Salt and Light Newsletter

Religious Ed, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Newsletter

March 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

Diocesan Youth Council

There is still time to apply for the Diocesan Youth Council, which means there is still time to share this opportunity to others!

We are so excited about this addition to our diocese and opportunity for young people to have a consistent voice. We need your help in getting the word out to young people!!


Beginning July 1 (or when Administrative Assistant position is filled) Mary Madelyn Mertes (the current Administrative Assistant for Religious Ed, Youth & Young Adult Ministry and Womens Ministry) will be taking a new role in the Office of Faith Formation. She will become the Assistant Director of Catechetical Formation which will support Catecetical formation of the laity in a variety capacities and work on initiatives and resources for Religious Education. This role will also work with Marriage preparation and enrichment. She will be working under both myself and Deacon Enrique Castro. We are so excited to have this support and so excited for what the future will bring.

  • We need your help in spreading the word about the Administrative Assistant position! Link to Information about position and Application
  • Mary Madelyn will be joining me at the Regional Gatherings in April so that many of you will get to meet her. This will be a great time to meet her and learn about her experiences which make her qualified for this promotion. Please plan to attend one of these gatherings! See below with information and link to RSVP so we have enough food 🙂
Regional Gatherings (1)

A note from Maureen Quinn:

I will be out of the Office from March 21-April 7. I am taking 8 young adults, in collaboration with the Mission Office, on a Mission Exchange Experience to Uganda. I look forward to sharing this experience when we return, and plan to do so on the next DREYM Team Chat, April 9. I am back in the states by April 4 but will be spending a few days with my family 🙂

I will be praying for each of you on this journey and plan to pray for specific intentions at the Shrine of the Ugandan Martyrs and as we walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday. Please send your specific intentions to me and I will add them to my prayer journal!

I pray you all have a blessed Holy Week and Easter! Maureen Quinn

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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!

Teaching Touching Safety Program Reminder

If you have not done so yet, make sure to be teaching at least one class of Teaching Touching Safety to your PSR Classes and Youth Groups. This information needs to be recorded and turned into the Virtus Office. This should be completed by May 1.

To access the form that needs to be turned in: click here

Last fall we saw Protect Young Eyes present. Because of the visit, we have access to these lessons through this school calendar year. Please consider also using one of these lessons to expand on safety lessons. If you have feedback on these lessons, let us know! Protect Young Eyes is coming back in the fall and we hope to add these resources more permanently in the future. These lessons can be accessed here.

Spring 2024 Calendar


Summer/Fall 2024 Calendar


Ongoing Formation

Regional Gatherings (1)

Spring Regional Gatherings

These Spring Regional Gatherings are NEW and a way for us to come to your areas and gather. We are hopeful that we have enough locations as well as offering fro day and evening. Lunch or Dinner will be provided at each location so it is imperative that you RSVP.

TOPICS will include:

  • Upcoming opportunities from our Office
  • Changes of staff and opportunity to get to know Mary Madelyn Mertes more
  • Year in Review and Goal Setting for next year.
  • National Eucharistic Pilgrimage
  • 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, changes were made for day of week. We are going back to 2 options to accomodate parish staff and volunteers!

  • Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Dates: 2nd Tuesday each month at 11am and 6pm
    • Tuesday, February 13 at 11am and 6pm click here for recording
    • Tuesday, March 12 at 11am and 6pm Recording: click here for recording
    • Tuesday, April 9 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: Share about Ugandan Trip & Share speakers for National Eucharistic Pilgrimage)
    • Tuesday, May 14 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: Summer Opportunities from the Diocese)
    • Tuesday, June 11 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: Gearing up for another Year, how to prepare)
    • Tuesday, July 9 at 11am and 6pm (Topic: Fall 2024,what is coming)

    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.

General 1 Intro

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is coming to our diocese July 1-5

If half our parish communities worked to get a group at one of the events or opportunties along the pilgrimage, think of how many will witness this beautiful experience! Consider working to lead your parish to one of the opportunities our diocese is offering! How does your parish plan to get involved? Give us feedback so we know where to expect your parish community!