“It takes a whole church to raise a disciple.”
The following describes the goals and focus of the St. Brigid Youth Ministry. You can find more detailed information about our group in the Parent Handbook, found in the Downloads section of this site, and information of interest to your child (groups, activities, opportunities) in the For Youth area.
The St. Brigid Youth Ministry is based on the Comprehensive Youth Ministry model as directed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the document, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. According to this model, the youth ministry is the responsibility of the entire faith community. It uses all of the faith community’s resources — people, ministries, programs, and treasure — in a common effort to promote the three goals of the church’s ministry with young people. These goals are:
These goals are accomplished through eight ministry components: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice & service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. The comprehensive youth ministry approach creates partnerships in four ministry settings (youth, family, faith community, and civic community) and utilizes two program approaches (gathered and non-gathered).
The Comprehensive Youth Ministry model requires the involvement of the whole parish. It assumes a “youth friendly” parish, numerous adult volunteers, support and interaction between the various ministries in the parish, a team of adult and youth leaders who animate and coordinate a parish’s ministry with youth, and a variety of opportunities for youth involvement. It is important to note that the Comprehensive Youth Ministry model is not youth group.
We encourage any adult, parent or not, to become involved in the St. Brigid Parish Youth Ministry. You will become instrumental members in our goal to create living disciples of Christ, spreading good work in our faith community and beyond.