Our ministry to youth is first characterized by its outreach, calling forth and paying attention to the needs of our young people.
St. Cecilia’s Youth Ministry involves fostering the personal and spiritual growth of each person while inviting, enabling and challenging young people to responsible participation in the life and vision of their faith community.
Our youth ministry is directed toward middle and high school youth be they from parochial, private or public schools. Youth ministry requires the complementary skills of parents, adult advisors, catechists, liturgists, coaches, counselors, young people and others.
The multifaceted nature of youth ministry requires a process of collaboration among all persons involved in it, rather than fragmentation or competition.
We must be responsive to the needs of our young people to whom we minister. That will mean that intentional Christian religious education will be necessary, highly relational, evangelizing, non judgmental, invitational and geared toward the building of a sense of community. Likewise, we must affirm and celebrate the gifts and talents that young people bring to the community.
Father Robert F.Lucas
CYO Sports Director
Saint Aloysius de Gonzaga Patron Saint of Youth
Marian Prayer of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
O Holy Mary, my mother, into your blessed trust and custody, and into the care of your mercy I this day, every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and my body. To you I commit all my anxieties and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that by your most holy intercession and by your merits all my actions may be directed and disposed according to your will and that of your Son.
Aloysius had four special devotions:
The first of these was his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He divided the week into two parts, the first of which he devoted in thanksgiving for his last Holy Communion, and the second in preparation for the next Holy Communion.
The second devotion was to the Passion of Our Lord. The life of suffering and mortification Aloysius led naturally urged him to seek in the mysteries of the Passion a model of strength and comfort.
The third devotion was his ardent love of Our Lady --- he never tired of thinking of her. She had been the queen of his heart and the guiding star of his life.
Lastly his devotion to the Angels was very special, in fact the only major writings he ever wrote were on the Holy Guardian Angels and the nine choirs of Angels.