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St. Joseph’s Church offers a complete youth ministry program that includes the following:

  • Youth Catechism – from October to May, each Friday at 9:00am
  • Youth Mass – from October to May, each Friday at 10:15am
  • Youth Retreats
  • Community Building Activities
  • Service projects
  • Age Group: Post confirmation
    Youth Catechism will start again on October.
    For more information, contact Joseph Flynn at 050-621-3596 or Alexis Fernandez at 050-771-6816.

    Catechism for youth is held each Friday at 9:00am, followed by the Youth Mass at 10:25am.
    Youth Ministry Outline

    Many youth today are waiting to hear the Good News that is ours as Christ’s disciples. Youth in our parish long to grow spiritually and to belong to their family, Church and the local community in meaningful ways.

    St. Joseph’s parish offers a variety of programs for youth that are based on Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as topics for the enrichment of Christian community life.
    Youth Christian Formation
    Spreading the message of the Gospel through evangelization, Christian formation and personal example. Catechism, bible study, discussion groups, mini-courses, etc.
    Faith Themes:
    Catholic Beliefs
    The Church
    Life in the Spirit
    Personal Growth and Relationships
    Social Justice and Service
    Catholic Morality
    Active Learning
    Short lectures
    Small group discussion
    Youth Worship:
    Celebrating the life-giving exchange between the Sprit of Jesus and the faith community.
    Youth masses
    Youth prayer services
    Stations of the Cross
    Youth Community Life:
    Growing in our common bond as members of God’s family, promoting Christian fellowship.
    Outdoor events
    Field trips
    Pizza parties
    Youth Justice and Service:
    Extending the Reign of God to all the world by our words and actions in the Sprit of Jesus.
    Food or clothing drive
    Fund raising for charity
    Garage sale

    As leaders in the field of the youth apostolate, your task will be to help your parishes,
    dioceses, associations, and movements to be truly open to the personal, social, and spiritual needs of young people. You will have to find ways of involving young people in projects and activities of formation, spirituality, and service, giving them responsibility for themselves and their work, and taking care to avoid isolating them and their apostolate from the rest of the ecclesial community. Young people need to be able to see the practical relevance of their efforts to meet the real needs of people, especially the poor and neglected. They should be able to see that their apostolate belongs fully to the Church’s mission in the world. (Pope John Paul II, Listen to the True Word of Life, 1993).
    Goals of Youth Ministry:
    To empower youth people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
    To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
    To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

    Youth leaders who are passionate about their faith and youth.
    Catechists must be willing to make a significant commitment: for preparation time and class time.
    Catechesis methodology must be based on active learning principals: combining teacher lecture, small group discussion and activities.
    A youth friendly Church environment that is open to their talents, energy and enthusiasm.
    Comprehensive program including catechesis, liturgy, worship, community building and service.
    Catechesis grounded on the scripture and teachings of the Catholic Church, including the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
    Ministry that is family friendly and that celebrates and appreciates diversity.
    Catechises who are flexible and can adapt to the needs of the program and the youth.
    Catechism Resources:
    St. Mary’s Press Faith Initiative:
    Four Core books on Catechesis based on the updated Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Creed; Liturgy & Sacraments; Christian Morality; and Christian Prayer.
    Six Youth Ministry Books focused on living the faith: Evangelization; Community Life; Pastoral Care; Justice & Service; Prayer & Worship; and Youth Leadership.
    Two additional resources are provided for the Catechist: The Catholic Faith Handbook & Catholic Youth Bible.
    Each of the books has 10 to 12 one hour sessions with additional optional session extensions.
    St. Mary’s Press Horizons:
    Seven Core Books (12 – 2 hour sessions) and 22 Mini-Series ( 6 – 2 hour sessions)
    Based on active learning, a combination of
    Each session must be divided into 2 one hour classes
    Core Central religious themes are carefully integrated with prayer and examination of the Scriptures
    Sadlier Faith and Witness:
    Four books for the catechesis of younger teens in 9th Grade: New Testament; Church History; Morality; and Liturgy & Worship
    Each book has approximately 20 one hour sessions.

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