Youth Ministry: Ave Maria Parish
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. Taken from USCCB directives for Youth Ministry
Youth Group of Ave Maria Parish, 2020 - 21
A new year is beginning! Many of you are already going to school and understand the difficulties of the "new normal" due to the covid situation. And wearing masks and keeping social distancing during Faith Formation and gatherings will be required as well. Thank you for your cooperation and sacrifice..
I sent a Video to your parents and yourselves expressing my deep concern that you are able to attend our sessions regularly when at all possible. So I am going to live stream our lessons online with those of you who are not able to attend in person.
This will be the structure:
Sister Maria Gabrielle will be having a class on scripture and the moral life with those who wish to attend in person.
Those of you who are able to attend online because the time frame is more conducive for you, I will be conducting a class on the moral life. I will sign you up with a resource that you can follow at Cathechism Class. com. I will begin our online session at 6:30 pm and a link will be sent to you each week. You will have a chance to say hello to your friends and get to know one another better. Our class will go for about 45 mins with discussion that all can partake in.
I am using a course from Catechism Class.org. A website that you will be able to access during the week. This years topic will be the Moral Law expressed in the revelation of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the laws of the Church especially the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.;
Your faith is a very important part of your life and should be your No. 1 priority. I believe that you will find some answers to those difficult questions that you face as a young person today. Remember, God loves you and desires your complete happiness which will culminate in His heavenly kingdom forever. If we wish to live with Him forever, we must come to know Him in this life and develop a loving relationship with Our Lord who has done so much for us.
Hope you all can come and participate! Remember, God loves you and you are important!!
Sister Mary Philomena, SMDG Monderator
May 2021 Update
We had a lovely faith formation year. Six students attended online while the others came in person to study the 10 Commandments and learn more about their faith and the good choices they should make throughout their lives. Thank you for attending this year. We hope to see you in the fall. A special good-bye to the seniors who will be graduating high school and going on into college. May you stand with Our Lord throughout your life following after Him. My prayers go with you.
Sister Mary Philomena, SMDG and Sister Maria Gabrielle, SMDG