Youth Ministry

Welcome to Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Parish!

We are so glad you stopped by! We have three great programs for youth 6th-12th grade, and special events as well! Please take a look, and remember that drop-ins are welcome for all non-sacramental prep programs.

Registration is open for Fall 2017! Program descriptions and schedules are now available below.      Register Now

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  • Upcoming Special Events:

Faith Formation Info Meeting

Catholic Youth Convention

 

 

  • Programs:
ENCOUNTER (grades 6-8) EMPOWER (grades 9-12) Confirmation

 

  • How Can I Support Youth Ministry?
Youth Ministry Volunteering 

Donations


 Faith Formation Info Meeting

Come join us on Sept. 17th, in Dalton Hall from 9:30-10:30 AM, for the Faith Formation Info Meeting! Conveniently right between the two Sunday morning Masses, this joint meeting for Youth Ministry and Children's Faith Formation will present information about programs, schedules, fees, expectations, needs, special events, etc., with time for questions. Program materials will be available to take home or peruse.

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Catholic Youth Convention

On Nov. 11th-12th at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, 1400+ Catholic youth will gather to enter into a deeper, more vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ! Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join St. Thomas More Parish Youth Ministry on this amazingly fun weekend filled with huge and small group games, live music, a nationally-renowned Master of Ceremonies, choose-your-own workshops and prayer experiences, awesome speakers, Adoration and Mass with our Bishop, and more. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out! Event details and the registration link will go up as the Archdiocese makes them available, and an announcement will be made at Mass, youth sessions and in the bulletin.

Every year, lives are changed by this event. It is an incredible experience and a unique opportunity. Please consider joining us!

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ENCOUNTER (grades 6-8)

Our Junior High youth group, ENCOUNTER, meets on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30-7:45 PM in the Youth Room, located in the basement of the Parish Office. This time is particularly advantageous for families with younger siblings attending Children’s Faith Formation on Wednesday evenings. Please do note that the Youth Nights last fifteen minutes longer than the Children's Faith Formation sessions, which means that those parents will need to pick up their children first and wait a few minutes to get their teens.

ENCOUNTER Schedule

This year we will encounter Christ in the Gospel of Matthew! Last year we began the T3:The Teen Timeline scripture study series hosted by Mark Hart with Ascension Press. We will continue this year to the next in the series, "T3: Thy Kingdom Come." This promises to bring us up close and personal with the mission of our Savior through fun videos, interesting activities, and fellowship.

Register for ENCOUNTER

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EMPOWER (grades 9-12)

EMPOWER, the Senior High youth group, meets on Sundays, 6:30-8:00 PM, September-May, in the Youth Room (Parish Office basement). Whether regulars or drop-ins for a night or special event, all were welcome!

EMPOWER Schedule

This year we are empowered to enter the "Mystery of God" with Bishop Robert Barron! This program confronts the claims of modern atheism with the astounding Catholic understanding of who God is and why He matters in our lives. Our program includes: Atheism and What We Mean By God, The Paths to God, The Divine Attributes, Providence and the Problem of Evil, Exploring the Trinity, and The God Who is Love. With these topics, videos, activities and a little help from our friends, we'll come closer to our Lord!

Register for EMPOWER

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CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is a 2-year process. For the 1st year, youth must regularly attend EMPOWER, our Senior High youth group (no more than 3 absences), or a Catholic High School.

For the second consecutive year, youth must be aged 16+ by February 1, 2018, and attend the Confirmation group (no more than 2 absences). Confirmation sessions are Sundays, 3-4:30 PM, in the Youth Room (basement of the Parish Office). Parish-based service hours and attendance at the Confirmation retreat on Jan. 12-14 are among other requirements. Please see the Confirmation Info Pack for further details.

CONFIRMATION Schedule

CONFIRMATION Info Pack

Eligibility requirements for Confirmation sponsors will listed in the Confirmation pack. Responsibilities are laid out in the Sponsor Guide. Sponsors are required to register online by Oct. 1st. Recently printed copies of Sponsors' Baptismal certificates with notations of First Communion and Confirmation will be due by Oct. 29th. It may take time to get these certificates, especially if the Baptismal parish is out-of-state or country, so requests should be placed ASAP. In the event that there is no possible way to obtain the certificates (for example, all records destroyed in a church fire), then sponsors may attempt to request that their current registered parish complete the Sponsor Verification Form.

Online Sponsor Registration

Sponsor Guide

Sponsor Verification Form

As noted on the schedule, there are three possible Confirmation Mass dates (with possible rehearsals on the Thursday before them). The Archdiocese will confirm one of these dates around mid-October and an announcement will be made. Until the date is finalized, please be sure to keep all three dates open. The program will end with the Confirmation Mass, so any sessions scheduled after the final Confirmation Mass date will be cancelled. Our newly confirmed are invited to attend our Senior High youth group, EMPOWER, after the Confirmation program has ended.

Our Confirmation group will use the "Chosen" program by Ascension Press. Chosen is the top-rated Confirmation program out there, challenging candidates to re-examine the meaning of their lives and their ultimate call to holiness.

Register for Confirmation

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Youth Ministry Volunteers

Youth Ministry would be impossible without caring adult volunteers! Whether you're interested in helping out regularly, just once for a special event, or every now and then, we can use you and your skills! To volunteer, you will need to send in a volunteer application form and a background check request, either by e-mailing the Youth Minister, or mailing or dropping it off at the Parish Office. Upon approval, you will be asked to take a Safe Environment training. To find a training near you, click here and look under the Seattle Archdiocese sessions. For the forms, see below:

Youth Ministry Volunteer Application Form

Background Check Request

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Donations

Many parishioners are not aware that the Youth Ministry program relies entirely on donations and program fees. We are not part of the parish budget.

A gift to the youth of the parish is also a gift to the donor. The young Church is our joy in the present and our hope for the future. Please consider laying aside some treasure in Heaven by giving up some treasure for them now.

Your donation makes it possible to:

  • Get exciting new curriculum and program materials
  • Provide program scholarships for families in financial distress
  • Renovate the Youth Room
  • Provide refreshments for sessions, activities, and sacramental receptions
  • Cover event costs for chaperones
  • Reduce activity fees
  • Show appreciation to catechists
  • Go on Mission Trips

                 ...and more!

Donate

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Questions? Contact the Youth Minister, Becky Harmon, at rebeccah@stmp.org or (425) 743-2929 x106