Small Faith Communities
Our Sunday evening YM small faith communities work to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. We provide opportunities to experience belonging, to enjoy fellowship with peers, to explore teen topics, to work together for justice and peace, to pray together, to come to know the work of God, to worship and celebrate together.
We provide and share, in partnership with the family, a curriculum that focuses on what it means to be a Christian in the Catholic tradition and to know and experience the love of God. Catechetical focus is on God the Creator and Life-giver, Jesus as Savior and Friend and the Presence of the Spirit as Teacher and Guide.
To assist our youth in deepening their relationship with God through spiritual development, Blessed Sacrament coordinates many opportunities for youth to participate in times of prayer, fellowship and spiritual growth. Watch for flyers announcing these experiences.
Retreats are an integral component of YM and faith formation. They encourage community building not only with our parish, but the Catholic community at large. They give our youth time to reflect on their lives and their personal relationship with God, and the hope and trust only faith provides. This year, retreats will consist of youth from our parish, MACY (Midland Area Catholic Youth) and the entire Diocese of Saginaw. Retreat attendance is an expectation of YM at Blessed Sacrament.
Generally these events take place off campus and are a great way to meet new people, grow in your faith, and have fun too. Watch for details about upcoming events on the Middle School and High School special events tabs.
Our events are well attended by the youth of Blessed Sacrament and their friends, however, we have been known to scramble at the last minute to find enough drivers and/or chaperones. Parents, please consider joining in the fun as as a chaperone or driver. Check out the guidelines to volunteer to help.
So many times people ask, what can I do to make a difference? How can I reach out to those in our community (and beyond) who need a helping hand? Our youth ministry outreach program provides such opportunities.
Small groups are encouraged to participate in local outreach projects. Youth participating in small groups learn what it means to live out their faith. There are many ways to do this such as: raking yards or winterizing homes for people who are unable to do so, food drives, adopting a family at Christmas and many more opportunities.