Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers
(3 John 1:2)
The High School Ministry at St. Michael’s provides year-round opportunities for youth engagement in the Parish. The program is designed for 9th to 12th graders, and is open to the churched and unchurched. The program aims to lead teens closer to Christ through experiences that encourage personal encounters with Him.
Faith Formation Classes
High School Faith Formation builds on the EDGE program and the focus is more so on building disciple leaders.
St. Michael’s will be using LifeTeen’s curriculum – Purpose will be used for the Confirmation program and Life Nights will be used for the 11th and 12th graders. The sessions will be formatted as such – gather, proclaim, break and send. This allows for a small group icebreaker, teaching, and reflection activities. A sample of the material is here.
In addition to the Catechetical Nights, we also offer Social Nights and Issue Nights. Issue Life Nights deal with specific “real-world issues” that teens deal with (i.e. drinking, gossip, chastity, divorce, peer pressure, abortion, virtues, etc.). These nights help teens see how their Catholic faith is relevant to every aspect of their lives. Social Life Nights build Christian community and friendships through both on-site and off-site fun.
The program begins on September 26 with a launch night for all high schoolers. PLEASE WEAR WHITE TSHIRTS and clothes that you don’t mind getting messy! If you have signed up for Sunday sessions, classes begin on October 3rd, 2021. If you have signed up for Wednesday sessions, classes begin on October 6th, 2021.
Please check back for updates.
Due to updated Archdiocesan guidelines, for all programs, you are required to fill out this form before attendance. Students are asked to wear masks in class and be at least 3 feet apart.
For details regarding Confirmation Year 1 and 2, click here.
Confirmation Preparation is a two-year process beginning as early as 9th Grade (Year 1) and ending with Confirmation as early as 10th Grade (Year 2).
All sacraments, including Confirmation, require two years of faith formation.
Please RSVP for all Issue, Service, and Social Nights here!
There are currently two community service days planned for the weeks of November 21, 2022 and January 30, 2022. Details to follow.
There are currently two social nights planned for the weeks of November 7, 2021 and December 19, 2021. Details to follow.
There are currently three issue nights planned for this year. The first will be on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (October 2021). The second topic hasn’t been decided. The last topic of the year will be about Dating & Relationships (February 2022). These will be in place of weekly sessions.
The Work Camp is scheduled for Sunday, June 19 – Saturday, June 25, 2022. Camper applications will be accepted from rising 10th to young adults to seniors! We will be building homes for Habitat for Humanity in Garrett County, MD. Our theme this year will be ‘#SHIFT – A Week to Change the World!’ More details and the application will be available soon!
If you wish to be a Peer Minister for the Middle School Mini-Camp and are a rising 10th -12th grader, please let me know!
New this year (due to parent feedback!), we will have lectionary-based discipleship groups. These small groups are designed to help teenagers gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Sacred Scripture and the Holy Mass. Teens are also encouraged to build relationships with one another through our weekly meet-ups. Teens will be led by a Peer Minister over the course of 6 weeks. Cohorts start from May through the end of August.
Youth are encouraged to pick a parish pathway whenever they feel ready. Options for high school leaders parish-wide include altar servers, scouts, vacation bible school, gardening, and pastoral visitors. Opportunities within the Youth Ministry include being a Faith Formation Leader’s Aide (teaching), Middle School Summer Camp Leader (leading games, camp planning, and group breakouts), Summer Summit Leader (leading informal small group study), or YYAM Leader (build up the parish program by planning retreats, service opportunities, digital media, and program adaptations).
There will be one day in the Fall (December 18, 2021 from 9am-2pm) and one day in the Spring (June 18, 2022 from 9am-2pm) for Peer Minister training. Training will include how to lead small groups, how to informally talk about CHRIST, how to listen and ask questions, and how to pray with a friend.
Peer Minister applications to be updated soon.
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Please contact Simone Oyekan if you need further information.
Adult volunteers for high school Religious Education or Youth Group are encouraged to ask for more details Simone Oyekan
Adult volunteers/chaperones are vital for the following programs:
- Peer Minister Training
- Mini Camp
- Work Camp
- Faith Formation Leaders (We currently need a leader to teach 8th grade on Wednesday evenings, 6th-8th grades on Sunday mornings, or lead Life Nights for 11th-12th grades on Sunday evenings)
Join Fr. Steven Roth and the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in a series of one-day events held at various locations around the Archdiocese. Meet other high-school-age young men and explore what it means to answer the universal Christian call to holiness.
Play hard and pray hard! Grow in your faith together through prayer and small group discussions, participate in sports and activities, and share in meals and fellowship with other like-minded young men your own age.
LifeTeen offers a few camps over the summer:
We are created for great things. We are meant to live with a joy that penetrates the darkness of this world. We desire more from our relationships and experiences. We want to live a bold life. We crave a love that will never leave us. We are meant to experience life.
Summer camp with Life Teen is an incredible opportunity to bring your teens into an incredible experience of life. For over 15 years, we’ve provided experiences at summer camp where your middle school youth and high school teens are able to be free and confident in themselves, develop new friendships with other teens from your parish, and encounter God working in their lives. This is the summer that you begin to experience a bigger and better life than you ever thought possible.
Please click the locations below for more information. If you are interested in attending a camp with a group of friends or other parish families, please let me know.
Camp Covecrest in Tiger, GA
Hidden Lake in Dalohnega, GA
Camp Wildsky in Medina, TX
2022 Camps and Registration dates are here
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biannual three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general sessions and workshops addressing a wide variety of topics as well as opportunities for reconciliation, daily liturgy, and special activities such as concerts, a dance, and a comedy club. The thematic park is a unique venue incorporating traditional exhibits with interactive educational and recreational activities.
The next NCYC will be in Indianapolis, November 18-20, 2021. The theme is “Ablaze – Enciende el Fuego.” More than 12,000 attendees are expected to participate in-person.
Participation can be either virtual or in-person. If you would like to coordinate a parish group for in-person, please contact Simone. Otherwise, please register on the NCYC website to attend virtually. More details on NCYC 2021 in the attached document.
Invitations are extended to select youth to participate in local and national leadership opportunities such as the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s High School Leadership Institute (High LI). Teens are required to apply.
HighLi is a 7-day program held at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. It is for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and sponsored by Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Typically held in July, teens spend the week developing effective leadership schools, gaining confidence, and building friendships.
2022 dates yet to be released, but please keep checking back for more information.