Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is much more than just programs. It is about reaching out in relationship to the young people in the community, and giving them opportunities to use their gifts within the community. "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 the USCCB document, Renewing the Vision

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Youth Group

First Wednesday every month 6:30-7:45pm in the Youth House. Doors are open by 5:30pm.

Next Youth Group for Middle and High School students is January 2nd. Come join us for Faith, Fellowship, and Fun!

Wild Mountain Ski Trip

Friday December 28th 9am-9pm

Ready to play in the snow? We are headed to Wild Mountain for a day of Skiing and Snowboarding! This is for everyone whether you're a pro or have never been skiing/boarding before. We will be meeting at the North church at 8:30am on Friday morning and we'll have the entire day to enjoy the snow. Our bus will leave from North at 9am and we will be back to North by 9pm. There will be a free lesson for those who want one. You will want to bring a bag lunch or money for food. We will have free hot chocolate and hand warmers as well as lots of board games so we can have fun if we need to go inside to take a break or warm up. This is for all ages, if you are 5th grade or younger you will need to be accompanied by a parent. It is $35 to go for the day (add $20 if you need to rent gear.)

Registration is HERE!

Middle School Youth Rally

Sunday January 27th 8am-5pm

Students 6-8th grade are invited to join us for the Diocesan Youth Rally @ Cathedral High School! Great games, speakers, music, and mass with the Bishop await. Find the registration HERE!

Castaway

April 5th - 7th (Friday-Sunday)

High School Students, join us for this awesome retreat! The entire Diocese of Saint Cloud will be attending this 3 day retreat at the Castaway Camp in Detroit Lakes. It's going to be a blast! Castaway is a gorgeous place on Pelican lake and the camp amenities are fantastic. The retreat focuses on living a Christian life. There is a live worship band, keynote speaker, breakout groups, skits and entertainment, adoration, reconciliation, and mass with the Bishop. There are loads of activities such as: a massive billiards game room, mega gaga ball pit, basketball and volleyball courts, bonfires, 30 person hot tubs, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing wall, a giant swing, and a thing called "the flying squirrel." You do not want to miss this fun and powerful experience!

Side note: this is during ZHS spring break. It also falls after all city choir & band blast weekends for PHS students (often a schedule conflict in the past.) This is our year to bring EVERYONE to Castaway!!!

Registration will be available SOON :D

If you have any questions email Matt

NCYC - National Catholic Youth Conference

November 2019 @ Indianapolis, Indiana

That's right, 20 - 19! We begin this incredible adventure one year before the conference actually happens with things such as fundraisers, informational meetings, bonfires, etc.

What is NCYC?

Teens in grades 9-12 during the 2019-20 school year and adults are invited to NCYC – an exciting biennial 4-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teens and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes liturgies, general keynote sessions, and concurrent sessions on a variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, sexuality, and leadership. There are also opportunities for special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic park.

The parish is organizing and offering a number of fundraisers to help differ the (approx.) $650 per person cost for those registered for the conference. Contact Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation at mattk@christourlightmn.org with any questions.

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YTM – Youth in Theology and Ministry Summer Institute

As a high school youth in the YTM program, you will be part of a truly dynamic Catholic community with other young people from across the country. During the two-week Summer Institute, you will take college-level theology classes from CSB/SJU professors, do service and leadership activities, experience a variety of Christian prayer forms, and explore your vocational call--all while immersing yourself in the life of the Saint John’s University campus, complete with volleyball, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and rock climbing. You will also take part in many of our YTM traditions, including cabin time, an awesome dance, a volleyball tournament, and the annual No-Talent Show.

We understand that faith can't just be a two-week event. Equipped with the tools you need to sustain your faith, you will develop and implement a service-justice project in your local community during the school year with the guidance of your adult mentor. When you come back to YTM for your second Summer Institute, you will reflect on your leadership experience and its impact on your vocational journey. 

Scholarships from Christ Our Light are available to assist with cost. For registration information, visit the YTM website

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Youth Leadership

Christ Our Light's Youth Leadership team consist of students in grades 10 through 12. This team plans special youth events, FIRE lessons, and other fun activities. This team also works together to build each other up to be leaders in their faith and to be an inspiration to all youth. If you would like to learn more about being a part of this team, contact Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation.

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Scholarships

Scholarships (partial or full) are available to every youth in need! Any donations for the youth ministry program will benefit these scholarships toward youth participation. Please consider making a donation – they are so very appreciated and tax deductible! Contact Matt for details at mattk@christourlightmn.org.

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Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Development Team: This team is responsible for the faith formation of the parish. It investigates, formulates and implements programs that promote spiritual growth for all members/all ages of the parish community. Team members demonstrate strong leadership and faithfully participate in the programs provided. Development teams meet each third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8PM, September through May.

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What is happening in your life? If you are in any activities, sports, have concerts, shows, you name it, please send a schedule at mattk@christourlightmn.org or in person so I can attend and support you!

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Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation
763-389-2115 (office)