“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12
What is Youth Ministry?
Simply put, Youth Ministry is the Church’s efforts to help each & every young parishioner grow personally & spiritually.
At St Pius X our main focus for youth is Sunday Youth Nites which includes grades 6 through 12 divided into age-appropriate groups. In addition to Sunday Youth Nites we offer a robust CYO Soccer and Basketball program and a biannual Pilgrimage group to the National Catholic Youth Conference. We actively participate in Diocesan activities and we offer special events like retreats, service and social justice opportunities as well as many leadership opportunities for middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults.
Comprehensive Youth Ministry is the idea that ALL Kids are Our Kids. As members of the faith community we need to welcome and support each child of God we encounter, whether they come to church all the time, often or not at all.
“…We must offer young people a spiritually challenging and world-shaping vision that meets their hunger for the chance to participate in a worthy adventure.” (USCCB, Renewing the Vision – A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, 1997)
A Comprehensive Approach to Youth Ministry
- The comprehensive model helps to integrate diverse activities into a larger framework that is goal directed.
- The comprehensive model gives concrete things the congregation can do to make a lasting difference for youth.
- The focus broadens from youth-only to building intergenerational community.
- Everyone in the congregation recognizes his or her responsibility for children and youth—and his or her power to promote their faith growth.
- Parents are active partners in the youth ministry through family activities at home and in the parish, and through parent education.
- Energy is put into nurturing skills and values that help avoid problems before they start.
- Congregations become committed to cooperating with others in the community.
- The youth ministry leader also serves as a community organizer, networker and voice for the youth in the community.
FOCUS: The emphasis is on positive youth development and the parish community is a rich resource. There is a variety of approaches and programs
- Youth Ministry Core Team consists of 3-4 adults and 4-5 youth who gather 4 times per year to assist planning teams and in volunteer recruitment and evaluate current ministry endeavors.
- Retreat Team volunteers are comprised of adults who assist the Retreat Director with cooking, facilitating small groups, sharing wisdom in large group settings, and chaperoning. Retreat teams will meet 3-4 times prior to each retreat. Volunteers may choose to assist in one retreat or more!
- Leadership Team exists to learn leadership skills, put those skills to use by planning and executing several different events for youth in the parish. Events include but are not limited to Retreats, Youth Nites, Lock-ins etc
- The purpose of the CYO Advisory Team is to coordinate Soccer and Basketball programs at St. Pius X Church with the assistance of the Director of Youth Ministry. Five to seven adults meet monthly to coordinate CYO sports.
Youth Ministry cannot happen without the dedication and support of the good people of our parish. If you’re interested in helping out shoot me an email at [email protected] and we’ll talk!
Diocesan and National levels of the Catholic Church
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also daily opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.
Diocesan Hands of Christ Recognition
The Hands of Christ is a recognition program sponsored by the Diocese to help us affirm our high school seniors who have been the “Hands of Christ” in their church, home, school and community. Recognized seniors are invited to receive a plaque from Bishop Matano at special Ceremonies held in February. if you’d like to nominate someone, please contact Barb.
Diocesan Convention, Retreats & Leadership Training
Diocesan High School Retreat January 13-14 is a 1-day retreat experience for everyone in High School! It’s a great follow-up for young people who attended NCYC, who want to get away for a couple of days, who need some time to find their place in the world today. A team of adults and youth will help facilitate the retreat with various experiences of prayer, games and small group sessions.
Foundations for Catholic Youth Leadership February 2018 at Camp Stella Maris
Young people who would like to explore leadership essentials and those who would like to learn more about leadership are invited to attend this week long experience in identifying personal strengths, learning styles, Catholic Identity and using leadership skills in the context of the Catholic Church—skills that will last a lifetime.
For more information, please contact Barb Legere at (585) 247-2566 x111 or [email protected]