Youth Ministry

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
The Youth Ministry Core Team here at Saint Vincent De Paul, which consists of 7 youth and 12 adults, has been providing youth events to build community between the youth of the parish and the youth in the overall community. We believe providing these events in our parish will help to build youth leaders that will step up in times of need, love their Catholic faith, encourage friends to go to church, learn about their faith and help guide the youth that will come after them.
The Youth Ministry Team has been able to put on 3 events for the youth, while also partnering with the other organizations to take part in volunteer events. The active youth events we have been able to do are a bonfire, a game night, and a sports/game night in which we have been able to utilize space at each of the 3 chapels that make up our parish.
The first event was a bonfire, which was held at St. John the Evangelist in Bahner. There was a bonfire setup in the back corner of the parking lot, with hay bales to sit on, chairs, S’mores materials, water, soda, and snacks. About 25 youth attended.
The second event was a board game, card game night held in the basement of St. Patrick’s. There were board games, card games, water, soda, pizza and snacks. At the end of the event, we played a Kahoot trivia we created to test the youth on their knowledge of Saint Vincent De Paul Parish as well as the Catholic Faith in general, to help them learn and grow in their faith. About 30 youth attended.
The third event was a sports, board game, praise and worship night held in our school and Sacred Heart Chapel. There was water, juice, dessert, pizza, and snacks. We had the McGremlin gym open with basketball, volleyball, the Hoying gym was open for basketball and soccer, and the commons space had cards and board games on tables. The event ended with prayer along with praise and worship led by the 7 youth on our Youth Ministry Core Team. About 50 youth attended.
St. Aloysius, the patron saint of youth, was an unselfish, courageous young person who followed his faith, loved God and he said, “It is better to be a child of God thank king of the world.”
We want our youth to be able to follow St. Aloysius model, having courage to accept our invitation to be actively engaged in our faith, to talk about faith at home, school or in extra-curriculars. We will continue to keep providing opportunities for the youth to join the parish in a fun and faith filled environment and we hope you will accept our invitation to learn about what Youth Ministry can provide.
We currently have a Youth Ministry Core Team that consists of 7 youth and 12 adults, we are hoping to add a few more youth leaders to our core team to help shape the events we will provide to the youth of the parish.