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Sparks Middle School Youth Ministry (6th – 8th Grades) The Sacrament of Confirmation

Sparks to Light the Fire

Sparks is a three year required formation program designed to help prepare students  to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The youth will learn about the extraordinary gift this Sacrament is, and appreciate what the Holy Spirit’s presence in their life can mean to them.   Also, in recognizing the critical issues that many middle school age youth are facing, Sparks seeks to combine a balance of catechesis, evangelization and service, with the small group experience to engage the youth in dealing with those issues, while at the same time learning the teachings of the Catholic Church on today’s social issues.

Sparks meets in the Youth Center bi-monthly, on Sunday’s from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Alternating Sunday’s w/ Ignite)

 

The 2018-2019 SPARKS students will be engaged by a program called, “To The Heights.”  Combining seasonal Liturgical program nights with an entire year on the Liturgy will be a powerful year in faith formation.

The Eucharist is the “source and the summit” of our Catholic faith. But what does this mean? What does this mean to us in our daily life, and what does this mean to the middle school youth that we serve? The year To the Heights gives in depth explanations of the Mass, exploring why it should be so important in our lives and why the Eucharist is called the “source and the summit” of our faith. The youth will learn not only the different parts of the Mass but also what liturgy is, the symbolism of what we do, and how to properly prepare for Mass and to receive Jesus Christ.

This year will utilize Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati as one example of a young man who truly lived his daily life in service to others and in striving to reach the heights of holiness. He died at a young age and was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1990. His motto is the theme of this semester verso l’alto or To the Heights.

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