Youth Ministry 2020-2021

St. Ann’s Youth Ministry
2020-2021
Parents,
Our goal is to try to serve you and your youth as best as we can this year. We understand that
this year has not been what we expected but we hope to make the best of it! We ask for
patience and flexibility as we navigate this interesting time. As we get ready to begin our
ministries again, please read this note to get a better understanding of what we are planning to
do this year. Thank you for your understanding and support! Please let us know if there is
anything we can do to improve our ministries. We are here to serve you and your families.
Precautions for all our groups:
⦁ If you are sick, feeling sick, or have encountered someone who is sick – please stay
home.
⦁ Masks are required and will be worn at all time.
⦁ We will practice social distancing.
⦁ Each person (adult volunteer and youth) will have their temperature taken before
entering the building or space we are gathering in. If their temperature is over 100.00o
they will be sent home. If you are dropping your youth off, please do not leave until we
have taken their temperature.
⦁ We ask parents who are dropping off their youth to remain outside during drop-off and
pick-up. This will help limit the amount of foot traffic coming in and out the building.
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⦁ Our rooms will not be filled to capacity.
Our Ministry Plans:
EDGE (middle school): Sundays from 3pm to 4:30pm in the gym
In Person: We plan to continue our EDGE ministry in person as we have traditionally done. We
hope to have more small groups to limit large group interaction.
At Home: We will have a weekly zoom call at the same time as EDGE. Those families that prefer
“at home” will be able to watch the event that is going on and then participate in a small group
discussion with a virtual small group. This will allow those teens to still feel connected in some
way to the larger group that is participating in EDGE.
Life Teen (high school): Sundays from 6pm to 8pm in the gym
Life Teen is for all high school students. We want to invite parents to continue to encourage
their youth to join Life Teen even once they are Confirmed. We know that Confirmation is not a
graduation but a beginning! For youth in first year Confirmation prep, they will be asked to
attend Life Teen as best as they can for the first year. Once a youth is Confirmed he/she may
join S.A.L.T. (St. Ann’s Leadership Team). This group grows deeper relationships with Christ and
others and looks to serve their peers in Life Teen.
In Person: We plan to continue our Life Teen ministry in person as we have traditionally done.
We hope to have more small groups to limit large group interaction and encourage community
among our youth.
At Home: We will have a weekly zoom call at the same time as the Life Night. Those families
that prefer “at home” will be able to watch the event that is going on and then participate in a
small group discussion with a virtual small group. This will allow those teens to still feel
connected in some way to the larger group that is participating in person.
Confirmation Prep (second year youth ONLY):
One Thursday a month from 6pm to 7:30pm in the gym
Second year Confirmation prep is a time for us to focus on the youth as best as we can. Our goal
with this group is to be able to have more personal interactions with each one and meet their
individual needs. These sessions will be more educational as we prepare our youth to receive
the Sacrament of Confirmation on their own accord. Confirmation is a time for the youth to
accept the faith for themselves. We aim to equip our youth with everything they need to make
the Catholic faith their own.
In Person: Our in-person group will meet one Thursday a month at 6pm in the gym. We will be
breaking open different topics such as faith and belief, prayer, and much more. A sponsor or a
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parent is asked to attend with their youth.
At Home: We will have a monthly video recording of the session for that month. Once the video
is posted, the sponsor/parent and youth should watch the session and answer some discussion
questions together. Once the short discussion with either the parents or sponsor is done, the
youth will write a short (1-2 paragraphs) summary of the discussion they had with their
sponsor/parent.
We hope that this has answered some questions you may have had. If you have other
questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Francisco at the office. You can reach
him by email (youth@stannsparish.us) or by calling the office at (432) 682-6303.
While this year may look different, it is a great opportunity for you parents to share your faith
with your youth! Our youth today need adult role-models who show that living out their
Catholic Faith is not something boring or dull, but something that gives joy and meaning to their
life! Take heart, for Jesus has given you the strength to lead your families closer to His Sacred
Heart!
“Families must have the courage to set before their young people the radical decision to follow
Christ, showing them how deeply rewarding it is.”
⦁ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
We are here to serve you as best as we can.

Religious Education

Religious Education at St. Ann’s This Fall

Parents: Here are our parish’s plans to provide religious formation during these Fall coronavirus days.

1. Pre-School and Elementary. We will follow the advice of the Diocese of San Angelo, which said, “In the Diocese of San Angelo, in the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommended method for religious education… is to offer online or homebased family catechesis rather than in-person catechesis at parish facilities.” Diocese of San Angelo Faith Formation Protocols August 14, 2020
As previously announced, there will be no Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs this Fall.
For grades K-5, English and Spanish, religious formation will be AT HOME. Students should register for this program (see the ad elsewhere in the bulletin or on other media) and parents can pick up a packet of information and books for in home discussion.
Children preparing for First Confession and Communion must register now and follow the in home instructions. The Coordinators of Religious Education, both English and Spanish, are working diligently to ensure that parents’ experience at home with your children will be a time of wonderful teaching of the faith.
The parish will review the situation in January 2021 to see if we can start up in person classes again.

2. The Edge and Life Teen program (grades 6-12) will continue to meet both on-line and in person. Please watch for more information regarding those programs.

3. Adults interested in learning about the Catholic faith and/or becoming Catholic should contact Emily Klemme at the Parish Office (432-682-6303) about the in person RCIA. Also adults who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

4. Adults who would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony (that is, to “be married in the Church,” should contact one of the parish priests or deacons at 432-682-6303.

5. Adults who would like to have formation in order to serve as catechists for children when we do start up in person classes once again, should contact Emily Klemme (432-682-6303).

6. Adults interested in other bible studies, Walking with Purpose (for women), That Man is You (for men) or the Young Adult Bible Study, see the ads in the bulletin for these programs.

Starting Date: On Sept 19 & 20, we will have a special blessing for all those who teach their faith to others (that is, for “catechists”), whether in the classroom or youth programs or parents at home. With this blessing, the “program” commences.

If you have any questions, please call the Director of Religious Education, Emily Klemme, at the church office. 432-682-6303

Information Update

Have you recently moved or changed your address? We want to know! Call the church office or email us so we can update your information.

432-682-6303 or parish@stannsparish.us