St. Patrick Catholic Church

Youth Formation

to assist parents in the religious formation and spiritual development of their children.

Council Representatives

  • Kevin Baronne 937-0122  (serves until 2014)
  • Robert Guthrie 803-9315  (serves until 2015)

Staff Liaisons

  • Lisa Trahan, Director of Religious Formation, 753-5750, ext. 13
  • Melissa Harshbarger, Youth Minister, 753-5750, ext. 21


 Parish School of Religion (PSR) Catechists (for First - Tenth Grades)

The goal and intent of religious education is to offer support to parents in educating their children to grow in awareness of God and how to live the Gospel as part of a believing community. Catechists need a love of children with a desire to share their faith. Catechists are required to continue to seek training and work toward certification as a Master Catechist through courses offered by the diocese. Religious education is provided to children in grades 1-10. Classes are held on weekday mornings during the second and third weeks of June. Our Catholic beliefs and practices are presented to children in an environment in which they may experience God's love, mercy, and forgiveness in a context most suited to their temperament. Volunteers serve as Catechists, Co-Catechists, Prayer Listeners, Snack Assistants and Co-Leaders.

Sacramental Preparation: First Eucharist and Reconciliation Team

Involves preparing second graders for celebrating the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Volunteers are needed to assist with six (6) children's sessions and two (2) retreats.


Sacramental Preparation: Confirmation Team

Involves facilitating a small group session to prepare students in grades 10 and 11 for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Needed are adults who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to advance the spirituality of young people preparing for the Sacrament. The young adults are placed in small faith groups to journey together with two adult facilitators. Adults are asked to serve as a witness to these young adults.


Sacramental Preparation: Baptism Team

Volunteers serve as a member of a team to assist families celebrating the sacrament of Baptism. Volunteers work together to prepare and guide parents and godparents at the Baptism Rite. Each volunteer also provides assistance once every six months at the Baptism Seminar. Baptism Team members are scheduled usually every other month.


Receptions for Youth Programs

Serves as the coordinator of receptions for the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. The coordinator leads other adults in preparing the décor, food and clean up for each reception. The coordinator serves as a leader for both receptions as well as one Confirmation luncheon.


Youth Group (Catholic Youth Ministry): Adult Planning Team

Adults to assist the Youth Minister in the development and growth of middle and high school youth. They are called to "Cry the Gospel" with their lives by sharing their faith with passion and zeal through their action and lifestyles. Time and commitment may be in one or more of the following: transportation, refreshments, publicity, prayer support team, and routine CYM functions; i.e., Worship & Praise, weekly meetings, JAM sessions, sporting events, and youth outings. .


Youth Group (Catholic Youth Ministry): Middle School Group Member


Youth Group (Catholic Youth Ministry): High School Group Member


Vacation Bible School Leaders/Helpers

Provides children, ages 4 to 11, with an opportunity to learn more about God and their own parish community while enjoying fun-filled activities. It is usually held between late June  and mid-July from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteers needed include co-leaders, arts and crafts workers, snack workers, musicians, junior helpers, and adult baby-sitters. Leaders plan lessons, materials are provided. Baby-sitting is provided for workers' children under the age of 4.


Young Adult Ministry:  Leaders and Participants

A small faith community for young adults, 18-25, who form a connection of faith and life experiences. Volunteers are needed to lead/assist or as a participant/member.