A MINISTRY OF DISCIPLESHIP
We show up when our teens need us and we stay interruptible.
St. Anthony’s began Life Teen in 1999 as a way to bring teens into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. We started with a group of 75 teens and since then it has been an amazing journey of faith. Our mission at St. Anthony's Youth Ministry continues with over 1,200 young people participating in our programs. Many lives and families have been impacted by this ministry, and we look forward to continuing to lead teens closer to Christ and His Church.
AN EYE-OPENING YEAR
This past year has been very eye-opening. As I (Mike Gormley) took over the ministries last May, I noticed large gaps in teens' knowledge, practice, and ability to articulate the faith. Teens in high school had never heard of Moses or the Ten Commandments, for example, or said that they "rarely or never" prayed on their own! Only half of the students could say a Hail Mary!
Saint John Paul II said that every Catholic has a right to the full rigor and vigor of the Gospel. We can break open the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a way that is still fun, but also intellectually engaging. Done within a Youth Ministry context, we will create opportunities for the grace of Christ, the truth of the Faith, and the power of the sacraments to transform their lives and yours.
SUMMER AND FALL
All youth ministry programs will begin registration online on Monday, July 12th, at 9:00 AM. Make sure your family's Church Center account information is updated and correct.
Kick-off's for Middle School (Anchor and EDGE) and for High School (Year One and LT Upperclass) will be in mid-September. Calendars and curriculums will be sent out in June and parent meetings will be scheduled in late August. Confirmation classes (those who have completed Year One) typically launch in October, but all Confirmation teens are invited into the LT Upperclass sessions until kick-off.
To run effective ministries, we need a lot of volunteers to join our weekly Core Teams, our monthly Parent Support roles, and our special event chaperones and assistants. The priority is on building our Core Teams back to pre-quarantine levels, which will involve around 150 volunteers! Start praying now if Christ Jesus is calling you to serve here. We will train you, equip you, and guide you, but we will definitely NEED YOUR HELP!
The Summer schedule is being composed right now and will be announced soon. Some of the hesitancy is waiting on our new youth ministers to be hired before we start listing events and traveling around town. If YOU would like to help out, please email us today!