High School Ministry
Junior High Ministry
For more detailed information please click on the specific tabs under this heading or contact Mark Henderson, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at 557-1711 ext.103or [email protected]
You can also check out these places to see what we are up to:
- Facebook group: SMYM - St. Mary Youth Ministry
- Twitter: follow @smymiscool
WHAT WE ARE:
Our comprehensive youth ministry program strives to “empower our young people to live as disciples of Jesus; draw them into participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Church; and foster personal and spiritual growth” (based on Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
Our high school and junior high youth participate in parish and archdiocesan based activities.
Youth Night what we call faith formation program. Youth Night includes prayer, catechesis, community building and faith sharing activities based on the weekly Gospel message. Junior high and high school age youth meet every Sunday for Youth Night from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Junior high youth (7th and 8th grades) meet in the Parish Center and high school meets in the Youth Center. Other service and growth activities will be planned throughout the year.
Community Service consists of various projects dedicated to the mission and work of the Catholic community. With the annual parish Mission Trip, the youth learn about the larger community while living in solidarity with the poor and enjoy making a difference. Summer of Service is a service retreat held in the summer for junior high youth.
Retreats sponsored by the parish are offered several times a year. A Winter Retreat for high school students is held in December. Our senior high Kairos is held in June. Other diocesan level retreats are available throughout the year.
Social activities are scheduled for high school and junior high students and help to build parish unity. These activities have included: a bonfire at the local Corn Maze, Laser Quest, Adventure Golf and bowling.
Fundraisers are an important aspect of Youth Ministry and help build community. The money raised is used to fund our Winter Retreat and Kairos; the annual Mission Trip; diocesan seminars such as NCYC; and helps reduce expenses for supplies and social activities. Our main fundraiser is the Muffin Sale which is held several times a year.