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Parish Action Plan Success Stories - Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Objective: Ensure a vibrant comprehensive youth ministry (addressing all components outlined by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) that actively engages adolescents and young adults of all cultures by making use of parishes and archdiocesan resources.

Parish Action Plans

Holy Family, Galveston

Action Plan:
Hire a Youth Minister.

Success Story:
In order to save on costs, Holy Family united with five other churches from the Galveston area to share the position of Youth Minister. The Youth Minister will be responsible for developing programs and resources to engage the youth of the archdiocese.

Web site: holyfamilygb.org

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Action Plan:
Create a "Spirituality of Communion" catechesis module for elementary, middle school and high school faith formation programs.

Success Story:
Developed a session module for Confirmation that was first used during 2013-2014. Also implemented an annual Day of Reflection and created session modules for English, Spanish and Vietnamese youth faith formation programs.

Web site: seascatholic.org

St. Francis of Assisi, Houston (Northeast)

Action Plan:
Teach youth about the purpose of the Church’s and parish’s traditions.

Success Story:
The plan is to increase participation by our youth in the annual re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross. The church will also extend this invitation to neighboring parishes (Our Mother of Mercy and St Peter Claver). CCE class materials were developed and available at the opening of the program.

Web site: www.stfrancisofhouston.org

St. Justin Martyr, Houston

Action Plan:
Establish a Young Adult Ministry (ages 18 - 35) and collaborate with existing young adult ministries at nearby parishes. The Plan includes hiring a paid staff member.

Success Story:
With the help of Dung Dinh from St. Mary's Seminary, the St. Justin Martyr Young Adult Community was established in November 2014 with weekly meetings held on Tuesday evenings. In addition to the weekly discussions around "Why Evil Exists?" based on the Great Courses video lecture series, the ministry hosted a small but successful Chili Cook-off & Super Bowl Party and invited parishioners and members of the nearby Holy Rosary Young Adult Community.

Web site: sjmtx.org

St. Martha, Kingwood

Action Plan:
Deepen spiritual experiences for the youth of the parish.

Success Story:
Students at Kingwood High School formed a Catholic Club, F+SHS (Father, Son and Holy Spirit Club), with the purpose of sharing their faith with like-minded individuals. The students also had a desire for a day of reflection, which was organized using materials adapted from another Action Plan, where the participants could develop a closer relationship with our Lord.
This all began among a few amazing teenagers with a yearning for a closer relationship with God. Leveraging the successes from the Parish Action Plans allowed the team to quickly develop this follow-on day of reflection.

Web site: stmartha.com

St. Michael, Houston

Action Plan #1:
Reformulate both direct and indirect efforts to welcome new parishioners with families.

Success Story #1:
The first activity was a Movie Night for parish families held on the sports field at St. Michael. It was a huge success and is now planned to be an annual event. In addition, an annual festival/picnic is being established. Other ideas include an outdoor mass or a “come as you are” mass invitation at the usual Saturday evening mass.

Action Plan #2:
Partner with “sister” parish on youth/young adult activities.

Success Story #2:
St. Michael’s Director of Social Justice Ministry established a collaborative approach to invite St. Raphael’s youth to St. Michael’s Youth Faith Formation programs and events. The annual Christmas Party for children became a joint effort with great success for both parishes. Also, both parishes enthusiastically created an annual St. Raphael Festival beginning in October 2013.

Action Plan #3:
Revitalize the Children’s Choir and Contemporary Choir.

Success Story #3:
In an attempt to foster greater parishioner participation, young adults who sing or play musical instruments, gather and create music for the Sunday evening Mass.

Web site: www.stmichaelchurch.net