St. Anthony's Youth Ministry Program is offered to
all students in grades 7th 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 evenings from 6:30 pm to 8pm.
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
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