VENTURE is a Youth Group with a mission to build a community of teens who have fun in a social setting, while putting their faith into action with a life of respect. ALL TEENS are invited to our events and activities, no matter where they are on life's journey, they are welcome here. We are thankful to call St. Catherine's our home and blessed to have the support of our pastor, Fr. Dan, and Parish Community. You are always welcome to get ask about gettinf involved yourself by not only donating time or resources, but especially by praying for our ministry and encouraging your teens to be involved also!
St. Catherine's has 2 active VENTURE Groups (Middle School and High School) that meet on Sundays. Our activities vary from regular meeting nights to fun activities and trips including (but not limited to) bowling and six flags, ice cream socials and swing dances, bonfires and beach nights.
VENTURE Jr. is open to all neighborhood 6th-8th grade students.
VENTURE is open to all neighborhood 9th-12th grade students.
Our groups are free to join and open to anyone of any background. Our underlying core is built on respect, however, we do adhere to the teachings set forth by our catholic faith. Non-catholic members are ALWAYS welcome as well - 3 rules apply AT ALL TIMES:
- Respect for self
- Respect for others
- Respect for property
Respectful behavior is expected from all of our teens regardless of their religious affiliation.
This social group is not a teen dating group. While we do not encourage nor discourage the youth involved in our group to "date," we are unable to control what is permitted or not permitted at home, therefore, we explain as teens enter our doors that this group is not the place for Public Displays of Affection (PDAs), or romantic relationships. We are striving to model and encourage living a virtuous life, based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, for all people in our group.
All adults who volunteer their time are background checked and have undergone the Virtus Training requirements for working with youth in the church.
VENTURE and VENTURE Jr. meet nearly every Sunday in the gym and C.A.F.E. (Comfortable Area For Everyone) in the St. Catherine's School. If you know a teen interested or want more details, please reach out to me! We would love to offer more info, add you to our parent/teen text updates and email list.
We offer community service activities, work with local organizations and host social events, small and large group discussion and focus meetings, open gym, and host affordable family fun events for our local Bayshore, North Middletown area community, among other various events.