Youth Ministry

Collaborative Youth Ministry Activities

Youth Groups:

We are looking to create  MS Youth Group and a HS Youth Group that will be designed by the members of the group.  Members will decide themes, activities, format, day, time, etc.  This is great opportunity for our young people to create their own environment for sharing their faith with one another.  Members are welcome to invite their friends. Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception will each host a particular age group.  We also need interested adults to support our youth.   If interested in being a part of this effort, please contact: Ms Doreen O'Leary 978-346-8604, ext. 7 or Dr. Mag McKinnon 978-462-2724 ext 7405

Service Activities:  

Listed below are a variety of service activities throughout the Collaborative.  Please sign up with: Ms Doreen O'Leary 978-346-8604, ext. 7 or Dr. Mag McKinnon 978-462-2724 ext 7405

January-December: Altar Server (grades 4-12), Lectors (grades 7-12),  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMC) (grades 11-12 need to be confirmed for this ministry).

September-May:     Children’s Choir (grades K-8)  Contact our Music Minister: Donna Postle 978-317-8903 or 978-465-0978.

Teens to volunteer with First Eucharist sessions at Immaculate Conception.

Rehearsals at 4:30pm (Monday, April 30, Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, 3 and Monday, May 7, Tuesday, 8 and Thursday, 10).

Our Group First Communion Liturgies are as follows:   

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 11:00am and 4:00pm and Sunday, May 6 at 11:30am
  • Saturday, May 12, 2017 11:00am and 4:00pm and Sunday, May 13 at 11:30am

Sandwich Making for those in need: Church of the Nativity 4 Green St. Merrimac on Thursdays from 6:00-7:15pm.  

Please sign up with: Ms Doreen O'Leary 978-346-8604, ext. 7 or Dr. Mag McKinnon 978-462-2724 ext 7405

New dates to be posted.

Hunger for Justice

March 30-31:      Hunger for Justice/30 Hour Famine for HS youth Spring 2018

 Beach Cleanup day:

5/20/18 Families help with Beach Cleanup:  Plum Island (northern end).  (younger children through grade 6 need an adult to accompany them).



Middle School Mission week:  July 16-20, 2018

(This program is an alternative to the IC Summer Religious Education program  for grades 7-8.)

We will visit Little Sisters of the Poor, Somerville, Pettengill House, Salisbury, First Parish Church, Newbury.

We will study Called: Discover Your Vocation.

Parent letter and Registration Form

Here is our slideshow 2017 enjoy!



Check out the CAMPS websites for more information.

C.A.M.P.S. Website

Snow C.A.M.P.S. Website

2017-18 Youth Mass schedule

(Mass @ 5:00 p.m)

September 24 at Nativity, Merrimac                                        

Charity  Emmaus House, Haverhill:  children’s pajama’s any size and children’s story books.

 October 29 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport                

Charity: Pettingill House:  Cereal, Juice and Juice boxes, jelly, canned fruits, canned ravioli and Spaghetti-o's, rice, pasta sides, baking goods.

Healthy snacks for children: granola bars, nutri-grain bars, peanut butter and cheese crackers, pretzels with sea salt, cliff bars, graham crackers, raisins, yogurt raisins, fruit snacks, trail mix, pistachios, dried fruit snacks, cheese sticks, smart food popcorn, goldfish.

Personal Care Products:  shampoo, conditioner, bathroom tissue, deordorant, soap, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes.  Paper towels, kleenex, dish detergent, laundry detergent, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6 and pull ups, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, razors.

Nutrition drinks, shakes for clients with special health needs: Boost, Ensure, Glucerna.

Gently Used and New winter jackets for all ages.

December 10 at immaculate Conception, Newburyport followed by at service activity for grades 7-12. We will be creating fleece items for new moms and infants (Pregnancy Care Center).  

Charity: Pregnancy Care Center donations: 

Collection:  Donations: Pregnancy Care Center:


Client Needs/New Baby Gifts

Onesies (Sizes Small, Medium & Lg.)

Blanket Sleepers: Sizes NB to 24 Mos.

New Outfits: Sizes 0 to 24 Mos.

Children’s Socks: Infant to 24 Mos.

Stretch Sleeper/PJ’s: Sizes NB-24 Mos.

Diapers/Pampers: Sizes 1, 3, 4, 5 (no size 2 please)

Hooded Bath Towels & Washcloths

Crib Sheets

Baby Blankets & Receiving Blankets

Baby Wipes & Desitin Ointment


Toiletries: Baby Bath/Shampoo, Lotion, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Adult Shampoo, Conditioner, Bar Soap regular sizes

Formula: Similac - Powdered

Baby Food/Juices Baby Bottles

Infant Toys & Books

XL Baby Gift Bags


Office Supplies

Staples/Walmart Gift Cards

Copy Paper: 81/2 x 11 size White, Asst’d

White Address Labels (size 1/2 x 2 5/8”)

Cover/Card Stock

Postage Stamps (Forever’s and Postcard)


Bathroom/Kitchen Needs

Liquid Hand Soap

Paper Towels/Toilet Paper/Kleenex

Lg. Garbage Bags

Ziploc Bags—Gallon/Quart Sizes

Kitchen Size Trash Bags

Cans of Coffee—Regular

Bottled Water

Animal Crackers—large containers or snack size

Snack Crackers: Cheez-Its & Wheat Thins… snack size pkgs.

Light bulbs—75/100 watt & 3 way

Wal-Mart Gift Cards

*Cash Donations Welcome! 

January 28, 2018 at Nativity, Merrimac                                                  

Charity: Merrimack Valley Hope Mission                          Donations: Winter hats, gloves, scarves and heavy socks, Gently worn jackets, travel size toiletries.

March 4, 2018 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport                          

Charity: First Parish Church Food Pantry—Newbury          Food: dry or canned, toiletry supplies, especially toothbrushes and tooth paste, toilet paper, paper towels, children’s diapers any size.

March 25, 2018 at Nativity, Merrimac with Potluck Dinner to follow Mass   

Charity: Our Neighbor's Table   Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Diapers - sizes 4,5,6, Juice (juice boxes and large bottles), Canned Meals (Ravioli, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Stews), Cereal, Pasta Sauce, Gluten-Free, toiletry supplies, especially toothbrushes, toilet paper,                                                    paper towels.

May 20, 2018 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport   (Prior to Mass, a beach clean-up day is scheduled from 2:00-4:00pm.) 

Charity: St. Vincent de Paul Society                                 Donations: toiletries, lotions, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste.   

 Hunger for justice

See more photos here.