St. Pius X Junior High Youth Group Makes Debut in 2016, New Assistant Hired
In February 2016, St. Pius X Church and School received grant monies from The Catholic Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization that receives and manages assets to provide perpetual funding for the parishes, schools and ministries within the 23-county Diocese of Columbus, for the development of a junior high youth ministry program to serve our parishioners in Grades 7 and 8. The grant included funds to support staff growth required for this development effort, and the parish hired and welcomed Miss Katie Lomeo to its staff in June 2016. Miss Lomeo works as an assistant to the Coordinator of the St. Pius X Youth Group, Mrs. Judie Bryant, particularly in marketing the group and in developing new programs for it.
Katie is a Westerville native and a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas with a concentration in Pre-Med. “Faith is a huge component in Katie’s life and she has a high ability to connect with the kids,” said Judie Bryant. “She lives and breathes her faith and is ‘on fire for God.’ Her cheerful face and youthful exuberance really helps our young Catholics make a connection with this new program and build healthy relationships. Kids in high school and junior high have a strong desire to have adults pay attention to them in a positive light, and Katie definitely does that.”
The new St. Pius X Junior High Youth Group kicked off its year officially in the summer of 2016 with a back-to-school event, but its first official meeting was held in September. However, the ministry developed organically over the past few years as more junior high students joined in St. Pius X High School Youth Group events like the St. Paul Youth Summer Camp in Westerville, held every July, and became involved in parish service opportunities like the St. Pius X Vacation Bible School program. One of the roles of the ministry is to assist kids in finding their niche within the church community. “I really see my role as Coordinator of Youth Ministry as one of introducing our young church to the many opportunities of parish life,” commented Mrs. Bryant, “and helping them find a role in living their faith within their parish community.”
The grant monies provided by The Catholic Foundation will also provide funds to assist the ministry in developing programs for parental support, including the invitation of prominent speakers to the parish campus and the provision of parenting workshops. These will be aimed at helping parents understand the social challenges and pressures children face daily in this age and helping them to raise their children with high moral character.
To learn more about St. Pius X Youth Group, to view its Calendar of Events, or to contact Judie Bryant directly, please access: