Youth Ministry is one of the solutions to the bigness of our culture and to the size of our church. This group is a great way to connect with other young people and develop friendships with those who are trying to grow in their relationship with God.
We call ministry to teens "youth ministry" and not "CYO" because the current understanding of youth ministry is far more comprehensive than the older model of CYO. The CYO of the 1950's and 1960's operated in the context of a Catholic culture--especially Catholic family life, which formed teens into the Catholic community. CYO, therefore, served as a supplement to that Catholic culture, providing primarily social and sporting outlets for Catholic teens. Nowadays, however, teens grow up in a secular culture for the most part. The response of parish youth ministry to this reality has been to fill the gap by providing programs that reach teens on every level: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. A typical parish youth ministry today might include: peer ministry, teen leaders, prayer, retreats, service, Catholic Christian formation, fellowship, socializing and athletics. In other words, to call youth ministry today "CYO" could leave some people with the impression that the parish sponsors basketball and dances for teens when in fact there is far more to their youth program.
Our dream is that every young person who comes to Saints Michael & Theresa Youth Ministry on a Sunday can call it their home and will know they are welcome at Youth Group.