“You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.” Pope Francis
Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes offers young people the chance to encounter Christ in a profound way. Through GIFT classes, service opportunities, retreats, and involvement in the parish, they are being apprenticed and formed as disciples.
We believe our program is an apprenticeship in the fullness of our Catholic faith. Youth will be encouraged to use their God-given talents to build up the church through service in liturgy, parish and the larger community. Confirmation formation sessions take place during GIFT (Generations In Faith Together), our whole community catechesis program.
Youth who are in grades 6-12 are invited to join other youth leaders to help plan, implement, and evaluate a total youth ministry program. Youth who make this commitment are expected to attend one meeting each month and a two-night overnight retreat in August. Participation in the Christian Formation program, service and relational opportunities is helpful. Participation in weekend liturgies and prayer opportunities is expected. In return, you will come to know a wonderful group of youth and adults!
Many opportunities to serve in the parish and larger community exist for youth. Teens are presented with a booklet that outlines all of the service. Confirmation candidates have more in-depth opportunities because it is an integral part of their preparation for the sacrament. Parents are asked to join us for many of these opportunities.
We all lead busy lives. Retreats provide a time out from the busyness, a chance to focus on some aspect of our faith journey at various stages of our lives. Retreat dates and locations are listed for 6th-11th graders.