ST. MARY YOUTH MINISTRY

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

MINISTRY’S MISSION STATEMENT

Help our youth to experience the parish as their church home.
Develop in our youth a sense of pride in their church.
Enable our youth to grow spiritually.

Youth from all area parishes and faith traditions are welcome.
  • To foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus which will allow young people to experience the Word    of God and the Eucharist in a deeper and more profound way
  • To create a positive experience of the Catholic Church and society
  • To assist our youth in gaining an understanding and appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and    believes
  • To incorporate the Catholic Church’s vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of our young    people
  • To identify to the community the presence of our vital young people who are involved in the Youth    Programs
  • To be a leading advocate for youth and young adults in the Catholic Church and society, assuring that their    voices are heard

ST. MARY YOUTH PROGRAMS

Our youth programs are faith based ministries called to respect and minister to the youth of the Catholic Church of today by seeking to nurture and develop their faith.

We sponsor many youth activities throughout the year in the parish, such as:
  • Annual Launch Party
  • Halloween Carnival & Haunted House
  • Christmas Caroling & delivery of Poinsettias to    the-bound
  • Cleaning of the City Cemetery in preparation of    the All Saints’ Day Procession
  • Participation in All Saints’ Day Procession
  • Epiphany Drama
  • Christmas Nativity Program
  • Empty Bowls Project
  • Advent Wreath and Ornament Making Workshop
  • Bonfires
  • Lessons & Carols
  • Serving at the Stewpot
  • Hosting Multi-Parish Youth Day
  • Retreats
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Lock-ins
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Delivery of Easter Lilies and faith readings to the    home-bound
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • Seder Supper
  • Pentecost Drama
  • Summer camps such as Catholic Heart Work Camp    and Steubenville South
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Abbey Youth Fest
  • Much, much more!
Dear Youth: Please join us for great food, fun, and fellowship. ALL are welcome!

Dear Parents/Guardians: Please join us in this ministry to experience the rewarding opportunity of watching and assisting the youth of today grow in their faith

St. Mary Youth Ministry works in cooperation with Cathedral School,
with area parishes, and with the support and involvement of parents.

CYO for 9th through 12th grades
Coordinator: Jessica Carter

CYO meets every Sunday (except as noted in our schedule) at 5:00 pm for supper and from 5:30—6:30 pm for the program. Special events, service projects, social nights, summer camps, trips, and retreats are also planned throughout the year.

Our focus is on spiritual enrichment as well as having fun with friends. The St. Mary CYO is a group of teens who come together to serve and praise God while strengthening their faith life through prayer, service and friendship. Parents/Guardians participate in the program by helping with the meal, serving as chaperones, and sharing any other gifts and talents they feel called to share.

Another important aspect of CYO is the group’s participation in archdiocesan youth activities and special events like Abbey Youth Fest, Catholic Heart Work Camp, Steubenville South and more. These events allow St. Mary teens to meet and be encouraged by their peers, not only in the Natchez area, but all over the country!

JCYO for 6th through 8th grades
Coordinator: Jennifer Haile

JCYO meets every Sunday (except as noted otherwise in our schedule) at 5:00 pm for supper and from 5:30—6:30 pm for the program. Special events, service projects, social nights, and retreats are also planned throughout the year.

Our focus is on spiritual enrichment as well as having fun with friends. The St. Mary JCYO is a group of young people who come together to serve and praise God while strengthening their faith life through prayer, service and friendship. Parents/Guardians participate in the program by helping with the meal, serving as chaperones, and sharing any other gifts and talents they feel called to share.

Parents participate in the program by helping with the meal, serving as chaperones, and sharing any other gifts and talents they feel called to share.

KCYO for 3rd through 5th Grades
Coordinator: Melinda Laird

A faith-based, fun program for our elementary grades meets bi-monthly to share food and fellowship with games, hands-on activities, and arts and crafts.

Special events and service projects are also a part of the KCYO program.

KCYO meets on bi-monthly on Wednesdays after the Parish Family Dinner from 6:00–7:00 pm (except as noted otherwise in our weekly bulletin).

St. Mary Kids for Pre-K3 through 2nd Grades
Coordinator: Jennifer Lambuth

Our youngest group of elementary grade students meets monthly for fun activities, games, hands-on activities, and arts and crafts.

St. Mary’s Kids meets monthly on Wednesdays after the Parish Family Dinner from 6:00–7:00 pm (except as noted otherwise in our weekly bulletin).

St. Mary Vacation Bible School 2016
Co-coordinators: Melinda Laird and Robyn Gregg
Date TBA

This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is CAVE QUEST: Following Jesus–The Light of the World. This year’s VBS is filled with fun, engaging, hands-on Bible learning experience. At Cave Quest VBS, the videos get REAL with 5 epic stories about REAL kids who are following Jesus as they face life’s challenges. Kids will be inspired to share stories about their own lives–sparked by the topics in KidVid Cinema.

  • This VBS Rocks! Kids will go batty for this over-the-top underground adventure
  • Anchor kids with rock-solid Bible truths
  • KidVid Cinema is a surefire hit

St. Mary Youth Programs
St. Mary Basilica
105 S. Union St., PO Box 1044
Natchez, MS 39120
Phone: 601.445.5616 Fax: 601.445.9631
Email: stmaryyouth@cableone.net
Website: www.stmarybasilica.org