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By now most of you are aware that I have been asked to serve as the “Director of Multi-Parish Faith Formation” for both Immaculate Conception and St. Catherine’s. Before I chat about what this role change means, I first want to extend my warmest wishes and prayers for success to Ashely Blank who served the young people and families at St. Catherine’s so well these past years.

The big question that many are asking is “what does this mean for religious education and youth groups for Immaculate?” The short answer is, that is currently a work in progress. I will be working on boosting a volunteer base, seeking insight and putting together/re-forming an advisory board to help drive programming that best meets the needs of young people and families of both communities. It is my hope that we will be able to provide a variety of different models and opportunities for faith formation and youth ministry as we possibly can. The success of all of that though will depend heavily on a robust volunteer base. With that said, I may be tapping some of you on the shoulder to see if you would be willing to help in some capacity. Stay tuned for information about religious ed. and youth groups in the coming weeks. Finally, thank you Fr. Chumo and Fr. Joe for your faith in me to fill this role. My prayer is that I am able to serve the young people and families of both parishes well.

~Rich

Rich's new role

Thank you to our awesome volunteers!

Jennifer Sparrow

Carmen Khoo

Dante Iozzo

Zach Huber

Sadie Tilton

Thank you Dante Iozzo!Carmen Khoo!Jennifer Sparrow!Zach Huber!Sadie Tilton!

Opportunities for Youth & Families

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Family Based Religious Ed

Designed for K-5th grade. The family based program incorporates both online space and gathered sessions in which parents and children work together. The online work is about delivering and engaging with information while the monthly gathered sessions put what is learned in the online worksheets into practice through active learning, service etc. The gathered sessions are informal, engaging and fun. Service to the community and parish are a key component of the program.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

First Reconciliation Prep

First reconciliation preparation is unique in our parish in that children work in both online space and gathered space (similar to the Family Based Religious Education Program). The online component is utilized to deliver the information (definitions, concepts, ideas etc.). The gathered sessions are utilized as a way of taking what is learned online and putting it into practice. Preparation for First Reconciliation typically begins in October and we celebrate First Reconciliation Mid December. It is important to note that preparation for sacraments is additional to being enrolled in the religious education program.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

Middle School Youth Group

A group specifically for 6th – 8th grades. We generally meet each week from September-May. The group is fun and engaging with plenty of food and games but learning about our faith is our reason for gathering. We cover a lot of different topics that relate to our faith and how we are called to live out our lives each day. Our youth ministry team includes a group of AMAZING young adults who bring so much faith, insight, life experience, and fun to the group. We also use our youth group to cover many of the topics needed prior to celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation (preparation can begin in 8th grade). So, if you are in 6th – 8th grade we look forward to having you join in.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 x 105, or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

First Eucharist Prep

First Eucharist preparation is unique in our parish in that children work in both online space and gathered space (similar to the Family Based Religious Education Program). The online component is utilized to deliver the information (definitions, concepts, ideas etc.). The gathered sessions are utilized as a way of taking what is learned online and putting it into practice. Preparation for First Eucharist typically begins in March and we celebrate First Eucharist in May. It is important to note that preparation for sacraments is additional to being enrolled in the religious education program.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

High School Youth Group

A group specifically for 9th-12th graders. We generally meet each week from September-May. The group is fun and engaging with plenty of food and games but learning about our faith is our reason for gathering. We cover a lot of different topics that relate to our faith and how we are called to live out our lives each day. Our youth ministry team includes a group of AMAZING young adults who bring so much faith, insight, life experience, and fun to the group. We also use our youth group to cover many of the topics needed prior to celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation (preparation can begin in 8th grade). So, if you are in 9th – 12th grade we look forward to having you join in.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

Confirmation Prep

A reaffirmation of your baptism, it is your opportunity and desire to say “yes” to Christ to live out your Catholic faith. Confirmation in the Diocese of Rochester is a two-year process that can begin no sooner than 8th grade. In an effort to make things easier on families schedules, We utilize the Middle School and High School youth group sessions as the preparation sessions for Confirmation so it is important that teens be part of those groups. Registration for Confirmation preparation generally begins in mid-August.
For more information, contact Rich at the parish office 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

NCYC

Every other year, teens in 9-12 grade can travel with chaperones and attend the National Catholic Youth Conference- usually held in Indianapolis. This year, we are coordinating a virtual retreat experience. More information will be coming. Read more about NCYC in the link provided below.

Parish Youth & Family Retreat

Each year during Lent, families, youth and teens from our parish attend a Parish Retreat on the grounds of Camp Casowasco. Families stay in one of the cabins and teens and chaperones stay in another cabin. A facilitator from the parish leads talks, activites and prayer services. Reconciliation and Mass is offered in the chapel by Father Chumo. For information on Camp Casowasco see the link.

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NCYC and Youth Group

Family Based Lessons 2020-2021