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Youth Ministry

Fr. Tony here, and  I want to write to you today to give more details about what Youth Ministry will look like starting up in December and January.
This graphic is the handy TL:DR version.
 

YDisciple
YDisciple is an intuitive online platform designed to help parents and parishes work together to reach more teens more effectively with the Gospel. YDisciple offers training, streaming video content, well-crafted leader guides, and more to aid the forming and multiplication of small groups.  YDisciple is not a program.  It is an apprenticeship in the Christian Life.

YDisciple is an online platform designed to empower parents and parish leaders to work together in forming and multiplying small group discipleship for teenagers.

The platform includes:

  • Training videos for parish coordinators and small group leaders
  • More than 70, easily shareable, video sessions featuring some of the best Catholic presenters, such as Leah Darrow, Chris Stefanick, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jason and Chrystalina Evert, and more
  • Leader guides with activities and well-crafted discussion questions
  • Parent Guides with summaries of each session and follow-up questions
  • Teen Sheets with helpful reminders from each session
  • Access to the dozens of other videos, e-books, audio talks and more found on FORMED.org.

But more than a product, YDisciple is a process. Subscribers to YDisciple not only get access to high-quality resources but to personal training and support in our trench-tested methodology as well as a supportive community of parish leaders.


Edge Lifeteen
 
What is Edge?

Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Edge resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. Edge resources make it easier for youth ministers to plan out their semesters of Edge Night, retreats, and to train a team of adults, the Core Team, to assist them in the ministry. The resources present Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand.

But what if I already send my child to a Catholic School.  Why should they go to Edge?
 
Edge is a chance to have a personal encounter with our Lord Jesus outside of an academic environment. They can deepen those friendships that will help them draw closer to Jesus, especially during these incredibly formative years and beyond. It allows them to have fun, put their guard down a little, and to go in-depth into the difficult issues that they are dealing with as teenagers.  The Core Team and I will focus on discipling your child and being available to them.
We will be starting the program with a Social Kickoff on Friday, December 15th and on January 12th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Parish Hall.
I will be there at every Edge event, along with the Edge Core Team.

High School Bible Study
We will start the first couple of Bible Studies on Wednesday evenings, December 6th and December 20th.  After the New Year begins, we’ll move the Bible Study to directly follow the Edge Nights, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. 
 
Freedom Team

This might be a good time to talk about the Freedom Team. 

The Freedom Team is not a country club or clique, but rather High School students who help with all aspects of our junior high youth ministry: retreats, Edge Nights, lock-ins, socials and service outreach. Freedom Team is servant leadership. The mission of this group is to live, love, and serve with the heart of Jesus Christ. You are a vital part of our Church, and Freedom Team is a way for you to experience this reality and to be Christ to one another. Members are called to join the mission of living, loving, and serving with the heart of Jesus Christ at our parish, specifically in our youth ministry program, in your homes, and in our community.
The Bible Study will be held immediately following the Edge Night so that the Freedom Team would be able to stay and grow in their spiritual lives as well. Of course, the Bible Study is not limited to those in the Freedom Team but is open to any High School student. The direction the Bible Study takes will largely be based on the group itself. I want to address what their interests and questions are, so the structure and topic of each meeting may vary.  Come with your Bibles, some questions, and an openness to the Holy Spirit’s ability to speak through the Scripture!