YOUTH MINISTRY

 Youth Ministry Levels 7-12 we use material from Pflaum and RCL Benziger Lectionary Series

We use the model of comprehensive youth ministry. Comprehensive Youth Ministry has been outlined and presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in their document entitled, Renewing the Vision: A Catholic Framework for Youth Ministry.  In this document, they describe three goals of comprehensive youth ministry:

  1. Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  2. Drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community
  3. Fostering the personal and spiritual growth of each young person

 The document also provides eight components of Youth Ministry that, when implemented, reach our three goals. These components are:

  • Prayer and Worship - “…celebrates and deepens young people’s relationship with Jesus Christ through the bestowal of grace, communal prayer, and liturgical experiences; it awakens their awareness of the Spirit at work in their lives, it incorporates young people more fully in the sacramental life of the Church, especially Eucharist; it nurtures the personal prayer life of young people, and it fosters family rituals and prayer.” (RTV, p. 44)
  • Advocacy – “…engages the Church to examine its priorities and practices to determine how well young people are integrated into the life, mission, and work of the Catholic community” and within society. (RTV, p. 27) The ministry of advocacy includes protecting the sanctity of human life, speaking with and on behalf of young people, empowering the voice of young people, and developing partnerships in building a healthy community.
  • Community Life – “…builds an environment of love, support, appreciation for diversity, and judicious acceptance that models Catholic principles; develops meaningful relationships; and nurtures Catholic faith.” (RTV, p. 34) This included relationships between youth and caring adults, but not exclusively.
  • Evangelization – “…shares the good news of the reign of God and invites young people to hear about the Word Made Flesh.” (RTV, p. 36) Drawing from Jesus’ example, evangelization involves the community’s pronouncements and living witnesses of adults and young people that the reign of God is realized in and through Jesus. The ministry of evangelization incorporates several essential elements: witness, outreach, proclamation, invitation, conversion, and discipleship.
  • Justice and Service – “…nurtures in young people a social consciousness and a commitment to a life of justice and service rooted in their faith in Jesus Christ, in the Scriptures, and in Catholic social teaching; empowers young people to work for justice by concrete efforts to address the causes of human suffering; and infuses the concepts of justice, peace, and human dignity into all ministry efforts.” (RTV, p. 38)
  • Leadership Development – “…calls forth, affirms, and empowers the diverse gifts, talents, and abilities of adults and young people in our faith communities.” (RTV, p. 40)
  • Pastoral Care – “…is a compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care for people, especially those who were hurting and in need.” (RTV, p. 42) It involves promoting positive adolescent and family development through a variety of positive (preventive) strategies, caring for adolescents and families in crisis through supports, counseling, and referral to appropriate community agencies; providing guidance as young people face life decisions and make moral choices, and challenging systems that are obstacles to positive development.
  • Faith Formation (Catechesis) – “…most effectively promotes the faith development of young and older adolescents when the curriculum is focused on important faith themes of the Church and on the developmental needs and life experiences of adolescents.” (RTV, p. 30) It helps young people enrich and expand their understanding of the Scriptures and the sacred tradition. It provides a healthy future by encouraging youth to live faithfully in providing real life applications so that they may grow as disciples of Jesus Christ in their daily lives.

Faith Formation is only one component to comprehensive Youth Ministry. While we strive to integrate every component within the scheduled Faith Formation sessions, it is important for every young person to experience other avenues that feature these other components in order that they might have greater opportunities to develop their personal faith lives in a healthy and age appropriate manner.  We provide these other avenues through different events promoted throughout the year in the bulletin, emails, on our websites, and through Facebook.

Levels 7 and 8 & Levels 9 and 10 are strongly encouraged to take advantage of service opportunities. In their sessions on Sunday evening, lectionary based material is used.

All grade Level’s material will need to be made up if a session is missed.  So to keep our children and youth connect with Our Lord.  

Level 11 is a sacramental year. See sacramental section for Confirmation.

Level 12 young people are expected to begin living as adult members of our parish by utilizing their gifts and talents within the parish if they have not already begun to do so. While there are no formal Faith Formation sessions for this level, they are encouraged to attend and participate in the Youth Ministry events at the parish and diocesan level that are open to them.

Persons with disabilities

Faith Formation and Sacraments are open to all. No one is denied receiving Jesus in Eucharist and the Spirit in Confirmation.  For more information please contact the Parish Faith Formation Office.