Youth and Young Adult Ministry / Confirmation
Dear Saint Mary Families, due to Covid-19, many of our programs will be virtual with a few in person opportunities for those comfortable to go. There have also been some changes to our ministry. Due to the financial impact of Covid-19, the role of Youth Minister and Confirmation Leader will be Mrs Toenjes. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Primary means of communication will be through an email / text service called flocknote. You may register by CLICKING HERE. The main parish group you join is, "What's Happening Around Saint Mary". If you wish to be added to the Confirmation or youth ministry lists, please contact Mrs Toenjes.
Know that we are here to pray for and serve you in any way we can. If you have questions, concerns or needs, please don't hesitate to ask.
Our Peer Ministry Team assists with adult leaders in sharing and presenting the good news to our Confirmation students and youth ministry events. Please contact Mrs Toenjes for more information: email@example.com
Unfortunately due do COVID-19, this trip has been canceled. Please keep an eye out for next summer. Below is an idea of what we will be doing!
It seems a long way off, with this cold weather and snow! We are organizing a mission trip for next summer in July 2021. We are heading to a nearby, Aurora, Illinois. We will be going to St. Joseph's parish and will partner up with their pastor, Fr. Matt McMorrow. Most recently he was the pastor of the Neumann Catholic Student Center at NIU. He is also a long time friend of our family.
So what will we do? We will hook in with various area social service agencies as well as help at St. Joseph parish. Groups we would connect with are: food pantries, homeless shelter, nursing homes, area parishioners in need, the food bank and nursing homes, etc... We will also help with painting, minor construction and deconstruction and maybe even some yard-work.
This will be a fast paced and interactive week with opportunities for prayer, friends, community, sharing, fun, Mass and some sweat! We will also organize a fun 1/2 day off to blow off some steam too!
We are also in need of parent / adults to join us to help drive and chaperon.
What is the age for going: This trip is open to incoming freshman through college age students.
Mission trips are amazing and impacting opportunities to have a lot of fun, grow in friendship, serve others, grow in our faith and watch God work through our group and those we help out.
When are we going: To allow for the best opportunity to go, I want to find out who is interested and see what dates work best. Fr. Matt is pretty flexible too.
Though things are different, we are looking for high school students to help with various youth ministry events. We are still in the planning process on events and dates. Please call the religious education office for more information or email Mrs Teonjes firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult Ministry!
You will hear a lot of things about the Sacrament of Confirmation over your two years of prep...some parts sound more official and others are more about experience. Our fervent hope is that you not just learn about Jesus and His church, but Know Him personally. Throughout your time of preparation, along with our adult and teen leaders, you will have an opportunity to encounter your faith through small groups, large groups, inspiring talks, discussion, games, team building, retreats, service, music, prayer, food!, Reconciliation and Mass. You will be able to grow in friendship with those around you, inspiring each other to grow in holiness and discipleship.
As the catechism states:
Please take a look below and click on the various links to get a fuller picture of our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation including registration, expectations, a calendar and a letter of invitation. As you have heard before, "You get out of it, what you put into it"....the same applies here. Along with the powerful guidance of the Holy Spirit, the most important part we need is you! If you have further questions, please feel free to call the parish office.
As per the Archdiocese, our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year process, typically beginning in the 7th grade, leading to the celebration of the Sacrament in the spring of 8th grade. If you are in high school and have been registered in religious education or catholic school, you may also register at this time. If you have taken a break from your religious education preparation or are in need of other Sacraments, please call the religious educations office to get started.
Our year 2 Confiramtion kickoff was this past weekend, September 27th, with a video from our seminarian, Richard Rivera, that is available through the flipgrid platform. If you did not receive this information or a link, please contact Mrs Toenjes in the religious education office.
On the flipgrid site, there is a calendar and further information about our kickoff and the year. Again, please contact the religious education office to confirm your registration and to get signed in to flocknote (our parish email system) and flipgrid (for your confirmation content information)
We are still registering for our year 1 Confirmandi 2020-2021. This is a two year process, that typically begins in 7th grade, but includes those through high school age. Please see the links below to register and for a payment link.
Here is a link to the Online Registration Form
Here is a link for tuition payment