Middle school faith formation meets 5th through 8th graders where they’re at in forming personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Together we are inspired to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ. MS ministry is relational in nature, as teens are beginning to understand, question, and take ownership of their faith. There are a variety of activities your middle school child can be a part of at St. Patrick- St. Anthony parish, including: faith formation nights, retreats, a summer mission trip, social events, fundraisers, open youth center, Service Saturdays & First Priority at their school.
Faith formation nights are a combination of skits, games/fun, testimonies, prayer, and sharing of experience in small groups. Small groups are made of 6-8 same gendered youth and led by 1-2 adults and a high school leader.
5th & 6th Grade
During the school year, 5th & 6th grades meet weekly in the youth center. During these two years, youth will dig into God’s Word, both the Old and New Testament, to build a foundation of knowledge and apply it to their lives. We meet on Mondays from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
7th & 8th Grade
Teens meet bi-weekly in the youth center, which allows for intimate small groups and building community within their grade-level. Their focus is knowing Jesus and becoming His disciples. 7th & 8th grades participate in a two-year Confirmation preparation program with an emphasis on evangelization. Their “off-weeks” are spent learning & growing with their parents or Confirmation sponsor with materials provided by the Purpose Confirmation program. They also complete Acts of Service during their 8th grade year as training grounds to be a disciple of Christ. We meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- 8th grade Confirmation retreat (fall)
- Holy Fire Youth Conference (late fall)
- 5th & 6th retreat (winter)
- Shine Youth Rally (spring)
Open Youth Center Youth are welcome to hang out on the patio, play video games, ping pong, foosball, watch a movie, play board games or whatever else we can come up with to build community. Rachael will provide snacks.
Service Saturdays Throughout the summer of 2021, in lieu of a Mission Trip, we will be participating in Service Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We will be serving local organizations, such as Kids Food Basket of Muskegon, Love Inc., and our own parishioners through yard clean ups and prayer during adoration. We will meet at the Youth Center and then go out into the community. You can find the calendar of events here.
Socials The summer is a great time to get together and just have fun. Check out the event calendar for things like, Water balloon fights, movie nights, Java & Jesus, Scavenger hunts and the Volunteer Thank You Picnic.
6th-8th grade youth are invited to join our yearly summer mission trip. Registration usually happens after the 1st of the new year. Fundraising will happen throughout the spring and early summer months.
- Summer Car Wash
Faith Formation Adult Volunteer
These adults attend 1 hour monthly planning meetings on Sundays following Mass throughout the school year. They volunteer to be at one or more of the faith formation nights (see Program & Events for days/ times) to participate in activities, lead small groups and invest in the lives of middle schoolers.
Freedom Team (8-12 grade youth)
Interested youth, in grades 8-12, can apply to be a part of this group. Their mission is to grow in their faith and serve our parish through service. They are encourage to be models of faith and actively engage with middle school youth during faith formation nights and various socials, retreats, etc.
If God has given you the gift of sharing your faith, please volunteer to speak at one of our faith formation nights or retreats. This would require meeting with Rachael briefly prior to your talk, which could be from 10 to 30 minutes. While we’d love to have you in-person, this is something that could be done virtually or recorded.
Parishioner Pen Pals
Help our 5th & 6th graders to think about their weekly topics by writing back and forth through letters. Rachael would email the student letter on Tuesday or Thursday and you’d drop your response in the dropbox during the week or on Sundays, when attending Mass. This would be a two-year commitment.
Social Adult Chaperone
Do you want to enjoy our beautiful town? Do you like to play games & be silly? Do you like free food? This is a low-key commitment to spend time with our youth one event at a time.
Retreat Planning Team
This group meets for approximately 3-4 hours prior to a retreat to plan the schedule, food, t-shirt design, and activities. Some projects can be taken to complete outside our meetings.
Mission Trip Chaperone
Travel with us to serve the greater community for 4-5 days in the summer. Mission Trips are a mix of prayer, service and fun. Be prepared to drive a van, get minimal sleep 😉 and watch hearts grow in service.