Youth

The St. Mary Parish is fortunate to have an active youth program, including spiritual, service and social groups. Some are affiliated with our school, but all parish programs are open to all the youth of our parish, regardless of where they are educated.  One of the most important jobs of our parish is to help raise the next generation of Catholics, who will become our parish leaders of the future.

Angels of Mary

This is a group for boys and girls in grades 2 through 6, with meetings the first Saturday of each month from October through May. The group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 in Room 1 of the school. The meeting format includes recitation of one decade of the Rosary, a video or story, an activity or craft and a home assignment of Apostolic work. Please contact Mrs. Sharon DiNapoli at 203-799-8670 for more information.

Annual Legion of Mary Summer Program

After 31 years, the Legion of Mary will once again sponsor the Summer Program. Boys and girls, parochial or public, entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 are eligible. It is held on Thursday mornings 10:30 am – 12:30 am.  There is no fee; however, a donation to defray the cost of supplies would be greatly appreciated at any time throughout the summer. The aim of the program is to enrich the religious life of the youngest parishioner with grade-appropriate stories, songs and crafts about Jesus and Mary. The program is entertaining, creative and educational. It is a special way to celebrate God’s goodness to us throughout the summer. Any questions, please call Mrs. DiNapoli @ 203-799-8670.

Junior Legion of Mary

If you are between the ages of 10 and 18, you can join the Junior Legion of Mary. Our purpose is instruction and encouragement in living the Catholic Faith, with emphasis on Daily Prayer and Action, promoting the spiritual growth of the individual as well as promoting and continuing the work of Christ. Weekly meetings take place year round in the Resource room at St. Mary School from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. Weekly attendance is a requirement of membership, as well as daily recitation of the Catena, and one hour’s service dedicated to Our Lady’s Cause. Junior Legionary Services include assisting at Mass as Altar Servers, assisting with Angels of Mary, assisting with the CCD program, assisting with the Summer Rosary Program, accompanying Senior Members as assistants, distributing Holy cards, Scapulars, Medals and Religious Pamphlets, and making Rosaries. Contact: Mrs. Sharon DiNapoli – 203-799-8670

St. Mary Boy Scout Troop Information

Saint Mary is proud to be the home to three scouting troops under the Boy Scouts of America with a rich 48-plus years of Scouting tradition. Saint Mary School/Church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 721 which is open to all boys ages 7-11. Boy Scout Troop 721 is an extremely active unit at Saint Mary’s with over 50 boys ages 10.5 to 18, with an Adult Unit Committee of over 48 trained male and female Adult Leaders. Thanks to Father Cronin’s assistance we have formed our newest Scouting unit: “Sea Scout Ship 721”. This Scouting unit is open to both Boys and Girls ages 14 and older, and who have completed the eighth grade. As with “All Scouting Units” all of these troops are open for membership to anyone from anywhere!

All Scouting units at Saint Mary’s have both male and female leaders. We have several fully trained Women Leaders in our Adult Leadership Core and in the Sea Scouting Program. Girls can also hold Junior Leadership Positions!

In accordance with the Boy Scouts of America, National Council based in Irving, Tx, and under the strict guidelines of the Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA, based in Milford, in order to be an Adult Leader or Unit Committee person for any scouting unit, the Main Adult Unit Leader must be a minimum age of 21 and have complete several Leadership training courses. Although at age 18, a male or female may hold the position of an “Assistant Scoutmaster”. All members of the Unit’s Committee as well as several additional Assistant Scoutmasters must be at least 21 years of age and also be considered “Fully Trained” including several Youth Protection training courses.

Membership in Cub Scout Pack 721 is for boys in the first grade through the fifth grade until age eleven. Charlie Richardson is the Cubmaster and questions pertaining to the Cub Scout Program can be directed to him at 203-937-9509.

Troop 721, for boys ages 10.5 to 18, is the largest and most active Boy Scout Troop in the Wepawaug Valley District of the Connecticut Yankee Council, and is noted for its quality programming, trained Adult & Youth Leadership Cores, and for producing many, many Eagle Scouts, the names of whom are detailed on the Eagle Honor Roll in the School lobby. This is a year round program that is very active from simple tailgate type camping to extreme outdoor winter camping to Snowmobiling in Maine. You name it the Troop does it! The Boy Scout Troop meets every Wednesday night at 7:00 -8:30 PM in the gym.

The new “Sea Scout Ship 721” is a High Adventure type program based on Naval and Maritime traditions. The Ship, as the Unit is called, is chartered out of Saint Mary’s and maintains and operats a 30 foot Sailing vessel out of Milford Harbor. Any questions on Troop 721, or the Sea Scouting Program, can be directed to Bob Scukas at hecinc@optonline.net and/or 203-877-3797.

 

St. Mary’s Youth Group

St. Mary’s Youth Group

St. Mary’s parish is happy to announce that it has started a youth group for high school students and it’s going great! We do outings, fun activities, service projects, and have meetings once a month. We will be starting a Bible study for those who want to go deeper in their faith and their walk with God.

Meetings: We generally meet on the second Sunday of every month (unless there’s a holiday). Our meetings are always held from 7:00-8:30PM in the rectory basement youth room. We have a great mix of food, friends, social time, games, dynamic talks, and prayer. Please join us! Come alone or bring a friend!

If you have any questions or comments, contact Bryan Mercier at: CatholicBryan@yahoo.com and please make sure to check our calendar or the bulletin for upcoming events.

Adult Help: We need you! The Youth Group needs adult and young adults help. We are looking for people to come help out at meetings once a month, or at Bible study once a month, or to help chaperone trips and outings that we take. The requirement is minimal but without you, we can’t make this happen and it can’t be sustained. If we get enough parent help and support for it, we will eventually start a Middle School Youth Group.

St. Mary’s Youth Group Mission Statement
(Mt. 22:37-40; Mt. 28:18-20)

St. Mary’s Youth Ministry seeks to help teens develop a vibrant love for God and His church, create lasting friendships, grow in our relationship with Jesus, serve God and others selflessly, and live out our faith daily being authentic witnesses to the world.

GOD: Our goal is to help teens develop a deep, unshakable faith in God and a vibrant, real relationship with Him.

GROUP: We are also here to make lasting friendships, to have a lot of fun, and to grow in respect for those in our group.

DISCIPLESHIP: Taking the journey of discipleship is becoming more than just a believer. It’s loving and following Jesus with our whole hearts and making Him #1 in our lives.

SERVICE: Our group also exists to help teens discover themselves, their gifts and talents, and to teach them to serve those around them.

REACHING OUT: We seek to become authentic witnesses to Jesus Christ and His great love, to reach out to others (religious and non-religious), and to make them feel welcome. This also challenges us to share the truth of Christ and our Catholic faith when we are called to.

Schedule:

September 11th – Youth Group Meeting
October 8th or 9th – Six Flags
October 24th – Youth Group Bible Study (7-8PM)
October 29th – (optional) Trick or Trot
November 3rd – "Rally in the Valley" (Youth retreat)
November 13th – YG Meeting
November - Tentative Leaf Raking Service project (Date TBA)
November 28th – YG Bible Study (7-8PM)
December 11th (Confession Night with Fr. Gill – Christmas Party and Dance)
December 19th – Youth Group Bible Study (7-8PM)
January 15th – YG Meeting
January 28th or 29th – Shelton Sports Center Date (TBA)
February 12th – YG Meeting (maybe a dance too)
February 27th  – Youth Group Bible Study (7-8PM)
March – 30 Hour Famine:  The biggest service project of the year. (Date TBA)
April 9th – YG Meeting
Apriil – New York City Trip (Date TBA)
May 14th -- YG Meeting
May -- Hiking (TBA)
July (TBA – Newburgh, NY)
August 20-26 – Camp Veritas (Wurtsboro, NY)

Other activities in store:
-          Paintball – $50ish
-          Ropes Courses (Bridgeport)
-          Americare – House repair
-          Christian Concerts