Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM)

St. Matthias’ Middle School Youth Group is designed for fifth through eighth graders as a forum for exploration and discovery about how God has revealed himself in the world and how youth can become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. Over the 20 scheduled sessions, youth will learn about God, Revelation and Faith, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian Morality and Justice and Prayer. Lives of the Saints will be explored and all faith topics will be connected to lived experiences. 

We will be using a St. Mary’s Press publication called, Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, which is available free online. If a print copy is preferred, there are several copies in Fr. Lacey Hall that families could pick up and take home. Meetings will be conducted via Google Meet every other Wednesday at 5:00 pm starting on August 12th. See the calendar for future dates.

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

High School Youth Ministry (HSYM)

St. Matthias’ High School Youth Ministry program is designed for high school students as a forum for exploration and discovery about how God has revealed himself in the world and how youth can become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. An emphasis is placed on how youth can make meaningful connections with each other, the parish community and community at large. Over the 18 scheduled sessions, youth will learn about God, Revelation and Faith, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian Morality and Justice and Prayer. Lives of the Saints will be explored and all faith topics will be connected to lived experiences. 

Meetings will combine prayer, structured learning, fun and games and relevant issues through a lens which explores Church teaching. Meetings will be conducted via Google Meet every other Sunday at 5:00 pm starting on August 9th. See the calendar for future dates.

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.