Students in the four grades following middle school face many challenges to their call to live a holy life as teenage youths. The Youth Ministry Program at Saint Patrick Church strives to offer these teens support as they make their journey through their high school years.
Christian Formation: We welcome students who attend either parochial or public high schools. The teens gather twice a month, on the first and third Sundays, from September through April. Students meet with Mrs. Rose Palmer between the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Masses (from 9:35 to 10:50) in the “Captain’s Cabin,” which is in the rectory basement. Students also work with the Youth Ministry Team to plan an overnight retreat for their fellow students during the year. These are just some of the opportunities teens have to learn about their faith and discover what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to live as his disciples.
Charity: The students are also offered other opportunities to deepen their love of God and faithfulness to the Catholic Church through a variety of meaningful tasks and experiences. Every year students student make Christmas candy in the church kitchen for the needy during the winter holiday season. They deliver it to Kent Social Services and to Catholic Charities in Ravenna. They collect cash in soup pots at the church exits on “Souper Bowl” Sunday to feed the hungry of our local community. During Lent they collect candy and use it to fill Easter Baskets for the forgotten. When they visit the residents of nursing homes, they may be found doing crafts with them, playing bingo or giving the residents prayer shawls.
Parish Leadership: Youth ministry students take on leadership roles in parish-wide events like the assembling and launching of the Balloon Rosary on Mother’s Day in 2014. They hosted the reception at our church history weekend. The young adults of youth ministry can be seen manning the tables for the Parish Anniversary Candle Sale in 2014. They have helped with painting projects, shoveling snow, and raking leaves at the parish, too. The community of Saint Patrick treasures the presence and participation of these young persons who are the life and future of our parish family.
Missionary Trip: They go on a mission trip to Appalachia every other summer. On this trip they help rebuild homes, and become involved in that community through various services like working with the children of that community in such activities as helping with bible school, playing kickball and sharing meals. Every evening they prepare meals and share them with the families whose homes they are helping to rebuild. It gives them a chance to get know people who have fallen on hard times and want to work to help themselves.
Social Events: During the year, they also gather for social events such as the annual hayride and potluck supper to get to know each other and build community with their peers at St. Patrick parish. They have enjoyed trips to Cedar Point with Father Pentello riding as many roller coasters as they do!