The St. Mary's Office for Youth Ministry and the St. Mary's Catholic Youth Organization empower organizations within the parish to serve today's young Church members. These various organizations led by our adult members are called to guide our youth so that together we build a strong Catholic family. These organizations are designed to nurture our young people and help them grow in their service to Jesus Christ and His Church.
We recognize that this ministry ~ to, with and for our young people, is best rooted in the parish. The St. Mary's Office for Youth Ministry and the Catholic Youth Organization look to the day when all young people of the parish are reached by this important ministry. To achieve this goal, we provide a model for a comprehensive approach that includes spiritual, catechetical, dutiful, physical and social direction.
Specifically, we empower those engaged in youth ministry to respond to the needs of today's young Church members by:
+ Providing training and resources to parish and school personnel
+ Providing opportunities for youth and adults to become educated about the risks within today's society, so as to instill skills necessary to live morally productive lives
+ Oversee parish and school programs that promote Christian values while encouraging healthy physical activity
+ Assist in the development of leaders called to serve their communities in the spirit of Jesus Christ
+ Seek and promote a connection between parishes and young adult communities
Ultimately, we want to draw the youth and young adults of our parish and those called to serve them into a more responsible participation in the life and mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.