Spring Update Youth Ministry

Time for a spring update.......
In this message we will cover the following... (so you can drop down to the section that you need)
  1. General updates on what we have in the works or planning
  2. Purpose - Confirmation for May 2021
  3. JCore Applications are open
  4. Those entering Purpose Confirmation Prep in the Fall of 2021
  5. Class of 2021 Graduation Mass and Life Night
  6. Summer Events
 7. Fall 2021

General Updates
So many Great Things to share with you! This past year our youth ministry program has grown. This is good and bad.

We have currently out grown our current database software for tracking teens, emailing, and txting. It has become to expensive to use the current software and the last couple of months we have been working behind the scenes to find a solution. In May and June we will be transferring to the new system.

As always we are looking for Adults that want to join our Core Team. If you know of anyone please have them fill out the following application. Please remember we do a background check and have a process setup in order to maintain the highest standards of our core team.

The Youth Center has had many updates during quarantine, preparing to host teens as the begin to come back to in person attendance. We have a new Cafe, Web Studio, and game room. In the next few months we will be adding more TV's, environment and outdoor decor. South West Block Inc.. just donated a fire pit. A couple of our Core team members got it setup and we will be using it this summer. This helps us to be outside and grow as a community.

Core Team Training. Several of our Core Team members will be attending 4 days of youth ministry training coming up in June. The will be traveling to Arizona to attend this training to network with other youth ministry teams, learn new techniques in presenting the faith, growing in their own faith life and more. This training allows them to come back and train the Core Team that couldn't attend over the summer and to plan the upcoming year. Please keep them in your prayers.

Purpose - Confirmation for May 2021
Confirmations will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas this year on May 11, May 18, and May 25. All Confirmations will be at 7pm. Rehearsal for the Sponsor and Confirmandee will be the day before at 7pm.

Your teen will receive their date of confirmation when they turn in their final video testimony project.
JCore Applications are open.
Teens that would like to apply for JCore Disciple Leadership program can now apply at https://staynm.churchcenter.com/people/forms/237950.Training for Jcore is during the summer (schedule coming soon). Teens will learn what it means to be on JCore and will develop the tools they need to be leaders in ministry and in the world. Teens will make the final determination to be on JCore in August after learning about it during the summer and after the Core Retreat.

In order to be on Jcore teens need to have received the Sacrament of Confirmation be at least entering their Junior year of High School.

Not sure if this is for you, just sign up and you will learn over the summer if you want to do it.
Those entering Purpose Confirmation Prep in the Fall of 2021.

Those teens that have been registered in Life Teen that need the Sacrament of Confirmation and would like to enter into the Purpose Confirmation Prep in the Fall of 2021 need to do the following:

  1. Turn in their Baptism Certificate - https://form.jotform.com/202254502751042
  2. Turn in a Sponsor Affidavit - https://form.jotform.com/202255624734150
  3. Fill out the getting to know you form - https://staynm.churchcenter.com/people/forms/233107

All documentation needs to be uploaded using the form links. You will keep the original docs for your records. This needs to be done by July 1, 2021 in order to start Confirmation Prep in the Fall
Class of 2021 Graduation Mass and Life Night
Those High School Teens Graduating this year are invited to attend a Special Graduation Mass for them on Sunday May 23rd, 2021 at 6pm. We ask the Graduates to wear their Cap and gown during the mass and to sign up at https://stanm.flocknote.com/signup/52429

After the Graduation Mass we will have a special Life Night to honor these teens. So we invite them to attend. This will also be the final Life Night of the Semester until our summer Session starts on July 11, 2021
Summer Events - Life Teen and more....
Our Last Confirmation is on May 25th, our last Life Night is on May 23rd but our pre summer schedule will be in the month of June. We wont be gathering on sunday nights for Life Teen but will have other events during the week. Keep an eye out for our the schedule on the website and app.
Life Teen Summer Kick off is Sunday July 11, 2021!!

SAVE The DATE Of JULY 24 - We will be having a youth conference at St. Thomas Aquinas because we couldn't attend Steubenville West this summer. We are going to bring the experience to you!! Hopefully by the end of the week we will have all the speakers booked and will be able to officially announce it.

Remember to check the calendar and social media pages for all the events during the summer due to us not being in a regular schedule.
Fall 2021
Great things are planned for the Fall!! We have been planning and working with our new theme and it looks like it will be a great time.

Some key dates to remember - Aug 22, 2021 - Incoming Freshman Life Night!
Sept 6, 2021 - Purpose Confirmation Parent & teen Orientation
Sept 12, 2021 - First Life Night for the fall.

Currently, we will are planning on having 3 retreats from Aug to Nov. Please remember if your teen is going to be confirmed this year, they should still be coming to life teen in the fall. They are also welcomed to attend the Confirmation Retreat in the fall too.

Please spread the word to family and friends to register for Life Teen and not to wait till August.