About Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry here at IHM provides Spiritual, Service and Social programs and activities for youth in 7th through 12 grades. We have information on our web site for college activities run through the Archdiocese. The ministry provides programs that foster the development of Catholic values in the lives of our parish youth as they move from the dependence on family to independence in young adulthood.
Thanks for checking out our site. Our Youth Ministry website page has all the happenings going on, dates, and fees. Our Jr. and Sr. High pages outline all the activities offered during the year. The Confirmation page explains our programs and contains the schedule. You can also check the parish calendar for all our dates.
Completed permission slips can be dropped off in the School Office, Parish Office, or in the box on my office door located on the second floor of the parish office.
Jr. High Programs & Activities
Welcome to the IHM Jr. High Page for 7th and 8th graders. Below are some of the activities that will be offered during the year, from Service Projects, Deanery Gatherings, Rallies, Ski Trip, Holiday World Day, Retreats and more. Check the Monthly News and Calendar for updates. 8th graders are able to attend Homeland Mission, a week long mission experience in Indianapolis in June. More information is out in April each year.
Retreats – The 7th and 8th grade retreats are offered during the school year.
Advent & Lenten Prayer – There will be an Advent service project that includes prayer with it. During Lent, the 7th grade presents the Stations of the Cross to the school, and the 8th grade presents the mime on Good Friday.
Lenten Progressive Fast – We encourage youth who don’t have a specific things to give up for lent, to try this progressive fast, scaled down from the adult one offered. This will be on our website during Lent.
Service Saturdays – We have several city wide projects we join in each year. Some months are for Jr. High and some for Sr. High. These include Saints in the Street in October, Angels from the Heart in March, The Lords Pantry at Anna’s House, Clean-up Day at the parish, etc.
The teens provide Games at the Parish Picnic.
Lunch visits – 7th and 8th graders eat lunch in the youth space – a chance to relax and play games with their friends while eating.
Deanery Gatherings and Trips – The North Deanery, comprising 8 parishes on the north side, meet monthly to plan activities for all our youth to enjoy. This includes gatherings, dances, rallies, Holiday World Trip in June, and Ski Trip in January.
Group Nights – Information Coming Soon!
High School Programs and Activities
Welcome to the IHM High School Page of Activities. Below are activities that will be offered during the year, from Service Programs, Conferences, Mission Trips, Service Trips, Ski Trip, Holiday World, and retreats. Check out the Monthly News each month for dates for dates and fees for activities.
Youth Masses – From October – April, the third Sunday of the month 11:15 Mass is for the youth, with parts of the mass being done by the Confirmation Class.
Archdiocesan Rally – held during the winter every other (non-NCYC years), this rally is a day for all high school youth in the Archdiocese to gather and pray, play and learn more about themselves and their faith.
Stations of the Cross – During Lent, high school youth are invited to participate in the parish evening stations.
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) – Every other year, 24,000 plus teens and chaperones attend a three day conference somewhere in the country. They spend those days in prayer, fellowship, workshops, music, and community.
Service Saturdays/Sundays – We participate in many city wide projects. Check the bulletin each month to check dates.
We also sponsor a Mardi Gras dinner each Fat Tuesday, with proceeds going towards High School Mission Trips. The high school youth set up, serve, share about service opportunities and clean up.
Homeland Mission – A week long service camp in Indianapolis during the summer. We stay the week at the Benedict Inn, and go out each day into the community and work with an agency on a project. In the evening, the teens share prayer and activities. This is open to all high school youth.
Nazareth Farm – A service camp in West Virginia, where 6 youth and 2 adults each year from IHM go to spend a week in community with 30 teens from around the country, doing daily service in the community. Evenings are spent in prayer and fellowship. Projects include roofs, floors, gardening, ramps, painting, small repairs, etc. This trip is open to youth in the summer after their sophomore year.
Honduras – An 8 day trip to Neuvo Paraiso, where up to 14 youth and 4 chaperones will spend their time in work, fellowship and community with the children and adults there. Projects have included; creation of soccer field, building of fences, guard shack, sidewalks, and street signs. We also collect and distribute clothing to the children there. We visit several of St. Maria Rosa’s programs there, and provide food and fellowship to the children. This trip is open to youth in the summer after their junior year through college.
Movie/gym/game Nights, Ski Trip, Holiday World, School Lunch Visits, and Service Projects.
College Students Programs and Activities
For information about the latest Catholic young adult events taking place in the archdiocese, visit the Indy Catholic website at www.indycatholic.org!
There are news articles about recent events, photo galleries and a listing of various groups, such as:
- Small Groups
- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati House
- St. Catherine of Alexandria House
- Men of the Cross
- Communion and Liberation
And don’t forget service opportunities!
To find your local parish, click here http:// www.archindy.org/parishes/
College Campus Catholic Community, click here http://www.archindy.org/youndadult/ccc.html