Youth Ministry
Grades 6-12

St. Anthony's Youth Ministry Program is offered to all students in grades 6th through 11th. At St. Anthony's we believe that our youth are the future of our Parish and the Catholic Church. Our program offers the following:

Catechetical classes are in accordance with the Diocese of Buffalo Guidelines for Adolescent Catechesis.
These are structured, traditional settings in small groups. Classes are held on Sunday after 11:30 AM mass.
Confirmation Preparation begins in 10th grade as a part of Sunday evening class. The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place in the spring of 11th grade. Confirmation preparation includes an overnight retreat, regular attendance at all classes and a group community service project.
Retreats, prayer services and liturgies, are planned with student input and are designed to enrich the Spiritual Life of all the students.
Social Activities are also included to develop a community spirit. The children gather at the end of class for "Group Time" which includes prayer, parish news, upcoming events and getting to know the other children in the program. We also have movie night, a pizza party and a Christmas party
Community Service Activities are a major part of religious education at St. Anthony's. They include a number of charitable events, including a collection of food and gifts for Christmas, an Ice Cream Social for Catholic Charities, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of Route 249, and community service field trips and events. These activities reinforce what is studied in the Catechetical classes and allow the children to
put their "faith into action".
Volunteers are an important part of our Youth Ministry Program. Any one who is interested in helping to facilitate this program as a teacher, teacher's aide, project coordinator, or who has any special talents or time to give, please contact the program coordinator.

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