Adult Involvement

The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is no more true than in the faith formation of Catholic youth.  We cannot expect a youth minister (however dynamic) or even a handful of people to be the ones who provide for the spiritual needs of the youth of our parish.  It takes a community.  It takes you.


Adult involvement, especially the involvement of parents, is critical to the success of what we are doing at St. Patrick.  We want adults who have a passion for young people to take an active role in helping to make young, faith-filled, disciples of Jesus Christ. 


There are many levels and degrees of adult involvement (some we haven’t even though of):



  •         Praying for the youth of our parish
  •         Making known the availability of a resource you’d like to share
  •         Financially sponsoring an event such as Crossfit
  •         Helping to plan and organize youth ministries and events
  •         Preparing a meal for our monthly discipleship Upper Rooms
  •         Hosting and/or leading a high school faith sharing group
  •         Becoming a group leader for one of the junior high classes
  •         Actively mentoring young people


We take very seriously the people who work in a deeper capacity with young people.  There are necessary requirements, trainings, and interviews needed before adults will be permitted to work more deeply with the youth of our parish. 


Our youth director Ryan Purcell would love to speak with you about your desires to raise up young disciples of Jesus.  Please email him at to set up a meeting.  Thank you!



Contact: Parish Office, 662-7361


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