ACADEMY OF OUR LADY OF GRACE YOUTH MINISTRY
“YOUTH COMING TOGETHER”
All youth and young adult activities are moderated and coordinated by Fr. Peter Sticco, Pastor.
The youth ministry offers a place where pre-teens and teens from AOLG, the CCD program, and the parish community go to share their faith, ideas, beliefs, problems, successes, and failures. This is a place where they can laugh and cry and are accepted for themselves. They don’t have to compete. They are surrounded by an atmosphere of love, care, and faith. It’s a place to express their feelings and to allow their leaders and peers to express their feelings and beliefs as well. It is the hope to gently guide all youth in a positive and right direction.
JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP
The Junior Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. It is a place where the 6th, 7th and 8th graders from AOLG, the CCD program and the parish community gather for weekly meetings and cover topics of faith, values, and religion. They also have time to play basketball; engage in games; and sit and listen to music. Usually every two weeks a meeting is planned for them that is specific to their age group. The Senior Youth Group members also join them, and our young adults work with Fr. Peter in giving the meetings.
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP
The Senior Youth Group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 P.M. in the Church Hall. This age group is comprised of AOLG 8th graders, individuals from the CCD program, and parish community members through college. The weekly meetings deal with issues that face young people in today’s world concerning their values, morals, faith, and special liturgical events. The youth ministry includes lock-ins, winter and summer retreat programs, pilgrimages to Rome, World Youth Days, picnics for shut-ins, serving in soup kitchens, helping to organize and distribute Christmas gifts for the less fortunate from OLG's Family Giving Tree, Breakfast with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, Holy Week activities, participation in the children and youth choirs, and the yearly musical productions involving all ages from our children’s’ choir, teens, young adults, and parish community.
In all activities, our youth are given the opportunity to use their God-given talents. Youth ministry includes time for faith, fun, socializing, and sometime just quiet time together.
“MINISTRY IN MOTION”
YOUNG ADULT GROUP
The Young Adult Group is comprised of individuals from 18 through 35 years of age. These young adults begin to participate in this group as college freshmen. This ministry meets about every five weeks. They meet for dinner and invite guest speakers to cover topics relevant to this age group and to participate in social events. The young adults are also involved in community service and work with the younger group programs.
The young adults work throughout the year on service projects. These projects have taken place in Mexico, West Virginia, Kentucky, New Orleans, Memphis, Belise, and Peru. They also make sandwiches and distribute them with warm clothing to the poor, homeless parts of New York and New Jersey.
The young adults who have been with the Youth Ministry since 6th grade take on leadership roles and carry the Charisma of St. Vincent out into the world at their colleges and into their careers. Many of them establish professions in education, administration, and community service. They spend time with kids offering retreats and meetings, helping direct shows, coach, teach singing and dancing, playing ball, helping with homework, and listening to troubled kids or those who need a bit of special attention.