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St. Catherine of Genoa, stained glass window in St. Mary Basilica, gift of Mrs. Catherine Marron. circa 1893

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 home-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
  • 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 spring cheer plants to the home-bound
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • Seder Supper
  • Pentecost Drama
  • Missions trips such as Catholic Heart Work Camp and Steubenville South
  • Vacation Bible School
  • 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.

St. Mary Youth Programs

St. Mary Basilica Youth
105 South Union Street • P.O. Box 1044
Natchez, MS 39120
Telephone: 601.445.5616
Fax: 601.445.9631

St. Mary Basilica Coat of Arms