We are committed to providing high quality faith formation in the Roman Catholic tradition while honoring the values and experiences of our teens.
We believe that faith is a gift from God that is continually being informed through catechesis and life experiences. We seek to provide an environment where each middle school student, regardless of his/her background, can engage in a search for meaning and purpose in their life. Each teen will be welcomed and encouraged to search within themselves for the many gifts that God has freely given them: blessings which belong not only to them but are meant to be shared with all of God’s people.
Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:45pm
We’ll meet as a large group and have fun because having fun opens doors for relationships to go deeper! Plus, God created us to have fun! We’ll also learn together. We’ll hear the story of God – past, present and future – learn about the Catholic tradition, spiritual practices and other tools to help our faiths grow. We’ll end each night in small groups. This will be a place for open conversation, questions to be asked as well as a place where students can feel known.
Pre-Confirmation Retreat (for 8th Graders)
2017 Confirmation Retreat Information 2017 Confirmation Retreat Form Pay $100 Retreat Fee Online
This retreat is an essential component of our Confirmation preparation. For 8th graders, it is an opportunity to dive-into the beginning of their year of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. For 9th graders, it is an opportunity to reflect on their experiences over the past year and determine their readiness for the sacrament in May. While parts of the retreat will be together, there will be times for specific groups to meet for those entering Confirmation and those completing Confirmation. We hope that by combining the different experiences of the 8th and 9th graders, we will be able to create a greater sense of community around the sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St. Edward. If your child is unable to attend, we expect that you’ll make alternate arrangements for an alternate retreat. Please contact Nicole Smalley at email@example.com with questions.
Catholic Youth Camp (CYC)
August 6-11, 2017
For current 5th-8th graders
This summer, we’re going to camp! St. Ed’s students (currently in grades 5-8) will join campers from all over Minnesota for a week of cabin living, swimming, games, worship and so much more. The group will be heading to McGregor, MN for Catholic Youth Camp (CYC).
St. Ed’s is going to CYC for the week of August 6-11 and we’re even helping with the cost. We will contribute $100 to each student’s registration cost. Note: Please contact Nicole if cost is a prohibitive concern. To get this discount and begin the registration process, please email Nicole and she will send you the next steps.
Accommodations & Supervision
Nicole and Patrick Smalley will be attending camp for the whole week along with campers, and any campers from St. Ed’s (of the same gender) will be placed in the same cabins.
“I have been passionate about youth ministry since I was a volunteer back in high school. I served on the youth ministry staff for 9 years at the church where I grew up. I focus primarily on working with preteens and I especially love taking students to retreats and camps. I graduated from Bethel University in 2010 with a degree in social work and in 2013 completed Youth Leadership’s youth ministry certification program. Some things I love to do include spending time with my husband who is teaching me to be outdoorsy, DIY projects inspired by Pinterest and Puzzle Rooms. Patrick and I met through our youth ministry jobs and to now be able to “professionally” do ministry together really is an answer to prayer and we are grateful!”
Day 17: Read Ezekiel 37: 1- 14
Feeling dry, tired, worn out? God wants to breathe new life in you. Like spiritual CPR. Pray and ask Him to give you this new life. Need more inspiration today? Look up the song "Come Alive" by Lauren Daigle.
Day 15: Read Genesis 2: 1- 25
We have indeed been fearfully and wonderfully made by the Master designer, God Almighty who created us with a purpose. Spend some time praying and ask God to show you what that purpose is. Don't expect an answer immediately, instead be open to the ways God might reveal that you over time.
Day 13: Read Hebrews 10:23-25
It's much easier to stir up trouble than it is to stir up love. Especially in today's world. How can we be a force of change in a world that is so quick to hate, judge, yell and complain?
Day 12: Read 1 John 5:1-5
Our love for God can't be in words or thoughts alone, our love for God also needs to be put into action. And when we put God's commandments into action, they are not burdensome instead they help us "conquer the world."
Join our St. Ed's Youth March Madness Bracket Challenge! Go to ESPN.com and create a bracket. Then, join our group using the following info:
Group Name: stedsyouth
Group Password: kittens
Winner gets Buffalo Wild Wings with two of your friends!! Tournament starts Thursday morning, so brackets must be submitted before the first game begins. Don't miss out!
Day 11: Read Proverbs 4:10-27
How's your heart? These verses remind us how important it is to protect our hearts. And it's a not a job for someone else - you are in charge of guarding your own heart. That means being aware of the things you allow into your heart. These things form your thoughts and attitudes, and ultimately, shape who you are. No matter what your circumstances (the outside) are, if your heart (the inside) is right, you're going to be okay.
Tomorrow night Base Camp is taking on an Escape Room! Meet at church by 5:30! Don't know if you should come? Let Chris Evans aka Captain America convince you. Click the link in our bio to watch the video.