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Grades 9 & Up Programs
- Confirmation Formation
- Confirmation Reflection Forms/Packets
- Alternative Confirmation Retreats
- NET Ministries LIFELINE Event schedule
- Theology Of The Body
- Teen Timeline Bible Study
- Pilgrimage/Mission Trip
- Steubenville Youth Conference
- Summer Co-Ed Softball
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St. Patrick begins with Baptism and continues with a life-long formation process. Teens ready to begin the formal Confirmation preparation have completed one year of the Lifeteen program.
The Confirmation program is available to young people in grades 10-12. Students must register to participate in the Confirmation program.
Volunteers are also needed for this ministry. If you would like to help, please give us a call. Training will be provided.
ALL CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED A YEAR OF LIFETEEN AND ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND PARTICIPATING IN LIFETEEN. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR 12 OF THE 15 SESSIONS PER YEAR.
Recurring Schedule: September - April
- 7 sessions offered 2 x per year on a Wednesday and Sunday, 2 workshops, 1 WEEKEND Confirmation retreat. Other requirements will be discussed at the MANDATORY Orientation session.
- 2013-2014: Sunday Morning Session: 9:00 am-noon. Wednesday evening Session: 6:45-9:00
- 2013/2014 Session Calendar
How to Join Us:
- Register youth for this program by attending on of the registration dates.
Cost: $20.00 - "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" - St. Mary's Press (Payable at Orientation)
- Received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist (If you are a teen and would like to know more about becoming Catholic, please contact the Linda Abel-Thomas)
- Well formed in the Catholic faith 1st - 5th and active participation in the EDGE Middle School Formation program or similar.
- Have completed one year of LIFETEEN and currently registered and participating in the program.
- First year LIFETEEN Participants are required to attend a day retreat and one NET Lifeline event. In addition to the 1st year requirements, they may also start working on their 10 volunteer hours and attend the Theology of the Body Work Shop, both of which are required for Confirmation Preparation. The 10 hours of Volunteering at St. Patrick and the Theology of the Body Workshop DO NOT have to be completed in their first year.
- Submit a letter of intent: "Why I want to be Confirmed" (200-300 words) and submit to Confirmation Coordinator at the MANDATORY orientation meeting.
- Choose a practicing, Catholic sponsor (see how to choose a sponsor)
- Submit sponsor information form
- Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
- Linda Abel-Thomas
- Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministry
Life Teen is a Catholic, Eucharist-centered parish youth ministry program for High School teenagers. Developed more than twenty years ago, today Life Teen is used by over 1200 Catholic parishes around the world. The mission of Life Teen is to lead teens closer to Christ—to make Christ’s message relevant for today’s teens.
The Life Teen program has three components: Life Nights, Issue Nights, and Social Nights. Life Nights are the catechetical component of the program. The non-classroom, interactive format makes learning about the faith fun but also challenging. Issue Nights deal with specific “real world” issues such as drinking, gossip, chastity, etc. These nights help teens see how their Catholic faith is relevant to every aspect of their lives. Finally, the Social Nights build Christian community and friendships through games, skits, food, and fellowship. All Life Teen Nights follow the flow of the Holy Mass—Gather, Proclaim, Break, and Send.
The Life Teen program at St. Patrick Catholic Church meets two Wednesdays each month from 6:45-9 PM—see the Youth Formation Calendar for details on specific dates. Registration is required for participation in the program, and there is a fee. The program is for students in grades 9-12. All 9th grade students must be enrolled and participate in the Life Teen program for one year in order to be eligible to register for the Confirmation program in 10th grade.
Volunteers are needed to make this program a success. If you would like to become a Core Member or Core Member Assistant, please contact Linda Abel-Thomas. All training will be provided.
- Two Wednesdays a month, 6:45 – 9:00 pm
- September 21 - Archdiocesan Youth Day - Open for all High School - required for 1st year Lifeteen participants. Retreat time if Noon to 10:30 PM.
- 1. PERMISSION FORM
- 2. INFO SHEET
Regular Class Nights - 6:45-9:00pm
October: 9, 30
November 13, 20
December 4, 18
January 8, 15, 29
February 12, 26
March 5, 12, 26 (5th and 12th are the same lesson - attend one)
April 9, 23 (9th Parent/Teen Night)
2013-2014 LIFETEEN / EDGE Complete Calendar of events - COMING SOON
- See family fee scale for more info
How to join us:
- Register youth for this program by attending one of the Open House registration dates. If registration dates have passed, please call the parish office at 763-753-2011.
- Sign up as a volunteer Core Member of Core Member Assistant by calling Linda in the parish office
To be a Volunteer:
- Must have Virtus training
- Must complete a background check
- Attend training sessions as provided
- Linda Abel Thomas at 763.753.9955 or email email@example.com
NET MINISTRIES - CONFIRMATION RETREATS 2013-2014
September 13-15, 2013
October 25-27, 2013
November 8-10, 2013: Sorry, this weekend is full.
November 22-24, 2013
January 24-26, 2014
February 7-9, 2014
February 21-23, 2014
March 7-9, 2014
March 21-23, 2014
April 11-13, 2014
NET Ministries' Confirmation Retreats are exciting, faith-filled weekends that begin at 7pm Friday evening and end at 2pm Sunday afternoon. Attendance is required for the ENTIRE retreat. The cost for each retreat is $145.00
Register at www.netusa.org/confirmationretreats
SWAT: Students with a Testimony (PEER MINISTRY)
SWAT provides opportunities for young people from the Church of St. Patrick to share their faith with other young people in our parish. Members of the SWAT Team may serve as a small group leader for EDGE or EDGE retreats, Drama Ministry, give a witness talk, or even join the team for our weekend Confirmation Retreat. This is an excellent opportunity to come together to share our faith in Jesus with one another.
Peer Ministry is open to all Confirmed young people in the parish AND High School Youth actively seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation. To become a member of our SWAT Team, perspective candidates are required to attend the Peer Ministry Weekend Retreat held at Camp Sallie in Linwood, MN during the month of August. This is an overnight camp experience with food, fellowship, and faith. Permission forms for this retreat are available in the spring and can be found at the Youth Booth in our Gathering Space. Registration is required for participation, and there is a fee for this retreat. If you missed the retreat last summer, you are welcome to attend our monthly Peer Ministry Gathering! See below for schedule.
The Peer Ministry Weekend Retreat is mandatory and a non-negotiable requirement for all new participants who wish to be a part of the Confirmation retreat team.
- September 21st - Archdiocesan Youth Day with SEAN FOREST!! Retreat time is Noon to 10:30 PM. Only $5 - includes transportation and dinner!!
6:15-9:00pm (PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM THE CALENDAR)
Light dinner served at 6:15 in the Youth Room
- January - 7th & 21st
- February - 11th & 25th
- March - 4th & 18th
- April - 8th & 22nd
- May - TBA
- June - August: THRIVE: Every Monday from 5-7pm in room 110-111.
- Camp Salie Retreat - August 8-10th, 2014
- INFO SHEET
Permission forms for all off campus events are available at the Youth Booth or click on the event to download a form.
How to join us - Meet for Mass in the daily Chapel on the following dates below at 6:15pm unless otherwise stated.
Adult team requires:
- Must have Virtus training
- Must have a background check
- May require a driving check
- Attend training as provided
- Linda in the parish office at 763.753.9955
- Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeline is a part of NET (National Evangelization Team) Ministries which is an international youth ministry program. NET’s mission is to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the church.
Locally, Lifeline is a monthly program for young people in grades 8-12 in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Gatherings are held on the First Saturday of the month—unless dates coincide with major feasts or solemnities in the Church; check the Lifeline schedule—at the NET Center in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Each Lifeline evening includes Mass followed by locally and nationally known speakers, musicians, priests, and entertainers. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and the program begins at 6:00.
All Life Teen and Confirmation participants at the Church of St. Patrick are required to attend one Lifeline gathering during each year of their Confirmation formation. Second year Confirmation students who did not attend a Lifeline session in the first year of their sacramental preparation will be required to attend two Lifeline gatherings prior to being confirmed.
Transportation from the Church of St. Patrick to the NET Center is provided for several dates in the Lifeline schedule and may also be provided for additional dates as well if at least thirty people have registered for that month’s program. Registration is required for all participants, and there is a fee. Permission slips are also required and must be returned to the church by the set deadline in order to reserve transportation. Students are encouraged to attend any or all of the Lifeline gatherings; family and friends are always welcome.
NET Ministries is under the ecclesical vigilance of the Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. NET is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Minnesota and is funded through individual donations, program fees, and grants. NET Ministries is governed by a national Board of Directors.
Theology of the Body for Teens is a faith formation program for teens and pre-teens based on the teachings of The Theology of the Body by Blessed Pope John Paul II. More than a conventional program on chastity, Theology for the Body for Teens speaks to the deepest meaning of why we were created, the purpose of love and sexuality, and ultimately, the larger meaning of life.
We were made for greatness. We were made to know God, to know truth, and to live in a way that brings us peace and joy. Theology for the Body for Teens uses a mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and pertinent cultural references to address the questions teens have about their own bodies and issues on sexual morality and to help restore their hope by revealing a road map that leads to real love and authentic joy that can only be found by living in communion with God.
Next Workshop: January 18th, 2014
The Teen Timeline - T3 - is the teen version of The Great Adventure Bible Timeline learning system that has been used by thousands of Catholic adults across the country. Using DVDs of pre-recorded sessions led by teen presenter Mark Hart along with interactive workbook materials, T3 makes the Bible come alive for teens. As the study reveals the “big picture” of salvation history, they become eager to learn more and come to see the Bible as a relevant part of their lives. The Teen Timeline gives young Catholics a solid foundation on which they can build a lifetime of scripture study.
- Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
- See registration form for specific dates
- $20.00 per person for materials and snacks
How to join us:
- Linda in the parish office at 763.753.9955
- Email Linda at email@example.com
The Youth Mission Trip offers young people from the Church of St. Patrick the experience to grow in their faith and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in places around the country. The mission trip is open to all young people in the parish who are currently in high school at the time of registration and for mature incoming freshmen.
The mission is two-fold:
To share the love of Jesus and serve the neglected, brokenhearted, and marginalized in any way needed with the goal of inspiring participants to serve in their local communities.
To encourage participants to live as disciples of Christ through serving others, and to foster the spiritual growth of each participant through the Sacraments, the Catholic faith, sharing, and prayer.
In addition to helping out our brothers and sisters in Christ, there are fellowship, cultural, historical, and fun activities planned for the week.
Registration takes place in the fall for the following summer mission. Registration will continue until all spots are filled or the deadline. There is a fee for this program with optional opportunities for fundraising.
The HUNGER for Catholic Missions - MARCH 8-9, 2013
The Hunger started in 1998 with the goals of:
- Supporting Catholic Missions anywhere.
- Birthing missionary hearts in those who participate.
- Exposing parishes and participants alike to our responsibility to our less fortunate brothers and sisters and to learn not only about them, but also about the condition of our own hearts.
- Offering a wholly Catholic alternative to other fast programs and therefore supporting life in all its stages.
We have come to believe:
- Everyone is called to missions in one form or other, simply by virtue of being a member of the Body of Christ. The way this is fleshed out is endless – by going to a mission itself; by supporting missions and missionaries financially; by donating items; by telling others; by working within organizations to change laws or conditions; by prayer; by organizing collections or fundraisers or teachings regarding missions; by raising up missionaries and sending them out.
- When one goes on mission, one goes and does what needs to be done (not necessarily what one wants to do).
- When one goes on mission, one goes with whoever else is going (not worrying about whether any friends are coming along or not). You’ll discover friends through the experience.
- God will birth missionary hearts in those who participate and allow Him.
- Prayer is foundational to action.
Mandatory Information Meeting for all interested participants in January . Watch the Youth Booth and this site for current updates.
Steubenville of the Rockies 2014
Check out the mission trip link for more info and to register
Each summer, a group of young parishioners from The Church of St. Patrick attends the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference created by Franciscan University of Steubenville. Franciscan University holds these conferences around the country, and Minnesota has two locations called Steubenville North I and II: The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and the Civic Center in Rochester.
The Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference is a gathering of thousands of Catholic Youth from around the United States coming together to embrace their Catholic faith and to reach a deeper relationship with Jesus. With powerful music, dynamic talks, amazing breakout sessions, and anointed liturgies, this is an opportunity to worship the Lord and get serious about a life in Christ.
Registration for The Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference is open to students in grades 9-12 during the 2012-2013 school year and continues until all spots are filled. Adult volunteers are also required to make this trip possible. If you can help, please give us a call!
Check out the information for our Steubenville Conference and Pilgrimage 2014!
Enjoy sunshine, the blessing of good health, and great Christian friendships as part of the Christian Youth Softball Tournament.
Tournament Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2013
First games start at 10am
Where: John Ward Park, Anoka
Who: Youth entering 9th grade in the fall through current graduating High School Seniors.
All experience and skill levels welcome!
2013 Schedule (coming Soon)
We invite anyone of 14-20 years of age to join us this summer for THRIVE! THRIVE is a group of youth and young adults who gather once a week during the summer in order to deepen our faith and improve our discipleship
We will be discussing topics including:
THRIVE will meet every
MONDAY the months of June, July and August from 5-7pm
Beginning June 10th