Youth and Young Adult Ministry
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Living the Life, preparation classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation are held every other year during the months of October to May. Those eligible, in accordance with the archdiocesan guidelines, are students who are at least 12 years old and in 7th grade by the time of their Confirmation. The Center accepts students from our sponsoring parishes who are 7th to 12th graders. As the Confirmandi prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the experience consists of bimonthly faith sessions, a Confirmation Retreat, a luncheon and finally the Confirmation Ceremony. Through this collaboration, the teens build community, share their spiritual journey with peers who also are seeking a personal relationship with the Church and exploring God’s Word for themselves. This gives teens an opportunity to work together “outside the box” with their peers. Upon completion of the training bonds are formed that encourage them to participate in future activities both within and beyond their parish boundaries.
KUJENGA – A Swahili word that means “Build”
KUJENGA is an African American Catholic Youth Leadership Formation and Conference. It is a weekend
experience designed specifically to meet the needs of African American high school youth. KUJENGA helps to develop teens into viable and productive members of their families, schools, churches and communities, throughout the weekend, participants learn and practice leadership skills and express their motivation to achieve their goals. Methods of training include presentations, personal and spiritual experiences, professional training techniques and small and large group activities and workshops.
The KUJENGA Conference has been held on the campus of Fontbonne University since KUJENGA
XIII in 2013. The date was changed from September to July to avoid conflicts with the teen’s academic schedules and a better availability and venue options on Fontbonne campus.
Young Adult Component
After addressing and serving the needs of primarily junior and senior high students for more than seventeen years it was determined the Center would approach the elephant in the room. Many of our past Confirmandi and KUJENGA participants have become accustom to a variety of endeavors sponsored by the Center throughout those years that kept them connected to their church families.
However, as they entered the young adult years many were experiencing a void as they were squandering to make life choices for themselves. The freedom many yearned for came with major responsibilities and was more complex than anticipated. Also during this time, churches are experiencing a high absentee rate of our young adults. In an effort to address this dilemma and after much discussion with a core group of young adults, the Young Adult Component was created in January 2014.
Since young adults are in such varied phases of their lives, it was determined a Day of Reflection will be held in January and an overnight retreat will be held in July/August each year. Most important is our intent to serve all whether in school, working, parenting or MIA (just trying to figure it out) to assure them that God is there every step of the way.
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