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 – January: Unique from Day One

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 with Bishop Cunningham at the National Basilica, and attendance at the Life is Very Good Evening of Prayer!

January 23-25, 2020

Steubenville Summer Conference: Inspired. Equipped. Empowered.

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 happening now. Contact our Youth Minister at

July 12-14, 2019


Totus Tuus: Totally Yours.

Totus Tuus offers evening retreats for middle school and high school youth. These “evening retreats” meet Sunday through Thursday and are comprised of instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. College students and seminarians form a team of four which will be the at the selected regional parish in order to teach the Catholic faith and inspire the youth. The team teaches in such a way as to offer a dialogue in which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity. Make your summer memorable, sign up now with

July 21st – 25th 2019, 7 – 9 pm St. Joseph’s in Endicott.



Middle School Summer Pilgrimage to Niagara Falls

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.

August 3, 2019


NCYC (Biennial Event)

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 yout interest and questions.                                                                                  November 21st – 24th

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.’