We aim to provide experiences that incorporate an understanding of the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of Junior High youth. Adolescents show physical development, yet they still have cognitive limits in information retention and decision making. Unsteady emotional development leads to impulsive behavior. This is normal. And we welcome it!
Through each year of Junior High, young people are in the process of moving from being family-centered to friend-centered. Peers gain greater influence and parental authority is called into question. Junior High Ministry events are a fun, safe place to meet Catholic friends!
As middle school youth develop intellectually, they no longer accept faith simply because it is what their parents believe. They have real questions that need real answers. We do our best to provide truthful answers to any questions they may have.
Today, Junior High youth are having experiences that were common only with high school students just 15 years ago. Threats of violence, availability of drugs and alcohol, and pervasiveness of sex and pornography are the new norm. We aim to reinforce their individuality and uniqueness, focusing on their gifts. Continually reminding them how much they are worth, we aim to make them feel important and loved.