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As part of St. Mary's Family Faith Formation, St. Mary's Youth Ministry serves parents and children in grades nine through twelve. The ministry consists of weekly sessions held Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15am, September through May. The focus of the ministry is to encourage youth to grow deeper in relationship with the Lord by living their faith each day and by encountering the Lord through prayer and in their relationships with others. Catechists aim to focus on building strong personal relationships with youth and to provide experiences of living the faith as part of the ministry experience.

Youth Ministry offers a number of off-site opportunities for youth to grow deeper in faith. Many of these opportunities are free and some have a minimal cost. Youth raise funds at St. Mary's annual Mother's Day Breakfast in order to provide scholarships for youth ministry activities. Youth ministry opportunities include:

  • Fall¬†- Journey Weekend Retreat - An annual retreat that gathers high school youth from all across Maine who seek to grow and deepen their relationship with Jesus and other Catholics.
  • January - March for Life Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, DC - The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, every year since 1973, is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion. Every year, Bishop Robert P. Deeley invites youth to join him and hundreds of thousands of people from around the country, many of them young people, taking a stand in defending the gift of life! Youth travel by bus to Washington, DC, to attend the March.
  • Spring - Catholic Maine Youth Ministry Convention - The annual Convention weekend event gathers hundreds of high school teens from around the state to celebrate faith and the gifts young people bring to the life of the Church, to build community, have a ton of fun, to pray together, grow in faith and to be sent forth to share the Good News of Jesus with the world
  • Summer - EPIC Leadership Camp - EPIC is a week of leadership formation for teens going into their sophomore, junior or senior years, as well as those newly graduated from high school, accompanied by adult youth ministry leaders from their local parish/cluster. This time of formation focuses on the ongoing development of faith skills for living as a disciple of Jesus and sharing his Good News with others through personal witness, invitation and leadership. With a strong focus on preparing the parish groups of young disciples and their adult youth ministers through learning and growing together, this week-long experience readies them to deepen their commitment to full and active participation, and leadership in the parish. ;
  • Year-Round:
    • Formation Retreat for High School Boys - Led by Fr. Seamus Griesbach, Diocesan Director of Vocations, weekend retreats are a time to relax, have fun, and grow in faith. Retreats are held three times per year (Fall, Winter and Spring).
    • Service Sundays¬†- Youth are encouraged to participate in three Service Sundays in which they will be partner with adult parishioners and go out in teams to serve parishioners in need of home repairs or yard work. Service Sundays are a very important way for youth to learn through lived experience what it means to bring Christ to those around them.

To register for the 2019/2020 Family Faith Formation year, click the button below:

Family Faith Formation Online Registration Form