MSYM – Middle School Youth Ministry

Our Middle School Youth (MSYM) will meet once a month on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 5-8th graders are invited to gather and learn more about their faith in fun and engaging ways with their peers.

These gatherings are led by experienced catechists and designed to provide a forum for youth to discuss important issues in their lives while exploring what the Church teaches about specific topics. Parents are encouraged to help lead activities and/or provide food.

All 5-8th graders in the parish are welcome to attend.

Each year, middle school youth serve at the annual Maple Street Shelter Dinner alongside members of our Justice and Charity Commission.

To find out more about our Middle School Youth Ministry program, contact Sabrina Harper.

HSYM – High School Youth Ministry

Our St. Matthias high school youth group meets once a month on the third Sunday of the month. These gatherings are organized by a Core Team of youth serving the parish community. Gatherings held on site include dinner and activities designed to help foster their faith development at an age-appropriate level. All high school-aged youth are invited to participate.

Youth are encouraged to participate in youth leadership opportunities, Archdiocesan events and retreats throughout the year.

A highlight of the year is OnFiRE: NorCal Jam at Six Flags in Vallejo. Join youth from St. Matthias for this all-day event which gathers youth from Churches all over northern California and Nevada! The day features music, Mass, rides, speakers, all you can eat lunch, friends and inspiration. This year’s OnFiRE event will be on September 15, 2018.

To find out more about our High School Youth Ministry program, contact Sabrina Harper.

Safe Environment

Each year, we act in accordance with national mandates implemented in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for fingerprinting and/or background checks of all catechists and volunteers who have regular contact with young people. Also, all catechists and volunteers are required to complete an online course called, “Protecting God’s Children” before they begin their ministry and is renewed every three years.

Also, each year children will be guided through the “Empowering God’s Children Program” designed for specific age groups which provide a theme that introduces and builds on the basic concepts of the Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide. The material is developmentally appropriate for each age group and includes content and activities that reinforce the message.

More information about these programs and materials will be made available to families in the fall.