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Offices Parish Life Youth Ministry Diocesan Committee for Girls' Religious Programs

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Diocesan Committee for Girls' Religious Programs

It is the goal of the committee to promote spiritual growth in young people by providing opportunities, and special experiences that enable them to become concerned and sharing individuals of their family, church and community. Adult advisors are trained in the Family of God, I Live My Faith and Marian Medal Programs to work with participants in promoting the expression of the young person’s faith through positive actions and concrete spiritual experiences. The programs are intended to complement the formal religious education provided by the Catholic Parish School and PSR programs.

All programs are official religious recognition programs of the Roman Catholic Church in the USA for youth enrolled in Girl Scouts, USA, Camp Fire, Inc., Heritage Girls, parish youth and other similar organizations. The certificates and medals designed for each of these programs should be presented upon successful completion of the programs. They serve as both a reminder of the learned experience and as symbols of commitment to faith through prayer, service and responsible community participation.

For further information on any of the programs or activities, or for applications and/or information in nominating a recipient for the adult recognitions, contact us.

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2023 Advent Award

Duty of God is a special program offered to all youth involved in the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life USA.  The purpose is to gain a deeper understanding of our faith and earn a special recognition.  The scouts are asked to attend Mass for seven weeks, from Dec 3 - Jan 14, and briefly write about something they heard in the homily each week.
Participants who complete the program will receive a special certificate and a choice of commemorative pins.  Check out the flyer and reporting page for details.

Youth Recognition Programs

Family of God

The Family of God program is for children in the 2nd and 3rd grade who are enrolled in Girl Scout, Camp Fire and other Parish programs. It is an activity series developed to, complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families. It helps, children discover God in their daily lives, in their family and parish. The parents and adults advisors help the girls to grow in religious awareness by talking about the experiences that make up the program. The suggested completion time is approximately three months.

I Live My Life

I Live My Faith is a program of general Christian formation for girls 4th through 6th grade. It is organized into project units that seek to develop in each individual an awareness of her potential as a growing person, a responsible member of the family, a citizen and a participant in the community of Faith. Completion time takes about six months.

Marian Medal

The Marian Medal program is designed for girls 7th grade and up, to enable them to come to a better understanding of Christian living. It features active involvement in understanding Mary as the model of openness and spirituality. The program develops a Christian spirit of hope and faith and a joyful Christian Community. Throughout all the activities participants are asked to hold Mary as their role model, as an example of the Church serving our brothers and sisters in Christ. Completion is approximately twelve months.

Spirit Alive

The Spirit Alive program is designed for the Catholic youth in high school (grades 9-12, ages 15-17) and those in the senior level of Girl Scouts. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry.

Adult Recognition Programs

Advisor Pin

In recognition of the service to youth, the Advisor Pin is given to a trained adult who has worked and completed a Girls’ Religious Program in any level for the first time.

Father James P. O'Donnell Diocesan Recognition

This recognition is given to adults in recognition of inspirational leadership to any adult who has given a minimum of three years of service in the diocese.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton National Recognition

The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton medal is given to recognize the meritorious contributions of adults who serve catholic youth through girls’ organizations for a minimum of five years.

Saint Anne National Recognition

The Saint Anne Medal is the highest national recognition for adults who serve catholic youth through girls’ organizations for a minimum of ten years.

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