Jr. High Youth Group

Junior High Youth Group, Sixth through Eighth Grade. Youth Group begins Monday, September 9, 2018, Visit this link for a complete schedule. Visit this link for a registration form. Complete and send in with fees to the parish office: Peace of Christ Parish, 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609. Contact Melissa Mang at mmang@dor.org or at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121, if you have any questions. Thank you!                     

Please join us this year!                      

Las Posadas: Monday, December 17th, 6:15-7:45pm, St. James Church Hall. All are welcome! This year, our own parish youth group, together with the youth group of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, have collaborated to bring you this beautiful Advent, bilingual prayer service and celebration during our family gathering-pinata included! We hope you can join us! 

Options for Junior High Youth in Grades 6, 7 and 8 that fulfill the diocesan requirement of 30 hours/year of catechesis.

1) Summer Session: Emerging Disciples, for Junior High Youth: July 9th - July 13th, 9am-3pm at St. James School Youth Room. Registration information is available at this link.                                                                          

2) Youth Group: This youth program follows the school calendar. Youth in grades 6,7 and 8 are invited to attend youth group gatherings twice a month on Monday evenings, 6:15-7:45pm at St. James School Youth Room (2nd Flr). Registration information is available at this link.


1) Summer Session:July 9th-July 13th, 9am-3pm, M-F

2) Vacation Bible Camp: July 23rd-July 27th, 9am-Noon, M-F

3) Assist in a classroom -beginning September 10, 2018, 6:15-7:45pm

*Contact Melissa Mang at mmang@dor.org or call (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 to volunteer this year! Many positions are available and hours are flexible. Come to our Orientation/CASE Training meeting Monday, June 25, 2018, 6:30pm at St. James Church Hall to find out how you can bring the Gospel to children, practice leadership skills in small groups or at our activity stations,and have fun making new friends in a safe environment this summer. Additionally, these experiences are great additions to college resumes or recommendation letters! We hope you can join us! 

Junior High Program Overview

Our program for middle school/junior high catechesis is supported by two primary texts:  The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition and the Catholic Youth Bible, both by St. Mary's Press. Catholic Connections is a unique program, differing from traditional religion texts in appearance and approach. Its tested design engages middle school students and maximizes readability and understanding. Used with the Catholic Youth Bible, The Catholic Connections Handbook can serve as the primary text for two or three years. The handbook approach is complete in covering the content of faith and flexible in the variety of ways it supports the learning process. The Catholic Connections Handbook will help your middle schoolers grow in their faith and answer the call to be disciples of Christ.

Additionally, our program for middle school youth integrates all 8 Components of a comprehensive Youth Ministry as outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Renewing the Vision.

Experiences available for both Junior High and Senior High Youth:

-Diocesan Youth Convention
-CYO Athletics
-Diocesan Youth Committee
-Diocesan Youth Retreats
-Hands of Christ Award
-Junior High Adventure Day
-National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
-Run For The Young
-Youth Leadership Training: FOUNDATIONS
and so many more!

Visit the new Diocese of Rochester's Youth Ministry page here.

Resources used in Youth Ministry:

DOR Religion standards for young adolescents

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Youth Catechism/Catechism of the Catholic Church

National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry

National Directory for Catechesis