Youth Faith Formation
Understanding the social experiential nature of youth, the Immaculate Conception Church Total Youth Ministry (TYM) program for youth in grades 9-12 and Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) for youth in grades 6-8 focuses on community and faith building. We look to provide guidance and teaching for the youth in the areas of stewardship, worship, evangelization, scripture, and having a personal relationship with God. Our goal is to develop the youth into mature, life-long members of the Body of Christ.
Effective ministry with adolescents is built on relationships—to include our relationship with young people and their relationship with God. For this reason, everyone in a community has a role to play. As ministers of youth, we must always be open to the personal, social, and spiritual needs of the young people in our community! We must be ever vigilant to find ways to involve young people in projects and activities of formation, spirituality, and service. When we can give them ownership of their faith, they can begin to take reverence in it and treat it accordingly!
The Church and world need the faith, gifts, energy, and fresh ideas of young people. The entire Church, and in a special way ministry with adolescents, must empower young people for their mission in the world. We must ensure that young people are well equipped for the special mission in the world. All of our efforts to promote an active Christian discipleship and growth in Catholic identity must lead toward mission. This is our special responsibility to the young generation.
Faith Formation Sessions
Our JYM and TYM sessions are held on alternate Sunday afternoons from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the De Sales Faith Formation Center behind the church. Sessions are normally scheduled from September to May. Our Faith Formation session calendar is available for download on our Calendars page.
Youth Events Flyers & Downloads
Our JYM and TYM youth are invited to participate in a number of social justice (and sometimes just plain social) activities through-out the year. This is a list of currently scheduled events and activities. More opportunities are added as they come available and will be publicized through email.
Goals of Youth Ministry
The goals of ministering to youth are interdependent and equally important. This is our response to the need to involve young people.
Ministry with Adolescents
Ministry with adolescents utilizes each of the Church’s ministries in an integrated approach to achieve the three goals for ministry.