Youth Faith Formation

Contact Chris Jenkins or Laura Stapleton - Youth Ministers

Summer 2022 Youth Ministry Volunteer Needs

2022 Diocesan Work Camp

Our parish estimates taking a group of 25-30 teens to the Diocesan Work Camp in Wise, Virginia, June 18 – 24, 2022. Our group will need committed adult volunteers to participate. Here are the three roles we need adults for:

Work Camp Home Base Volunteers (HBVs)… Our group will need about 3 HBVs, who will serve in various roles at home base such as Work Camp set-up and clean-up, kitchen assistance, running team building activities, performing office related tasks, running errands, etc. Individuals in this role cannot serve as chaperones or contractors. Home base volunteers are required to serve from Friday afternoon, June 17 through Fri., June 24, 2022. They will need to transport themselves separately from their parish vehicles and need to arrive between 12-2pm on Fri., June 17. Carpooling may be available for volunteers coming from the same area. Home base volunteers must be at least 20 years old before the beginning of Work Camp and follow the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies, which include completing Screening One Background Check Form (updated every 5 years) and VIRTUS training (with updated continuing education modules***.)

Work Camp Contractor Volunteer… Our group will need about 4-5 contractors to participate. A contractor is an adult who has home improvement knowledge, skills, and experience and is willing to teach and assist youth in completing work projects during Work Camp. All contractors will need to be approved by the Lead Contractor via Contractor Application, which St. Mary’s Youth Ministers can provide. Contractors must also follow the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies, which include completing Screening One Background Check Form (updated every 5 years) and VIRTUS training (with continuing education modules***.) Also, contractors will need to provide their own transportation and specialty tools needed for their work site. Contractors are needed Sat., June 18 – Fri., June 24, 2022. Contractors typically stay overnight at the home base location. There will be a required contractors meeting that will happen in the spring – date/time TBA.

Work Camp Chaperone-Driver Volunteer… Our group will need 5-6 adults to drive and chaperone our teen participants. These adult participants look out for the well-being of youth participants both at home base and the work sites. Knowledge of home improvement is not needed to serve in this role. Because of the work we will be doing, adults should be able to work in environments that do not have air conditioning, lift light-weight items, and drive. Adults must be 26 years old before the beginning of Work Camp, must submit an updated Personal Drivers Insurance Form to the parish Youth Ministers and follow the Diocesan Safe Environment Policies, which include completing Screening One Background Check Form (updated every 5 years) and VIRTUS training (with continuing education modules.***)

 

***Please note that parish employees and Catholic school employees have additional screening that must be completed.

 

Religious Education Options for Youth 

*2022-2023 school year under construction...

We plan to begin this year mostly in-person. Faith formation for grades 6-10 will continue to be available as an independent home study option with a suggested pacing guide. Our gathered options are able to switch to virtual if that becomes necessary. Virtual Zoom call will NEVER be recorded, but audio and video participation are expected. 

Note: Confirmation will be described separately below.

6-8th grade Middle School

All grades will be using a video catechism program from the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston with supplements from various sources. All registered middle school youth are invited to participate in lawn games or other parish youth offerings.

              Home study *Google Classroom, video sharing, reflection questions

              Gathered Program  video sharing, discussion

              Select Sundays(These dates are subject to change.)

              Catholic School students: Please register to provide contact information, photo permission and potential participation in other service and fellowship activities.

ONLINE REGISTRATION has ended.  If you would like to register, Laura Stapleton or Chris Jenkins.

 

High School

All highschool youth will explore and discern our Catholic faith with Decision Point, created by Dynamic Catholic.  All youth will have access to digital video content, an optional workbook, and small group reflection questions.

9th grade

              Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video content, responding to questions and reflections in Google Classroom. 

              Gathered Proram- A youth ministry team will faciliate small group discussion in response to large group video content on most Sundays from 6:30p -7:45p. On occassional select Sundays, we will engage in Lectio Divina (reflection and prayer) with the Sunday Scriptures.  

              Select Sundays(These dates are subject to change.)

10th grade and above

             Home study- Using a suggested pacing guide, youth will engage with online video content, responding to questions and reflections in Google Classroom. 

             Gathered Program- A youth ministry team will faciliate small group discussion in response to large group video content on most Sundays. 

             Select Sundays(These dates are subject to change.)

ONLINE REGISTRATION has ended.  If you would like to register, Laura Stapleton or Chris Jenkins.

 

Confirmation 

              The sacrament of confirmation is open to youth in 10th grade or above, who are concurrently enrolled in either 10th grade virtual faith formation, 10th grade homestudy, or attend Catholic school. (Click here to review other requirements.) All of the sacramental prep will be offered in person, following a schedule, led by the youth ministry team and volunteers. There is NO home study option for Confirmation preparation. 

Preparation includes: (1) enrolling in 10th grade faith formation, 10th grade homestudy, or attend Catholic school; (2) Attending 1 orientation (with a parent), all modules of sacrament specific content, and 1 mystagogy ; (3) Attending retreat.  

Select Sundays:       

Retreat options: We are offering a single day retreat to prayerfully reflect on their upcoming sacrament, at St. Mary's, on February 5, 2022. Please save that date. 

Things we need:

Each teen must submit a recent NEW copy of their baptismal certificate. St. Mary's does not save copies from first communion. Please contact your teen's church of baptism and ask them to mail us a copy. If a teen was baptized at St. Mary's, just notify Chris or Laura.

Teens should consider who they will select for their sponsor. Check these guidelines. Request a sponsor verificiation form by emailing Chris or Laura.  

ONLINE REGISTRATION has ended.  If you would like to register, Laura Stapleton or Chris Jenkins.

 

Upper classmen

For youth in grade 11 and 12, post-confirmation, we are working to provide various new platforms and opportunities. Please register so we can easily update you about the specific offerings. Provide your grade and select “add me to the list.”

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION has ended.  If you would like to register, Laura Stapleton or Chris Jenkins.