Youth Ministry for Teens

The parish communities of St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas understand how important it is to capture the hearts and minds of our youth with the Truth. The goal of our Youth Ministry is to lead teens closer to Christ by offering opportunities to encounter, learn of and follow the path of discipleship.

See below for our annual events.

Pilgrimage for Life:  Friday, January 21st 2022

Join us and 300,000 people from across the country at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.!

This event is a 3-day pilgrimage open to youth in grades 7 through 12. The trip includes museum and monument tours, Mass  at the National Basilica, and attendance at the Life is Very Good Evening of Prayer!


Steubenville Summer Conference 2021:  Friday, July 9th – Sunday, July 11th 2021

This trip is open to youth in grades 9th – 12th. Join us as we travel to Steubenville Main Campus for a life-changing weekend along with 2200 other young people coming together to draw closer to Christ and renew their faith.  The weekend is packed with engaging sessions, concerts, prayer and opportunities to encounter Christ!

Trip registration includes Conference registration, transportation, prizes, meals, t-shirts for each day, and lodging. Sign-ups are now closed for 2021. Contact our Youth Minister at for future events other offerings.

Totus Tuus: a/k/a – Totally Yours  @  St. Patrick’s!
Sunday, July 25th – Thursday, July 29th 2021

Youth going into 7th – 12th grade are invited to attend Sunday, July 25th – Thursday, July 29th 6:30pm – 9:00pm at St. Patrick’s.
Make your summer memorable.
Make your summer meaningful.
The evenings will be filled with fun games, faith testimonies, short lessons, small group discussions, prayer and fellowship. Tuesday night offers opportunity for Adoration and confession with Thursday evening being reserved for nothing but fun and fellowship.
$20 cost, for assistance contact Karen

To register click the link here:

The program is also being offered at St. Joseph in Endicott at the same time.


Middle School Summer Pilgrimage to Niagara Falls:
Saturday, August 14th 2021

This event is open to boys and girls entering 6th – 8th grades. Come  join us on a special summer pilgrimage for middle school students!  We will visit Niagara Falls, ride the Maid of the Mist or see the Cave of the Winds, visit a Marian Shrine for Mass, and end the day with pizza and games! Contact our Youth Minister at with your interest.

Saturday, August 14th 2021


NCYC (Biennial Event):
Thursday, November 18th – Saturday, November 20th 2021

The National Catholic Youth Conference is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones.  Join the Syracuse Diocese Delegation and don’t miss the powerful talks, informative and inspiring workshops, music, and of course experiencing the sacraments with over 20,000 young Catholics from around the US!

Youth participants must be a current high school student (grades 9 through 12) at the time of registration. Please contact with your interest and questions.                                                                                   

Love Your Neighbor

A fun part of Youth Ministry are our opportunities to love our neighbor. Seasonally we provide opportunities to engage in service to the community. Whether we put on a fundraiser for the Showers of Hope, make sandwiches for the back door bagged lunch distribution, help out at the Holy Name Chicken Barbecue, serve at a funeral luncheon or visit a shut in and bring them a flower from the parish, we all have an opportunity to engage and bring hope and the love of Christ to others. Let Karen know you are open to ‘love your neighbor.’