Youth Ministry

A Message From Miriam: 

It's with great sorrow and great gratitude that I end my time here at St. Paul's this week...I want to thank you all so much for your incredible kindness, support, and love in welcoming me into your parish. It's been a true joy and blessing for me to have had this opportunity to spend the last two years with you all, and most especially with our youth ministry families, teens, and volunteers. I have been so delighted to have journeyed with you; it's been an honor to have been able to serve as your Director of Youth Ministry. I will miss this community very much, and will be continuing to keep you all close in my heart and most especially in my prayers.

May Our Lord bless you in every way, and may He fill you with His strength, love, peace, and zeal for the Kingdom of Heaven—now, and always! Please remember me in your prayers, as well, as I will remember you in mine. Take care, and God be with you!

With gratitude and love in Christ,

Miriam


The amazing volunteer team for our Dead Theologians' Society high school Saint group will be continuing to host weekly meetings (via Zoom) for all high schoolers who are interested in participating! These meetings will take place on the Tuesdays of May, from 6:30-8pm. It looks like this may be the only Youth Ministry opportunity we may be able to offer over the summer.

During the summer, they hope to continue meeting about twice a month, either in person (if circumstances allow), or over Zoom if the safety of in-person meetings is still in question.

If you/your teen would be interested in participating, please contact Susan Tope, who will be coordinating communications for the group, at [email protected]. Susan will be getting in touch with those interested in order to send out Zoom meeting invites, news about future plans, and reminders for upcoming events and opportunities. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you're interested, even if you had never attended a DTS meeting before, or are a graduating 8th grader. Now that the school year is coming to a close, you're able to participate in all our high school ministry opportunities, so know that you are very welcome!!


CONFIRMATION UPDATE: I am so sorry to say that we have received word from Monsignor that all upcoming Confirmations, including St. Paul's that was scheduled in May, have been postponed due to the COVID19 restrictions. We are of course deeply saddened that our teens will not be able to receive this final Sacrament of Initiation this May, and exceedingly regret the inconvenience and disappointment which this will no doubt inflict upon all our candidates, sponsors, and families. We apologize sincerely for this disruption, and will continue to pray for all of you, and especially for our teens during these challenging times. We know that many family members and even sponsors had planned to travel in order to be with their teen for their Confirmation, and it pains us deeply that those plans are interrupted by this difficult situation.


SACRAMENTAL PREP & YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS: As our current situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold, we are working hard to transition our teen Sacramental preparation and youth ministry programs to online and at-home formats, and I cannot thank you enough for all of your understanding, patience, and dedication in supporting that shift...I know that this is profoundly inconvenient and difficult for many (if not all!) of you, and your support is deeply appreciated!

We are excited to have a series starting up specifically for LifeTeen! We'll be jumping into a series on the three Theological Virtues: faith, hope, and love...

Our first less will be Sunday, 3/29/2020 with a talk on HOPE--something we all need to hold fast to during these uncertain and challenging times! What do we place our hope in? We'll be exploring what it means for God to be offering us the gift of true and lasting hope, and how we can live that out in our daily lives during this crisis.

Join LifeTeen parishes across the country for this half hour long LifeNight on hope! It'll be streaming live on YouTube. Check back for the link to join!


HELPFUL RESOURCES:

Formation Reimagined is a website which has gathered together a whole range of resources, tools, and information for parents and families to explore together. Click Here to visit their website.
 
We have a parish subscription to formed.org, which has countless videos, Bible studies, talks, books, movies, etc. that can help you and your teens continue to immerse yourself in the faith! It's a FANTASTIC resource, so please check it out if you haven't already! Just go to formed.org, click sign in, and let them know you're part of St. Paul's parish--and you'll have free access to almost endless materials!

Again, if there is anything that we can do for your and your families, don't hesitate to let me know! Our prayers are very, very much with you all. Thank you again so much for bearing with us in the meantime! God bless and keep you all.