I am excited to be joining the staff of St. Matthew Parish as the Youth Ministry Coordinator! I have been involved in youth ministry for 10 years and look forward to bringing my passion for youth ministry to the parish. I have heard that your parish already has the beginnings of a great youth ministry program and I hope that, together, we can help it grow! I can see many things in the future including regular youth group meetings, retreat programs, service opportunities, trips, and much more. The youth ministry program will strive to help youth grow in faith, deepen their spirituality, connect with the parish, grow in understanding of self, have fun and eat good food. To make this happen, we will need help from many adults and youth. Adults can help by serving on the Core Team, attending events as a chaperone, helping with various activities, or providing behind the scenes support. Youth are invited to participate in the programs, provide input to the programing, let us know how we can help you and serve as a peer minister.
In closing, here are a few tidbits about myself: Last year, I spent 72 days of the year leading retreats. I am an Eagle Scout. My first major was Computer Science, but has since shifted to Theology. Events that I have coordinated are from Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreats, Scout Retreats, Six Flags trips, NCYC trips, Catholic Heart Work Camp trips, and much more. My “bucket list” includes playing foot golf, seeing the Northern Lights, and going to the Vatican.
If you see me at church, please come up and say hi! I look forward to meeting you!
(Joe will be splitting his time between working with the youth at St. Matthew and the youth at Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish. He will have an office and regular office hours at both places. His ministry at our parish will begin June 1st.)