Junior High Youth Ministry
Jr. High PSR Registration:
For the 2019-20 academic year, we are moving to online registration and payment. There is a $65 fee for the Jr. High PSR program and an additional $30 Sacramental Fee for Confirmation students.
Before initiating the registration process, there are several important points to know:
1) The Parish School of Religion is open to active St. Mary parishioners. For bookkeeping purposes, we track fee payments by parishioner ID (or envelope number). You will need this number (which may be found on your envelope packet) to begin the registration process. If you donate to the parish using EFT and do not know your parishioner ID, contact the parish office for assistance. Office hours are M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
2) You will need to complete and submit ONE FORM PER CHILD.
3) While individual form submissions are required for each child, you can (and should) make a single online payment once all children have been registered. The payment link is presented after each submission, so follow it after completing the final registration form. The fee for PSR is $65 per child, with a max of $160 per family. An additional $30 sacramental fee is charged per child for those making Confirmation in the current academic year.
In the comment box on the payment page, you MUST record the name(s) and grade(s) of each child for whom you are making a payment, including sacramental fees. Be sure to also include your parish registration number. See examples below:
The Carpenter Family, ENV #789, paid $130 as follows: Joseph (5th) - $65, Mary (3rd) - $65
The Simon Family, ENV #1234, paid $190 as follows: Peter (6th), James (4th), John (2nd) $160 family max + $30 sac fee
You may optionally include payment to fund a child who otherwise cannot afford to attend PSR; record in the comment box as "scholarship". You should receive an email confirmation following your payment.
Please register using the following link:
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET?
Junior High Youth Night meets after the 6:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday nights and runs 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
You can find this year's calendar here, including the dates for this year's Confirmation retreat (February 1) and Confirmation ceremony (March 29).
Junior High Youth Ministry has two main focuses. The first focus is our faith formation for seventh and eighth graders. It is modeled after religious education guidelines put forth by the United States Bishops, so there is a strong catechetical basis. The Seventh Grade spends the year learning from “The Catholic Connections Handbook” while building fellowship with their classmates and finding new ways to be engaged in their faith in a fun and passionate way! The Eighth Grade spends the year preparing for Confirmation, by using the Chosen series from Ascension Press. Through these weekly classes, the Junior High students are given new and exciting opportunities to build relationships with their peers, teachers, and Jesus Christ!
The second section will be our involvement in Archdiocese and parish-based Junior High programs. One of these programs is AWAKE from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. More information can be found here: More Archdiocese Information about AWAKE
2019 Confirmation Retreat on February 2, 2019
On February 2, we had 43 Confirmation Candidates and 11 High School Retreat Leaders that gathered in the Parish Center for their Confirmation Retreat! The day was full of fellowship, prayer, student and adult witness talks, small group time, an opportunity for Reconciliation, and ended with attending the 4:00 Mass as a group! However, one of the main highlights of the day was the live music performed by Justin Wright, James Wright, and Thomas Windholtz! The Parish Center was certainly rocking on Saturday afternoon!