Youth Apostolate

“Young Hearts on Fire with the Love of Christ”


We’re Still Here for Your Family in the Midst of COVID-19!

Contacting us During COVID-19 Telework:

Please feel free to contact Erin Johnson, the Director of Youth Ministry at


To receive the Zoom conference call link or password for any of our online youth ministry meetings, email us at

How do I find out more information about youth ministry at St. Veronica? 

We send out regular email updates. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please let us know. We are also posting up to date information here on our web page. If you have not connected with us before but are interested in being a part of our virtual youth ministry now, please join us!

Are youth activities cancelled during the COVID-19 situation?

At this point in time, all in-person youth activities have been cancelled until further notice. However, we are so excited to share that we are still holding many gatherings online! We invite all youth in grades 6-12 to join us! We are using ZOOM video conferencing as our platform and do so with the permission of Fr. Kleinmann and within the safe environment guidelines of the Arlington Diocese. Zoom can be used on a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or other smart device. Below is our current schedule of events which we plan to update regularly. Contact us at the email address above if you have any questions about how to join our Zoom ministry meetings. You will need to contact us to receive the meeting link and password. 

Schedule for Week of March 23-28:


High School DAILY Devotional at 5:00pm


Every week day, youth in grades 9-12 are invited to come together over video conferencing for laughter, prayer, sharing, and more! We will be praying with the daily readings, supporting and challenging one another to grow in virtue during the COVID-19 situation. 
Topic: High School Daily Devotional
Time: 5:00pm
Every week on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri


Middle School DAILY Devotional at 1:30pm


Every week day, youth in grades 6-8 are invited to check in with one another and our Youth Apostolate adult team for a time of sharing joys and praying together. We will be reflecting on the daily Gospel and learning about the richness of making a Spiritual Communion. 

Topic: Middle School Daily Devotional
Time: Every week day at 1:30 PM


ENDOW Middle School Girls Ministry on Thursdays at 3:15pm 

Those girls who have already been participating in ENDOW are invited to join us every Thursday at our normal time to continue our study. Anyone who has a daughter in 6th-8th grade who would like to discuss the possibility of hosting a new ENDOW group beginning with book one of the series, we are open to the possibility! Please let us know! 

Topic: ENDOW Girls Group Book 3
Time: Every week on Thursdays at 3:15pm 


Friday Night IGNITE Ministry at 7:30pm

All youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join us weekly on Friday nights at 7:30pm for our IGNITE ministry. We will enjoy games, laughter, prayer, and faith-filled topics of discussion. It will be so fun to gather! Everyone should bring their own pizza or snack and tune in! 

Topic: IGNITE Middle School Ministry ONLINE
Time: Fridays at 7:30 PM 
Every week on Friday


Weekly Family Rosary- Sundays at 1:30pm 

Bring your own donuts! We’ll share a few laughs and some stories after our rosary! 🙂 

Topic: Family Rosary
Time: Every week on Sunday at 1:30pm 


Monday MANIA: Family Talent Show

Monday, March 23rd, at 7pm 

All families of youth in grades 6-12 are invited to our talent show! We want to see your family’s exceptional, goofy, and/or unusual talents! Laughter and joy will abound! Parents, please email Erin at by 1:30pm on Sunday with a description of your entry to join the talent show line up. Some examples of acts could be musical numbers, singing or instruments, skits, dances, or gymnastic performances. We will even have some surprise guest performers! All talent show entries must be Youth Apostolate appropriate and pre-approved by Erin. Let us know if you have any questions and plan to join us for the fun! 

Topic: Monday Mania: Family Talent Show
Time: Mar 23, 2020 07:00 PM 


10 Tips for Youth Staying Home During the COVID-19 Situation

  1. Create a Schedule Without school, work, sports, and other activities to attend, our days at home can easily be filled with mindless entertainment and distraction. Make a plan. Discuss with your parents and your family what you would like to accomplish during this time. Set a schedule that includes a time to pray, a time to study, a time to do chores, and a time to play. Stick to the schedule! You’ll be happy you did.

  2. Get Dressed for the Day- Don’t fall for the temptation to stay in your pajamas all day. While that may be fun for the first couple of days, it will likely get really boring and be an obstacle to getting school work done at home. Act as if each week day is a regular school day. Take a shower, get dressed, even put on your watch and shoes! You’ll feel more motivated to get your school work done and relaxing in your pajamas in the evenings and on the weekend days will be a welcome change!

  3. Eat Healthy Meals– Don’t fill up on junk food and empty snacks. Set some meal and snack times. Help your parents in the kitchen. Cooking at home and eating healthy is always important but is especially important now.

  4. Get Some Exercise Go outside and take a walk or a run. Play sports with people in your household. Workout to an online exercise video. Set a time for exercise every day. Physical activity is super important for your physical and mental health!

  5. Set a Bed Time– Don’t give in to the temptation to stay up really late watching videos or playing games. Go to bed on time on school nights and enjoy a different schedule on the weekends.

  6. Include Regular Prayer and Spiritual Reading-This is so important! Our relationship with God is key and He wants to be with us in the midst of these uncertain times. Often folks say they don’t have time to pray or that they don’t know how to pray. Set aside time every day, right from the start of this time at home, and pray. There are many resources online and lots of good spiritual books to help!

  7. Keep the House Clean and OrganizedWith everyone in the family at home, the house is likely to get messy every day. Stay on top of this and be a real help to your parents. Do the dishes, keep your room tidy and help with laundry. Keeping your home environment organized and clean will help everyone to be more relaxed and comfortable. A messy room is known to cause anxiety that can be easily avoided by remaining on top of the clutter!

  8. Practice Online and Technology Safety- Be sure that you ask permission from your parents for anything that you want to do online or through social media. More people will be online during these days including people who do not have good intentions. If something doesn’t seem right, stay away from it. Always be open and honest with your parents about your activities online.

  1. Take Time Away from ScreensMake time for silence. Enjoy nature. Help your family with yard work or spring cleaning. Do something fun with your parents and siblings away from screens. Your brain will thank you.

  2. Enjoy this Time with Your FamilyBe cheerful and have fun with your family! Use this opportunity to deepen your bonds with your siblings and parents. This time together is a real blessing!

Additional Online Resources for Prayer: 

Live Divine Mercy Chaplet (Steve Angrisano) Daily at 3pm

Live Stream of Silent Eucharistic Adoration

Free Magnificat- Online Daily Readings

Welcome! We are delighted that you have stumbled upon our Youth Apostolate page! Please know that our team prays regularly for the youth of our parish and their families. You’re always welcome to let us know about specific prayer requests!

PHOTO AND MEDICAL RELEASE FORM: If you have not signed a NEW photo and medical form for the 2019-2020 school year, we must have this form before a teen can participate in onsite events. Download the form here and return it to the parish office or Catacombs.

photo and medical 20192020


Check out our promo video for more information about our ministry!

Planning to join us for an activity off site? Please be sure to complete the form below:

Basic Liability Form: Event Permission Slip 20192020

Please note that this form must be turned in as a hard copy to the parish office.

Have you ever wondered what we do with all of those permission slips?

Check out this document for more information. do you know permission slip information

Here’s our latest calendar. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Printable Calendars of Events:

February to April Calendar 2020 Youth Apostolate Final



“Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way?”- Luke 24:32 

IGNITE seeks to accompany young people in grades 6-8 on their journey of faith, pointing out the loving works and very near presence of the Lord in their day to day life.

IGNITE gathers on Friday evenings (EXCEPT ON FIRST FRIDAYS) from 7:30pm-9pm in the parish hall. All students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to attend. The evenings include food, music, games, prayer, and learning. This year we will also be going to BASH a diocesan rally for youth in Middle School as well as having day retreats, service opportunites, picnics, sports, and more!





SERVE 2020- A Junior High Work Camp for rising 7th-9th grade students. July 5-8, 2020. Read more in the registration packet and contact us with questions. Registration is open NOW through June 1st but fills up quickly. Sign up today! Serve Registration Final Packet St. Veronica 2020

Board Game Nights- All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us once a month on the 3rd Mondays from 7pm-8:30pm for a fun study break and evening of board games in the JPII Modular. 

LifeGuards– Courageous youth in grades 8-12 are sought to defend the sacredness of all human life. LifeGuards gather twice a month, once to learn about the Church’s teachings on some of the most relevant and important pro-life topics of the day and another occasion to peacefully stand in prayer outside of a local abortion facility. Contact us today for more information! 

Here are the answers to some FAQs:

1. Do you have to be a St. Veronica parishioner to participate in Youth Apostolate activities? NO. Any young person in grades 6-12 is encouraged to attend. So please spread the word! Youth are welcome to invite their friends! 

2. Do you have to be Catholic to participate in Youth Apostolate activities? NO. Any young person can attend! We welcome youth of all faiths and those without a faith background. 

3. Do you have to sign up to come every week? NO. We have many different groupings, trips, retreats, work camps, and service project options. Youth should be comfortable attending whatever activity piques their interest or fits their schedules. Just follow the directions on our monthly calendar to learn how to attend an event. Or contact us!

4. How do we find out more about what Youth Apostolate is doing? Adults are invited to receive a weekly email update with detailed information. Everyone can check the Youth Apostolate page on the parish website or the bulletin. Call Erin at (703)-773-2005 or email her at


Adult Volunteers Sought: Looking for a wonderful way to follow Christ, share your talents, and make a lasting impact? Perhaps the Holy Spirit is nudging you to consider volunteering with our Youth Apostolate! We would like to invite you to get to know us better and in turn challenge you to put your gifts at the service of the young Church. If the prospect of engaging in the battle for souls through sharing in a common mission with a team of passionate and faithful adults and youth piques your interest, contact us today! No prior experience or special talents or education required. We provide ministry training and support for all of our adult youth ministers! Email or call (703)-773-2005.


(Training includes but is not limited to all diocesan background checks and  safe environment compliance requirements for adults who mentor young people.)    



Sandy Springs Ropes Course with Youth Orchestra

High School Work Camp Tool Training Day 


IGNITE Bonfire Night 

Living Stations of the Cross 

Hiking Trip

Ice Skating

Saints Alive! 

Mount 2000 Retreat 



Board Game Night