Middle School Youth Ministry


What is EDGE?

EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. EDGE resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of middle school youth. The resources present Catholic teaching in a way that young people can understand.

Why is EDGE Important?

We all remember that middle school was awkward and difficult. That hasn’t changed. However, societal shifts have made the middle school years more difficult than ever. Today, middle school youth are having experiences that were common only with high school students just 15 years ago. Not only are they faced with these tough realities but they are also in the process of moving from being family-centered to friend-centered.

Peers gain greater influence and parental authority is called into question. As they shift socially they are also experiencing tremendous changes emotionally and intellectually. As they wade through all the difficulties of this time of life, they have real questions and need real answers. That is why EDGE middle school youth ministry program is an essential part to any parish youth ministry. It is created specifically to reach out to the age group and lead them closer to Christ.

More about EDGE!

EDGE is for youth in grades 6-8. EDGE will meet Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm in Mother Seton Hall and will include dinner. EDGE will feature formation nights, issue nights, and social nights.

Issue nights, issue teachings are about issues that middle school youth deal with on a regular basis (like bullying, the internet, gossip, friendship, etc.). The purpose for these nights is to teach the youth ways to deal with these issues in a holy way.

Social nights, the middle school youth will grow in community and get to know other youth in the group. Socials are typically a good way to gain interest from new youth or to break down cliques and encourage teens to meet new people.

What does a typical EDGE Night look like?

Each night is broken up into the Liturgical format: Gather, Proclaim, Break and Send. We will begin each with dinner.

Gather typically comes in the form of a skit, video or game, which sets the tone and prepares the teens for the topic of the night.

Proclaim comes in two forms: a testimony from a high school teen who is committed to living out their faith, and who has some experience with the topic for the night and/or an adult (usually one of the youth ministry staff, but possibly a parent or a young adult leader) gives the teaching about the specific topic. These teaching always center on Scripture and the Catechism.

Break is a chance to break open and discuss the teachings of the night. This gives the youth a chance to personalize and internalize the concepts that they were taught. They have to make the teachings relevant in their own lives, or it can’t change them. This is typically where this happens. Most of the time, the break is in the form of a small group discussion, but it varies depending on time, the topic and the number of youth who attend.

Finally, Send is when the youth get to experience a prayer related to the topic, and are sent off into the world to spread the Good News about what they learned that particular night. The entire night is surrounded with prayer.


FF Events



Jennifer Schneider
Faith Formation Coordinator
651.437.4254 ext. 246
Mariah Smith
Confirmation Coordinator/Youth Dir.
651.437.4254 ext. 237
Jill Skaife  
Director of Faith Formation
651.437.4254 ext. 225


Upcoming Events:


EDGE Calendar

Over the EDGE Calendar

Over the EDGE Permission Form