Underground Christmas for 6th-8th grade youth

Karen Byrne

December 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 10:15 pm
St. Jude Catholic Church
930 Ashland Terrace
Chattanooga, TN 37415
$12 includes t-shirt if registered by December 3, 2018
Irene Scoggins
(423) 596-0053

CHINA. Shaanxi Province. 1995. Mass is given in a member’s residence in a village with no local church. Mass in a family house is officially prohibited by the Government, but the ‘unofficial’ churches take the risk.


Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter
every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12


The persecution of Christians can be historically traced from the first century of the Christian era to the present day. NINA SHEA, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, reports that Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide.

In many countries sacred scripture is considered subversive and those who read it are considered enemies of the state and subject to harassment, imprisonment and even torture. As a result, Christians in countries such as Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia, and China have formed underground churches in an effort to follow Jesus.

Underground Christmas attempts to bring these difficulties into focus by re-enactment of these conditions Youth participating in Underground Christmas will get a small taste of the fear and harassment our brother and sisters experience every day. Youth will be organized into small groups and charged with finding their way across the St. Jude Campus to safe houses by deciphering clues all the while trying to evade the Secret Police who are ordered to capture Christians and put them in prison for being a disciple of Jesus

This is fun filled night that youth very much enjoy but is also a teaching experience that will end with Mass in a very underground fashion. Learn more about the suffering church around the globe and how you can help by visiting churchinneed.org In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI elevated Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need to the status of a pontifical foundation, emphasizing its decades of service.

The $12 fee goes towards much needed youth ministry fundraising for events such as Pilgrimage to the D.C. March for Life and the National Catholic Youth Conference.

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