Steubenville Youth Ministry
What is the meaning of life? Who am I? What do I do about the fact that I want so much from daily life, yet I am never satisfied? How can I know that Jesus is who He says He is?
Steubenville Youth Ministry is the parish youth ministry program for the high school aged students of Steubenville. As a local manifestation of the Catholic (universal) Church, our desire is to seek together the tangible, enfleshed face of God in the circumstances of daily life.
We follow Christ in the Church because…
- We desire to live life together: Steubenville Youth Ministry is an community, open to all teens regardless of what they think, believe or go to school. Christ established His Church, the community of believers who are His body, because it is through this bodily presence that God continues His incarnational presences; a place where we can see, touch, hear, taste and feel for ourselves His bodily presence. We need each other!
- We take seriously our humanity: We are made in the image and likeness of God – we have tremendous dignity. As such, the incarnation (God becoming man in a little town called Bethlehem) is not a condemnation of our humanity, but is actually a further revelation of the dignity of man: Even after the fall man is viewed by God worthy of being saved. We are loved by God because he has made us worth loving!
- We pay attention to our desires: Most fundamentally, man is need. There is nothing that we have or will obtain, even our own existence, which is not given to us by our loving Father with an inconceivable generosity. As Saint Augustine prayed so fervently in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You” All of our desires are ultimately for God, they’re Christocentric. To kill, numb, or ignore our neediness, our desires in life is to kill, numb, or ignore our need for God. To pay serious attention to our needs and desires is to pay serious attention to our need and desire for God.
- We follow the Popes: Our discussions and conversations are generally based around short texts from our recent popes (Especially John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis).
- We seek the maturation of our faith: Anybody can know information about God; Fortunately many of our teens are well catechized. It is our goal that we teach and demonstrate to the students methods by which they can verify for themselves the doctrine of the Church through the judgment of their own experiences. While we deal with very heavy theological issues, our goal is not the indoctrinization of Catholic theology, but conversion through prayerful reflection on the mystery of God and it’s relationship with the mystery of man.