Select 9th through 12th graders
Peer Ministry in the Concord-Carlisle Collaborative is a very important subset of High School Youth Ministry specifically charged with empowering select 9th through 12th graders who wish to live life to the fullest, deepen their relationship with Jesus and the Church, and boldly share their faith with all others, most especially their peers.
Peer Ministers (PM's) are recognized youth leaders in today's church. After submitting an application, taking part in an interview process, offering several ways they wish to offer their gifts and talents back to everyday parish life and getting installed at a Parish Mass in the Fall, all Peer Ministers receive on-going support and encouragement to reach out and share the teachings of Christ with the world.
The PM's are the center of the energy and fun of our Youth Ministry programs!
Peer Ministers who are selected will serve both Holy Family & St. Irene Parishes and must be of High School age at the time they serve. The period of service will be September 1st until August 31st of the following year. New in 2020-2021, Peer Ministers will be chosen from all four high school grade levels (9, 10, 11, 12). Their collective work will draw upon the structure outlined by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops document "Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry" (1997) as well as take inspiration from the words of Pope Francis in his exhortations "The Joy of the Gospel" (2013) and "Christ is Alive" (2019). Peer Ministry in the Concord-Carlisle Catholic Collaborative will seek to model and lead a comprehensive youth ministry program which is deliberately designed to outwardly serve all - starting with youth - within our jurisdiction and beyond; not just those who come forward by their own doing. Peer Ministry is tasked with creating a spirit of hospitality which actively recruits and welcomes new people at every opportunity. PM's will be tasked with living a life of mission and outreach in all they do in the name of the Church.
The bottom-line-goal is always to find a way to bring others to know Jesus Christ (even if the method of introducing them is unconventional)!
In addition to serving at Masses, leading Middle School & High School Youth Ministry events, assisting in all grade levels of the Religious Education program, and modeling works of mercy through various service opportunities, PM's are charged with creating a lot of fun, an unmatched level of positive morale, helping others form many great friendships and creating the conditions which will provide lasting memories for all involved! There will always be challenges. But, the rewards of 'working for God' and 'each other' always provides lasting results! Unlike participating in a sport or a musical group, for instance, working for God knows no seasons. This work is literally eternal! And, there is little pressure on each individual as we already have a Savior! At no time will any one Peer Minister be expected to 'do' or 'provide' everything. This is a shared, group effort!
"Modern man and woman listen more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if s/he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41, Pope Paul VI). "The witness of Christians, whose lives are filled with the hope of Christ, opens the hearts and minds of those around them to Christ." (Disciples Called to Witness, 10, USCCB). The Peer Ministers will be charged with becoming authentic models of the Christian faith - at Church and beyond - especially when faced with adversity.
"I ask young people to go beyond their small groups and to build 'social friendship, where everyone works for the common good.'" (Christus Vivit, 169, Pope Francis) "Please, do not leave it to others to be protagonists of change. You are the ones who hold the future! Through you, the future enters into the world. I ask you also to be protagonists of this transformation. You are the ones who hold the key to the future! Continue to fight apathy and to offer a Christian response to the social and political troubles emerging in different parts of the world. I ask you to build the future, to work for a better world. Dear young people, please, do not be bystanders in life. Get involved! Jesus was not a bystander. He got involved. Don’t stand aloof, but immerse yourselves in the reality of life, as Jesus did." (Christus Vivit, 174, Pope Francis). "You are the now of God." (Christus Vivit, Chapter 3, Pope Francis).
Our incredible group of dedicated Peer Ministers - our local protagonists - give us all great hope! Applications remain on a rolling basis until January 1st and any dynamic and daring high school-aged student is encouraged to apply (https://forms.gle/c7dhaUobm1BoSLxK8
). Remember: God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called!
Let us continue to pray for our Peer Ministers and the success of their shared work!