Youth Group: TGIF

New Castle Teens Growing In Faith (TGIF) is the Catholic Youth Ministry Organization of the Four Roman Catholic Parishes located within the city of New Castle, PA:

  • Mary, Mother of Hope Parish (Downtown)
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish (Eastside)
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Parish (Mahoningtown)
  • Saint Vitus Parish (Southside)

Through prayer, education, and good works we seek to offer opportunities to know and understand their Catholic faith, grow in virtue, and give back to both their parish communities and to the people of New Castle and its surrounding townships.

Any high school-aged student (they need not be Catholic) is welcome to join us for our Faith Nights and Activities. Please see the calendar page for dates/times and locations.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at,  check out our facebook page New Castle Catholic Youth Ministry- Teens Growing In Faith or follow us on twitter @newcastletgif.

Faith Nights

Faith Nights are opportunities to grow in knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith. One Sunday a month we gather for Faith Nights. These evenings begin and end with prayer and might include a guest speaker, Bible study, a movie, or open discussion...oh yeah, there's food too!

Faith Nights are a great way to stay connected to your faith and, gathering with friends, to realize it's OK to love God and to want to share His love with others.

Activity Nights

Activity Nights are opportunities to kick back, relax, and have fun with other teens your age. One Sunday a month we gather for Activity Nights. These evenings are all about being social and making friends. Past Activity Nights have included Ice Skating, Open Gym, Movie Night, Church Scavenger Hunt, and much, much more. And, as always, there's plenty of food.

Activity Nights are a great opportunity to introduce friends to TGIF.

Service Projects

Throughout the year TGIF sponsors different service projects as a way to give back to the community. In the winter we sponsor the "Souper Bowl of Caring" collection for the hungry. At Easter we organize "New Life Baskets" filled with diapers, baby clothes, blankets and other baby items to aid new mothers. And we're always looking for new opportunities to help others, so if you have an idea let us know!

Other Events

Besides our regularly schedule gatherings the TGIF Youth also participate in other events during the year. These include the annual Fall Retreat held at Camp Allegheny in November, the annual March for Life held each January in Washington, D.C., and others. Check the Calendar page for dates and times for these, and all of our events.