This parish seeks to integrate its youth into parish life in a number of ways. Liturgically, as a lector, altar server, usher, music minister, Eucharistic minister (at Mass or to the in-firmed), leader or assistant with children’s Liturgy of the Word. Within Faith Formation, their continued enrollment gives opportunity for continued learning and conscience formation. They can also assist with Faith Formation, or at St. Mike’s School, as well as receptions/coffee hours and any other fundraising effort. They are encouraged to Come Pray with Mary (4-5 PM Mondays at St. Mike’s chapel).
Physical assistance includes helping with any of the events sponsored by our Social Ministry Committee, clean-up efforts of church buildings/cemeteries, flower bed care (at any of the worship sites), assisting handicapped seniors to get to their houses of worship (St. Mike’s), assistance with the food distribution at St. Pat’s, or making pillow case dresses at Cobblestone Springs Retreat Center, or as a quilter (1st and 3rd Mondays of each month in St. Mike’s Hall from 10 AM – 2PM), or the Prayer Shawl ministry at St. Jan’s.
The Knights of Columbus or Catholic Daughters of the Americas would welcome them, as would any of the other committees of the parish: Parish Council, Finance, Liturgy, Evangelization, Stewardship, Social Ministry, Buildings and Grounds.
Letting Christ shine through their lives in school-related events and additional community events like the Cookie Walk (or other activities for Keuka Comfort Care Home), Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Volunteers, Yates County Christmas program, Celebrate Service/Celebrate Yates, and community suppers/breakfasts are encouraged. The value of Boy/Girl Scouts or 4H is recognized.
We support their participation in diocesan opportunities for youth, such as the Run for the Young, March for Life, mission trips, retreats, and leadership week. In addition, these websites are excellent.
For HS Seniors who have consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word & example, have been actively involved in the parish as well as their school, community & home, have been a positive role model to their peers, younger children and adults, and continue to attend Mass weekly and share their faith, the parish nominates them for the diocesan Hands of Christ award. The K of C also sponsors a cash award to graduates of Penn Yan Academy who meets many of the same criteria as the diocesan award.
Serving the needs of our youth depends in part on the willingness of parents to make continued religious education and participation in all aspects of parish life a priority. Middle and high school students benefit from gathering in groups. Adults are needed to make this happen. Training and help is available. Contact the religious education coordinator.
Working together we can help our children and youth to live lives on fire for Christ!