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 It is the goal of a good Catholic Youth Group, to create Christian leaders, and strengthen their sense of community in their parish, and in their families.

Many parishioners may be of the concept that a youth ministry should only involve the youth.  However, this ministry requires the participation of the entire Parish.  As a community we need to encourage and mentor the youth of our parish by our example in service and spirituality.  It is therefore our responsibility to invite the youth to work and pray alongside us, in our parish ministries.

Some adults may even have a more passionate calling as to serving the youth in a more interactive way, by assisting with the youth group itself.  To be a Youth Ministry volunteer, one must love people and must be able to work with youth in Grades 4-6, 7-8, or 9-12 in a friendly and inviting manner.

The second aspect of youth ministry involves the youth. This ministry is designed to encourage them in learning about all aspects of service and ministry.  The youth have the opportunity not only to grow in their faith, but to have fun at the same time.

What’s this youth ministry thing all about?

You might be thinking that youth ministry activities are just for “Catholic Jesus Freaks”, right?

Think again!

We do place Jesus and our Catholic faith at the center of everything that we do, but we have A LOT of fun doing it!

Quite simply, our activities allow youth to express their faith in unique and simple ways.

We love the Lord, and we love each other to the best of our ability, and we want to share that with you!

Mission Statement

Youth Ministry is a family of young Catholics committed to the goal of living out the call of the Gospels through fellowship, prayer, and service in a constant effort to become the young men and women God created each one to be. Members of the group strive to know Christ intimately, to understand His constant love for them, and to share that love with those around them.

We want YOU to join us!

Are you in middle school? We have a youth group just for you! It’s called B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ), and anyone in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade is invited.

Are you in high school? You can join our high school youth group. All 9th thru 12th grade students are invited and encouraged to get involved in the Incarnation Teens!

No matter which age group you fit into, we are ready to have you be a part of it. We want to share our faith with you, and help you on your faith journey! We want you to share in the love of Christ, and we can share that experience with you.

Come check out our events. You don’t even need a reservation. The only promise you have to make is that you will bring an open mind, an open heart, and a good attitude.

   
   

Goal One

To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person

Growth in faith is a life journey which engages the whole person.

Adolescence is a crucial time in that journey for asking questions and searching for truth.  Our challenge in the Church is to foster in young people a sense of Catholic identity that will provide a guiding direction for the rest of their lives.

Personal and spiritual growth begins in childhood and continues through the young adult years and beyond. This development does not happen in isolation, and youth ministry needs to be aware of and support ministry with children, young adults, parents and grandparents to enable a holistic approach.

Young people need to be nurtured in developing a sense of self worth, understanding that they are created and loved by God, whose dream for them contains a path and a future.  As a faith community we assist this through prayer, leading by example, and providing solid foundations for character and moral development.

Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full. (cf. John 10:10)

People striving towards personal and spiritual growth encounter obstacles and wounds. It is though grace, the healing power of the sacraments of Reconciliation and nourishment of the Eucharist that we continue in relationship with God, in the midst of our brokenness. The place of the Word of God is key in our ministry with young people, for recognizing and sharing the joys and sorrows of our own path and journeying with them as they grow spiritually and personally as individuals.

There are many obstacles that may impinge on healthy spiritual growth – from family breakdown, poverty, discrimination and social injustice to the increasingly secular worldview portrayed in the media and popular culture, to the values of a disposable and consumption-oriented society. Ministry with young people needs to address these issues, as both a personal response to those who are suffering, and a wider approach to address the causes.

Goal Two

To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community

The Catholic faith community is the context in which young people need to be drawn into the life and mission of Jesus Christ. For most young people this includes the family, home, parish, school and youth-based groups or movements, where a stronger link to God can be nurtured. It is in all these arenas that young people should be encouraged to discover their Catholic identity and share and develop their God-given gifts, for mission in the local faith community and beyond.

Faith Communities should strive to be places that draw in young people, and give them a sense of belonging, of finding a home in the church and being given opportunities to minister side by side with adults. Young people are more likely to gain a sense of identity in the community when they are fully engaged as members, living their life in Christ. They need to be given opportunities to contribute in areas where they have gifts and skills, apprenticed in developing liturgical and parish ministry skills and maturity in each of the focus areas, which cannot happen in isolation.

Young people must be invited into relationships within the intergenerational community and nurtured in their ongoing relationship with God, understanding that their call is continually dependant on the Holy Spirit.  In a world where people increasingly compartmentalize their lives, young people should be actively encouraged to draw from God as their source, principally through the liturgy, and to live Christ’s Mission in the world in both the personal and the community dimensions.

The church has a mission beyond that of the gathered worshipping community. It is the responsibility of all to encourage young people to use the skills and passion developed within the boundaries of a faith community to be principal agents in sharing God’s mission in the wider world.

The Catholic Youth Group is committed to creating a fun, vital and healthy environment where teens can journey through the teachings of the Catholic Church and experience the saving message and love of  Jesus Christ in a dynamic and relevant way.  We want to present the faith in such a way that they can take it, internalize it, and truly make it their own.  Our desire is to raise up a new generation of Catholic leaders who will boldly live for Christ and strive for sainthood.  In making this commitment, we believe that the youth of our community will live vibrant, fulfilled, and prayerful lives dedicated to pursuing holiness. 
   
To state it simply, we desire to bring all to the amazing Truth that we have a loving God and by His grace He can radically transform our lives and our hearts.

Adult Involvement

Adult involvement is a key part of this Ministry.  Adults who have a desire to share their love of Christ with the youth and become a catechist is the building block of a good youth ministry.  Adult volunteers/Catechists are so important to this ministry that the teachers are called the Core Team.  On youth group nights/day or weekends, the Core Team works together to make the catechesis and the ministry a powerful experience for the youth.

Deanery Events

As a part of the Archdiocese, all Catholic Church belongs to a Deanery.  All  the Youth Ministry programs, in each parishes throughout the Deanery, forms the “Deanery Youth Ministry.”  Attending the events that the Deanery offers, is a wonderful way to have lots of fun with other youth throughout the Deanery area.

Activities

Activities for our youth on a parish level can spread into several parish ministries, such as;

Music ministry,

Greeters/Ushers,

Readers/Lector,

Parish campus projects,

Nursery volunteers,

CCE aides

Altar servers.

In addition to the many different parish activities that our youth group can be involved in, there are also many social and spiritual outings at the Archdiocesan level each year.  The Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry sponsors a wide range of youth conferences, gatherings, and special events.  Some of these activities include:

Food Drive,

Christmas Gift Drive,

Nursing Home Visit,

Youth Prayer Vigil,

Archdiocesan Youth Conference,

Archdiocesan Youth Rally.

Youth Ministry Team Information

The Youth Ministry Leadership Team consists of committed youth and adults who provide the vision, direction, planning, and implementation of the youth ministry program.  The Leadership Team has the following critical tasks: Handle the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the designed program, Foster the involvement of young people in the life of the parish, including serving on various parish committees and being involved in parish activities.

Members of the Youth Ministry Leadership Team are responsible for:
Attending Leadership Team meetings, Providing support and being present at youth ministry programs and activities when possible, Building a sense of faith community among the Leadership Team and among all the young people involved .

Requirements: Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church; Active, registered member ; Virtus trained adult 21 years or older.

Members of the Youth Ministry Leadership Team exhibit the following qualities: Leadership ability, Reliable, Enthusiastic, Prepared, Creative, Inclusive, Set a good example, Energetic, Self-Confident.