We are here to serve the youth of our parish, from middle school through high school! Youth Ministry offers various programs, opportunities, and experiences to support and encourage youth in their lives. Our hope is that you come to see our parish as a home. We believe in our youth: their ability to lead, to serve, to create, to be themselves, and most importantly to love God and know His love!
Our program involves three main components:
FAITH – As a Catholic Community centered on Jesus Christ and His Church, we approach faith as an ongoing relationship. We explore, learn, struggle with, ask questions about, and are challenged by our faith. We do it together, learning what it means to be truly loved by God! Youth from the community are welcome to join us just as they are.
“I believe; help my unbelief” – Mark 9:24
SOCIAL – We believe that the Good News really is GOOD and something worth celebrating! We build an inclusive community where youth can come, be themselves, and meet other youth. From nights out to games, from cotton candy making to hanging out, from events to trips, we have a good time and make the most of life.
“So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their toil through the days of life that God gives them under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
SERVICE – To better grow in our relationship with God and others, we try to put our faith into action! Through various service projects and trips throughout the year, we live what it means to be Catholic and strive to make a real difference!
“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” – James 2:17
Everyone is always welcome!
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National Catholic Youth Conference NCYC: (November 19-21, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN) NCYC Brochure
NCYC is the premiere youth conference in the country run by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). The conference boasts anywhere from 23,000 to 25,000 participants and occurs every two years. It includes everything from workshops, concerts, liturgies, worship experiences, parties and comedy shows, and a thematic park. Participants here travel with the Diocese of Albany. The 2015 Conference will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. We will stay at the Embassy Suites in the heart of Indianapolis. Those who are in college can travel with us to attend the National Catholic Collegiate Conference (NCCC), which occurs at the same time at the downtown Marriot Hotel.
For more information or to express interest, Please contact David Carvalho.
*Note: Space is Limited* For more information, or to sign-up, contact David Carvalho
Various and diverse service opportunities are offered throughout the year so individuals can make service a regular part of their lives. New projects come up throughout the year. If you are interested in getting involved or are looking for places to serve, please contact David Carvalho.
St. John/St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen:
We cook and serve meals about once a month at St. John/St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Albany. We gather on a Friday night from 7pm-8:30pm to cook the meal at St. Edward’s kitchen. We then gather at St. Edward’s at 9am on Saturday to make our way to the Soup Kitchen to serve the meal.
If you are a parent and would like to help drive, please fill out a “Driver Registration Form” and return it to Youth Ministry. The form can be found on the “Forms” tab above on the left.
Knights of Columbus Functions: We serve many of the Knights breakfasts and dinners throughout the year. The proceeds of these functions go to charities. These include a November pancake breakfast, December St. Nick’s brunch, January Spaghetti Dinner, Ash Wednesday fish fry, St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and April pancake breakfast.
American Clothing Recycling: Our Youth Group has a American Clothing Recycling Container located next to the Parish Garage in the back left corner of the property. It is blue and labeled “Clothing and Shoe Dropbox”. Bring any clothing donations. All proceeds help to support our youth program!
Returnable Bottles & Cans:
Individuals are welcome to bring their recyclable bottles and cans to either Save-More
Discount Beverage Center on 1512 Rte. 9, Halfmoon or Clifton Park Bottle
and Can Return on 1208 Rte. 146, Clifton Park. Simply state the donation is
for St. Edward’s Church