St. Brigid Youth Ministry is committed to the reality that young people are an important and integral part of our parish community.
We affirm the gifts of our youth and we foster opportunities for young people to share their gifts with the larger community. The spiritual and social needs of the youth are to be met with the committed leadership, guidance, and support of our parish adults. Through a variety of programs, events, and outreach, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work, and mission of the parish community.
The goals of youth ministry at St. Brigid are to:
1. To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
2. To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
3. To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
For more information or to minister in any of the following areas, please contact Nora Ruiz, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at 210-696-0896, ext. 208.
St. Brigid has a very active youth ministry program. If you or your teenager is looking to be involved, there are many opportunities to do so. From simple social events to retreats to social justice opportunities, you will find something that will meet your needs and either fulfill you spiritually, connect you to others or allow you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Below is a descriptive listing of the many offerings of St. Brigid Youth Ministry for you and your teenager to become involved in. There are also other ministries for youth to volunteer. The opportunities at St. Brigid to serve God’s people are boundless.
To be involved with youth ministry at St. Brigid, please download the following form and return to Nora Ruiz at the parish office.
Youth Ministry Form
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J.A.M (Jesus & Mission)
J.A.M meets once a week with the purpose to plan and provide teens with opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ by challenging them to live for Him through inspiring talks and dynamic music. Events include mini-retreats, once-a-month Friday night gatherings, and lock-ins that allow high school and middle school youth to communicate their faith in God with one another.
An example of J.A.M-in-action is described best in this recent article from Catholic News Service posted on CatholicPhilly.com:
Summer Mission Project
Our Mission Project is a week-long summer project bringing youth together to learn about social justice and perform community service city-wide.
Steubenville’s Youth Conferences
These conferences are focused in bringing high school students into a life changing relationship with God and serving those who serve them. These conferences are specialized to address the resources and needs of today’s Catholic youth, organized on a national level. With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians, and presenters, the High School Youth Conferences will challenge Catholic youth to stand firm in their faith; rely upon the awesome power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend and Savior; and, to show that faith to the world.
A peer-designed retreat that focuses on building a deeper relationship with God and fellow parishioners through Adoration, Community, Theology and Service.
Annually, along with ALPHA for Adults and Young Adults, this event begins the last Wednesday of May. This course is designed specifically for youth. So, if you are looking for more in your life, come to this 12-week program. It is a combination of video presentations and small group discussions, where questions of life and faith are discussed and great conversations take place. It is free to all.
For more information regarding this faith-building program, please call Nora Ruiz at 210-696-0896, ext. 208.
These consist of city-wide events scheduled by the Youth Connected office for the Catholic Center of Charismatic Renewal and the Youth Office of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. The objective of these events is to bring all the youth of San Antonio together.
On the first Sunday of the month, the 12:30 Mass is youth-oriented. Because of this, youth are invited to serve as Mass Greeters, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, with music geared toward youth. If you are interested in serving at this liturgy, please contact Cathy Tucker at 210-696-0896, ext. 207.
Youth Ministry Advisory Core
The Youth Ministry Advisory Core is entrusted with the St. Brigid mission statement as an integral part of a Comprehensive Youth Ministry Program. Its core includes the Youth Minister, the Youth Ministry’s Pastoral Liaison, Youth Liaison, including a diversity of other adults. The advisory core not only advises its implementation as a whole, but also supports its youth ministries with prayer, service, and advocacy.
Youth Mission Group
The St. Brigid Mission Team is comprised of youth who are dedicated to provide the fulfillment of basic human needs to our brothers and sisters, and the community, as well as educate others about service through mission work, with the will of God through commitment and teamwork.
Youth meet weekly not only for building friendship and community, but also for strengthening their faith and understanding of their Catholic religion, with teachings using media and scriptures.
St. Brigid schedules a retreat for Middle School and High School once a year. These retreats are created age-appropriately, with a theme and spiritual message in light of the gospel for the spiritual growth of it youth. These retreats are off-site. Please contact the parish office for further information.