Junior High Youth Ministry
When the day of Pentecost had come, the apostles were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like a strong, driving wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Acts 2:1-4
Intro to Jr. High Ministry:
To use the words of kids nowadays, we want our Jr. High Ministry to be lit! We want to be fire! And that’s because we want everything we do to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. This Third Person of the Trinity is often misunderstood or underemphasized. But the Holy Spirit is essential to the Christian life, and all the more important to understand when preparing for Confirmation. The Holy Spirit constantly sustains us and gives us life. And it does more than that. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be disciples. It empowers us to break free from sin. It is the breath of life. And so we can say, the Holy Spirit is fire!
Jr. High PSR:
Jr. High Ministry meets on Sunday Nights, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Your family is invited and encouraged to attend the 6 PM Mass beforehand! A typical night has two components: small groups in a classroom setting, where you’ll learn the details of the faith, and large group, where we share a meal, build hype, read Scripture, listen to witness talks, pray, and put the faith in conversation with our real lives.
This year’s Confirmation liturgy will take place at St. Mary on March 29th, at 1:00 PM. Our Confirmation retreat will take place at St. Mary on Saturday, February 1st. Other calendar events are listed below:
Candidate and Sponsor Sessions:
Candidates and their sponsors are invited to attend these sessions on Sunday nights, from 7:00-8:30, in place of class for that evening. These sessions include a shared meal, fellowship, prayer, witness talks, and preparation specific to the sacrament of Confirmation. The sessions for 2019-2020 will cover the following themes:
Nov 17, Session 1: Witness – the importance of role models, witnesses, sponsors, and saints; and how they gives us direction and equip us to witness. Also, will focus on the connection between Confirmation and our baptism.
Jan 5, Session 2: Beloved – deepening our own relationship with the Trinity, especially learning about the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.
March 1, Session 3: Sent – reflecting on the liturgy itself, and where we go from here: called to be witnesses, missionary disciples, in all aspects of our lives.
The full list of requirements and details is available here: Confirmation Requirements. For any additional questions, please contact Youth Minister, Jeffrey Kremer.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati hosts an event for Jr. High students called Awake. These programs take place at local parishes, twice a year. They include powerful speakers, Adoration, Praise & Worship, small groups, and various games and activities! The next Awake event will be on Saturday, March 21st! Awake is free of charge and open to all Jr. High and friends.
Our parish will also host several other events for Jr. High throughout the year, including service days, Praise & Worship Nights, and a Lock-in. See the Jr. High Calendar for more information.
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.