Youth Ministry

9th-10th Grade Retreat

Feb 25, 12:30-5:30 PM | St. James Community Center | $20 (includes lunch) | Register by Feb 18 | This year's theme is “True Happiness”: God created us to live a life of happiness, but often we choose instant gratification over authentic joy. God has given every person free will. With free will, we can choose to accept God’s love, or we can choose to reject it. The world suggests that we can be happy without God. But, it is only by freely accepting God’s will for our lives that we can find authentic joy.

9th-10 Grade Retreat Registration

Matthew 25 Local Workcamp

June 19-23 | $75 before May 1st | $100 between May 1st and May 20th | Matthew 25 is a camp where you get to serve those in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties who need our help while still sleeping in your own bed each night. It's open to all youth currently in 5th grade to 12th grade. We always need lots of adult chaperones too.

Matthew 25 Registration

Matthew 25 Chaperones

Click the signup below for all the info you need to become an M25 chaperone.

SIGN UP HERE TO CHAPERONE M25

CHWC Marshalltown IA

Run by Good Shepherd/St. James on July 15-21, 2023 and is open to current 7th-12th graders & young adults up to 20yrs. $100 deposit due at registration with $500 total cost (fundraising available.)

CHWC Marshalltown IA Registration

Youthworks Indianapolis, IN

Run by St. Agnes on July 23-28, 2023 for current 6th-12th graders. $100 deposit due at registration with $450 total cost ($50 off is registered by Nov 1.) Chaperones needed, and they go for free.

Youthworks Indianapolis, IN Registration

Youth Ministry

Youth ministry should begin to teach adolescents what a life of discipleship looks like. As baptized members of the Church, youth are called to serve others and to serve Christ, bringing about the Kingdom of God in unique ways. It is the youth minister, pastor, or parent's job to empower adolescents to live Christian lives of discipleship. Youth are empowered when they are welcomed into a Church that speaks to their hearts with the "joy of the Gospel and the strength of the Eucharist" (St. John Paul II, 1995 World Day of Prayer for Vocations). When youth frequently engage the Gospel, challenge their spiritual lives, and are shown the adventure of discipleship through the Church they can begin to commit themselves totally to Jesus Christ in concrete ways.

"The Church is concerned for the whole person, addressing the young people's spiritual needs in the context of his or her whole life"

Generations of Faith 

Generations of Faith (GoF) is our core formation program and is intergenerational. This is because here at Good Shepherd we see Christian Formation as an ongoing, life-long process. A living faith is always growing and changing as we experience God and interact with one another. Sessions run once a month and follow both of our weekend Masses. The goal of Generations of Faith is to help all parish members to engage the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and to embrace the mission to which we are called and for which we are sent forth each week.

Growing Faith

Recognizing that adults bring a basic instruction in the faith and a lived experience of the practice of the faith they can more easily enter into faith sharing conversations than most children. In order to build up the knowledge base of the children of the parish we include a monthly session for children called Growing Faith. This program offers a systematic presentation of the core of the Catholic faith for children K4 through 11th Grade. The groups are divided by developmental levels to explore who we are, what we teach, and what we do as a Catholic community. All children in Generations of Faith are automatically enrolled in Growing Faith, no additional registration or payment is needed.

Confirmation
Youth Ministry Events

2022 FALL MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR

Movie Night
7:00 PM Saturday, Sept 24
Free snacks, drinks, games & bonfire at 6:00 PM.
Friends are always welcome.

Fire on the Hill
9:00 AM-6:00 PM Saturday, Oct 1
Experience Christ through prayer, fun, dynamic talks & Mass on the awesome beauty of Holy Hill.

Good Shepherd Fall Cleanup Service Day
Saturday, Oct 15
9:00-11:00 AM

Team Escape 262
Thursday, Nov 3
Due Date: Sunday, October 31, 2022
$16 per person
Open to 6th-12th graders

We will meet at TeamEscape 262 (N80W14942 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051) at 6:15pm on Thursday, November 3. Pick up time from TeamEscape 262 is 7:45pm.

Christmas Cookie Baking, Decorating & Tasting
Thursday, Dec 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
Daniels Hall

Bring a friend for a fun evening of baking, decorating and eating Christmas cookies! Bring 2 dozen cookies of any kind to add to our cookie plates, so we have a good variety. No cookies to bring? No problem. Come anyway. Some of the cookies you bring, bake, and decorate will be going to parishioners too.

 


We are always excited to offer youth ministry events outside of our Generations of Faith and Growing Faith sessions. The purpose for our youth events is to help them live out their faith with fun and purposeful events. Christian friendships are so important and often we see those lifetime friendships started through our youth group. It’s a time for our youth to be themselves with other youth in a place where they feel comfortable and safe while becoming closer to God too.

Events we have provided in the past are:

  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally
  • Snow Tubing
  • Middle School Retreats
  • High School Retreats
  • Outings to dramas
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Game Nights
  • Service Projects
  • Open Youth Room Nights
  • Trivia Nights
  • Escape Rooms
  • Pizza Night
  • Trips to Holy Hill

We are always open to ideas from our youth and their families of new things to do both at church and away. Stay tuned to our website, parish app and bulletin to see when the next event is being offered.

Matthew 25 Local Work Camp
  • Since 2011, during one of the last weeks of June each summer we serve people right here in our own area by going to residential houses and non-profit organizations in the local area.
  • Camp is offered to those currently in 5th-12th grades and costs no more than $100 for the whole week. This year, Matthew 25 is from June 21-25, 2021.
  • Campers learn a lot about themselves, what Jesus teaches in Matthew chapter 25 and how serving the poor, homeless, elderly, less advantaged and vulnerable can make a difference in the campers’ lives as well as in the lives of the people they serve.
  • It’s a great week of fun, friendship, service and faith that has changed world views and the lives of those who have attended in the past.
  • Work Campers meet at Good Shepherd at 8:00am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Drop off time is 12:00pm on Wednesday. We travel in assigned Work Camp groups to assist in serving food, do yard or landscaping work, make/serve lunches, assist the elderly, paint and other service projects throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.
Catholic Heart National Work Camp

CHWC Registration Is Open
Marshalltown, IA
July 15-21, 2023
For current 7th-12th graders
& young adults 20 and under
$100 deposit
Friends always welcome

Click Here for CHWC Participant Registration

Click Here for CHWC Chaperone Registration

  • Since 1993, Good Shepherd has been sending a team of youth with adult chaperones to places all over the United States that need our help. We’ve been to Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Montana, Pennsylvania and more.
  • Each year we spend time fundraising, preparing and forming our youth and chaperones to go on a mission trip. This camp if offered to those currently in 7th-12th grades.
  • For the last several years we have partnered with Catholic Heart Work Camp to provide a week of service, memories, fun, praise, worship, growth and prayer. This camp gives the participants a different way to look at their lives and the lives of the people they serve.
  • We typically leave from Good Shepherd one Saturday in July and return a week later filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to share our story with others.

Get Involved!

Below you find various groups to engage in, whether they be discussion groups, serving teams, committees, classes or events. Join the following groups to stay abreast of updates, join in discussion with other members, and find important related files.

Committees

Events

Corinna Ramsey

Director of Child & Youth Ministry

Mary Oswald

Formation Ministries Associate

Upcoming Meetings and Events