Youth Ministry Observation Nights

Ever wish you could “sit in” on someone else’s youth ministry gatherings and see how “others do things” ?

Well, this fall and winter we want to give you that very opportunity!

Four parishes have agreed to let us go “behind the scenes” and share with you how they put together and carry out their gatherings on a Sunday night.

Those that register for a night will meet with that Youth Minister an hour before the gathering to get some background on the ministry, etc.  Then once the night is over, they will gather again for short time for any questions that might have come up during the night.

There is no cost for this!  Simply an opportunity for those to sit in and maybe get some new ideas.

Register online for which one, or however many you’d like to attend!

More information will be sent to you after you have registered.

A little about each of our Sites …

Night #1
Sunday October 29th
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Ridgewood
Glen McCall, Youth Minister
6:30pm Glen would meet with all those that registered

The program starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9pm.  The program meets in the Youth Center, which is in the lower level of the school building. 

Glen Mc Call: Has served as a parish youth minister for 41 years in both the Diocese of Paterson & Archdiocese of Newark. Two of the programs (St. Mary’s, Pompton Lakes & Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ridgewood) were chosen for three national studies on the best practices in youth ministry. Glen is also a national speaker in the field and has served as the Chairperson of the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML) and a recipient of the Pope John Paul II Award in 2011 from the Archdiocese of Newark Youth Office.

Night #2
Sunday, November 5th
St Catharine’s CYO
St. Catharine’s, Glen Rock
Dana McStowe, Youth Minister
6:30 pm Dana will meet with those that are registered 

The program starts at 7 pm – 9 pm, Dana gathers with the leaders at 6:30pm. We will meet this night in Community Hall, which can be accessed through our bell tower side of the church. Address: 905 Maple Ave, Glen Rock, NJ. November 5th will be a Sunday where we are making Care Packages for our CYO graduates who are in college. St. Catharine’s CYO is open to all High School students in grades 9 through 12. St. Catharine’s CYO meets every Sunday; each week, we have a different activity planned for our Sunday night. The website for St. Catharine’s CYO can be found here: 

Night #3
Sunday December 10th
St Helen’s Westfield
Patti Gardner, Youth Minister  
6:30pm Patti will meet with those registered

More information on St. Helen’s YM coming

Night #4
Sunday January 21st
Saint Michael’s Youth Ministry
Rich Donovan, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
6:30pm Rich will gather with all those registered

The High School program meets on Sunday nights 7pm – 9:30pm in the Youth Room, Cafeteria and Gym of St. Michael’s School, 100 Alden Street Cranford.  Entrance is on the side of the school that faces the church’s bell tower.    Saint Michael Youth Ministry Program is open to all students in High School, grades 9 thru 12.  The program meets regularly each Sunday night at St. Michael’s School in Cranford.  We open at 7pm, and get started around 7:30pm.  A night’s meeting includes games, discussions, a presentation or talk on a particular subject, prayer and more.  Learn more about Saint Michael’s Youth Ministry on their website at

Rich Donovan, Associate Director
Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
201-998-0088 x 4150