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 Dr. Mag McKinnon 978-462-2724 ext 7405
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.
September 30: St. Vincent de Paul Walkathon for the Poor at 9:00am at IC https://www.fopwalk.org/eventlisting/eventdetail/?eventid=1848
Teens to volunteer with First Reconciliation and Eucharist sessions at Immaculate Conception.
1st Reconciliation Prayer Service and Retreat for families—Sunday December 9 11am-12:30pm
Mini-Retreat-Sunday, March 25 from 1:00-3:00pm
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.
10/26/17 Grade 7 youth
1/25/18 Grade 9 youth
2/22/18 (this is vacation week) Grade 8 youth
3/22/18 Grade 10 youth
Mardi Gras Celebration at Immaculate Conception
Sunday, February 11 Decorate the hall and dining room for Mardi Gras 4:30pm
Monday, February 12 Setup/Serve/Clean up for Dinner, Music, Crafts and Games 4:00-7:30pm Dining Rm and Parish Hall
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 10-14, 2017
(This program is an alternative to the IC Summer Religious Education program for grades 7-8.)
We visited Little Sisters of the Poor, Somerville, Pettengill House, Salisbury and Our Neighbor's Table, Amesbury.
We also studied being a Disciple of Jesus.
All had a great time. Stay tuned for dates in the Summer 2018
High School Mission week: July 2018
Check out the CAMPS websites for more information.
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
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
Staples/Walmart Gift Cards
Copy Paper: 81/2 x 11 size White, Asst’d
White Address Labels (size 1/2 x 2 5/8”)
Postage Stamps (Forever’s and Postcard)
Liquid Hand Soap
Paper Towels/Toilet Paper/Kleenex
Lg. Garbage Bags
Ziploc Bags—Gallon/Quart Sizes
Kitchen Size Trash Bags
Cans of Coffee—Regular
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