October is the month when the Antiochian Archdiocese introduces teens to the many opportunities to minister in the Church. The youth "are encouraged to read the Epistle, chant and sing in the choir, assist in church school, and give sermons approved by the priest," explains Department of Youth Chairman The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura.
Another way teens can get involved in their parishes is to participate in the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals. This year’s theme, selected by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)
- Learn more about Special Olympics and the Awareness Day on October 18. 
- Visit the Department of Youth , and the Teen SOYO section. 
- Read Bp. John Abdalah's reflection, "What Can We Do for God's Youth Today?" 
- Visit the Festivals 2016 website  to learn more about the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical youth programs