Youth Ministry

The primary and distinct mission of the Office of Youth Ministry is to serve the formation needs of adult youth ministers and youth leaders. These needs are identified and met through programs and services offered in six key areas of leadership: Advocacy, Training, Consultation, Resourcing, Coordination/Networking, and Direct Services. By enabling the adults and youth to be more effective in their roles as leaders, the Office of Youth Ministry seeks to facilitate the building of comprehensive youth ministry programs, built on the principles outlined in Renewing the Vision.

 

Diocesan Youth Conference

Speakers 2018

Sneak Peek of our TWO speakers for DYC 2018!  Keep watching – the theme will be announced soon!

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The Office of Youth Ministry invited ALL high school students to the DYC 2017 which was held March 24-26, 2017in West Plains, Missouri!

The conference theme was “Through the Narrow Gate.”  The keynote speaker was Jesse Manibusen.  The Youth Ministry team from Our Lady of the Lake planned an amazing event!

Bishop Rice joined us for the entire weekend, along with at least 6 priests, 3 deacons and our beloved seminarians. We also had representatives from several religious communities!

Read more about the weekend in the March 31st issue of The Mirror.

Download the full registration packet here:  DYC 2017 Packet

Dates for upcoming Diocesan Youth Conferences are below. Get these on your calendar now!
2018 ::  March 23-25 (Easter is April 1) – This will be Palm Sunday weekend
2019 ::  March 29-31 (Easter is April 21)
2020 ::  March 27-29 (Easter is April 12)


Roy Petitfils Flier

ROY PETITFILS PRESENTATIONS ACROSS THE DIOCESE
December 3-6, 2017

Internationally sought after speaker and professional counselor, Roy Petitfils inspires adults to better connect with their teens, especially with the difficulties that exist for teens growing up in the world today. If you are a parent of teens, pre-teens, or work with them, be sure to attend one of these FREE events!  For more information, please click here.

Sunday, December 3, 7:00 PM ::  St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau
Monday, December 4, 7:00 PM  ::  Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 PM  ::  St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin

Roy will also speak to students at each of our Catholic High Schools:
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau – Monday, December 4th
Springfield Catholic High School, Springfield – Tuesday, December 5th
McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin – Wednesday, December 6th

Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference

2018 YMLC

The Office of Youth Ministry will hold the annual Youth Ministry Leaders’ Conference on February 23-25, 2018 (this is the updated date) at The Landing in Van Buren. Youth Ministers and all adults involved in the Youth Ministry or high school PSR teams attended!  The theme this year will be, “Living as Missionary Disciples.”

Download the 2018 YMLC Flier here.

 

Youth Ministry Facebook Page

Adults involved in youth ministry within our diocese are invited to join our Youth Ministry Facebook page.
The Youth Ministry Facebook page is for Youth Ministers and Adults who are actively involved in our diocesan youth ministry.  It is a private permission based page.  If you would like to join, email Katie at knewton@dioscg.org.

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Camp Re-NEW-All

For over 40 years, Catholic children and young people have attended Camp Re-NEW-All, learning about God, themselves, and what it means to be Catholic.
Our philosophy is that campers deepen their relationship with God while interacting with other campers and staff members, surrounded by the beauty and nature of southern Missouri. Read more

River of Life – Teens Encounter Christ (TEC)

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Are you a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in high school? Are you in need of some time away from the madness of the everyday world?  Do you need time to grow closer to God and experience him in the most incredible way? Keep watching for the next TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) – three days away from the outside world learning more about our God. A weekend packed with surprises, new friends, old friends and great food! As soon as the next TEC is scheudled, we will post it here.  If you need more information in the meantime, please contact one of us:

Kirk Verhoff – Kirk0000001@yahoo.com  or 417-489-1089
Deacon Tom Schumer – DeaconTom@ccmin.org or 573-335-3899
The Office of Youth Ministry 417-866-0841



Youth from across the diocese are invited to attend TEC.

Note to parents and youth ministers: The TEC team supplies the necessary trained and background-checked chaperones for each TEC, so you don’t have to come as a group.  Teens can come on their own!  Youth Ministers are invited to observe a weekend, as space is available.

Click the image above for a pdf version of the poster.  Please help us spread the word!

River of Life TEC’s Mission:
Believing that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core message of our Christian faith, TEC offers to youth and young adults the opportunity to encounter and integrate this Paschal Mystery of Jesus at a time of passage into young adulthood.  Through evangelization and catechesis, this intergenerational movement facilitates spiritual growth of youth and young adults with a community of adult mentors. Much like Jesus did Himself, TEC calls forth one’s natural goodness for service in the Church and discipleship.

Located in Southern Missouri, River of Life TEC is part of the Office of Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

Scouts

Catholic Scouting

 

American Heritage Girls

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American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for girls ages 5-18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

A regional Catholic American Heritage Girls troop is active in Springfield. All activities with this troop are in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  New members are welcome to join now!  The troop meets twice a month at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the 2016-2017 school year. The meetings are the same time and place as the Trail Life USA Troop (which means a consolidated schedule for your family).

AHG Troop MO1118 is planning the following activities for the 2016-2017 school year:
Camping Trips, a trip to the Shooting Range, Horseback Riding, Cooking, Arts and much more!  For more information, contact Cindy 417-521-9461.  Download a brochure here.

There is also a Catholic AHG Troop which meets at St. Vincent de Paul school in Cape Girardeau.  Contact the Office of Youth Ministry at 417-866-0841 for more information.

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Trail Life USA

Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character,

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and Leadership Program for boys and young men.

A new regional Catholic Trail Life USA troop has formed in Springfield! All activities with this troop are in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  The meetings are at the same time and place as the American Heritage Girls, so families can all come together!  Meetings are on Monday evenings at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Springfield.  In this new and exciting format, both TLUSA and AHG will meet together for joint flag ceremony, opening prayer and announcements.  Then the groups will separate according to gender and age to work on their own programs.

TLUSA Troop MO6:33 is planning the following activities for the 2016-2017 school year:
Camping Trips, a trip to the Shooting Range, Paintball Competitions, and much more!

For more information, or to get involved, contact Vince: KingSalomon@gmail.com or 586-745-0606 (call or text). Check out Troop MO 6:33’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TLUSAMO633/     Download a brochure here.

For information in starting a Trail Life USA troop for boys in your parish, contact the Katie Newton in the Office of Youth Ministry (knewton@dioscg.org, 417-866-0841) or Jeff Swoboda, Trail Life USA Executive, at 636-875-4089.

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Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts

Please contact your parish or others nearby to obtain information about specific scout groups.

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Annual Lenten Lock-In for Catholic Scouts

The Lenten Lock-In Retreat for all Catholic scouts (ages 5-11) was  held Saturday/Sunday, March 4-5, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA boys participated in this annual event!

For more information, or to help with the retreat, contact Christine O’Dell (417) 773-4445 or Shelly Pichler (417) 838-2730.  You may download the 2017 flier here.

 

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Religious Emblem Awards

Several religious recognition medals are available to young men and women wishing to complete the necessary information and study. Catholic Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Trailmen are awarded their religious emblem awards at diocesan celebrations held in Springfield and Cape Girardeau in early May.  Completed paperwork should be turned in to the Scouting Chaplain, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye (for the Cape Girardeau celebration) or the Associate Chaplain, Mr. Ben Francka (for the Springfield celebration) by the middle of March.

Fr. Patrick Nwokoye
Catholic Campus Ministry
512 N Pacific
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
573-335-3899

Mr. Ben Francka, III
BenJFrancka@gmail.com
417-881-6518

Catholic Scouting Awards for Boys: www.nccs-bsa.org
Catholic Trail Life USA Awards: www.catholictrail.com
Catholic Scouting Awards for Girls:  www.nccgscf.org/programs

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Catholic Scout Retreat

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All Catholic Scouts 4th grade and older (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life USA) were invited to the 12th annual Catholic Committee for Scouting Retreat October 7-9 at Camp Arrowhead in Marshfield, MO. The retreat included Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Low Cope, Repelling, Climbing Tower, Mountain Biking, Tomahawk Throwing, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  The 2017 Retreat will be held September 29-October 1st.

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Catholic Scout Spring Service Project

The Catholic Committee for Scouting hosts an annual Spring Service Project.  We have worked at the Kitchen garden, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Offices, and the grounds at the Mary Queen of Peace Solitude.

The next service day will be in Spring 2018.  Watch for details.

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National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biannual four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general and concurrent sessions addressing a wide variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, sexuality, and leadership. There are also opportunities for liturgy and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic activity village. The 2017 NCYC will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on November 16-18, 2017. Read more

Youth Events


Roy Petitfils Flier

ROY PETITFILS PRESENTATIONS ACROSS THE DIOCESE
December 3-6, 2017

Internationally sought after speaker and professional counselor, Roy Petitfils inspires adults to better connect with their teens, especially with the difficulties that exist for teens growing up in the world today. If you are a parent of teens, pre-teens, or work with them, be sure to attend one of these FREE events!  For more information, please click here.

Sunday, December 3, 7:00 PM ::  St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau
Monday, December 4, 7:00 PM  ::  Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 PM  ::  St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin

Roy will also speak to students at each of our Catholic High Schools:
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau – Monday, December 4th
Springfield Catholic High School, Springfield – Tuesday, December 5th
McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin – Wednesday, December 6th

 

Steubenville Youth Conference

Each year, the Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis bring the Steubenville Youth Conference to the grounds of Missouri State University in Springfield. Registration is usually in early February and the weekend events usually sell out quickly.  Youth Ministers should contact the Youth Ministry Office in St. Louis to be sure you are on their mailing list, info@stlyouth.org.  2018 dates are in July and will be announced soon.  If you’d like to attend, contact the youth minister at your parish or the Office of Youth Ministry, 417-866-0841 and we can help you find a group.

Check out this video about the Steubenville Youth Conference. It includes members from our diocese!

Young Adult Ministry
of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Please watch for exciting announcements regarding our Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.  We have different groups throughout the various regions of the diocese and we encourage all young adults to get involved!

Contact

Director
Lynn Melendez
Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Youth Formation
lmelendez@dioscg.org, 417-866-0841

Administrative Assistants
Katie Newton
Youth Ministry & Camp Re-NEW-All
knewton@dioscg.org,  417-866-0841

 

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