High School Youth Ministry

Our program is committed to providing our teens with the best possible opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through catechesis (religious education), fellowship, service, outreach, and leadership.


Gene Marie Alfaro Scholarship
The St. Matthew Columbiettes will award their 17th annual $1,000 scholarship in memory of Gene Marie
Alfaro. Any Catholic high school senior pursuing a career in the health care field is welcome to apply.
The deadline for applications is May 3.

For more information, please call Chris O’Connor at 980-224-8484.


Lauren Piercefield, High School Youth Minister

Favorite Scripture Verse, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

 

Life Nights, Sunday 6:30 to 8 pm

Early Spring Series: Made for Holiness

  • Feb. 28: Made Male and Female
  • Mar. 7: Chastity
  • Mar. 14: Love
  • Mar. 21: Made for Holiness

Late Spring Series: Living out Holiness

  • Apr. 11: Divine Mercy Sunday – A Teaching Mass
  • Apr. 18: Docility to the Holy Spirit
  • Apr. 25: Evangelization
  • May 2: Rising Freshman Night

May 16 – XLT (Adoration and Confession)

May 23 – Senior Night

Life Teen Mass: Sunday, 5:30 pm

At the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, teens and their families are invited to experience the depth of God’s love through the Word, the community, and the Eucharist. All teens are welcome to sit as a community in one section and are encouraged to participate as lectors, ushers, and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.

Because of restrictions due to covid-19, the Sunday 5:30 Mass is not being celebrated.  We encourage teens and their families to attend the Sunday morning Mass, outdoor Communion Prayer Service or view Mass online.

Confirmation and RCIT  (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens)

This program is for teens coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation) or those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period of time seeking only the sacrament of Confirmation.

Through a relaxed, small group setting, teens discover the teachings of the Catholic Church and what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian in today’s world.

Current RCIT Candidates can find sacramental requirements HERE.   Our current program year registration is closed, but to inquire for 2021.2022, please contact Diane Kiradjieff.

 

Strengths Quest

This program helps high school teens discover who God is calling them to be! We are each uniquely and perfectly made, and Strengths Quest can help us see how.

Through a brief on-line assessment developed by the Gallup Organization, teens discover their top five God-given strengths. After taking the assessment, teens attend a one-time, three-hour gathering that covers how to apply these strengths to become more engaged in the parish, find fulfilling ways to volunteer in the community, develop stronger relationships, find more success with school work, and more. It’s a fast-paced course with lots of discussion and self-discovery, lots of great snacks and a whole lot of Holy Spirit!

Contact Lauren Piercefield for additional information.

Teen Volunteer for Faith Formation

This is a great opportunity for teens to share their faith with younger members of the parish.

From pre-school to 8th grade, teens act as catechists, small group facilitators and more in our Faith Formation programs during the year. This is a wonderful way for teens to strengthen and deepen their faith as they help younger students get excited about being Catholic.

For more information, contact Lauren Piercefield.

Youth Ministry News

BIG NEWS!! - Our Faith and Family Programs Team is excited to share our BIG NEWS for the summer!! https://vimeo.com/524983785 ... Read More...
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St. Matthew Podcast Episodes Air Weekly - (Not) The Only One A St. Matthew podcast for teens on an open, vulnerable and Catholic journey. Tune in on… ... Read More...

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    Life Night
    Sunday, April 11
    6:30 pm-8:00 pm

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