The mission of Student Ministry is to lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through youth-focused prayer, service, community, and catechesis. The ministry goal is not only to reach today’s teens at the parish, but also to create an environment where Catholic teenagers feel supported and engaged the other 167 hours a week, outside of Sunday Mass. Each year, in addition to activities for youth at the Parish, Student Ministry participates in Diocesan and national events for and by youth. Parents, teens, or volunteers interested in getting involved should contact Kait.
From the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries:
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the vision of Bishop O'Connell, we are very excited to initiate a yearlong celebration of young Catholics in the Diocese called the "Year of Youth." Special Events will be held for youth and young adults throughout the year led by the Diocese, but I am most excited to see how our parishes and schools will use this opportunity to celebrate and empower the gifts of young people in new ways. No matter how successful your community may or may not be at engaging young people, I hope this Year of Youth will be an inspiration to start something new and/or take efforts to the next level.
9/16 @ 6:00pm (following 5pm Mass) in the St. Tim Room
Join us as we kick off MSM for Fall 2018! Mark your calendars now for an evening of fun and games as we have a chance to reconnect with friends from last year and meet new friends for this year. More details in the coming weeks.
Question Everything [Series]
Sundays @ 6:00pm (following 5pm Mass) in the St. Tim Room
This year, we are going to question everything! During this series, we’ll explore four significant obstacles to fully embracing our Catholic faith. We’ll address the process of questioning as a springboard to grow in our knowledge of GOd’s love and trust in the Catholic Church, which He established.
9/30 God or Unicorn (The Existence of God)
Tonight we’ll kick off our series by addressing questions about God’s existence and offer some solid proofs that give us confidence that He not only exists, but wants to be in relationship with us.
11/4 Religion or Freedom (Organized Religion)
This week, we’ll reveal the need for religion and the tendency toward religious practice that each of us has and foster confidence in the Catholic Church as the one true Church established by Christ.
12/2 Holy or Hypocrite (Hypocrisy, Judgement, and Tolerance)
This time, we’ll acknowledge hypocrisy and judgement within the Church and challenge ourselves to recognize the Church as the path to holiness for all people.
12/9 Trust or Fear (Suffering)
In our final series night, we’ll address the cause of suffering in the world and challenge ourselves to continually turn to Jesus, who suffers with us and can transform our suffering into something beneficial.
9/23 @ 6:00pm in the St. Tim Room
That’s right: more movie nights! Following the first One8 Session and 5:00pm Mass, all 8th-12th graders are invited to come to our first movie night of the year. Throughout the year, we’ll be watching films together that encourage us to ask deeper questions. Pizza dinner & drinks provided! Future dates: 10/21, 11/18
9/27 @ 6:00pm in the St. Tim Room
Join us as we kick off MSM for Fall 2018! Mark your calendars now for an evening of fun and games as we have a chance to reconnect with friends from last year and meet new friends for this year. Parents, plan to join us for this first night of MSM!
To The Heights [Series]
Thursdays @ 6:00pm in the St. Tim Room
The Eucharist is "the source and the summit” of our Catholic faith. But what does that even mean? This fall, we’ll be looking bath the Mass, exploring why it should be so important in our lives and why the Eucharist is called “the source and the summit” of our faith. We’ll learn about the different parts of the Mass, the symbolism of what we do, and how to properly prepare for Mass and receive Jesus Christ. We’re teaming up with an awesome almost-saint to show us the way - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. His life is an example of where holiness and youth meet and his motto - verso l’alto (“to the heights”) is where we get our theme!
9/27 Basecamp (A Social Night for Students and Parents)
Kicking off our fall, we’ll prepare for the theme of “To The Heights” and bring parents in to learn more about what MSM is going to look like this fall.
10/11 Gathering Gear (The Liturgy)
This week, we’ll strive to understand the meaning and purpose of the liturgy as God’s sanctifying work so that we can fully enter into each liturgy and experience it’s profound effect on our lives.
10/25 Climbing Season (The Liturgical Year)
This Thursday, we’ll dive into the liturgical year by identifying different seasons and learning about how they relate to and aid in the Church’s celebration of our salvation. We’ll also introduce and pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
11/15 Navigating the Terrain (The Place of Worship)
At this session, we’ll learn about the different aspects of the church building and how each element signifies something important within the liturgy.
11/29 The Approach (The Mass)
This week, we’ll strive to better understand the Mass and how it provides the race necessary to accomplish the mission that we are sent on at the end of each Mass.
12/13 Outfitters (Proper Dress)
Tonight, we’ll highlight the importance of what we wear and how what we wear reflects what we are doing. We’ll strive to be more intentional and aware of what we wear to Mass and talk about how to dress properly for all occasions.
1/3 The Ascent (The Mass)
This week, we’ll dive deep into the first half of the Mass with an emphasis on the Liturgy of the Word and how it prepares our hearts to be nourish by the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
1/17 The Apex (The Mass)
Tonight, we’ll come to a greater understanding of the Mass - particularly the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We’ll look at our faith as a progression towards the Eucharist and see our encounter with God as an essential part in our mission to bring God out into the world and do His will.
Our St. Paul Parish Teen Music Ministry is welcoming new members for the 2018-2019 year. During the academic year, TMM leads worship at monthly Youth Masses - and there’s no obligation to attend every Youth Mass.
Mass Dates for 2018-2019: 9/23, 10/28, 11/25, 1/27, 2/24, 3/31, 4/28, 6/2
Choir Info: The choir consists of teens in grades 8-12. There’s a 4pm practice that happens before the Mass at 5pm. That’s right - this is only once a month and there are no extra practices. TMM fits in nicely with your busy life. If you’re interested in the TMM choir, please contact Carole More: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accompanist Info: This year, we’re looking to expand TMM to include a wider variety of accompanists. If you’re in high school and play an instrument, consider joining us! Music will be sent out ahead of time and we’ll rehearse together to ensure we have a great sound. Please contact Kait Mayer for more details: email@example.com
Student Ministry is currently recruiting adults to help serve the teens of our parish in the 2018-2019 year.
High School Ministry serves teens in grades 9-12 and meets (most often) on Sunday evenings following the 5pm Mass.
Middle School Ministry serves teens in grades 6-8 and meets every other Thursday evening at 6pm.
If you’d love to get involved in serving one or both of these ministries, please contact Kait (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.