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IMPORTANT UPDATE - October 12, 2021

In light of the sudden loss of Fr. Jerry and the desire to allow our dedicated catechists, parish families and staff an opportunity to mourn, we have decided to delay the start of Youth Ministries Mini-Courses and Confirmation Prep

Mini-Course Session #1 that was scheduled to begin on Wednesday 10/13 will now meet on the following Wednesdays form 7 - 8:30pm:  October 27, November 3, November 10 (note - only 3 weeks)

Mini-Course Session #2 that was scheduled to begin on Sunday 10/17 will now meet on the following Sundays form 6:30 - 7pm:  October 24, November 7, November 14 (note - only 3 weeks and skipping 10/31)

Confirmation Prep scheduled for October 18th has been cancelled.


Elementary Faith Formation has also been delayed - see the K-5 page for details.


Enrolled families received an email with the details - if you did not receive that email on October 12th - please email Maria to verify we have the correct email on file for your family.

Details for our tri-parish program program for 2021-2022 are posted below

Please check back regularly!

New to our Parish or Youth Ministries Program? WELCOME!

New families should contact the Evangelization and Catechesis Office at your earliest convenience to discuss our program offerings. 

Enrollment for 2021-2022 began on September 12 and is ongoing

Please note - mini-courses have limited capacity and are filled as enrollment forms are received.

We are excited to be offering a combined Faith Formation and Youth Ministries program for all of the families, children and youth of our Tri-Parish Network of Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph's Parishes.

All families who were previously enrolled in any of our three parishes should have received a detailed mailing with information, scheduling options and an enrollment form. Each of those document can be printed below if you did not receive them or have misplaced them.

2021-2022 Faith Formation and Youth Ministries Welcome Letter

2021-2022 Youth Ministries Overview

2021-2022 Youth Ministries Schedule

2021-2022 Faith Formation and Youth Ministries Enrollment Form

Mini-Courses for Grades 6 - 10

Mini-Courses are limited to 10 participants per topic and are filled on a first come basis at enrollment. If mailing in your enrollment form, please be sure to include back-up options in the event your top preferences are full.

2021-2022 Mini-Course Descriptions and Meeting Dates

(Please click on the grade level for a pdf file of topics and meeting dates)

As topics reach capacity a note is made under each grade level.

Enrollment information was last updated 10/12/21 at 2:30pm


These 6th grade topics are FULL

Great People of the Bible

These 7th grade topics are FULL

Making Good Choices


These 8th grade topics are FULL

You've Got a Friend in Me

Not all Fruits Grow on Trees

These 9th grade topics are FULL

Works of Mercy

Religion and Science

Intro to Catholic Social Teaching


These 10th grade topics are FULL

#BeReal

Answering God's Call

Mini-Course Reflection Form a link will be emailed to each participant after the final gathering of their mini-course topic. We ask youth to reflect on their experience and thoughtful answer each of the questions. If you did not receive an email with a link to the form, please email the YM office.

REMINDER: to receive credit for completing a mini-course a reflection form must be completed.

Community Service in Youth Ministries

This section will be updated by the end of September

Youth Ministries Participants are expected to have a

demonstrated commitment to Community Service.

Each year, regardless of which faith formation model is selected,

participants in grades 7 -11 are required to complete a minimum of:

1 Ministry Service (formerly called inside service) and

1 Mission Service (formerly called outside service)

Ministry Service directly benefits our Parish Community offering Youth Ministries participants an opportunity to work alongside existing Parish Ministries.

Mission Service takes our young adults out into the world completing service that benefits our community at large. Many Mission Service Opportunities are coordinated through our office, however, we recognize that many youth are involved with community service through various school, scout and sports organizations - oftentimes those experiences can fulfill your Mission Service requirement. Please contact the Youth Ministries Office for approval.

Nick Vautrin, Jack Mongan, and Jordan Manocchi are eager to serve during the Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry. Volunteering with the Knights - is just one of the many Ministry Service Opportunities available to our teens!

2021-2022 Community Service Descriptions

are a work in progress - please check back

Click the headings below to view/print the various Ministry and Mission Service Opportunities coordinated through the Youth Ministries Officeav

Ministry Service Choices

Mission Service Choices

Teens are expected to SELECT their community service choices in September at Enrollment.

How do teens sign up for service?

In 1 of 3 easy ways:

1. Download, print and complete this form and send it in

2. Complete this ONLINE sign up form

Youth Ministries Handbook - is being updated for 2021-2022

Click here to read, download and print a copy of the Youth Ministries Handbook.This handbook is designed to answer many frequently asked questions about mini-courses, community service, workshops, program expectations 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, you can print one here.

Volunteering with Youth Ministries

Please click HERE if you would like to volunteer with Youth Ministries. Available opportunities include: being a mini-course catechist or substitute, chaperoning service outings, social events, functions, baking for various YM events.

Click above to email us or call us at 518.399.9203

Looking for Confirmation Information? Click the image above and bookmark the Confirmation page!

Meet the

Youth Ministries Staff

Caitie Lashbrooks

Coordinator for

Youth and Young Adult Ministries

[email protected]

518-399-9203 ext 243

Christine Goss

Director of

Evangelization and Catechesis

[email protected]

518-399-9210 ext 235

Comprehensive Youth Ministries

Our Church embraces the philosophy of "Comprehensive Youth Ministries" (CYM) The goal of CYM is to utilize 8 components of ministry to ensure that youth are fully engaged in all aspects of our Church. Many people think of youth ministries as going to "religion classes" - "Catechesis" (learning about faith) is 1 of the 8 components but CYM is SO much MORE than just religion classes!

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