Youth Office Contact
Director of Youth Ministry
573-635-9127, ext. 233
Mary Madelyn Mertes
573-635-9127, ext. 228
Moderator of Youth and
Young Adult Ministry
Fr. Joseph Luzindana
Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914
Welcome Mary Madelyn Mertes!
We are excited to introduce Mary Madelyn as our new administrative assistant for Religious Ed, Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Women's Ministry Offices.
Mary Madelyn Mertes is originally from Kansas City and a graduate of the University of Missouri. After graduating from Mizzou, she worked at the Newman Center for 2 years. She recently completed the Echo Graduate Service Program at the University of Notre Dame where she served in the Archdiocese of Atlanta as a youth minister while studying for her Masters in Theology. She is excited to be back in mid-Missouri and serving the Diocese of Jefferson City!
We are so grateful to have her here. Please welcome Mary Madelyn!
DREYM Team Chat
Consider joining us on the 2nd Monday @ 4pm
Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Dates:
- Monday, August 14 @ 4pm
- Monday, September 11 @ 4pm
- Monday, October 9 @ 4pm
- Monday, November 13 @ 4pm
- Monday, December 11 @ 4pm
- Monday, January 8 @ 4pm
- Monday, February 12 @ 4pm
- Monday, March 11 @ 4pm
- Monday, April 8 @ 4pm
- Monday, May 13 @ 4pm
These chats are a way for us to check in with one another on a regular basis. The first few minutes we share updates from the office and then we spend time sharing successes and challenges in parish ministry.
Numerous people from throughout the diocese are planning to attend SEEK in St. Louis January 1-5, 2024!
Why attend a conference for college students? FOCUS now provides a Making Missionary Disciples Track that is designed for diocese, parishes and individuals.
Can seniors in high schools attend this conference? YES! in fact this is a great way to help seniors get acclimated with Catholic college communities.
Parish Leader Formation Day
Protecting Young Eyes All Day Workshop for Principals, DREs and Youth Ministers
PSR Teacher Workshop
September 9, 9am-12noon
We will spend time on the following:
- Vocation of a Catechist
- Ways to incorporate Truth, Beauty and Goodness in the classroom
- Helping Young People Fall in Love with the Eucharist
DRE & YM Workshops
This year we have scheduled both a fall and spring workshop.
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Tuesday, February 20, 2023
- Gradually Understanding the Eucharist
- Ways to incorporate the Liturgical Calendar in our ministry
- Domestic Church and the Eucharist
- Time to Share, Office Updates and More
Parish Leader Formation Day
This day is dedicated to the human formation of parish leaders.
Kathy Goller is a certified life and leadership coach who helps people who are stuck, stale, or starting something new to get confident about their strengths and clear about what matters most so that they can live with purpose and make a greater impact on those they serve. Kathy has over twenty years of experience in diocesan ministry, holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, and brings a depth and breadth of experience in evangelization, discipleship, faith formation, youth ministry, and personal and leadership development. Kathy founded Teal Horizon Coaching LLC in 2022 to help others lead their whole lives with purpose.
Please mark you your calendars and register
Catechesis of the Good Come and See
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori style religious education program. That means we have beautiful materials kids and adults can touch, move and manipulate to learn and wonder about God through scripture and the sacraments.
Join us Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 4:30pm at Newman Parish in Columbia for a workshop on CGS and the Eucharist and discover what CGS can bring to you and your community.
Explore more at cgsusa.org