Youth Ministry

Welcome to BLAZE Youth Ministry

2022-2023 Registration now open! Grab an info packet outside Allie's office or download one from the right sidebar. Fill out the registration form and the waiver and either email to Allie or return to the Parish Office with Youth Ministry on the envelope.

Rooted in the principles of Ignatian Spirituality, Blaze will be a vibrant community of 6-12 graders seeking to live their lives for the Greater Glory of God (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or AMDG). Blaze will inspire students to find God in every aspect of their lives through small group discussion, community service, and joyful large group events. Students in Blaze are encouraged to think critically, to examine their faith, and to go forth and set the world on fire.

Upcoming Events

Kickoff Party!

On Sunday, September 25 from 4-7pm, all students in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for a fun evening of prayer, flag football, dinner, and more! Please RSVP to Allie at [email protected] by September 21.

A parent volunteer (or two!) are needed to help referee the flag football games and serve dinner. Please let Allie know if you're available and willing to help!

What is BLAZE?

Our Philosophy

Blaze is based in the main principles of Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit teachings. First and foremost, all meetings, events, etc. will be done in the spirit of AMDG, or for the Greater Glory of God – that is, everything done in the name of Blaze will be done to praise and glorify God. Blaze is also founded on the principle that God can be found in every thing, event, and aspect of our lives; therefore, the students of Blaze will learn how to find God in their everyday lives. Blaze will also never forget that according to Ignatian principles, spirituality is not just prayer, Sacraments, and serious contemplation – spirituality also encompasses joy, friendship, and laughter. In addition, one of the biggest tenants of Ignatian principles is “Men and women for others,” which is both a statement of the importance of service for others as well as the concept of Cura Personalis, which is the idea that the person in front of you is the most important person in the world in that moment – that every person is important and must be cared for fully in body, mind, and soul, and that every person must be respected as a Child of God. Therefore, Blaze will be heavily involved in community service and relationship building within our Greater Cleveland community. St. Ignatius of Loyola also signed his letters with a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Go forth and set the world on fire,” which is an encouragement to his followers to evangelize, to share the Good News, and to share God’s love with each and every person they encounter. Students of Blaze will be encouraged to also do this – to radically change the world through sharing God’s love in their actions and encounters with others.

The teaching philosophy behind Blaze is one of student-led discussion, critical thinking, asking questions, and relationship-forward community service. Blaze will include both large-group events that include service projects and community building, and small groups that encourage learning, asking the big questions of our faith, and examining our faith – what we believe, why we believe it, and what our beliefs call us to do as Catholics and responsible citizens. Students in small groups will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically in order to explore and deepen their faith. 
Our Structure

Blaze will be divided into two divisions – Spark, for grades 6-8, and Ignite, for grades 8-9-12. Each division will also have a leadership team of their senior members – 8th graders for Spark, and 10th grade and above for Ignite. The leadership teams will assist in planning topics and events as well as act as student leaders at large group events.

Our Rules
1. Students may only miss two or fewer Fire groups per semester
2. No cell phones during meetings or events
3. Parents must volunteer once per semester
4. Leadership team must attend meetings
5. Behavior issues will be dealt with in the following manner:
      a. First Offence -- Given a warning, asked to stay after on cleanup duty
      b. Second Offence -- Pulled aside, talked to about behavior, asking them to change the behavior, warned that parents will be called if the behavior doesn't change
      c. Third Offence – Asked to sit out of the rest of the event, parents called and behavior discussed. If behavior gets to this point in more than one event, a discussion will be had with the family if Blaze is a good fit for the student. 
6. Absolutely no bullying, racism, anti-semitism, hate speech, anti-LGBQ speech, etc. will be tolerated. Any behavior to the contrary of this rule will be an immediate Third Offence consequence.

Youth Ministry Videos

Witness: Jamaica Changed My Life - Nicki Mlakar


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Youth Ministry Photos

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Allie Gall
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
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Volunteer with Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is always looking for adults to volunteer their time and talents! Any adult over 21 is welcome to help out. Please register as a volunteer HERE.

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P: 440-247-7183
F: 440-247-2327

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