Youth Ministry

Mission Statement

The Office of Youth Ministry is committed to developing strong Catholic leaders in our youth and bring them closer to Jesus Christ present in the Sacraments and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and teaching of the Catholic Church in Sacred Scripture, Tradition, documents of the Catholic Church and “Renewing the Vision:  A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”, so that they can carry out the Mission of the Church throughout our diocese and throughout their lives.

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The Vision

The Office of Youth Ministry seeks to empower young people to live out their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ and draw them into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Church through:

• Advocacy
• Catechesis
• Community Life

• Evangelization
• Justice and Service
• Leadership Development

• Pastoral Care
• Prayer and Worship

Office of Youth Ministry Newsletter

June-July/2016 – OYM Newsletter

05/27/2016 – Youth Leader Training!

05/18/2016 – Convention 2016 Reminders & Updates

05/04/2016 – May Newsletter 2016

Adult Formation and Certification

Each year the Office of Youth Ministry offers trainings that are geared for full-time, part-time and volunteer youth ministers by bringing in national speakers and trainers on a wide variety of important topics that relate to the field of youth ministry.  For more information on upcoming trainings, please contact the director.

Adult Formation

Beginning in the fall of 2012, we will offer a 2-year program to train adults using the components for a comprehensive ministry with adolescents from “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”.

CYM Lunch Network

Youth ministers from throughout the diocese come together for lunch once a month to share ideas and thoughts on youth ministry.

Certification

This program is for youth ministers that would like a more comprehensive formation program and would like to work towards a Basic Certificate in Youth Ministry.  For more information on these programs, please click on these links:

University of Dayton

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Center for Ministry Development

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM)

Sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) is the largest conference in the country for adults who minister to and with Catholic youth. Join thousands of your colleagues—youth and campus ministers, religious education leaders, clergy and religious, young adult ministers, performers, artists and volunteers—for three days of inspiring keynotes, challening workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, extensive networking, hundreds of resource exhibits, and good-hearted entertainment.

The conference is held every two years and will be in San Jose, California on December 1-3, 2016.  For more information on the conference, please click on the link below:

NCCYM (link to http://www.nccym.info/index.htm)

National Organization Links

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team

High School youth from parishes throughout the diocese make up the DYLT and serve as the voice of the youth in the diocese to Bishop Guillory, the creative influence in direct programming of the Office of Youth Ministry and spread the Gospel through their witness as Disciples of Christ.

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team (DYLT) Cover Letter (pdf)

Diocesan Youth Leadership Team (DYLT) Application (pdf)

Bowling for Birthright

If you could spend a Saturday fighting for the rights of unborn children while having tons of fun with your friends and family, you would… wouldn’t you? Join us for the 2016 bowling for Birthright! We’ll be meeting up on Saturday, January 16th at 9:30am at Mega Play USA in Port Arthur. Sign up your team before Noon on January 14th at $6 per bowler for two games ($9 for 3 games), fees include shoe rentals.  In-kind and monetary donations are accepted. Contact your parish youth minister or the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry for more information!

Concert and Events

coming soon

Quest Retreat 2016

IT’S BACK! It is time once again to step away from the busyness of life, to unplug from our mundane responsibilities and plug into our faith. QUEST is a diocesan retreat which brings youth from all over our diocese together for a weekend of prayer, worship, Adoration, music and fellowship! We want to see you on January 30th-31st at Lake Tomahawk Retreat Center.  Cost is $85.

Contact your parish youth minister or the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry for more information.

2015 Diocese of Beaumont Summer Camp

Registration is now open for the 2016 Diocese of Beaumont Summer Camp at camp Niwana.  The first session for students entering 4th-6th grade in the 2016-2017 school year is July 17-22 and the second session for students entering 7th-9th grade in 2016-2017 is July 24-29.  Three forms are needed for registration. (1) Camp flyer/registration (2) Camp Niwana Waiver (3) Diocesan J-H form. To download the forms, please click on the appropriate links below.

Brochure + Registration Form (pdf)
• Youth Staff Application (pdf)
• Adult Staff Application (pdf)
Camp Fire Southeast Texas/Camp Niwana Waiver (pdf)
J-h – Youth Registration, Consent, Liability Waiver (pdf)
• Job Descriptions (pdf)
• Staff Reference Form (pdf)

2015 Volleyball Tournaments

coming soon

Youth 2000 Retreat

YOUTH 2000 is a Eucharistic-centered weekend retreat with an atmosphere of joy, celebration and enthusiasm. Join us for a weekend focused on celebration of the Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation! The weekend includes catechesis, music, prayer, talks, friendship, and workshops. If there’s anything that our youth could walk away with from Youth 2000, let it be Christ. We find Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; the “source and summit” of our faith! It all begins February 19th-21st at St. Anne Parish in Beaumont. Contact your parish youth minister or the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry for more information!

The Office of Youth Ministry stands in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in southeast Texas and the global community. In accordance with the Church’s social teaching, we seek to serve by the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.

The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

The youth of the Diocese of Beaumont carry out the mission of the Church by serving in many capacities throughout our communities.

Rally for Life 2016

Let’s RALLY FOR LIFE!

Join us on Sunday, January 14th  2017 at St. Anne Parish in Beaumont! Sponsored by Right to Life of Southeast Texas.

More info coming…

Scout Sunday 2016

The Scout Sunday tradition was started to create awareness of the Scout program among local parishes. The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God.”  These values strengthen youth character in their family, community, and faith. This year we’ll be celebrating Scout Sunday on February 7th at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont at 12:00 mass. Come on out and let’s support our local Scouts.

DIOCESAN CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING

Scouting IS Youth Ministry

If you have any questions regarding ANY of the religious emblem scouting programs, please do not hesitate to email Bruce Grimes at brucegrimes@aol.com Your emails will be replied to in a timely fashion.  Thank you.

Scout Sunday in the Diocese of Beaumont is celebrated at SAINT ANTHONY CATHEDRAL BASILICA ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY EACH YEAR.

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31 (each year). Upon completion contact your parish priest for a meeting and mail completed certificate from back of book to: Office of Youth Ministry, P.O. Box 3948, 77704

Cub Scouts

To begin the program, purchase appropriate book at the Hearn Scout Shop and work with parent to complete.

Light of Christ –

Grades 1-2
Parent & Child Program

Parvuli Dei (Children of God) –

Grades 3-5
Parent & Child Program

For more information go to http://www.nccs-bsa.org/

Boy Scouts

To begin the “BOY SCOUT” program, purchase appropriate book at the Hearn Scout Shop and contact David Pecora, Chair, dpecora322@yahoo.com

Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) –

Ages 12-14
DCCS Counselor & Scout Group *Required Retreat

Pope Pius XII –

Ages 15-21 (Boy Scouts/Venture Scouts)
DCCS Counselor & Scout Group *Required Retreat

For more information go to http://www.nccs-bsa.org/

Girl Scouts & Camp Fire

To begin the program, purchase appropriate book at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 710 Archie Street, Beaumont, and work with parent to complete.

Family of God –

Ages 7-9
Parent & Child Program

I Live My Faith –

Ages 9-11
Parent & Child Program

Marian –

Ages 12-15
Parent & Child Program

The Spirit Alive –

Ages 16+
Parent & Child Program

For more information go to http://www.oyya.org/ccgscf.html

More Information:

Moore Scholarship

The Moore Scholarship Fund is permanently endowed through a gift from Miss Alouisia Moore in memory of deceased members of her family.  Criteria for the scholarship are active involvement in the parish, demonstrated ability to complete their degree programs, and financial need.

Three $8,000 scholarships are annually presented in May to high school graduates who plan to further their education in college, vocational or technical schools.

You can download a scholarship application by clicking the link below or by contacting the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry by email, mehrlich@dioceseofbmt.org, or by phone, 409-924-4362.

Recipients must register as full-time students with a minimum 12 hour load per semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.  Recipients receive $1,000.00 per semester provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

The fund is administered through the Office of Youth Ministry.

• Moore Application 2017 (pdf)
• Moore Scholarship Fund 2017 (pdf)

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