Sacred Heart + Saint Ann's + Saint Mary's Youth Group

Mission Statement
Youth Ministry is a comprehensive ministry that is to, with, by and for young people of the parish.  The ministry will encourage participation, growth and empower the youth at Sacred Heart, Saint Ann’s and Saint Mary’s to fully commit to active participation in the faith community. 

The Youth Ministry will incorporate Advocacy, Catechesis, Community Life, Evangelization, Justice and Service, Leadership Development, Pastoral Care, Prayer and Worship to form strong faith filled Catholic Youth within the larger Sacred Heart, Saint Ann’s and Saint Mary’s Community.

Faith, Fun, Food, and Friends
The youth of Sacred Heart, Saint Ann’s and Saint Mary’s meet Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to break bread, pray, socialize, and learn together.  The objective of the group is to enable our young people to grow and develop personal relationship with God.  We as a parish need to foster a welcoming atmosphere that offers these young people the opportunities to discover and share their gifts.  

The Diocese of Rochester encourages us
       ·   To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today
       ·   To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Faith Community
       ·  To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person

Spiritual Activities 
Grant, Lord, to all students, to know what is worth knowing, to love what is worth loving, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight and to reject what is evil in your eyes.  Grant them true discernment to distinguish between different things.  Above all, may they search out and do what is most pleasing to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   (Thomas a Kempis)

These activities include:
       ·   Diocesan Retreats
       ·   National Catholic Youth Convention (NCYC)
       ·   Youth Masses at Sacred Heart
       ·   Leadership Retreat in Adirondacks

Liturgical Ministry
Our youth participate in these parish ministries:
     ·   Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Ushers, Sacristan, Cantors, Instrumentalists


Service To Others
“There are three stages in the work of God:  impossible, difficult, done.”  
                                                                                (James Hudson Taylor)
     ·   Beggar's Night
           The Monday before Halloween the youth go door-to-door collecting canned goods for area food pantries
     ·   Souper Bowl of Caring 
           On Super Bowl Sunday the youth collect money after the Masses for local food pantries (Link)
     ·   Crop Walk 
           The youth along with all the churches in the Auburn area participate in this walk to raise money 
           eradicate locally & nationally
·   Pauley House 
           Youth take responsibility once a month keeping the clothes in the house bagged & stacked
     ·   Parishioner Help
           Parishioners ask for help with yard work, walking pets, etc 
     ·   Nursing Homes
           Help with social activities at Auburn Nursing Home
              Caroling at Christmas
              Christmas ornaments & Gingerbread houses go to residents of Auburn Nursing Home

Social Activities
“Lord, make me see your glory in every place.”
      ·  White water rafting on the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania
      ·  Movie nights
      ·  Lock-ins
      ·  Bowling
      ·  Sporting events
            Doubleday baseball
            SU basketball
            Syracuse Crunch hockey
       · Making gingerbread houses & Christmas ornaments

Fund-raising Effort
We appreciate all the support and generosity over the years from all the parishioners of Sacred Heart, Saint Ann's and Saint Mary's Church communities. 100% of fund-raising efforts go toward student goals to go to NCYC, Leadership Retreat or any other activities planned throughout the year.

       ·  Christmas Tree Sale at Izzo White Barn Winery (December)
       ·  Bake Sales (throughout the year after Masses)
       ·  Ice Cream Social (July)
       ·  Car washes


Souper Bowl
Diocesan Retreat
National Catholic Conference