Office of Youth Ministry Staff

Youth Minister

Juan Serros- Call  979-297-3043    e-mail juan@smlj.org

Secretary of the Office of Youth Ministry

Janet Gipson- Call 979-297-3043  e-mail janet@smlj.org

Instagram  @SMLJYouth
Twitter @SMLJYouth
Facebook @ “Saint Michael’s Youth”
Send a text to 81010 with the message:
@smljyouth for all things 6th-12th grade
@smljhsy for High School only
@smljjrh for Jr High only

Mission Statement

St. Michael’s Youth Ministry seeks to help young people with personal and spiritual growth and seeks to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of this faith community.

Program Goals

The overall goals for the Youth Ministry Program at St. Michael’s are derived from Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry as published by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 1997. The overall goals are consistent with and support the Three Year Goals established by the Youth Ministry Envision Program team in 2007.

Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.

Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.


Youth Ministry promotes and designs programs and activities such as:

Jr. High 

Awakening: serves to minister to 6th and 8th grade youth. Classes meet on Sunday evenings at 5:30- 8:00 p.m. September through April in the Spiritual Learning Center. Coordinator – Lisa Ondrey, 297-3043 lisa@smlj.org

Other activities: participate in Faith in Action workcamps, N.E.T. Retreat, Christmas activities, Archdiocesan events such as Peacemakers and Jr. High Youth Rally and Summer Camp in June.

High School 

Awakening: open to all high school youth 9th through 12th grades on Sunday evenings 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Praise and Worship first in the Family Life Center. September through April.

Deeper Sessions: A free-form scripture study open to all high school youth 9th through 12th grades on Wednesday evenings year round, 6:30-9:00. *dinner provided*

Confirmation is a sacramental program designed for young people who are in the 11th 12th grades and have a personal desire for the reception of this sacrament. This program is a two-year program with the first year being catechesis and retreats. The second year is a continuation of the catechesis, the reception of the sacrament, and a commitment to involvement in one of the various ministries within the parish community. There are also monthly Candidate/Sponsor meets on various topics. Classes meet in the Spiritual Learning Center, 2nd Floor, on Sunday evenings 6:00 -8:00 p.m. September through April. The Confirmation Ceremony is usually held in October. Coordinators -Barb and John White 265-6811

R.C.I.A. For Teens is a catechetical process for youth 12 – 18 years of age, who are seeking the sacrament of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion. Classes are Sunday mornings in the Spiritual Learning Center, 9:15 a.m.   Coordinator -Betty Betczynski

Bible Study *see Deeper Sessions above


Social Events: Kick-Off Social, Dodge ball, Bowling, Rectory Christmas Tree Trimming, etc.

Community Service: Canned Goods Collection, Christmas Toy Drive, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Faith In Action work projects,Mission trips, etc.

Retreats:  Overnight experiences that enhance the spiritual life of the participants and to get away from everyday life for 9th– 12th graders 3 or 4 times per year on various topics; N.E.T. (National Evangelization Team) -a group of young adults that travel across the U.S. to present retreats full of skits, dramas, games, talks prayer, music, and fun.

Summer Camp: open for grades 6th– 8th, in June. 3 nights and 4 days experience at Cooper Farm near Ledbetter, TX which involves swimming, canoeing, crafts, ropes course, volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, hayride, fun group activities, blobbing, and a spiritual enrichment program.

Missiona week long service experience in July for 9th– 12th grade youth and adults in San Juan, TX to serve the people in need of the Rio Grande Valley through teaching Vacation Bible School and various Work Projects.

Drama: a youth-led production of the Stations of the Cross presented on a Friday during Lent.

Praise Worship – an opportunity for youth grades 6th– 12th to gather in song and worship.

Graduation Mass Luncheon – to honor the graduating seniors of the Parish held in May.


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