to volunteer in any of the roles listed below, they must attend the student “Call to Protect” class, be trained in Teen Leadership, complete a Volunteer Youth Ministry Form, and provide two references. These various roles help our youth become more engaged in our parish community while helping them to experience the beauty of sharing their gifts with others.
Help with Mass
Help celebrate the Mass in one of these awesome ways. For training information regarding these roles, please contact Deacon Jim for more information.
Do you have a great smile and like to help others feel welcome? Ushers greet and welcome all who come to weekend and Holy Day Masses, especially offering assistance and direction to any newcomers. They direct people to open seats, help the elderly or disabled, and hand out bulletins. (MS & HS)
Do you enjoy public speaking and sharing the word of God with others? If so, consider volunteering as a Lector so you can proclaim the readings during Mass. (HS)
Altar servers are Middle School or High School youth who assist the priest during the celebration of the Sunday Masses. Trained servers are assigned to the Mass of their choice. (MS & HS)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
EMHCs assist the Priests and Deacons (the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during Mass. Open to HS teens ages 15 or older who have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation. (HS)
Lead Little Ones
St. Philip’s Nursery is run by a trained staff of loving caregivers, including adult supervisors and teen volunteers. Nursery services are offered during all weekend and holy day Masses for infants 3 months through 5 years. The nursery also offers childcare during individual ministry meetings and parish events. If a teen would like to gain valuable work experience or service hours through this rewarding role, please contact Sue Tominey: Director of Nursery Services for more information. (HS ages 16 & older)
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Song Leaders
High School students who lead our children in liturgical acclamations and songs during their age-appropriate liturgy. Song Leaders attend seasonal workshops and are usually assigned once a month. Please contact Susan Sandles for more information. (HS)
If a teen enjoys teaching and sharing their faith, volunteering with younger students as a Formation Volunteer, Aide, or Teacher might be a great fit. To help with Elementary Formation, contact Kim Carr, or to help with Middle School Formation, contact Victoria or Zach. (MS & HS)
Catholic Kids Camp
Every summer, our parish offers Catholic Kids Camp, formerly known as VBS. Teens who enjoy working with younger students can volunteer to help in various ways. Volunteer roles are open to youth in grades 7 and up and those who are 16 or older will be placed in leadership roles. Catholic Kids Camp is a fun week for all the youth who volunteer. Contact Kim Carr for more information. (MS & HS)
Share Your Musical Gifts
Do you have a great voice or can you play an instrument? Consider sharing your musical talents with others.
The Children’s Choir, open to children from 3rd-8th grade, rehearses weekly during the academic year. Rehearsals start in September. The Children’s Choir sings monthly at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. Contact Andrew Kenney for more information. (MS)
The Youth Choir is open to teens in Grades 7th-12th. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and the commitment to be at choir rehearsals and Masses. The Youth choir rehearses at 4:00 PM on Sundays and sings at the 5:30PM Mass during the school year. The Youth choir also sings at one of the Christmas Eve Masses and at one of the Holy Week liturgies. Contact Daniel Flores for more information. (MS & HS)
SPY Praise Band
A group of musically talented teens who use their gifts to play praise music at SPY Fortis on Sunday nights. Organized and run by youth. If you’d like to get involved, tell Victoria or Zach. (HS)
HS Open House
Held yearlong on Wednesday evenings, prior to HS Prayer Group, from 4:30PM-5:15PM in the Youth Room in the Community Life Center. Teens can hang out in the Youth Room while enjoying fellowship with friends. Teens can also speak to Victoria and/or Zach for support, guidance, and encouragement. (HS)
HS Prayer Group
Held yearlong on Wednesday evenings from 5:15PM-6:15PM in the Youth Room in the Community Life Center. Come join us and share your highs and lows from the past week while discussing a faith topic and praying together as a group. Teens are invited to attend daily mass after HS Prayer Group at 6:30PM. (HS)
Just for Parents
At SPY, parents matter. SPY offers various family events throughout the school year and these activities are listed with our special events. We hope you’ll take advantage of these events and create memories that will last a lifetime. And because of how important parents are, we created SPY Parent Nights just for you. All parents of SPY including middle school, high school, and high school Confirmation are welcome and encouraged to attend these optional parent sessions. Each SPY Parent Night will feature dinner and a new topic on parenting, providing you with encouragement and fellowship as you navigate family life through the teen years. SPY Parent Nights are simultaneously held on select SPY Fortis nights in classrooms 7/9.
SPY Parent Nights 2017-2018: Nov. 5th // Jan. 6th (Saturday) // Feb. 11th // Mar. 25th // Apr. 29th
SPY PARENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE EVEN MORE INVOLVED, PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR ADULT VOLUNTEER ROLES LISTED BELOW.
Adult Volunteers are the best
Lead a Small Group
Are you an Adult who enjoys working with teens? Are you passionate about sharing the Catholic faith with others? If so, serving on CORE Team as a Small Group Leader may be a great fit for you. // Small Group Leaders grow with the youth over the course of the year. They establish and build strong, meaningful, and lasting relationships with teens. They lead their small groups in various questions and activities and help teens to strengthen friendships with their peers. Small Group Leaders are expected to attend all Formation sessions and additional events as needed. Small Group Leaders are also encouraged to research our weekly topics to prepare for our lessons. (MS & HS)
Help With Support
Do you have an interest in serving our youth? Do you have a desire to help behind the scenes? CORE Team Support Roles are great for Adults who are looking to help with a variety of tasks to help ensure our SPY Nights run smoothly. Whether it be helping with attendance and checking teens in, or passing out supplies for activities and small groups, or taking pictures at SPY and other events, Adults in Support Roles are greatly appreciated. (MS & HS)
Do you enjoy cooking and growing in fellowship with other Adults? If so, SPY Fortis Food Team may be a great fit for you. Rotated on a schedule, SPY Fortis Food Teams cook and prepare the yummy dinners we enjoy at SPY Fortis. No cooking experience is necessary, just a willingness to serve. Our HS teens look forward to the home made dinners served by our Food Teams and we are blessed to have hard working volunteers who make these delicious meals possible. (HS)
In order to be an Adult Volunteer in our SPY programs, you must be trained in Safe Environment. Our church is committed to following the policies and guidelines of the Diocese of Fort Worth’s Safe Environment Program to ensure a culture of safe and respectful conduct in all ministries. The Safe Environment Program in the Diocese of Fort Worth includes: Completion of the Safe Environment training, “Safe & Sacred,” prior to beginning service as a volunteer, reading and signing the Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards for Ministers, Employees, and Volunteers, undergo a background evaluation, and complete a Volunteer Ministry Application Form. Here is our full Safe Environment Policy and please contact Carolyn Ditsworth, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information on volunteer training.