If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation.
Pope Benedict XVI - World Youth Day 2005
YOUTH MINISTRY will begin the week of October 5th. Wednesday night Youth group is on! Please fill out and bring in both the registration form and cover sheet with poll ASAP so that we know what additional/alternative youth ministry opportunities your family is interested in.
All 7th-12th graders are welcome! Register at the office or after Mass on the upcoming weekends!
I would like to invite and encourage any Sophomore or older High school student to consider receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Holy Spirit desires to give you His gifts to help you grow in faith, be joined more completely to His Church, and to share that faith with others.
If you desire these Gifts, don't wait! Start preparing yourselves to openly receive them.
Our first meeting is October 25, 9AM in the Mavsar Center.
Normally, the youth, Parents, and Sponsors are expected to be at every meeting in order to allow for conversation between youth and adults. Given people's varying levels of comfort with exposure to groups, we no longer require that both attend but ask that at least one adult attends with the confirmandi so that they have someone to discuss with.
For those still unsure who to have as their sponsor, there is a description of the role and expectations, below. If you need help or advice on who to choose, please talk to Chris.
Youth Preparing for Confirmation are expected to:
Attend weekly Mass on Sunday or Saturday evening.
Attend at least 6 of the 8 preparation meetings.
Have regularly participated in Youth Ministry during the previous year and continuing through this year.
Participate in the offered retreat, or one previously approved, during this year.
Every Confirmand must have a sponsor who can attend preparation meetings with them. Below is a description of the role of the sponsor (from Catholic Answers):
The primary responsibility of the sponsor is to provide the candidate prayerful support and guidance in his or her Christian walk and to “take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament” (canon 892).
Being a sponsor is a lifelong commitment. A sponsor takes on the role of a spiritual parent who “brings the candidate to receive the sacrament, presents him to the minister for the anointing, and will later help him to fulfill his baptismal promises faithfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit” (Rite of Confirmation 5).
For our meeting schedule and more information about how the Sacrament is celebrated in the Diocese of Helena, check out the Confirmation Handbook.