Youth Ministry and Young Adults
Collaborative Youth Ministry Activities
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 Ms. Melinda Burrell 978-462-2724 ext 7420
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 Ms. Melinda Burrell 978-462-2724 ext 7420
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 for Saturday, May 4 4:00pm Liturgy and Tuesday, April 30 for Sunday May 5 11:30am Liturgy and Monday, May 7 for Saturday May 11 4:00pm and Tuesday, 8 for Sunday May 12 11:30am Liturgy).
Our Group First Communion Liturgies are as follows:
- Saturday, May 4, 2019 4:00pm and Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:30am
- Saturday, May 11, 2019 4:00pm and Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 11:30am
Sandwich Making for those in need: Church of the Nativity 4 Green St. Merrimac on Thursdays from 6:00-7:15pm.
New dates to be posted.
Hunger for Justice
April 19-20: Hunger for Justice/30 Hour Famine for HS youth Spring 2019
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 visited with residents at Little Sisters of the Poor, Somerville; Salvation Army-yard work; did yard work and cleaned pews at IC church; First Parish Church, Newbury.-served ice cream and lemonade to shoppers and stock supplies.
We will studied Called: Disciplines of a Disciple
This year's slideshow to be developed soon.
Check out the CAMPS websites for more information.
Hunger for justice
Young Adults heading off to college:
consider these 2 articles as you prepare to head out soon.
Here are 2 prayers for college students:
(By St. Thomas Aquinas)
Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.
Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.
Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent of being exact
in my explanations and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Thomas Aquinas was a 13th Century Italian Priest. He is most famous for his writings on natural theology – a form of theology that is based on experience and reasoning (rather than revealed theology – formed from scripture and spiritual experiences). He has had a considerable impact on the thinking and theology of the Catholic Church.
Prayer for a Student
Lord, we pray for the protection of (name).
We ask that you would guard their heart and their mind in Christ Jesus.
That you would wrap them up in Your love,
And deliver them from all evil.
Lord, we pray that you would give (name) great enthusiasm for their studies.
May you inspire them each and everyday.
May each seminar and class bring fresh inspiration to their work.
May each moment be filled with the energy they need for their tasks.
Lord, we pray that (name) would know the hope to which they are called.
That their life would be transformed by revelation from Heaven.
That You would inspire their direction
And gently lead them into their destiny.
Lord, we especially pray for (name’s) friends at college.
May they come to know Your goodness and love,
To walk in Your freedom and grace
All the days of their life.
(a modern prayer for college students from www.lords-prayer-words.com)