Youth Ministry

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David Carvalho, Youth Minister    -    david.carvalho@stedwardsny.org 371-7372 x237

 

Welcome to St. Edward’s Youth Ministry! 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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Calendar: For Information regarding events and dates please click here.  https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=stedsfaithformationcalendar@gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

Brochure: YM Brochure 14-15

 

Youth Ministry Gatherings:

These are the regular times we meet to decompress, have a meal, have fun, and build community. High School (8th – 12th graders) meets on select Sundays from 12pm – 2 pm. Middle School (5th-7th graders) meet on select Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 8pm. Gatherings are led in part by our high school peer ministers and adult team. They are engaging, thought-provoking, faith-building, and just plain relaxed and fun. Families are welcome to help provide a meal.

Trips:

Tubing Trip: In January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we take a group of teens and parents snow tubing. The trip includes several hours of tubing and dinner. More information will be released in December.

The “Manhattan Project” Service Trip: (February 18-22, 2015) We partner with Good Shepherd Parish in Upper Manhattan to serve the Inwood Community. Inwood is a very diverse and ethnic community. The group stays at the Parish’s San Damiano Retreat House, while they work in the Manhattan area. Participants are able to build relationships with individuals and teens from the area as well as individuals in our group. This service allows individuals to leave their comfort zone, support a very diverse community, and gain a new perspective.

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.

You can view the promo vide here: http://vimeo.com/104552868

 

Service Opportunities:

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.

Events:

Movie & Game Nights:  These are social nights throughout the year to hang out and have fun. They occur about once a month. We show different movies each time, have different games to play, from Wii to foosball, and eat food. It’s a pretty sweet way to end the week and spend a Friday evening.

October Bash: (Saturday, October 18, 2014  6:00 – 9:00 pm) This is one big glow party! The night includes a laser tag arena, black light bowling, food, a dance party, and other games and activities. Participants receive a glow necklace when they arrive. This is a great evening out, open to the community, and is free.

For more upcoming events, please see our calendar.

 

Support St. Edward’s Youth Ministry

Green Fiber: Green Fiber is a program which helps to fundraise for youth programs through recycling. Our Youth Group has a Green Fiber Recycling Container located next to the Parish Garage in the back left corner of the property. Bring any newspapers, books, magazines, cardboard (must be flattened) and tissue. Support sustainability and support us!

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!