Youth Ministry Vision Statement: Empowering the community of Catholic youth as the church today, IHM and St. Paul’s youth ministry encourages youth to grow in relationship with God both personally and in community through building Christ-centered relationships, catechizing, and fostering necessary life skills in context of the Catholic faith.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is committed to its youth. We have a full-time Youth Ministry Director who together with St. Paul the Apostle just down the Burton SE, under the guidance of the Pastors, the Youth Ministry Director implements the vision for the parish youth ministry. This is done with the help and support of volunteers.
Parents play an essential role in the formation of their children, and serve as a support for the Youth Ministry Director in a variety of capacities. It’s never too early for parents to get involved. Parents of younger children are encouraged to get involved in youth ministry even before their child enters youth ministry programming. To volunteer in youth ministry, please contact the Youth Ministry Director, Stefanie Iwan, at 241-4477 Ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTRY GROUPS and RETREAT LINKS
LIFE NIGHT is 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays in the Upper Room. Designed to help high school teens deepen their faith life, nights includes prayer, talks, discussion, social time, praise and worship, and variety of other activities from week to week. A schedule of events is issued each fall. Our website calendar also reflects all youth events at the parish. Additionally, the Youth Ministry Director is busy meeting with youth in their own setting. Look around at school lunches, sporting events and other extracurricular activities. Contact the director any time to meet with you and a group of your friends.
EDGE NIGHT is Wednesday from 6:15-7:30 pm . It is held at St. Paul the Apostle’s gym. A Catholic middle school youth ministry for early adolescents in grades 6-8th. It
is designed to meet the catechetical, educational, spiritual, emotional and social needs of young adolescents. Middle school youth are removed from behind classroom desks and brought into a large-group environment for gathering activities, teachings and prayer. In small groups, they break open the teachings and build solid, Christ-centered relationships that allow them to comfortably explore their Catholic faith and make it relevant to their everyday lives. This helps build safe relationships during some of the most formative years of a teen’s life. This creative and experiential approach engages youth to understand Catholic teaching and form their Catholic identity.
Overview of the program:
- Edge Nights occur every week during the school year. Edge also offers social, service and recreational activities designed to create a greater sense of community among middle school youth.
- Edge offers Junior High youth occasions to put their faith into action, through a variety of service projects.
- The parent component is designed to assist parents in raising their junior high youth. The program offers educational classes and sessions on middle school spirituality, psychology, personality development and physical development.
FREEDOM TEAM is for 10-12th graders and young adults who want to serve middle school youth as peer ministers. This team helps plan and lead monthly Junior High Nights and middle school retreats. The team shares testimonies, leads small groups, performs skits and dramas, and builds relationships with 6-8th grade youth. As leaders, Freedom Team members must have an active faith, consistent prayer life, attend Mass every Sunday, frequent Reconciliation, and live a Catholic life committed to moral choices guided by faith. Click here for Freedom Team Registration Form.
Middle School EDGE THEME: FIAT
Mary’s ‘Yes’ to the most difficult, challenging, beautiful and faithful life as the mother of God teaches us how to be open to God’s call for our lives. She was the most powerful witness of faithfulness to the Father and to the Son. Our yes to God’s call requires prayers, Mary’s intercessions on our behalf as well as the Holy Spirit. We are called to be witnesses; missionaries, sharers of the love of Christ with others. If Jesus isn’t in our hearts, we can’t be witnesses. This year we are going to learn what it takes to say YES everyday faithfully and how to be a missionary to everyone we encounter.
SCRIPTURE: “And you will receive the power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” -Acts 1:8
During the Wed. Edge Kickoff Session, we introduced the High School Leadership Team (Freedom Team) to the middle school students through games, skits and testimonies.
The goal of the night was to build a community of trust, introduce the theme and topic for the year.
EDGE Schedule: Wednesdays 6:15-7:30 pm at St Paul Apostle
October 2,9, 16, 23, 30
High School Life Night THEME: Belong
As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”
SCRIPTURE: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1
Sunday’s Kickoff started off with coffee (it was international coffee day), hot cocoa and cookies. We participated in community building activities and ended the evening with an activity which the teens anonymously shared important attributes they would like people to know about them and of course prayer.
Life Night Schedule: Sundays 7:30-9pm at IHM School/DeMazenod Entrance
October 2, 20, 27 (13 is canceled due to IHM 8th grade Confirmation Mass)
Steubenville Pictures of Past Years!
Please contact Stefanie Iwan email@example.com 241-4477 ext.115 for more information.