Salt and Light Newsletter

Religious Ed, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Newsletter

January 2024

Youth Office Contact

Director of Youth Ministry
Maureen Quinn
573-635-9127, ext. 233

Administrative Assistant
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

1.14.24 Confirmation Retreats (2)

Confirmation Retreats

Two more retreats have been added to the calenar! If you are looking for a retreat opportunity for your youth preparing for confirmation, consider one of these!

The retreat team are all young adults who have worked for us as summer missionaries!

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Fully Alive 2.0

These gatherings are primarily for those that attended NCYC and are looking to keep that fire alive! If you have youth that have attended other youth gatherings (TEC, Steubenville, Summer Camps, etc) and could benefit from this gathering to help keep the spirit moving, they are welcome. 

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Summer 2024 Camps

Mark your calendars, registration for Summer Camps will open up on February 15! We have a new site for camps (in our diocesan jursidiction) and are excited about some of the activities this site will provide!

Please help us spread the word about camp registration!

We need your help in recruiting for Summer Missionaries!

If you know of any young adults that love their faith and want to share it with others, desire to live in a faith community, and want to have fun while getting paid to do these things, please share the link below!

Spring 2024 Calendar

January 26 @ 3:30pm

Steubenville Conference Info Zoom Call

February 15

Camp Registration Opens

February 17

Fully Alive 2.0 @ Marys Home

February 20

Spring Workshop

February 24

Fully Alive 2.0 at Cathedral, Jefferson City

February 25

Confirmation Retreat @ Boonville

March 2

Fully Alive 2.0 @ Macon

March 10

Confirmation Retreat @ Eldon

April 22-26

DRE & YM Deanery Meetings

(final dates and locations will be announced at a later date)

May 1

6th Grade Vocations Day

Summer 2024 Calendar

May 28-June 8

Summer Staff Training

(we will be looking for volunteers)

June 9-14

Camp Lolek (junior high Co-ed)

June 16-21

Camp Lolek (junior high boys)

July 1-5

National Eucharistic Procession walking through our Diocese

July 7-11

Camp Lolek (junior high girls)

July 14-19

Camp Maccabee (high school boys)

July 7-11

Camp Siena (high school girls)

August 2

NEW DRE & Youth Minister Meeting

August 2-3

Retreat for those in Ministry

including DRE, Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, Campus Ministers


more dates for Summer and Fall will be added in the next newsletter...


Ongoing Formation

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Steubenville Conference Info Zoom Call:

We continue to have more and more parishes going to Steubenville Conference down in Springfield, MO each summer. To help equip parishes for the conference, we are going to have a zoom call with info I've received from St. Louis Youth Office, the hosting archdiocese. If you are considering going, are planning to go for the first time, or the 10th time, please consider joining this zoom call, Friday, January 26 at 3:30pm.

24.2 DRE & YM Workshops (2)

DRE & YM Workshops

Spring Workshop is Tuesday, February 20, 2023 at the Chancery in Jefferson City.

TOPICS will include:

  • How we lead others to Leadership in our Parish
  • Approaching an Election Year: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
  • National Eucharistic Procession with opportunity to brainstorm how your parish might participate
  • Meet with Virtus Office, Hispanic Ministry Office and Womens Ministry Office
  • 2024-2025 Formation Opportunty Calendar released
  • Other Topics will be added...
DREYM Team Chat (3 × 2 In)

DREYM Team Chat

(note date changes for spring/summer 2024)

Due to my family calendar, I'm needing to switch up when we gather but I am going back to 2 options to help accommodate different needs of volunteers vs paid staff! Calendar invites will be sent.

  • Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Dates: 2nd Tuesday each month at 11am and 6pm
    • Tuesday, February 13 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: Lent & Holy Week top resources)
    • Tuesday, March 12 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: National Eucharistic Procession)
    • Tuesday, April 9 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: TBA)
    • Tuesday, May 14 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: TBA)
    • Tuesday, June 11 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: TBA)
    • Tuesday, July 9 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: TBA)

    These DREYM Team Chats are a way for us to check in with one another on a regular basis. Time will include diocesan opportunties and updates, special topic presentation (new this semester), followed by time to share successes and challenges in parish ministry. This is a great place to bring questions, concerns and get updates.