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Youth Ministry

Ministry for 7th -12th graders and their families.  Consists of age-specific and intergenerational programs and processes designed to help Casa teens live out their baptismal call within a caring, Christian community. Also serves those outside the Casa community who seek a spiritual hub where they can interact with youth from disparate parishes. Participation in Youth Ministry also helps prepare parents and teens for the sacraments of initiation. 

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There are three main goals for Youth Ministry:

  1. To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

  2. To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.

  3. To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.


There are eight components Youth Ministry:

Evangelization:  Awakening others to the Good News of Jesus within every human situation and seeking to transform individuals and society by being the Good News.  Answering the call of Jesus to “go and make disciples.”


Community Life:  Creating an atmosphere at the Casa that is welcoming, comfortable, safe and predictable – one in which all teens know that their presence is welcomed, their energy is appreciated, and their contributions are valued.


Leadership Development:  Calling forth, affirming, empowering and training adults and young people to use their diverse gifts, talents and abilities.


Catechesis:  Echoing the Word of God and passing on the Catholic Tradition (as a way of expressing the Christian Faith) to others so that they can grow and mature in their faith.


Prayer & Worship: Honoring, praising, and communicating with God.  Offering God the gift of ourselves through the Mass, the sacraments, prayers and prayer services.


Justice & Service:  The call to work for justice; to serve those in need; to pursue peace; and to defend the life, dignity and rights of all our sisters and brothers.


Pastoral Care:  The call to be a compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care of all people, especially those who were hurting and in need.


Advocacy:  Engaging the Church to examine its priorities and practices to determine how well young people are integrated into the life, mission, and work of the Catholic community and empowering young people and their families to speak for those who cannot speak.

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