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 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael of Brooklyn and focuses on his contributions to Orthodoxy in America, and is titled "Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America." 
- Learn more about Special Olympics and the Awareness Day on October 19. 
- 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?" 
- Read All Things are Possible Through Christ,  the speech awarded "Judges Choice" at the 2014 Oratorical Festival