“Youth ministry is the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community.”(from Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry 1997 by the USCCB.) Three interdependent and equally important goals guide the Church's ministry with adolescents and state what it means for the Catholic community torespond to the needs of young people and toinvolve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
YouthLife Programs Junior High YouthLife (Grades 7-8)
Junior High YouthLife is the faith formation program developed for youth in 7th and 8th grades to learn about their Catholic faith. This program provides students an opportunity to put their faith into action through community service, active participation in parish life and provide an atmosphere of safe, fun activities.
Junior High YouthLife meets Wednesdays 6:30-7:45pm starting in September in the Parish Hall. Parents please plan to attend the first class meeting on September 19, 2018. Registration fee $50/student.
Holy Family Junior High YouthLife members are eligible to participate in many extra events including Holiday Caroling, Junior High Rally, and Youth Service Week. Many of these events have their own additional fees for participants.
High School YouthLife (Grades 9-12)
High School YouthLife encourages 9th through 12th graders to participate in various activities that promote youth presence in the parish. YouthLife meetings are lectionary based and focus on Gospel values while applying information to youth everyday life. Students will work on community service projects and actively participate in the parish life.
High School YouthLife meets on Mondays 6:30-8:00pm mid-September through May in the Parish Hall. The first class for 2018 will be held on September 17th. Registration fee $50/student.
High School students are eligible to participate in many events including holiday caroling, the High School Youth Convention, Service Week, and Food Fast.
Harmonic Youth Harmonic Youth is a group of Junior High, High School Youth and Young Adults with a desire to share the gift of time and talent to enhance the liturgical celebrations with songs, rhythm and spirit within our Parish Community. We are grateful for God’s given gift of music that we are inspired to reach out to other youth and young adult of our parish and share the experience of fellowship among each other. If you are a Junior High, High School Youth or Young Adult and would like to share your gift with us, please call the Youth Office at (253) 833-5130 ext. 205 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Practices occur Fridays 5-7pm in Parish Center or Church. Harmonic Youth is scheduled to sing every third Sunday of the Month for 8:30 and 10:30AM Mass, and the fourth Sunday of the month 8:30AM Mass only. Additionally, other liturgies as assigned.
High School Convention The Catholic Youth Convention (CYC) is a weekend experience of evangelization and transformation, where all parishes are welcomed to, and supported in, providing their high school youth with an encounter with God and deepening of our Catholic faith. CYC provides a place for over 1400+ youth to enter into a deeper, more vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and return to their parish communities with ardor for the Gospel. Visit this website to see more of this year's convention that happened January 26-27, 2019: https://seattlearchymya.weebly.com/catholic-youth-convention.html
Junior High Encounter Junior High Rally is a day designed to celebrate Catholic youth and all they bring to the Church. Over 600+ youth from Washington, Oregon and Canada will come together for an interactive day where you will have the opportunity to meet new people, listen to talks that will deepen their faith, and be invited to participate in various interactive activities with the day closing with Mass.
The 2019 Jr. High Encounter will be held at O'Dea High School in Seattle on March 9, 2019. Please contact Jocelyn in the Youth Office for more information and to register.
Youth Holiday Caroling
24-Hour Food Fast Food fast is a 24-hour education program sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services during Lent for High School Youth and Young Adults in Holy Family and other local parishes. Plan to join us and be in solidarity with the poor around the world and hundreds of other teens across the country for 24 hours that last a lifetime. This is an overnight event that will end with Mass and a simple dinner together. Each youth participant is asked to seek donations or pledges for the Catholic Relief Services. This retreat is a multi-parish event open to High School youth and Young Adults in college level. There is no cost to participate. Starts at 7 PM on Friday night, February 22, 2019 and ends at 7 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Permission forms available at our Youthlife or Confirmation meetings.
Youth Service Week Junior High and High School students are invited to participate in a yearly service week which is mission work locally in the greater community of Auburn and at the parish for the youth during the summer.