Posts with the category “youth-ministry”

Teen Testimonies from \"New Fire\" Confirmation Retreat
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on November 11th, 2021
What do the Teens say about the Confirmation Retreat?As Core, many times we look upon an event that we helped plan and execute and jump to the conclusion that it was a great event.  It's important for us (Core, & Parents) to actually hear what the teens thought and then over the coming weeks to discern the fruits that come from the event.  Below are what some of the teens thought of the Confirmati...  Read More
Interviews | Events | Sacraments
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on November 3rd, 2021
November!!  This year is flying by, the weather has been so nice outside and the colors are awesome.As we Get ready for the holidays, lets not forget a few things.Everything that we do in youth ministry is done to support your teens growth in the faith.  We do not do things just to do them!InterviewsAll teens during the months of November and December will need to accomplish their Mid-Year Intervi...  Read More
Summer 2022?! Already???!!!
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on October 26th, 2021
The Majority of our Summer Events for 2022 are open!!Now is the time to sign up for Few Reasons:You can use them as a gift for Christmas!You have time to fundraise/save moneyYou can mark those dates off your calendarThere are limited SpotsTo see all the events and ways to volunteer go to or use the Church Center App. ...  Read More
Summit Podcast Coming Oct 13, 2021
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on October 7th, 2021
Missed Bible Study at Kickback Wednesday but you still want to be prepped for Sundays Readings?  Starting Wed Oct 13, we will be releasing our Summit podcast focusing on the upcoming Sunday readings.  This will be released every week on Spotify!STAY (St. Thomas Aquinas Youth) ministry is continuing to work hard to evangelize those that can't make it to the campus.  This new podcast along with our ...  Read More
October | Memento Mori
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on October 3rd, 2021
The balloons are up and the air got a little cooler. Every coffee shop is pushing their pumpkin spice flavors and youth ministry is starting to get into our natural rhythm. September was a blast, we had awesome numbers at Life Teen and some wonderful events. What is coming up this month?  Read More
Fall Session Starts Soon!
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on August 17th, 2021
WoW !! Our Summer Nights series has come to an end this past weekend. We will have a small break until our Fall Session Starts. We have so many great things planned, find out now.....  Read More
High School Teen Summer Events
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on June 19th, 2021
"Summer, summer, summertime ⁠Time to sit back and unwind⁠Summertime"  - Will Smith,A little old school hit or high school hit for Deacon Ed as he remembers our Summer time events are getting kicked off.⁠⁠ Lets Kick back and relax with some fun and exciting events that #STAYNM has planned for the Summer.⁠⁠  God is moving and flowing and working in our community and we can’t wait to experience all the...  Read More
Pre Summer Update - Life Teen / Confirmation
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on June 12th, 2021
How's your break going? For the Core Team it has been nice but we miss all of you! We miss talking with you and seeing all the great things that are going on in your life. We miss hanging out on twitch streams and playing video games. We miss praying with you, learning more about the faith and growing together spiritually.  Read More
Spring Update Youth Ministry
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on April 18th, 2021
Time for a spring update.......In this message we will cover the following... (so you can drop down to the section that you need)General updates on what we have in the works or planningPurpose - Confirmation for May 2021JCore Applications are openThose entering Purpose Confirmation Prep in the Fall of 2021Class of 2021 Graduation Mass and Life NightSummer Events 7. Fall 2021General UpdatesSo many ...  Read More
Happy New Year! No, I'm Not Crazy
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on November 30th, 2020
Today (Sun Nov 29) is the New Liturgical Year for Catholics!! In this letter we have the following info:Advent CalendarRetreats/ConferencesGiving TuesdayAmazon Prime and TwitchAmazon ListDonate We started decorating for Christmas about 2 weeks ago. I know, I know, we shouldn't decorate before thanksgiving but we did (don't hate). After this year, everyday seemed like the Movie "Groundhog Day", the...  Read More
Fall Session Starts - Events for the Week of 9/6
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on September 6th, 2020
This week let us take time to enjoy all those wonderful things that God has given us. Let us remember that our work should bring honor and glory to Him. As we begin our fall session we are excited to Share with you the many great projects that we have been working on for your teens. In the next week we will be announcing all of our fall Events and our improved to changes with your teen in mind.  Read More
We Start in 1 week - Important Updates
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on September 1st, 2020
Never thought I would be a Homeschooling Teacher.. Yesterday, I was holding my granddaughter as I was trying to work from home and assisting my youngest daughter with online classes. In the background my grandson is running around the house getting ready for online classes while my middle daughter started College (you guessed it, it was online too)  Read More
Aug 13, 2020 - When Does Youth Ministry Start?
by Dcn. Ed Leyba on August 13th, 2020
When Does Life Teen or Purpose - Confirmation begin? Good Question!Life Teen - Goes on all year long.   No real beginning or End but Parent and Teen Orientation is Sunday Sept 13, 2020 at 7pm This is the perfect time to begin, also we currently have our drive in Movie Life Night, and Drive in XLT Night coming up (these are in person events)Purpose - Confirmation - Entrance Ceremony & Orientation for p...  Read More