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St. Mary's Youth Groups

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Welcome to Youth Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish!  My name is Shannon Barks, and I have the privilege of working with our young people as the youth minister here at St. Mary's.  We have a ministry for all of our young people from J.K. through to Young Adult that meet regularly.  Youth ministry provides an opportunity for young people to encounter Christ in community, through the beauty of the Catholic church; in turn, these young people will transform their parish, school and culture.


We have four ministries here at St. Mary’s for our young people:  M.E.R.C.Y. for grades J.K. to Grade 4 that meets once a month on a Friday night from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We have EDGE for Grades 5-8 that also meets on a Friday night once a month.  Life Teen is for teens keen to deepen their faith.  Life Teen meets twice a month on a Sunday after the 4:00 p.m. Mass where we have dinner, followed by our Life Night.  Recently, we have just begun a new ministry for young adults, entitled, "Y.A.M." - young adult ministry.  Some of the events that we participate in include: Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments, Theology on Tap, Steubenville, Ohio Conference, Bible Camp and EDGE Camp.  Our young people connect in faith and fun!  Please see the schedules below for the dates for each respective ministry.


Please click on the registration link below to register your child(ren) for youth ministry.  

For further information about youth ministry, or to volunteer, please contact Shannon at or (705) 229-7426.





For information on our youth ministry or for any further questions please email 
or call Shannon Barks at 705.229.7426.


Ages K to Grade 5 group

M.E.R.C.Y. (Ministry to Educate Roman Catholic Youth) is for youth grades J.K. to Gr. 4and gathers once a month on Friday nights from 6:00-7:30 p.m. where we explore our faith in a dynamic way through activities, games, crafts and music. 

MERCY schedule 2023-24


Middle school kids


EDGE is a youth ministry program for youth grades 5-8 to come together once a month on a Friday from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  EDGE is a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith and most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way

EDGE schedule 2023-24


Teen youth group

LIFE TEEN – for high school teens to explore their faith through talks, prayer and friendship meeting monthly on Sunday nights.

Our night begins after the 4:00 p.m. Mass. 

Dinner provided.

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