In today’s society, it can be difficult for teenagers to put their Catholic beliefs into action or to defend their faith while respectfully listening to others’ beliefs. Parents need the support of the parish community to help pass on the faith and provide guidance. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Renewing the Vision identifies three objectives of youth ministry: to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today; to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community; and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. St. Cletus’ teen faith formation program has been designed to meet the Bishops’ goals.
The major components that will be used to provide teen faith formation are:
- One small group faith formation/discussion per month on a Sunday afternoon/early evening
in the home of adult catechists or on St. Cletus campus
- One large group faith formation/discussion per month on a Sunday afternoon/early evening at St. Cletus or another specified location
- Teen Hosted Masses that will be celebrated periodically throughout the year
- Service projects that will be incorporated into the schedule (additional ones will be offered throughout the year)
There are other optional components but will be offered throughout the year such as retreats, extended events, informal social gatherings at St. Cletus, and social outings.
We hope to begin small groups in September and continue through May. However, we are looking for other adults to help facilitate these groups. These adults do not have to be parents of teens or even parents at all. All volunteers would need to complete a one-time 3 hour VIRTUS training. Adults would be expected to lead a small group monthly with a curriculum that is provided. Periodic conversations will take place to assess how things are going, and I will be available always to offer input and discuss questions. Please see the attached about volunteering, and please spread the word that help is needed if you feel someone else may be a good fit for this ministry!
I am so very excited to grow in faith with the teens! I am always available to answer your questions about the ministry. Please contact me at (708) 215-5419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.