If you are a young person in middle or high school looking for a caring Catholic community (or if you know someone who matches that description), you have come to the right place!
We at St. Anthony’s realize that teens are not only the future of the church, but are also lively members of the parish community with talents and energies that add greatly to the church of today. The goal of our Bridges Cafe and Youth Ministry programs is to empower teens to become strong and confident Catholic Christians who take active roles within their church and community.
Bridges Café is a community service group for 7th & 8th graders which meets Fridays from 7-9pm (once or twice a month) in the St. Anthony’s Cafeteria. It is a social gathering to help the “in between” group stay connected to their faith and sense of service to others and to deepen their relationship with the St. Anthony’s faith community. The group plans and participates in service projects and events while they meet and socialize.
Youth Ministry is open to all high school students and begins with the Sunday 5:00 PM Youth Mass in which we celebrate the Eucharist with songs and reflections targeted to youth. Teens serve as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Choir members, Altar Servers, and Ushers in this Liturgy which is open to the entire parish.
Our program consists of discussion groups, retreat experiences, service opportunities, fundraisers, leadership training, and special events. We encourage teens and families to approach us with ideas for building a more comprehensive youth ministry program.
For more information, please contact the Office of Faith Formation at (516) 764-0048 ext. 2520