March Youth Ministry Updates

Diocese of Ogdensburg

As Lent comes to a close, I pray that you have a blessed Holy Week!

Operation Miriam Lunch

Sponsored by the Office of Vocations, this is a wonderful opportunity for young women to learn more about consecrated life.
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Registration for the 2018-2019 Diocesan Youth Council is Open!

If you know a 10th-12th grader who is looking to grow in their relationship with God and in leadership, invite them to apply to be a member of the 2018-2019 Diocesan Youth Council!

Applications are due April 30.

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Thanks for the Lenten Retreat!!

Thanks to all who attended and/or helped with the Lenten Retreats in Lowville and Saranac Lake! The youth in attendance had an inspiring, fun, prayerful day.

Teen Vision Applications

There are a few spots still available for Teen Vision 2018! If you know a 16-18 year-old who would like an opportunity to spend 2 weeks at Guggenheim growing in leadership, encourage them to apply!

Youth Minister Certification Workshops Coming Up!

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Upcoming Events

3/24: IHC Mystery Players at St. Alexander/Joseph in Morrisonville, 7:30

March 25: Lifeteen at St. Peter's in Plattsburgh, 6:00-8:00. Email

3/30: IHC Mystery Players at St. Patrick's in Watertown, 7:30

April 12: Operation Andrew in Saranac Lake.

April 14: Family & Life Conference in Massena.

April 15: Operation Miriam in Watertown.

April 19: Guggenheim Gear Day. Wear your Guggenheim clothing wherever you are!

April 20: National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day. Wear a pro-life t-shirt!

April 22: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

April 28: Youth Rally in Canton (grades 6-12). Youth leaders/chaperones: Register your group at

May 12: Youth Minister Courses 5 & 6 offered in Watertown. Register by emailing

May 19: Youth Minister Courses 5 & 6 offered in Plattsburgh. Register by emailing

May 19: LEAD Day of Reflection for the western region in Watertown. Email

June 20-21: Diocesan LEAD Event. Edgewood Resort, Alexandria Bay.

Do you have an upcoming event you would like shared in a future Youth Ministry Updates? Email Kelly at to have it included!

Random Tips


Guide and encourage teens to be actively involved in parish events and ministries on a regular basis. Reach out to some adult volunteers in various ministries to encourage them to show true receptivity and joy when teens come to parish events and ministries.


With warmer weather (hopefully!) on the way, this can be a great time of year to do some outdoor service. A trash cleanup on local trails/parks, or outdoor spring cleaning at your parish/Catholic school/parish center are needed service activities that don't require much preparation.

It can also be a great opportunity to talk about the importance of caring for creation!


This is a great session for the Easter Season! It's designed for grades 7-8, but it could easily be modified to be appropriate for high schoolers, too!

Prayer for Holy Week

Lord God,
I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless.
Here I stand, at the start of this holy week,
This week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death,
And I am distracted by many things.
Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name
The one who opens the gates of righteousness
The one who answers when we call.
I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me,
And for sending your son to us, in human frailty.
To walk the road we walk.
Open my eyes that I may see him coming,
And may praise him with a pure heart.
And may walk in the way of his suffering,
And share also in his resurrection.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.