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Saturday, December 04, 2021
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Youth Ministry: Ave Maria Parish

Three interdependent and equally important goals guide the Church's ministry with adolescents. These goals state what it means for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to involve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. They express the Church's focus for ministry with adolescents, while encouraging local creativity in developing the programs, activities, and strategies to reach these goals.

  • Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. Taken from USCCB directives for Youth Ministry

Youth Group of Ave Maria Parish, 2021 - 22

A new year is beginning!  Many of you have already started school and things seem to be progressing normally.  Let's keep our finger crossed and ask God's guidance on this new school year.

We will be having regular Youth Group Meetings this year at the parish center in Port Sanilac.  We will have meeting the same time as Faith Formation classes so that those who are attending from Croswell, can rise the bus.

This year Sister Maria Gabrielle and I will be your guides.  And we will be looking at some exciting information regarding our current social structure and how the message of the Gospel can help us understand the dignity of the human person, why and for what we are made, the important structure of the family, and how we can achieve the happiness that we desire.

We will begin with a Series called "Search".  This is a short video series (5 part) that will help us all answer the question: "What am I seeking?  What is that deep longing in my heart all about?"  We are all living for something, and we all strive for that something that will ultimately make us HAPPY.  We will discover how the life of Christ answers these questions and fulfills all of our desires.
Then we will delve into some of the Social Issues of our day and what Christ and His Church has to say about them. We will be using Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation (by Ascension Press) which brings Christ’s healing message to a world that sorely needs it through the topics that are most important to teens right now. It addresses:God’s Creation and Stewardship, The Dignity of Human Life, Solidarity, Race and Responsibilities,Poverty and the Dignity of Work,and Family: The Foundation of Society.
I encourage you to come, and be a part of our parish youth group. 
I am sure there will be opportunities to get to know each other, make new friends, (as many go to different schools),  and have the opportunity to have some social gatherings of fun, games, and good food. Hope you all can come and participate!  Remember, God loves you and you are important!!
I wanted to thank Mrs. Jean Jones for the many years, she helped with our Youth Group.  Her kids are grown and she has moved on to other activities in her life as a grand parent.  Thank you, Mrs. Jones, we will all miss you!!

Sister Mary Philomena, SMDG

Sister Maria Gabrielle, SMDG