Youth

“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” – Proverbs 22:6

“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.


2015 KIDZ CAMP REGISTRATION  Virtus Online Registration

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion preparation takes place during a child’s 2nd grade year. Classes are held during Little Saints on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00. If your child has not been baptized or received their First Reconciliation, please visit the RCIC section of our website and contact the parish office.

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.

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation preparation takes place during a child’s 2nd grade year before receiving First Holy Communion. Classes are held during Little Saints on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00. If your child is older than 2nd grade and has not yet been baptized, please contact Michele Starke at the parish office for information about the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program.

Confirmation

Confirmation classes are held for 9th graders, as well as other high school students who have not been Confirmed. This year’s Confirmation classes will be integrated into our LifeTeen program on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30. The sacramental preparation program includes active participation in our LifeTeen high school youth group program, faith formation classes, community service projects, a Reconciliation Service, and an annual retreat.

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.

Children's Liturgy of the Word (Pre-K - 1st Grade)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is a program designed to help young children understand the Gospel reading during the 10:30 AM weekend Mass.

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: Fr. Martin dismisses the children 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.”

2014-15 CLW Calendar

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:

660-582-3833

starkemichelesg@gmail.com

Little Saints (Pre-K - 5th Grade)

Little Saints is our newly implemented religious education plan rooted in a belief that all humans have the potential to become Saints.  As the foundation of this year’s Religious Education classes, these programs encourage children to open their hearts and minds to their potential to serve God as active members of our parish, our community, and our world.  The program features brain-based learning with a diverse and interactive curriculum of praise and worship, faith formation and Scripture.

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!

EPIC (6th - 8th Grade)

EPIC is our middle school youth faith formation program. This takes place on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 during the school year, and is in conjunction with our Little Saints program. EDGE will include many additional opportunities for youth to deepen their faith and build community. Planned events include service projects (food pantry, Special Olympics), social events (games, bonfire, scavenger hunt), Camp Savio, and many more opportunities to become active members of our parish.

2014 Camp Savio Video

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.

2014-15 EDGE Schedule

EDGE Permission Slip

LifeTeen (High School)

Our high school youth faith formation program is in a time of transition, with goals of growth in personal faith formation and participation in the life of the parish. The High School Youth Group, now called LifeTeen, is from 6:00-7:30 on Wednesday nights during the school year. They will be on site when the Little Saints and EDGE programs are taking place, which will give high school students the opportunity to take on leadership roles within our parish. LifeTeen curriculum will be incorporated within the program.

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.

2014-15 LifeTeen Schedule

LifeTeen Permission Slip

For more on Lifeteen visit www.lifeteen.com.

Safe Environment

Reporting Abuse

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.

Class

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.

https://www.virtusonline.org/

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)

 


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