Youth Ministry Service and Events

 

Youth Ministry

Throughout the year, events, gatherings, trips, retreats, service opportunities and more are offered to the High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers of St. Ambrose Parish. To check out what's going on, just visit this page! Teens are invited to get involved to help build community and gain support from their peers as well as grow in faith and strengthen their relationship with the Lord. Teens can also deepen their faith through exploration and education on their own time - take a looke at the T.R.A.I.T.S. of a Disciple to better understand what it means to live the life of a disciple of Christ! If you would like help with additional resources, have questions or would like additional information on the opportunities below, feel free to contact Rose! Feel free to stay up to date on what is going on in the Youth Ministry by following us on instagram.

 

Teen Small Groups

Small Groups (of all girls or all guys) meet once a week with an adult Small Group Leader and spend time digging into questions they may have about God, faith, relationships, religion, life, their future and anything else they may want to discuss. Small Group Leaders can help facilitate discussions, answer these questions and share about what it means to be a practicing Catholic in today's world. The goal of these Small Groups is for teens to grow in relationship with each other, receive guidance and support from the their Leader and dive into a deeper relationship with the Lord and understanding of the Faith. Small Groups are an amazing opportunity for teens who desire to explore the Faith and actively grow in relationship with the Lord and others. If a teen is interested in joining a small group, please fill out this form, or contact Rose.

 

Upcoming Service Opportunities

To sign up for any upcoming service opportunities, check out the sign up page! Please note that there is limited space for some service opportunities. If a teen would like to or needs to document services, forms can be downloaded on the sign up page.

Child Care and Activities

Have a knack for working with little kiddos? Perfect! We're always looking for teens who enjoy spending time with younger parishioners at a variety of events. Check out the sign up page for dates regarding help with Child Care for monthly Family of Faith classes and Alpha. If you'd like to volunteer on a consistent basis, contact Rose directly.

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Each month, we will take a group of kids to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven to help serve the hungry of the city. Our next trip to DESK is on Thursday March 21st. Drop off is at 4:30pm and pick up will be around 7:15pm at St. Augustine. Transportation is provided! If this date doesn't work for you and you still would like to volunteer, check out their volunteer needs here.

Video Recording at Mass

Each week, Mass is recorded and put online for those in our Parish family that are unable to make it to church. Volunteers are always needed to help out this wonderful ministry! Anyone who is interested, whether you're an expert techie or have no experience, can contact the office for more information.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry Team at St. Ambrose Parish is always looking for nonperishable donations! The ministry has wrapped up a busy Holiday season and our shelves are low so please help us restock! Donations are used to provide monthly food packages to parishioners and residents throughout North Branford. Donations can be dropped off at St. Augustine. Specific needs are: peanut butter and jelly, pasta and pasta sauces, rice & noodle mixes, ready meals, canned meat & stews, assorted canned vegetables, canned or boxes potatoes, granola or breakfast bars, canned soups, canned tuna & chicken, mac n' cheese, healthy snacks, canned or jar fruits, boxed cereals, nuts & granola, flavoring packs or spices, toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing liquid and sponges.

Haitian Health Fund

Throughout the year, we collect cans and bottles that can be deposited and the income goes towards the Haitian Health Fund's "Save a Family" program. We help these families with rent, food, medical and dental care, education and other dire needs. Feel free to collect cans and bottles at home and drop them off in the marked dumpster in the St. Augustine parking lot.

We are currenlty looking for volunteers to be put on a rotating schedule to pick up the cans and redeem them at a redemption center. A van or a pick up truck would be a plus and reimbursement for milage is provided. If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office!

Works of Mercy

It's great to get involved in Parish and Community run service opportunities but it's important to remember that we shouldn't stop there. Works of Mercy and acts of service should be things that we do regularly, not just when they are organized by others. There are many ways that we can serve our friends, family members, neighbors and strangers but in the Bible, Christ gave us specific acts that we should focus on called the Works of Mercy. The Works of Mercy can be categorized as the Corporal Works of Mercy which focus on serving the physical needs of others and the Spiritual Works of Mercy which focus on serving the spiritual needs of others. Teens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Works of Mercy and live out acts of service that help fulfill them in their every day lives.

Service Suggestions

If a teen is aware of a person, a family or an organization that could use additional help, please let Rose know! The St. Ambrose Youth Ministry is always looking for additional ways to step out and serve others as Christ calls us to do - so suggestions are always welcomed!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monthly Faith Talk

There's always something new that we can learn about our Catholic Faith! Each month, a Faith Talk will be offered to any and all parishioners that will differ each time. This month's Faith Talk will be held on Sunday, March 24th at 7pm in the St. Augustine Chapel. This month's Faith Talk is The Value of Suffering and will be given by Steve Six.

Monday Adoration

Each week, St. Ambrose Parish offers the opportunity to spend some quiet, quality time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Weekly Adoration is open to all on Mondays from 6pm-7pm at St. Monica. The Eucharist that is exposed is the same Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ that we receive at Mass but instead of consuming Him, during Adoration, we spend time adoring him and praying in His presence. Pope Benedict XVI writes: "Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in Communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the Monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with His presence, with His risen body." 

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered throughout the year on Saturdays from 8:30am-8:55am at St. Monica and from 3pm-3:45pm at St. Augustine. During the season of Lent, the Sacrament is also offered each Monday from 6pm-7pm at St. Monica during Adoration as well as Good Friday from 12pm-1pm at St. Augustine

First Friday Adoration

In addition to weekly Adoration, each First Friday of the month, Adoration is open to the Parish. The next upcoming Adoration is on Friday, April 5th from 6am-1pm at St. Augustine Chapel. Teens and parents are invited to stop and spend some time praying before Christ before heading to school and work.

Stations of the Cross

Throughout the Season of Lent, we will be gathering together on Friday evenings at 7pm at St. Monica to pray the Station of the Cross as a parish. Stations of the Cross is a beautiful opportunity for us to pray and meditate on the Passion of Christ and all that He did out of love for us!

Lenten Vesper Services

During the Season of Lent, all in the parish are invited to gather together on Sundays at 5:30pm at St. Monica to pray Vespers. Vespers is a part of the Liturgy of the Hours and gives us the opportunity to begin the evening with the Lord and thanking Him for all His gifts that day. If you'd like to find out more about what Vespers is, click here.

In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Tour of the Holy

Ever wonder what the Sea of Galilee actually looks like? Or what it's like to stand where Jesus stood? Or where exactly he was born, died or rose from the dead? Here is your opportunity to find out because all of these places are real and they are still around today! Join us for a unique opportunity to hear about the recent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land that a group of parishioners took and view pictures of what Jesus' home town looks like today! Stop by on Sunday, April 7th at 6:30pm at the St. Augustine Chapel

 

Ministries

Altar Serving

If you'd like to learn more about getting involved at Mass through altar serving or would just like to get some information on it, chat with Rose or talk with Deacon Joe or Father after a Mass.

Youth Choir

The music ministry is an intregral part of the Liturgy and we have amazing opportunities for the youth of the parish to receive guidance and direction for a talented team of adult leaders. Youth would receive lessons from Dr. Muriel Maharidge, a professional choral conductor and vocal coach as well as Dominic Uleano, our experienced Director of Music Ministry. If you have any questions regarding the Youth Choir, please feel free to contact the office.

Lectoring

At Mass, we have the opportunity to listen and meditate on the Word of God. Lectors act as an instrument that God uses to proclaim His Word and if you have any interest  in reading at a Mass, please contact Rose for more information!

Youth Conferences and Retreats

Steubenville East Summer Conference

Each year, a group of High Schoolers head off to the UMass Lowell for the Annual Steubenville East Summer Conference. Many teens who have attended in the past state that this is the best weekend of the Summer! Teens spend the weekend hanging out with each other, learning more about the Catholic Faith, growing closer to the Lord through live praise and worship music, Adoration and Mass! This is a trip you definilty don't want to miss out on! Want to know a bit more? Check out Steubenville Conferences.

This year's dates for Steubie East are: Friday July 12th-Sunday July 14th, 2019. Mark your calendars now! Registrations and additional information will be coming your way in the New Year. This year's theme is: Belong - “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1. At the core of our being is a desire for meaningful connection and authentic relationship. We long to love and be loved, but how often do we just feel lonely? As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”

If you would like more information, please contact Rose. Price is $150 for registered parishioners and $240 for non-parishoners. Please note that some spots have already been reserved and additional spots cannot be requested but not guaranteed - but Rose is always willing to see if there are still spots available for the weekend, so don't hesitate to inquire!

 

 

Rose Cassidy

Youth Minister

203-484-0403 ext. 307

Rose.cassidy@nbcatholics.org

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