Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM)

(6th, 7th & 8th Grades)

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Meeting Space: Parish Hall

MSYM Catechists include: Lauree Birchmeier, Tim Farkus, Maria Dvorak, Sarah Shinkle and substitute Joan Farkus


Our Sunday evening MSYM works to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.  We provide opportunities to experience belonging, to enjoy fellowship with peers, to explore preteen/teen topics, to work together for justice and peace, to pray together, to come to know the work of God, to worship and celebrate together.

We provide and share, in partnership with the family, a curriculum that focuses on what it means to be a Christian in the Catholic tradition and to know and experience the love of God, Catechetical focus is on God as Creator and Life-giver, on Jesus, as Savior and Friend and the Presence of the Spirit as Teacher and Guide.

Building Community

Our first goal is to create an environment which nurtures meaningful relationships among youth and between youth and adults characterized by Gospel values (e.g. acceptance of all people, trust, respect, cooperation, honesty, taking responsibility, willingness to serve) helping young people feel like a valued part of our church community; providing opportunities for social interaction and meaningful participation in the life of the Church and the community; and to provide a safe and loving environment. At various times throughout the year we share activities, retreats and outreach opportunities with MACY (Midland, Area Catholic Youth), MACC (Midland Area Catholic Community) and the Diocese.

  • August: Kokomos
  • October: Halloween Party at the Roller Arena
  • November: Lock-In at the Community Center
  • December: Girls Retreat @ St Brigid
  • February: Boys Retreat                

Justice and Peace

Our young people will have the opportunity to participate in many different service projects during the year. 

  •  August: Food Collection
  •  September: Picnic Table building
  •  December: Adopt a Family
  •  January: MLK Service Event
  •  February: Souper Bowl Collection
  •  February: Mardi Gras Event

Prayer and Worship

We will assist our young people in deepening their relationship with Jesus through spiritual development and a personal prayer life using various prayer forms, traditional prayers, the bible and ministries opportunities.

  • October: Sunday Stillness 6-7pm
    • Parents & MSYM 7-7:30pm
  •  December: Reconciliation Event
  •  February: MLK Service Event @ Assumption
  •  February: Burning of the Palms after Mardi Gras Party
  •  March: Lent Event


Objective: To examine and make moral and ethical decisions consistent with the Gospels, Church teaching and an informed conscience.

  1. To help the teens identify what motivates the choices they make; learn to apply Christian values to the decision making process; understand the factors that go into making a moral choice.
  2. To help the teens identify values that are important to them; understand how our character is shaped and learn about different virtues; discover how to incorporate Christian virtues in their lives.
  3. Effects that positive and negative behaviors have on others, understand the importance of getting involved in order to make a difference in the world.

Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM)

Center for Ministry Development: Youth Ministry Access

Variety of lessons and topics which include:
  • Road Trip
  • Out on a Limb
  • Belonging and Being Myself
  • Peer Power
  • Praying the Mass
  • Being Thankful
  • Over the Hedge
  • T’was the Meeting before Christmas
  • Winter Olympics
  • Digital Discipleship
  • Images of God
  • Destinations Unknown

Our 6th, 7th & 8th graders will generally meet together during our opening prayer, gathering activity, and closing.  During the teaching portion and discussions 6th graders will meet together and 7th/8th grades will meet together separately.

Parents are asked to support their son/daughter’s discipleship development by:

  1. Participating in the celebration of the Eucharist with their son/daughter each Saturday evening or Sunday
  2. Encourage their son/daughter to take a more active role in the parish’s life and ministry, in keeping with the age and abilities of the young person
  3. Assist their son/daughter to identify possible forces of violence, oppression and injustice in the local community and discuss ways the family can help oppose these forces.
  4. Read or pray the Scriptures occasionally in a family setting.
  5. Include prayer as a part of their daily lives.
  6. Encouraging their son/daughter to actively participate in MSYM including retreats, social events and service opportunities.


If you have any questions or concerns with MSYM please contact Lauree Birchmeier, lauree@assumptionmidland.org, 989-631-4447.


High School Youth Ministry (HSYM)

(9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Grades)

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Meeting Space: Multi Purpose Room

HSYM Catechist includes: Kathy Russell