Youth Group

We invite the youth of our Parish to grow spiritually and personally by actively participating in the life, mission, and work of the Church.  Youth Ministry goals include:

  • Building a Catholic-Christian identity in young people
  • Responding to the religious, social and emotional needs of young people
  • Nurturing a welcoming and caring faith community
  • Challenging young people to give witness to the Gospel through service to others

Our youth program weaves in time for lively discussion, time to reflect on your relationship with Jesus Christ, and time to build relationships in our faith community. Youth experience a variety of venues including retreats, special events, monthly group meetings, and a Parent/Teen Series, designed for parents and youth to come together and discuss important issues.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s youth religious education program is designed for seventh through twelfth graders. These junior and senior high school programs are held on the first Sunday of the month from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., October through April.

Service

Young people are invited to put Gospel values into action and develop a Catholic social consciousness.

Senior High Youth do service at the St. Mary’s Food Bank, Crossroads Meal Program, participate in the Advent Giving Tree and elementary Faith Formation programs here at the Parish. Juniors and Seniors can also assist at Junior High retreats and other activities.

Junior High Youth provide a meal at the Crossroads Meal Program, and participate in the Advent Giving Tree. 8th graders can apply for a space on the Youth Migrant Project mission trip.  They may also assist with our Elementary Faith Formation programs and with childcare.

Young people who are currently in grades 8-11 have the opportunity to apply for spaces on the two Mission Weeks that are offered the following summer (which means that participants would be in gr. 9-12 the following Fall). Participants must be registered and active in the youth Ministry programs to be considered for a space on any Mission Week. An information meeting is held each year to acquaint parents and youth with this ministry.

Community Life

Young people are invited to build community and responsible relationships with each other, with the Parish and with the Universal Church. This includes social, recreational, inter–parish (Eastside Parishes), Ecumenical (St. Margaret’s Episcopal and Holy Cross Lutheran Youth Groups) and special events.

Prayer and Worship

Young people are invited to actively worship in their faith community and develop a personal prayer life. This includes prayer at youth gatherings, special youth Masses and other Liturgies, all–parish events, retreat and weekend outing liturgies and liturgical ministries.

Sacramental Preparation

We offer preparation for the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, for those who may have missed these opportunities earlier in their lives. Those who are age 16 and at least a Junior in High School are invited to prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please contact our Youth Minister, Ann LaBeck

Email ann@stmadsophie.org, or call 425-747-6770 ext. 123.