St. Joseph Youth Ministry encourages the youth to encounter Jesus Christ and His Church unceasingly. We holdfast to His teachings, foster a Christ-centered community, and seek participation in the sacraments and prayer. We follow the example of St. Joseph, our patron saint, finding our home in the family of Christ.
Please be sure to join the appropriate group “STJG Youth Ministry - Middle School” or “STJG Youth Ministry - High School” to stay up to update on events and notifications.
High School Youth Ministry
Our High Schoolers meets regularly on Tuesdays evening 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in the Youth Group Room in the Education Center during the school year. Please contact Audrey at audreyg at stjoegold.org is you need help joining or leaving a Flocknote group.
We are very excited to introduce our new Middle School Youth Ministry, which serves 7th and 8th graders. Deacon Dennis Langdon, Terri Huff, Grace Krupa, Mary Ann McDonald, and Jessica Trujillo will serve as the ministry team. Please contact Terri (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions, input on activities, ideas, or feedback. We will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm during the school year.
Basic Meeting Plan
Basic Monthly Plan
large group activity with the high schoolers
discussion and activity related to a faith topic
service project or social activity
We believe service brings us together, develops real-world skills like leadership and collaboration, and encourages us to be caring and empathetic people. With that in mind, we are committed to giving our middle school youth opportunities to engage in service projects within our parish community.
In order to provide opportunities for faith formation, activities, service projects, and more for all middle school youth without a registration fee, we are asking all youth and parents to make a commitment to be involved in our fundraising efforts throughout the year.
6th Grade and Younger
Currently, youth in 6th grade and younger are part of our Religious Education Program. For the 2019-2020 school year, students in 3rd and 4th grades are preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation as we work to be inline with the Restored Order of the sacraments of initiation. Please click here to learn more about Religious Education Program.
Other Youth programs
Altar Serving is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to learn about and participate in the Mass. Open to boys and girls in fourth grade or higher, who have received their First Eucharist, servers assist at both weekday and weekend Masses. Servers carry the cross and processional candles, hold the book for the priest, carry the incense and censer, assist the priest when he receives the gifts of bread and wine from the people, wash the hands of the priest, and assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary. Servers respond to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation. They also join in singing the hymns of the liturgy. Please contact Teri Lauwers (email@example.com) if your child is feeling called to serve.
The youth choir helps to enhance the music of the liturgy with their singing. The youth learn not only how to sing as a group, but also become acquainted with the hymns, songs, psalmody, and responses of the Mass. Ultimately, they learn to sing and pray as active members of the community. The youth choir is open to boys and girls fourth grade through high school and is lead by Maura Burns and Gary Bishop. Rehearsals are currently held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 pm in the Church and the choir usually sings at the 11:00 am Mass the last Sunday of each month (unless prevented by a holiday). The youth choir runs September through May, but does not meet during December. Please email Maura at maurab at stjoegold.org if your child is feeling called to sing in the youth choir.