Junior High Youth Ministry

A Note on Jr. High Ministry for the Fall:

Registration for Jr. High is now available here: Jr. High Registration, 2020-2021. Thank you for your patience as we continue to get everything set for this fall!

A few things to keep in mind... 

- Please fill out one form per teen in the program. Expect to take about 5 minutes per form... sorry for the length!  

- You'll need your ENV# to register (this number could be located on your parish giving envelopes.)

- After registering, you'll be prompted with a link for payment. The cost to enroll in Jr. High Ministry is $65. 

Our first session will be for parents only, on Sunday, Sept 27, from 4:30-5:30 pm. We'll provide an overview of what to expect for the year, review any Covid-related guidelines, and show you a sample of what the teens will do each week. Sessions for teens will start the week after, on Sun, Oct 4 and Wed, Oct 7. 

Please see below for a sneak-peak of our ministry, as well as general Covid guidelines. 

Jeffrey Kremer, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry



Program Information:

St. Mary's Army (Jr. High Ministry)

The mission of our Jr. High ministry is the same as the mission of the Church: to make lifelong disciples. Our mission is to walk with teens in their path of lifelong discipleship. I'm sure each of us, parents and teens, have plenty of stories of our religious education.. and not all of them are super exciting. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ is supposed to be lifegiving. Jesus has the power to speak truth into all parts of our lives. Religious education isn't about just filling teens with facts, prayers, and history. It's about empowering them to live as active disciples of Jesus Christ, in our day and age. Not just learning about the faith, but learning to embody it in their real life. 

This year, we’re going to try out some new things for Jr. High. We’re combining traditional religious education with Confirmation prep and youth ministry. Our hope is to create a program that is truly life-giving for all the teens who participate.

Here’s our three core principles:

Foundation: Jesus and the Church.

Mission: Form lifelong disciples.

Method: Small Group Accompaniment.

Each week, teens will gather in their small groups to share life, learn about the faith, build community, pray together, and grow as disciples. This is based on Jesus’s own model of discipleship: he chose twelve apostles, and walked with them for three years, teaching them to be like him. Our mission is to empower youth to be lifelong disciples of Jesus, and to witness to God in their regular lives. Each week will include a blend of games, discussion, Scripture-reading, and prayer. 


Who should participate in Jr. High Ministry? 

- Any parish teens in grades 7 and 8 are invited to register and participate in our weekly ministry. This includes teens in public schools, home-school, or Catholic schools. The goal of our ministry is to build community among all teens, build them as disciples, and send them on mission among their own peers.  


When does Jr. High Ministry meet? 

For this year, we anticipate offering two in-person meeting times for our Jr. High ministry

- Sunday afternoon, 4:15-5:45 pm (before 6 pm Mass)

- Wednesday evening, 5:15-6:45 pm (before 7 pm daily Mass)

For this year, we are also offering a virtual option on Tuesday evening, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Link is available on request. 



Anticipated Calendar: (includes separate tabs for Wed. and Sun.)

 Jr. High Calendar, 2020-2021

Items of note:

- Parent Information Session, on Sunday Sept 27, from 4:30-5:30 pm. 

- First week of sessions: Sun, Oct 4 and Wed, Oct 7. 

- Jr. High Retreat, on Sunday October 25, offered for all 7th and 8th graders. Anticipated Time: ~3:00-8:30 pm. 

- Confirmation: Currently scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021.  

- The current plan is for Confirmation Prep to be integrated into the religious ed. schedule. As such, most prep sessions will occur between April 11 and May 21.  Candidates will likely be given assignments throughout the year, such as activities with their sponsor and on choosing a saint name. 

- Freshmen retreat likely to be offered in early June, for rising freshmen. 


Covid Considerations: 

This year's a little crazy, in case you haven't noticed. Because of that, we hope to offer both an in-person and virtual option for our ministry. Here's what each of those would look like: 

In-Person Option

Anticipated Meeting Times:

- Sunday afternoon, 4:15-5:45 pm (before 6 pm Mass)

- Wednesday evening, 5:15-6:45 pm (before 7 pm Mass)

General Guidelines: 

- Meet in the Parish Center instead of individual classrooms (or outside, weather permitting).  

- Meet primarily in small groups of ~10 individuals. 

- Mask use as determined by state guidelines. 

- Account for social distancing during each session. 


Virtual Option:

- Meet weekly over Zoom or another virtual platform, in regular small groups. 

- Use same curriculum as in-person option. 

- Meets on Tuesday evening, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Link available on request. 


Please contact Jeffrey Kremer, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, for questions or information about any of our ministries to youth! 

Email: [email protected]

Office phone: 937-557-1711, ext 103.