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 impacting 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 are invited to join us in the Community Life Center on select Sunday nights following 5:30PM Mass for dinner, fellowship, and an inspiring Catholic teaching. In addition to SPY Fortis on Sunday nights, our HS program offers various trips and events throughout the year. Here are the Sundays we’ll meet in 2016-2017…

Fall 2016

September 11, 2016 – Kick-off!
September 18, 2016 – Heroic Virtue
September 25, 2016 – Thy Kingdom Come
October 2, 2016 – Human Dignity
October 16, 2016 – Vocations ft. Sr. Mary Clare
October 30, 2016 – A holy Halloween
November 20, 2016 – Gratitude & Ignatian Spirituality
December 4, 2016 – Advent ft. Guest Musician, Luke Spehar
December 11, 2016 – Tacky Sweater Fun

Spring 2017

January 8, 2017 – Catholic Jeopardy
January 22, 2017 – Call to Protect & Teen Leadership Training
January 29, 2017 – What it means to be #blessed
February 5, 2017 – Super Bowl Party
February 12, 2017 – Love vs. Use
February 26, 2017 – Guest Presenters, FOCUS Missionaries
March 5, 2017 – Q&A with Fr. McDaniel
March 19, 2017 – Lenten Practices ft. Adoration
April 2, 2017 – Share the Wealth from Retreat
April 9, 2017 – Holy Week & the Passion of our Lord
April 30, 2017
May 7, 2017

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. 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. Here are the Wednesdays we’ll meet in 2016-2017…

Fall 2016

September 14, 2016 – Kick-off!
September 21, 2016 – Heroic Virtue
September 28, 2016 – Thy Kingdom Come
October 5, 2016 – Human Dignity
October 19, 2016 – Vocations ft. Sr. Mary Clare
October 26, 2016 – A holy Halloween
November 9, 2016 – Forever Friends
November 16, 2016 – An Attitude of Gratitude
December 7, 2016 – All about Advent
December 14, 2016 – Tacky Sweater Fun

Spring 2017

January 25, 2017 – Catholic Jeopardy
February 1, 2017 – What is means to be #blessed
February 8, 2017 – The Nicene Creed
February 15, 2017 – Call to Protect and Intro to Lent
March 8, 2017 – Love vs. Use
March 29, 2017 – “This is My Story”
April 5, 2017 – Q&A with Fr. McDaniel
April 12, 2017 – Holy Week & the Passion of our Lord
April 26, 2017
May 3, 2017
May 10, 2017

Special Events

Fall 2016

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016 – Pro-Life Chain from 2-3:30PM (MS & HS)
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Girls Night in the SPY Youth Room at 7PM (HS girls)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Guys Overnight Camping Trip (HS boys)
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Trunk-R-Treat, 3PM-4:45PM (MS & HS)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 – World Youth Day North Texas (MS & HS)
  • Saturday, November 12-13, 2016 – Lock-In-For-Life ​​​(8th-12th grades)
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – SPY Advent Retreat: “A friend at the door” from 1PM-7PM (8th-12th grades)
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Giving Garland at 9:00am in the CLC (MS & HS)

Spring 2017

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Dallas March for Life (MS & HS)
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Girls Camping Trip (8th-12th grades)
  • ​Thursday, February 2, 2017 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Dance with Dad from 2:30-4:00PM in the CLC, daughters ages 4-18. Click here to purchase tickets. (MS & HS)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Middle School Youth Rally from 9AM-9PM (MS)
  • ​Thursday, March 2, 2017 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Service Saturday​ (MS & HS)
  • Friday, March 24-26, 2017 – SPY Fortis Retreat @ Camp Copass (HS)
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Mother/Son Event (MS & HS)
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – SPY Spring Lock-In (8th-12th grades)
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – St. Philip Fest (MS & HS)
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – SPY Fortis “Rise Above” from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room (HS)
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – FORTIFIED: Father/Son Event 1PM-5PM Ropes Course Challenge at Camp Copass
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 – BELOVED: Mother/Daughter Brunch & Tea 11:30AM-2:30PM (7th-12th grades)
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 – SPY Baccalaureate Mass @ 5:30, light reception to follow in the CLC

Summer 2017

  • Middle School Retreat (MS) // June 9th – June 11th. Cost is $100/teen
  • SPY Summer Mission Trip to Dulce, NM with Shine Catholic Workcamp (8th-12th grades) // June 25th – July 2nd. Cost $600/teen.
  • TOTUS TUUS (MS & HS) // CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    • Grades 6th & 7th: July 10-14, 2017 from 9am – 3pm
    • Grades 8th-12th: July 9-13, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:45pm
  • Catholic Kidz Camp (MS & HS Volunteers) // July 17th – 21st

CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFO REGARDING OUR SUMMER EVENTS & PROGRAMS.

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.

Ushers

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)

Lectors

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

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

Nursery Volunteer

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)

Formation
Volunteer/Aide/Teacher

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.

Children’s Choir

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)

Youth Choir

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)

Dive Deeper

HS Prayer Group

Held yearlong on Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM-6:30PM 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. (HS)

SPY Fortis “Rise Above”

A new small group for teens who hope to discover greater knowledge and truth of our Catholic faith. Held on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00PM-8:30PM in the Youth Room in the Community Life Center. Teens who attend Rise Above will be invited to become Teen Leaders and play an active role in leading their peers. (HS)

Just for Parents

“IF YOU WANT TO BRING HAPPINESS TO THE WHOLE WORLD, GO HOME AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY.” - ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA

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. Here are our SPY Parent Nights in 2016-2017…

October 16, 2016
December 11, 2016
January 29th, 2017
March 5th, 2017
April 9th, 2017

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)

Prepare Meals

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)

getting started

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.

SPY Staff

Victoria Hamaty - Director of Youth Ministry
Victoria Hamaty - Director of Youth Ministry
Zach Barton - Youth Ministry Assistant
Zach Barton - Youth Ministry Assistant

Questions?

Phone: 972.219.1754