ROCK & TARE Groups
Contact: Youth Director Brittney Owens
Catholic Youth Ministry responds to the needs of young people and encourages the sharing of their unique gifts with the larger community. Efforts are directed at fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person and drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.
“What is needed today is a Church which knows how to respond to the expectation of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue with them and, through his body which is the Church, to propose the possibility of a choice which will require a commitment of their lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the Church must become today the traveling companion of young people … (Pope John Paul II; “Youth: Sent to Proclaim True Liberation,” World Youth Day 1995, Philippines).
ROCK: For CTK Young Teens (7th & 8th Grades):
ROCK is our Jr. High ministry for kids in 7th and 8th Grades. They meet during the school year on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Center. Call Laura McFall for more information.
TARE: For CTK Older Teens (9th – 12th Grades)
TARE (Teenage Religious Education) meets every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00. Everyone in 9th through 12th grades are welcome!
Start planning now to join us on the Mission Trip! We go for one week to C2SI and join other Catholic youth from around the State. It gives us an opportunity to live our faith and show others God’s love.
What is C²SI? (Catholic Charities Summer Institute) It is a summer program open to youth in the 9th – 12th grades interested in learning about the social justice teachings of the Catholic church. During this five-day session attendees will gain insight into various areas of lay ministry available in today’s Church. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to put the social justice lessons learned each morning into action with worthwhile “hands on” experience by working in the community as well as sharing these experiences with each other during evening discussion time.
Confirmation Information for CTK TARE Students:
Traditionally, Confirmation has been known as the sacrament of the Holy Spirit. In the preparation for the sacrament and in the celebration of the sacrament, the presence of the Spirit can be seen and celebrated in the life of the person being initiated and in the life of the community. The gifts of the Spirit are deepened and intensified when-ever they are recognized and celebrated.
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is a Sacrament of Faith in God’s fidelity to us and completes the baptismal gift of grace. It enriches the recipient with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, unites the person more firmly to Christ, and completes the person’s initiation into full membership in the Church.
All youth of the parish participate in a two-year mandatory sacramental formation program starting in the 9th grade. Confirmation Classes are on Wednesday Nights during the school year from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation:
The effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Confirmation brings, increases and deepens baptismal grace:
It roots us more deeply as sons and daughters of God and makes us cry, “Abba, Father,”
It unites us more firmly to Christ;
It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord);
It makes our bond with the Church more perfect
It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross (CCC #1303)
Annual Youth Diocesan Events:
Senior High Youth Rally
This one-day event is designed to “kick-off” the new school year with God as the center of it all. It is formatted for 9th through 12th graders. It includes praise and worship, a keynote speaker, lunch and a community-inspired celebration of the Eucharist. It is normally held on a Sunday in September or October.
This intense weekend retreat for 11th and 12th graders use peer-to-peer ministry as its leadership method. Search offers young people the chance to greater understand the meaning of Christianity in life and in the world. Besides experiencing God’s presence, participants explore in-depth topics such as: Who Am I prayer; communication; reconciliation; and who is Jesus. Search begins on a Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. It is held at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. This retreat, which is open to teens of all faiths, is usually held in the fall (December), spring (February or March) and summer (June).
This annual weekend of excitement is held at the Robinson Center in Little Rock to coincide with the Arkansas Mass and March for Life in January. It focuses on Right-to-Life issues through a youth perspective. Activities begin on Saturday night and include a speaker and dance. On Sunday, after breakfast, youth go to the Statehouse Convention Center for the Mass for Life, which is followed by the March for Life to the state Capitol. It ends with the rally at the Capitol, which includes prayers, speakers and music.
National Catholic Youth Convention (NCYC)
This three-day national event is held every other odd year. It is an exciting experience of prayer, community and education for teenagers and their adult advisors. The schedule includes liturgies, general sessions and special activities such as concerts, exhibits and tours. The general sessions and workshops are designed to address a broad number of topics through a variety of learning methods.