Just as the disciples followed in Christ’s footsteps while he walked this earth, so are we called to follow His footsteps in the same way! This walk doesn’t start when you are Confirmed or when you become an adult. You can live out your walk with Christ in a special way right now by becoming a Young Disciple!
Who are Young Disciples?
In a way, we are all young disciples. But “Young Disciples” is the title of a small group of high school students who are actively involved in St. Alphonsus’ Youth Ministry. These individuals have shown a deep dedication to their faith, gifts of leadership and loving interaction among peers. In short, they are youth capable of helping lead their peers in their walk with Christ.
What do Young Disciples do?
The main responsibility of Young Disciples will be to work alongside the adult CORE Team members in planning and facilitating Sunday and Wednesday night youth meetings throughout the year. They welcome youth at meetings, lead them in prayer, help present a topic at hand, and share their faith in small groups or by giving an occasional witness talk. We will help to train the Young Disciples and foster their gifts. Each Young Disciple’s specific responsibilities depend on his/her gifts, talents, and requests.
What is expected of Young Disciples?
- Dedication to prayer and sacraments so you are able to effectively lead your peers in faith
- Be present at our Day of Reflection, planning meetings, and monthly Confirmation sessions. Young Disciples should not miss more than two Confirmation meetings during the year.
- Attend weekly Antioch meetings and at least one Antioch Retreat (November 16-18 or May 4-6)
What do I get out of being a Young Disciple?
Being a Young Disciple gives you a unique service-leadership opportunity within the Catholic Church. You will be part of a tight-knit, loving community while offering yourself for the good of our youth group and our parish. You will have a blast while using your God-given gifts! Above all, you will grow closer to God by serving Him and others. And, *new this year* we will provide all Young Disciples a 15% discount to all retreats and events throughout the school year! We realize that Young Disciples is a big commitment and we want to show our appreciation for you.
God is calling you...how will you answer?
If you are feeling called to be a Young Disciple at St. Alphonsus, fill out our online form.
To begin preparation to be a Young Disciple, we will host a Young Disciple Day of Reflection on Sunday, August 26, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass and running until 6 p.m. This time spent together will give us a chance to bond as a small faith community, and cultivate an awareness of our gifts and openness to God’s plan for us. God bless you in your discernment and in all that you do!
Directors of Youth Ministry