St. Mary Church runs two, fantastic young parishioner programs throughout each school year. EDGE for students in grades 6 through 8 and LIFE TEEN for students in grades 9 through 12.
EDGE enrollment is approximately 230 students! LIFE TEEN has over 300 students participating in retreats, over 100 students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and each year 150 teens going to the Spring Retreat in April. The LIFE TEEN students also attend conferences out of state, the Right to Life weekend in Washington, DC, and do substantial local volunteering.
LIFE TEEN has greatly increased the number of teens discerning God’s will in their lives. Check out our stats:
Priests from St. Mary Church who have attended LIFE TEEN:
Fr. Andy Turner Fr. Steve Flynn Fr. Anthony Simone
Fr. Ryan Mann Fr. Jeff Barnish
Fr. Ryan Cubera Fr. Patrick Schultz
Dan Samide David Chojancki
Rich Samide Andrew Karpinski
Nik Guiney Brad Jasko
COSTS FOR LIFE TEEN
Your generous donations at Festival of Trees and Treasures help to cover the costs for:
LIFE TEEN Leadership Conference in Atchison, Kansas and the COVECREST CAMP in Georgia are each is $600 per teen. We charge only $450 for each trip per teen.
The Arizona LIFE TEEN Conference for CORE and Musicians is $1,000 per attendee! We don’t expect our dedicated CORE Staff and Musicians to pay their entire bill and we supplement their trip.
Our trip to the Steubenville Youth Conference is $250 per teen and we supplement this trip as well.
Fall & Spring retreats. The cost is $132, teens pay $110.
The RIGHT TO LIFE March in Washington, DC, is $165 per student and we ask students to pay $135 the trip.