Together in Spirit

Youth Ministry

To learn about more about the Youth Ministry program here at St. Joe's, please contact Gizzy Miko at [email protected] or at (651) 784-3015 x107.

"Youth Ministry is important in the life of the Church! In this grace-filled moment, you and I are called, by the Lord, to do this important ministry." 

It is an exciting time to do Youth Ministry in this 'moment of grace,' especially with the election of Pope Francis. His humility, simplicity and example is prompting the world, especially among young people, to give the Church a 'second look'.

In the digital age, Youth Ministry is bringing the Good News to young people by the art of living well - and it begins and ends with the Lord. May we remain faithful to the   challenges of our own time, and using the gifts before us, including technology, may we bring many people to live well in this life and the next."-His Excellency, The Most Reverent Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut Member of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and YouthYouth & Peer Ministry

St. Joseph of the Lakes has many opportunities for youth to get involved including Youth Ministry and Peer Ministry.

All students in grades 9-12 are invited to peer ministry. Peer ministry gives teens the opportunity to take leadership roles within the Church as well as foster good friendships and continue growing in their faith. Peer ministry is both for those who have already been Confirmed, and for those high school students in grades 9-10 who are looking for more!

Peer Ministry Schedule - 2019-2020 - We meet on Monday Evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm 

October 7 January 6 - No Session
October 14 - No Session January 13
October 21 January 20 - No Session
October 28 January 27
November 4 February 3
November 11 February 10
November 18 February 16 - Retreat Day
November 25 - No Session February 17 - No Session
December 2 February 24 - No Session
December 9 March 2
December 16 March 9
December 23 - No Session March 16
December 30 - No Session March 23
  March 30 - No Session
  April 6
  April 13 - No Session
  April 20


For additional resources related to the youth and their involvement in the Church and community, check out the following:

  • LifeTeen: Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
  • Catholic Youth Ministry Hub: Platform to further communicate that mission and help those who work in the church, especially those who work in youth ministry.
  • Youth for Christ: Focus as a movement is on multiplying fruitful and sustainable ministry sites across the nation and around the world.
  • Ignatius Press: Reading materials like books and magazine's geared towards today's youth 

To learn about more about the Youth Ministry, please contact Gizzy Miko at the parish office at (651) 784-3015.