Sr. High Youth Group

Welcome to Senior High Youth Group, Ninth through Twelfth Grade! 

We have a Summer Session option: Emerging Disciples, July 10-14, 9am-3pm, at St. James School, for Senior High Youth entering GRADE 9 ONLY who would like to fulfill their diocesan requirement of 30 hours/year of catechesis.

*HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS* HANDS OF CHRIST RECOGNITION 2018

Criteria for this award is available at this link (parish letter) and nomination forms are available at this link (registration form to print, complete and send in to parish office). Nomination forms are due by Sunday, November 19th (via email or hard copy) to Melissa Mang at melissa,mang@dor.org or at the parish office: 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609.

The Hands of Christ is a recognition program to assist parishes in affirming high school seniors who have been the “Hands of Christ” in their church, home, school and community. The Criteria to receive this very special recognition:

• Has consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word and example.

• Has been actively involved in the parish as well as their school or community.

• Has been a positive role model to their peers, younger children and adults.

• Is a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester and attends Mass.

• Is currently a high school senior. Nomination forms can be found at the back of all churches, at the links below and at the parish office: 25 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14609. (585) 288-5000, ext. 121.

Please return all nomination forms by Sunday, November 19th (via email or hard copy) to Melissa Mang at melissa,mang@dor.org or at the parish office: 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609.

Thank you for recognizing our youth for their commitment to being such faithful disciples as demonstrated by their engagement and participation in the many ministries within our parish community.

1) Summer Session: Emerging Disciples, for youth in Ninth Grade: July 10th - July 14th, 9am-3pm at St. James School Youth Room.

Additional Option for Senior High Youth beginning this fall:                                                                     

2) Senior High Youth Group: This youth program follows the school calendar. Youth in grades 9-12 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. A schedule of meetings can be found at this link.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & SOCIAL EVENTS THIS YEAR AT POC:

November – December 2017

Both Junior and Senior High Youth Groups

November 20:   Niagara Chocolate fundraiser begins. Proceeds to benefit youth groups to attend diocesan-sponsored retreats, for ex., Camp Stella Maris in January (“Foundations,”) and NCYC (in two years) and other events.

November 28th : 6pm at parish kitchen. Assist Social Ministry Committee by assembling toiletry/food baskets for poor.

December 4th: 6-8pm. Sorting Party at Intervol; sort and pack medical supplies to be shipped to hospitals whose people are victims of hurricanes.

December 11th:  6-8pm. Christmas-White Elephant Party at St. James Youth Room.

December 14-16: Assist parish in distributing food baskets to poor. 

December 18th: Assist at Family Gathering.

Intervol Sorting Party/Operation Smile: TBD

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 18th, 6pm 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! 

Overview of Senior High Youth Group Program

Our Senior High Youth Group Program integrates the ideals of the U.S.C.C.B.'s framework for a comprehensive Youth Ministry: Renewing the Vision and is supported by two primary texts: The Catholic Faith Handbook for Teens and the Breakthrough Bible, both by St. Mary's Press.

Additionally, youth explore the YOUCAT to find answers to their questions about their lives and our faith. Initiated by St. Pope John Paul II, as he had such love and concern for our youth, the USCCB created this catechism specifically for adoelscents and young adults. YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, and was launched on World Youth Day, 2011. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. 

Contact Melissa Mang at mmang@dor.org or at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121, if you have any questions. Thank you for visiting!

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!

Resources used in Youth Ministry:

DOR Religion standards for adolescents

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Youth Catechism/Catechism of the Catholic Church

National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry

National Directory for Catechesis

Contact Melissa Mang, Catechetical Director/Youth Minister or email: mmang@dor.org for more information.