St. Francis Xavier Youth Ministry’s mission is to respond to the social and spiritual needs of the teens in our parish by providing spirit filled programs, activities, and events that will allow them to express their faith as they encounter Christ and deepen their love for the Church and sacraments. Through our programs, events and outreach, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community.
The spiritual and social needs of the youth are to be met with the committed leadership, guidance and support of our parish adults. The adults and youth of our parish are therefore provided with the opportunity to grow together in Christian faith.
Weekly Life Teen nights (9th through 12th grade) and Edge nights (6th through 8th grade) replace the traditional classroom catechesis and offer a large group, interactive atmosphere where teens can grow in their understanding of God’s relevance in their lives while building community within the parish. Teens experience a large-group format that removes the classroom desks and draws them into an interactive learning experience.
Weekly Life Teen nights and Edge nights will fall into one of the three categories: Catechetical, Issue, or Social. The primary goal of these nights is to encourage teens to develop a deeper relationship with Christ and to challenge them to live their faith as they carry out their daily lives.
Middle School Youth Ministry
Our 6th – 8th grade students meet weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 for fun, faith and fellowship. Students will participate in diocesan and regional gatherings, as well as our local parish service projects, retreats and special events.
Edge Nights allow the youth to learn about their faith through talks, skits, videos, small group discussions and sharing what they know with their friends. As part of the Catholic Church’s mission to evangelize, middle school youth are encouraged to go out and bring their friends to the Edge.
High School Youth Ministry
Our 9th - 12th grade students meet weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm fun, faith and fellowship. Students will learn to more actively live out our faith within the parish as well as out in the community. In addition, the group will participate in service and faith-building opportunities to actively witness the corporal and spiritual Works of Mercy.
LifeTeen is a Eucharist centered movement within the Catholic Church, which leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus and His Church.