At Our Lady of Mercy, we offer many opportunities for the young faithful of our parish to get involved. As Pope Francis advised at a youth prayer vigil in 2013, “Dear young people, please don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but He immersed Himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.” The old adage, “it takes a village to raise a child” applies not only to the family dynamic but to the entire faith-filled community as well. It takes an entire church to journey with young people as they grapple with the Good News and respond in discipleship.
Youth Ministry is about discipleship, empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. It’s about connection, drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. It’s about gifts and growth, fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person in our parish. The framework of this important ministry relies on a vision of advocacy, catechesis, evangelization, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship.
What does youth ministry look like in our parish? The EDGE program offers a safe fun place for middle school students seeking answers to questions about their faith, and most importantly, experiencing Jesus in a profound and personal way. EDGE Nights are open to all 6th-8th grade students attending any area schools. All middle schoolers are invited to join us for our kick-off event on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:00 pm on the Mercy football field where they will experience fun mixed with prayer, and some quality time with their peers. For more information about the EDGE program, contact Mr. Stephen Franklin at email@example.com.
Life Teen is geared for high schoolers, engaging teens and leading them closer to Christ. The teens in our own parish are setting the world on fire through this ministry by making pilgrimages to the annual March for Life; Bible studies; Life Nights where they participate in high energy and sometimes messy games; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Mission Trips; Life Teen Summer Camp; Diocesan Youth Events; Camp Abbey; and however else they can spread God’s word. Teens interested in this dynamic ministry can contact Ms. Amelia Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.