Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) is everything that a parish community does to engage young people into the life and mission of the Church. It is a ministry for, by, with and to young people in Middle- and High-School, grades 6 through 12. Holy Family follows the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ guidelines for comprehensive youth and young adult ministries, including the document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.

The mission of Holy Family’s Catholic Youth Ministry is to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ engaged in the life and mission of the Church.

IGNITE Sunday is a weekly gathering open to all high school students.

SPARK is our middle-school youth ministry.

PREP hosts our middle-school faith-formation. For more information, see PREP’s home page.

CREDO is our faith formation program for high school teens.

For more information, contact Gayle Zambito at

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Acts 2:1-4

The Eight Components of Comprehensive Youth Ministry


Giving Voice to the young Church


Increasing the Faith Knowledge of Teens

Pastoral Care

Providing Care During Times of Crisis, Promoting Positive Strategies for Development


Sharing the Good News

Leadership Development

Calling Forth the Gifts and Talents of Teens and Empowering Them to Share Them

Community of Life

Building the Body of Christ Through Positive Relationships

Prayer & Worship

Recognizing and Nurturing the Relationship Teens Have with God

Service & Justice

Calling Young People into the Life and Mission of the Church


IGNITE Sunday is a gathering open to all high school students. During the school year, we meet in the UPPER ROOM Youth Center, 2nd floor of the Parish Life building, after the 5pm Sunday Mass until 8pm. What happens during IGNITE? Food, Faith and Fun; We feed your body and soul! We serve a light dinner followed by praise and worship and then animate our faith with guest speakers, hands-on activities, prayer, skits, small group discussions, games, bible study, movies, personal reflection, and question and answer sessions.


Spark is youth ministry for middle-schoolers. We receive Faith, Food and Fun but in middle-school. It’s a great preview for Ignite – retreats, service, fellowship.


CREDO is our faith formation program for high school teens. Weekly sessions, centered on the 4 Pillars of our Catholic Faith; Prayer, Creed, Morality and Sacraments. Teens who wish to grow in their faith knowledge are invited to join us. Teens gather in the Upper Room Youth Center, 2nd floor of the Parish Life Center, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm in Upper Room A.

Want To Get Involved?

Youth Ministry has an open door and young people are welcome to step into the ministry at any time. Friends, Catholic and non-Catholic, are welcome to join us. For return visits, a registration form will need to be completed.

We also seek faith-filled, committed, energetic young adults to help build the young church. If you’re interested in serving on the Youth Ministry Core Team, contact Gayle Zambito at

Parents Matter… A Lot!

The National Study of Youth and Religion has shown that parents are the most important factor in the faith lives of adolescents.  Additionally, the Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the first formators of their children’s faith.  With that in mind, Holy Family youth ministry welcomes and encourages parental involvement. Parents who feel called to join in this ministry may call the youth office for more information.

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