Ministry to youth is aimed at forming each person in joy and discipleship to Christ. We seek to accompany youth at every
stage of their spiritual journey of faith, from initial curiosity about spiritual realities to the joy of missionary discipleship.
Discipleship to Christ is always the goal of youth ministry and we strive to keep that in the forefront of our time together as a youth group. Discipleship involves the freedom to embrace both the joys and sufferings of life with love and virtue. We encourage our youth to live life to the fullest with contagious joy.
Announcements and updates are posted regularly on a variety of platforms. Select any of the links below to follow us and stay up to date on events!
You can also contact our Youth Minister, John Schmiesing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-628-3434.
The best ministry to youth always involves community support and involvement. It is a well-documented fact that young people benefit greatly from having a caring mentor other than their parents. Even just one adult who invests in a young person's life can have a lifelong impact. Young people especially need to see witnesses to our Catholic faith. I am asking you to be a witness to the youth in our parish. THere are a number of ways to get involved in youth ministry. Whatever way you are able to help is greatly appreciated! There is no assistance too small or too great. Below I have listed a couple ways to get involved, but if there is some other service you would like to provide to our youth, feel free to contact John Schmiesing! He can be reached at email@example.com or 419-628-3434.
Snacks and Meals
You can help by providing food for youth events. We are made body and soul, and we are most fulfilled when both our spiritual and physical needs are met. That is why spiritual things are most powerful in the context of a meal. Jesus himself, when he was teaching, provided fishes and loaves for those who were present. At the last supper, when he instituted the priesthood and the Eucharist, Jesus shared a meal with his Apostles. His first miracle happened at a wedding feast. The list goes on and on. Food is an integral part of creating a welcoming, comfortable environment at youth events. Please let me know if you would be able to provide snacks for youth events, especially homemade items. Please also let me know if you would be able to help prepare a meal for students. Even if you can just make a crock pot of food, that would be amazing!
Chaperoning and Mentoring
You can get involved as a chaperone. Preparing and running youth events, even when they are simple, takes a great deal of time and effort. I need adult volunteers to assist with setup, teardown, and running events. This role will allow me to foster a real relationship with the youth and serve as a mentor for them instead of being preoccupied with behind-the-scenes work. In addition, you would have the opportunity to serve as a witness and mentor for the youth, even just by your presence.
God has created each and every one of our young people to know, love, and serve him for eternity. But we know that Satan wants the opposite. We are all part of the one body of Christ and can intercede for one another with Our Lord. You can serve our youth by praying for them regularly, especially when there is a particular intention.
YOUTH MINISTRY CALENDAR
Check out Formed.org page in our Faith Formation portion of this website. Formed.org gives our parish members access to high quality videos and movies, and many other resources.
Or peruse the lists below to find great new podcasts, movies, books, and websites!
- Catholic Stuff You Should Know – Fr. Nathan Goebel, John Nepil, Fr. Michael O’Loughlin & Fr. Mike Rapp chat about a wide variety of Catholic topics in a lively and humorous manner.
- Fr. Mike Schmitz – Fr. Mike from Ascension Presents answers hot topics and questions about Catholicism in a clear and concise way.
- Sunday, Sunday, Sunday – Mark Hart talks through the Sunday readings for each week.
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Steve Rogers, a young man trying to join the military during WWII, is made into a scientifically enhanced super-soldier and finds himself face-to-face with the Nazi menace. Rated PG-13
- The Passion of the Christ (2004) – The Gospel story of Christ’s passion and death is retold in a moving and remarkably accurate portrayal. PLEASE NOTE: This film is rated R for scenes of graphic violence.
- The Sound of Music (1965) – A young woman named Maria leaves an Austrian convent to care for a wealthy war hero’s children at a time when Nazi Germany is extending its influence. Rated G
- 100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know – Mark Hart & Todd A. Lemieux explain why Catholics believe what they believe and do what they do.
- Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints – Colleen Swaim retells the lives of several Saints whose lives prove that young people can be holy.
- Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History – John Bergsma gives deep but understandable insight into how God wrote the story of saving His people.
- Ascension Presents – A fantastic resource for video, audio, and print resources about faith and religion.
- The Chastity Project – Jason and Crystalina Evert provide resources to help answer concerns and questions about the beauty of sexuality.
- Real Life Catholic – Chris Stefanick provides video content and other resources geared toward young people.