Youth Group for Middle Schoolers

Purpose Statement

Our ministry’s purpose is to engage young people in the vibrant life of the Catholic Faith and to form lifelong disciples of Christ and His Church.

Opportunity to Build Community

Youth Group is a ministry for students in grades 6-12. It provides the opportunity for youth to come together and discuss their faith, as well as to serve their community in powerful ways. Our youth group will also raise up peer leaders who will be older high school students that are ready to take on a leadership role in youth ministry.

Explore Faith Together

Youth explore their faith through games, discussion and small groups. Students socialize, share in a meal or snacks while learning about the faith and praying as a community.

Throughout the year, the Youth Ministry hosts several retreats focusing on strengthening relationships with Christ, His Church, and with each other. Service projects are also a large part of youth group and taking our faith to the streets to spread the gospel message, leading by example.

Except December 21 and December 28.  Stay tuned for the 2018 meeting schedule. 

Leadership Service Community (LSC) for High Schoolers

Purpose

To raise up high school students to become leaders in their personal community through their teaching as peer mentors to younger grades as well as in their greater communities by organizing service projects to help the needy.

Commitment

Once a month leadership formation meeting, at least 3 youth nights a month, and one service project a month. Attend one retreat a year and plan one retreat per year. Participation in the 300/4US events as well as Ignite Your Torch strongly encouraged!

Responsibilities

Serve as a leader for middle school/junior high youth groups, helping to facilitate icebreakers, participate in skits or give witness talks. Lead a small group of teens through discussion questions and lead prayer.

Do their best to grow in their own personal faith through mentorship with their youth leader, discussions with their fellow leaders, or private reading. Attend one formational retreat and help to plan as well as execute one middle school retreat per year. Help to organize outreach projects for the middle school youth groups that unite high schoolers and middle schoolers.

Rewards

Be part of a  group of like-minded teenagers who are walk together throughout the high school years and support and pray for each other.

A community that feels safe and comfortable to talk about the things going on in life and receive helpful advice or compassionate empathy. A place to ask questions about the faith and have them answered in a thorough and personal way. A chance to have one-on-one time and a true mentorship with your youth minister to help guide you as a leader both in your faith and personal life.

A way to pass on the faith to those younger than you, to help middle schoolers through their junior high years and to become a role model for them. An opportunity to gain service experience, service hours, and to truly discover what it’s like to live life with a servants heart. A program that will speak volumes on a college application because of the obvious commitment, responsibility, and time management required to participate.

[Tentative] Calendar for 2018 

January 13 | [First] Monthly Meeting
January 26-28| Formational Retreat
February 7 |  [Late start for Bellarmine Prep] LSC Breakfast
March 3 | Monthly Meeting
April 7 | Monthly Meeting
May 5 | Monthly Meeting [start retreat planning]
May 25-27 | Middle School Retreat
June 2 | Last Monthly Meeting until the new school year  [day retreat]

Graduate Blessing

Every year Saint Patrick Catholic Church offers Graduate Blessing.

Students are invited to complete a Graduate Bio Form for inclusion in a special edition of the Church Bulletin.   All graduates are invited to receive a blessing at a designated Mass.  Students are requested to RSVP if they would like to receive a blessing at Mass, so that we can plan accordingly.

Stay tuned for more information.

Summer Mission Opportunities

Unknown-1

The 300/4US

Each summer youth and families from the St. Pat’s community, and all over Washington, come together with 4US to have fun and raise money for UltraSound machines for Crisis Pregnancy Centers all over the country.

The300 camp out in August to support the Rally Round 4 UltraSound events serving together with faith, fun and fellowship, working hard to tangibly impact eternity.

  • Thursday:  Set up canopies, fitness event courses, concessions and concert stage. Enjoy a feast and with fellowship.
  • Friday: Learn to be life champions during day and at night, serve thousands of people at theBEAT and the 5K Lumaglow Fun Run.
  • Saturday: Host events, culminating in a world record breaking event. Pack up. Go home.

The300 will each raise $300 in 300 days to underwrite the Rally Round 4 UltraSound events.

100% of funds raised at the Rally Round 4 UltraSound events will provide ultrasound machines and training to centers that provide free services to pregnant women.

WHY?  Because upon seeing her baby on an ultrasound, 96% of women choose life.

images-1

Ignite Your Torch

Ignite Your Torch is a Catholic youth conference for high school students.

I truly feel on fire and am ready to spread the good news that is the Catholic ChurchParticipant

Ignite Your Torch joyfully embraces all the teachings of the Catholic Church. Through gifted speakers, amazing workshops and engaging small group discussions these teachings go from the head to the heart in a way that transforms lives.

One of the unique hallmarks of the Ignite Your Torch Conference is its pro-life emphasis. More so than ever, the Church’s teaching’s on marital love and the sanctity of all human life is being challenged by the culture of death. For this reason, Ignite Your Torch seeks to empower and equip our teens to build up the culture of life in practical ways using the beautiful and morally solid teachings of the Catholic Church.

I want to be part of Youth Ministry!

Allison Verhofstadt, Youth Minister

253-383-2783

youth@saintpats.org