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Youth Ministry2020-03-09T14:04:32+00:00

Young Disciples

Our Young Disciples program (grades 1-5) leads children to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ love for them and an awareness of individual gifts.

Using the Connect Group model, the children learn not only individual personal prayers, but spontaneous praying for and with others.

With a focus on lectionary based catechesis and the doctrine that springs from the Gospel message, each week the readings of the Mass are discussed and applied to the children’s life experiences, along with correlated age-related activities.

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Life Teen

Saint Dominic LifeTeen exists to lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. In partnership with parents, we seek to do this by creating fun and welcoming environments, investing in teens through mentoring relationships, and sharing the faith in a relevant way.

“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Saint Pope John Paul II

Though each youth meeting is unique, some of the things to expect at our gatherings include:

  • Food
  • Fellowship
  • Games
  • Prayer & Scripture meditation
  • Teaching & testimonies
  • Small group discussion
  • Service

All high school students are invited to participate!

Lifeteen Spring 2020 Calendar
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EDGE

EDGE is a dynamic faith formation program offered at Saint Dominic Catholic Church to support parents in the faith formation of youth through 6th-8th grade. This comprehensive program offers the youth the opportunity for human and spiritual growth in a fun and safe environment.

Led by a dedicated group of Catholic adult leaders, youth are formed in Catholic teachings, sacred reading of scripture, intercessory prayer, and the celebration of the sacraments. By walking alongside our youth, we hope they are able to “catch the faith” — sparking a commitment to lifelong faith formation to continue living as disciples of Christ.

“You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of his love, courageous witnesses of his Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of his light. Let yourselves be loved by Christ, he is a friend that will not disappoint.”
Pope Francis

During this stage of adolescence, most youth experience greta changes in almost every area of their life — physically, their bodies are changing; emotionally, there is a new range of emotions, requests for independence, questions about spirituality, shifts in friendships, and more.

While they may no longer want to be treated like children, many times they are not able to handle the complexities of adolescence on their own. Thus, EDGE was formed to address the unique needs of our middle school youth.

A major component of the ministry are EDGE Connect Groups. These gender-based, faith sharing groups meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 3:15PM-4:45PM in the parish. These groups provide the youth an opportunity to build their faith in community with their peers. Other faith-filled experiences, such as retreats, outreach events, and evangelization activities, occur on various dates and times throughout the year.

Arise Spring Retreat Forms
Arise Spring Retreat Forms (Español)
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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

While adults might sit for hours reading about philosophy or theology, young children learn best by actively engaging their whole bodies and all their senses.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a distinct approach to catechesis, through which the youngest children build deep, lifelong relationships with Christ and His Church. Originating in Rome in the 1950s, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses a rich Montessori approach to engage children as young as 2 1/2 in age-appropriate, hands-on materials, based on Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy.

In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, typically 10-20 children gather with two or three catechists in a room called the “atrium,” which is reserved exclusively for this purpose.

Catechesis normally begins with songs and hymns related to current catechetical themes. Then, usually some children will receive a presentation from a catechist, while the other children select materials to work with that they have previously been presented. Children will typically work with several materials during each visit to the atrium, and work with each material many times over the years.

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