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 focuses on learning about faith and integrating life & faith (catechesis) for grades 6 through 12 divided into age-appropriate groups.
The curriculum for Sunday Youth Nites incorporates skills for Catholic living in the 21st century, an opportunity for young people to witness faith to one another as well as preparation for young people to receive the sacrament of Confirmation which begins at 8th grade. To find out more about the sacrament of Confirmation, click here.
St Pius X young people work to build the kingdom of God through service to our community through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy . Read more about our Service and Social Justice opportunities here.
Our newly forming Teen Leadership Team meets monthly growing in skills and planning events for teens here in the parish. Think you’re too young to serve? Think again! All 6th through 12th graders welcome. Young leaders will learn skills and work on tasks at their own grade level. Younger leaders may learn how to help manage small groups while older leaders will help plan Youth Nite sessions or youth retreats.
Keep up to date with our regular Youth E-Dates! Parents & others who want to keep up with all the opportunities for young people at St Pius Tenth and around our Diocese can sign up for regular email updates. E-Dates come out about once a week except during school vacations. Check out earlier issues of the Youth E-dates here. To get Youth E-Dates sent to you each week email [email protected]
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
FOCUS: The emphasis is on positive youth development and the parish community is a rich resource where there are a variety of approaches and programs available to teens and their families.