“Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerce yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.” – Pope Francis, July 27, 2013 Youth Prayer Vigil at Rio
Three interdependent and equally important goals guide the Church’s ministry with adolescents. These goals state what it means for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to involve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. They express the Church’s focus for ministry with adolescents, while encouraging local creativity in developing the programs, activities, and strategies to reach these goals.
Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
If your student is older than 2nd grade and has not yet received Baptism or First Communion, please contact Michele Starke at the parish office for information about the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program.
Please turn in Confirmation Registration Forms to the parish office, along with the student’s baptismal certificate.
If your student is older than 9th grade and has not received Confirmation yet, they are also welcome to join the Confirmation class!
If your student is older than 9th grade and has not yet received Baptism or First Communion, please contact Francesca at the parish office for more specific details.
Registration: To participate in CLW, students do NOT need to pre-register. Rather, they just accept the priest’s invitation when he calls them forward during Mass!
General Format: The children are dismissed during the Liturgy of the Word during Mass. The kids enter the Parish Hall with their teachers. After opening prayer and listening to the Gospel, the students are engaged in games and activities that unpack the Gospel’s meaning. After closing prayer, the students are given a prayer or activity handout to do at home with their families. After class, the children reenter Mass to join their families for the Liturgy of the Eucharist! Lessons are tailored for students between preschool and first grade and uses the teacher’s manual called Celebrating the Lectionary by Liturgical Training Press publisher.
Duration: CLW is offered during the Sunday 10:30am Mass throughout the school year. A calendar can be found on our church Facebook page at “St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Community.”
Volunteer Opportunities: If you are interested in being a teacher or substitute, or if you have any other questions, please contact:
Michele Starke, Co-Director of the Youth Faith Formation Team:
Little Saints meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 from September through May, starting on September 10th. Note the time change from last year.
We need YOU!! God has blessed each of us with many talents. We have something for everyone who is willing to FEARLESSLY join us and let God work in their lives. Think and pray about becoming part of this new adventure.
Interested or questions? Call Michele Starke at the parish office!
Volunteers: EDGE CORE leaders and relational ministers are needed to assist with EDGE and other scheduled youth group activities. Contact Jenni Halley if you are interested.
In addition, there will be many other scheduled LifeTeen activities, including service projects (food pantry, Special Olympics, Lettuce Dream, Haven House, Jerusalem Farm), social events (ballgames, bonfire, scavenger hunt), a variety of mission trips, retreats, and conferences (National Catholic Youth Conference, Kansas City Youth Conference, Steubenville Conference). We are also in the midst of plans for our mission trip to Grenada in June of 2015.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist with our LifeTeen activities on Wednesday nights and during other scheduled activities. Contact Jenni Halley if you are interested.
For more on Lifeteen visit www.lifeteen.com.
The safety of our children comes first. The VIRTUS® Training class, also known as “Protecting God’s Children,” is a diocesan program that EVERYONE who will be working with children/youth in any capacity is mandated to attend. This program teaches professionals as well as school, parish, and minor volunteers about how to prevent child abuse by recognizing warning signs of predators, safe and unsafe situations, and boundary violations. It also presents information about mandatory reporting and other issues. After completing the one-time class, each volunteer must then complete a Background Check form (adults only) and sign an Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Code of Conduct form (adults and minors), as well as a volunteer application. All 4 steps must be completed in order to work with children in our diocese.
Completion of the training must occur before one begins working with children/youth. Classes are generally scheduled in August and January, with the exact dates being published in the Parish Bulletin several weeks in advance. The class lasts about 3 hours and is held at the parish. Those needing to be trained can preregister for a St. Gregory’s VIRTUS® Training Class online at www.virtus.org. Those not having online access can sign up through the Parish Office. A listing of Virtus training workshops held throughout the diocese on a regular basis can be found on the Virtus website if you are not able to attend one at our parish.
Volunteers: VIRTUS® Training Teachers are selected by the parish priest to complete the diocesan VIRTUS® Facilitator Training. Those interested in becoming a trainer should contact the parish office.
YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was launched on World Youth Day, 2011.
Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:
- What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
- How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
- How Catholics are to live (moral life)
- How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)