Who are we?
What does Youth Ministry do in the Eparchy of Edmonton?
That all youth come to encounter the living God through communal life, fraternal love and service in their parish community.
To support the development of parish communities and their youth ministry programs so that youth may find their home in the Catholic Church and grow deeper in their faith.
The building of community and the deepening of one’s faith is a journey that happens over time.
Each young person is a member of the Body of Christ, and has unique gifts of the Holy Spirit to offer the community.
Youth ministry must endure, persevere, and show resilience in the face of obstacles and difficulties.
We are grounded in our belief of Jesus’ resurrection and the hope of eternal life.
“True youth means having a heart that is capable of loving” and forming connections with others.
Sharing “our affection, our time, our faith”, our struggles and our joys with each other is essential to mentorship and relationship formation.
Our Youth Ministry Office
We work with parishes to support their program development for youth ages 0 to 17. Out of the YMO, we facilitate both children’s retreats and teen retreats and gather youth at events such as Eparchial Conventions and celebrations.
Young Adult Ministry
We work with parishes to support their program development for young adults ages 18 to 35. Out of the YMO, we help facilitate a national gathering of Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults called UNITY, offer pilgrimages, and organize groups to attend World Youth Day.
There are three eparchial children’s summer camps. Camp St. Basil at Pigeon Lake runs for two weeks at the beginning of July. Camp Oselia at Wabamun Lake runs for three weeks from July into August, and they also offer school programs throughout the year. Acolyte Camp at Pigeon Lake runs during the first week of August.
Youth Minister Formation
We work with youth leaders to provide them with leadership training and opportunities to attend WCACYM and CCYMN provincial and national youth ministry conferences.
Become a Volunteer!
To be successful, youth ministry requires volunteers with diverse skills and gifts from all backgrounds, ages and experience levels. Youth are an incredibly important group in the Body of Christ, and volunteering in this ministry is incredibly rewarding. Even if you’re just curious about how you may be able to assist in youth ministry, we would love to hear from you!
Please contact the Eparchial Director of Youth Ministry, Millie Schietzsch, at (780) 424-5496 or [email protected] if you would like to begin volunteering in your parish! We are here to support you and connect you with the right people.
Give us a follow!
Eparchial Youth Evangelization Fund
What is it?
This fund provides the necessary monetary resources to invest in children, youth, young adults and young families through innovative programming within the parish or deanery. All parishes are encouraged to apply, please speak to your pastor if you are interested and have an idea for your parish. Applications open in the spring of each year.
Checklist for the Evangelization Fund Process:
👉 Step One: Plan Your Project
👉 Step Two: Submit Your Fully Completed Application
👉 Step Three: Receive your Grant Funding
👉 Step Four: Begin Project Implementation in Your Parish
👉 Step Five: Submit a Follow-Up Report
Need assistance brainstorming ideas for projects? You can start by checking out our 2019 project summary report!