Being a young adult can be very difficult. It’s an incredibly odd time when the only constant is inconsistency: starting college or graduate work, finding new jobs or starting careers, moving away from home or having to move back home, getting married, starting families, dealing with aging parents, finding your place in the world, and more. Days are long, money is short, and it seems like there is always somewhere new to go and something new to do. At Christ the King Parish Greenmeadows, together with similar-minded young adults under the mentoring of the CTK Youth Ministry, you can find some peace, balance, joy, and fellowship. We know it can be hard navigating your way through it all. Come walk with us.
The parish ‘youth’ vision is that of Young Parishioners committed to deepening our Faith, thereby strengthening family, developing friendships, and reaching out to others. The mission of the Youth Ministry therefore is to provide for the formation and organization of the youth – with events, retreats, mission trips – to realize their potential, empower them to live as disciples of Jesus, elicit their participation in Church activities, and to prepare them as future parish leaders; to mobilize the youth as instrument of evangelization among their fellow youth and others; and to implement programs that will foster enthusiasm and goodwill among the young and that will address their needs.
In addition, the ministry intends to:
• promote awareness of the youth organizations of the CTK Parish and their activities
• To rationalize the different programs and projects of the different youth organizations
• To bring Christ to the less fortunate youth and make them feel that they are part of or that they belong to the greater community of Christ
Who is God? What is faith? Why is it important? The Youth Ministry, through the Parish Renewal Experience: Youth, or PREx Youth, is all about answering these three questions. Combining opportunities for local service work, faith formation, fellowship, fun events, worship, lock-ins, sit-ins, sleep-ins, and more, the parish youth group is a place for high school and college teens and 20 somethings to grow in their faith, hang out with their friends, and have a good time. Bring your friends – they don’t have to be Catholic to come.
For 2016, the Youth Ministry has had two major events – the Ignacio de Loyola special screening at ADMU Irwin Theater last July 29; and the World Youth Day Vigil last July 31. The net proceeds from the ticket sales at the Loyola screening will be donated in October to the cancer ward of Children’s Hospital. Also planned for October is the youth pilgrimage to the Regina Rica Pilgrimage Site in Tanay, Rizal. In November, the ministry plans for the YSpeak Night, the annual fiesta kick-off gathering of the Youth Ministry and Youth Parishioners.
The Youth Ministry is headed by Regie and Joanne Polancos. Overall Youth Coordinator is Althea Geronilla.