At Immaculate Conception, we embrace the concept of "Comprehensive Youth Ministries". The goal of Comprehensive Youth Ministries is to utilize the 8 components of youth ministry to ensure that teens are fully engaged in all aspects of our Church. Most people think of youth ministries as "religion classes" - "catechesis" (learning about your faith) is one of the 8 components but youth ministries is so much more than just religion classes.
Components of Comprehensive Youth Ministries
Prayer & Worship
Justice & Service
This is an awesome opportunity for teens to engage independently and reflectively with their faith during the Lenten Season.
Journals will be provided to the teens that choose to participate. Teens that have registered for this experience should pick up their journal and detailed course explanation (from the back porch of the Youth Center) between February 6th and February 13th.
Participant's are also expected to attend the Parish Penance Service - Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm in the Church
It's not too late to sign up! Email us by Ash Wednesday, February 13th.
But it is NEVER too late to join us! If you are interested in enrolling in the Faith Formation or Youth Ministries Programs, please call or email our office.
Resources for enrolled families:
Youth Ministries Participants are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to Community Service. Each year, students in grades 7 -10 are required to complete a minimum of 1 inside service project and 1 outside service project. Inside service directly benefits our parish, while outside service benefits the community at large. We recognize that teens are participating in community service with other organizations and groups - that service will fulfill outside service! Please notify our office of the service hours you complete!!
Teens will be expected to SELECT their community service projects at Enrollment in August. A complete listing of all of the inside and outside community service projects organized through the Youth Ministries Office is available by clicking the link above.
You can download and PRINT a service sign up form byBlank forms will also be available to complete at enrollment or if you would prefer you can complete this form (form will be active in mid-August). (Before completing the online form, please be sure to review the service descriptions above)
Now available ONLINE (updated August 2012)- to read, download and print a copy of the Youth Ministries Handbook. This handbook is designed to answer many frequently asked questions about catechetical choices, community service, workshops, behavior policies and more!
Each participant and their family is expected to review the Handbook and then sign and return the Participant/Parent Contract. If you have not yet turned in your contract, please do so as soon as possible. If you need another contract - please click here.
Please click HERE if you would like to volunteer with Youth Ministries. Available opportunities include: being a catechist or evaluator; chaperoning service outings, social events, and functions; set-up, baking, clean-up for a variety of receptions; adult and teen members of the Core Youth Ministries Team.
Our Youth Ministries program was selected by The Evangelist, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, as an example of a successful Youth Ministries Program! What an awesome honor to be chosen! It says an amazing amount not only about the teens of our parish and their wonderful families, but also about our entire parish community. We are blessed to have a Parish that values our youth, and recognizes that they are not only the "church of tomorrow" - they are in-fact, the CHURCH OF TODAY!
Many thanks to the countless volunteers who make our program possible, to the staff at ICC, especially Patty Nally and Fr. Jerry - who are a constant support to me, and to the teens of this community whom I adore - teens who have the courage to stand up for what they believe in, even when that might not be viewed as the "cool" thing to do - teens who reach out to those in need and are available for every project big or small - teens who are changing this world one person at a time!
- Christine Goss, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministries
To read the full article from The Evangelist - please click HERE.