What CYO is all about.

We live in a mixed up world, where there is much good, plenty of bad and a whole lot of confusing stuff in between.

Keeping ones bearings requires a compass. CYO's goal is to be that compass, guiding teens toward authentic love for Christ, His Church and the Sacraments. Teaching values and ideals centered in Truth. Through sharing, singing, praying, laughing, crying and serving, teens learn these truths. Then, guided by Christ's love, they can find the strength and Grace to live in this life.

Our journey together is just the beginning of their life-long journey towards Christ.

Regardless of what teens do or where they go, their Catholic faith will help them be a person others are happy to know. Their faith will bring them more joy in life than they would otherwise have, and when teens feel that joy they will know God is who they need to thank. It won't save them from trials or suffering, but it will help them to rely on God for the strength only HE can give.

SCYO - Grades 9-12

What does SCYO do?

All activities are focused on deepening your relationship with Christ, the church and Her teachings on faith as well as moral and social issues we encounter in the world today. Through innovative teaching approaches, prayer and small group activities teens learn what it means to live out their Catholic faith in day to day life.

  • Sunday Nights: Dinner with friends, opportunity for fellowship, worship and community building with Catholic Students your age.
  • Wednesday Nights: Small group “Huddles” for guys and girls and combined group Bible Study. Each offers more opportunity for smaller group interaction and faith building on a deeper more personal level.
  • Service Projects- East Alabama Food Bank “backpack program,” Habitat for Humanity, Christmas visit to Oak Park Assisted Living, Joy in a Box.
  • Retreats and Trips –Archdiocese March for Life, Archdiocese Youth Conference, Opportunities for individual trips for students and their parents.

Questions

  • When do they meet? After the 5pm mass each Sunday from 6:00pm-8:00pm unless otherwise noted. Wednesday nights from 6:15pm-6:45pm for small group Huddles and 7:00pm-7:45pm for Bible Study.
  • Where do they meet? Sunday Nights: If you are coming from 5pm mass to dinner, meet in the parish hall at 6pm. We begin meeting at 6:30pm in the CYO room. The last door on the left before you get to the parish hall. Wednesday nights we meet in the CYO room: For your convenience pizza is served from 5:30-6:00pm for $3, or you are welcome to bring something with you.
  • What is the cost? The cost is $75 for one child and $100 for multiple children. This includes Sunday meals on meeting nights for the year. Checks can be made out to St. Michael’s CYO and turned into me or to the Parish Office.
  • Where do they park if they are driving? On Sunday nights at the east (back) entrance parking lot. Wednesday nights, anywhere you choose.
  • Where do we pick them up? On Sundays, due to 8pm mass, pick up is at the east(back) entrance.
  • Can they bring a friend? Certainly, we are happy to have them anytime.

For more information contact: Michelle Schultz (334) 559-8277 or cyoauburn@gmail.com.

JCYO - Grades 7-8

What does JCYO do?

The JCYO program is designed to give students a foundation of Catholic friends to walk in faith with. The hope is to continue to build on those healthy, holy friendships throughout middle school and high school.

  • Topic nights will be on establishing good prayer habits through different forms of prayer as well as “issue nights” on topics of morality such as, gossip, healthy male, female friendships and other issues that effect middle school teens.
  • Periodic service projects deepen teens understanding of social justice.
  • Social events continue to build community within their group.

Questions

  • What grades does JCYO include? 7th - 8th grades
  • When do they meet? Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30.
  • Where do they meet? In the Junior High meeting room directly behind the CYO room. The last door on the left before you get to the parish hall.
  • What is the cost? There is no cost, from time to time you will be asked to volunteer to send a snack.
  • Is dinner provided? For your convenience, pizza is served on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:00pm for $3.
  • Where do we pick them up? The front entrance.
  • Can they bring a friend? Certainly, we are happy to have them anytime.

For more information contact: Sara Schillerat (334) 354-3596 or jcyoauburn@gmail.com.

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Contact

Michelle Schultz

Director of Youth Ministries

michelle-schultz

My name is Michelle Schultz, I am the Youth Ministries Coordinator for Saint Michael's. My particular focus is high school ministry. Matt my husband, and I converted to the Catholic faith 25 years ago. We have six children, Hanson (and his wife Catherine), Joseph, Grissom, Jacob, Caroline and Justin. There is a nine year gap between the first three kids and the second, we call the them the big three and the little three. Soon after coming into the church our sponsors encouraged us to get involved in the church. Little did I know when I said yes to being the youth ministries coordinator a few years down the road, I would still be serving the parish 16 years later. I could never express the gratitude I have for the many gifts and blessings.

Our program is unique when compared to most youth ministry programs, in that AU Catholic students make up much of our ministry team. Being close to the ages of our teens allows many opportunities for them to be able to meet them where they are in their triumphs and trials​. Their youthfulness and zeal for the faith make the perfect combination to light a fire in the hearts of our youth. Challenging and often mentoring them to come to know, love and serve Our Lord through the great gift of the church.


Contact Information: Michelle Schultz (334) 559-8277 or cyoauburn@gmail.com.

Sara Schiller

Junior CYO Coordinator

sara-schiller

Hi! My name is Sara Schiller. My husband, Chris, and I are alumni of Auburn University, where we earned degrees in Vocal Music Performance and Education. During our four years as students at Auburn, we were both members of Auburn CYO's Core Team and volunteered weekly with JCYO, in addition to leading worship for retreats with High School CYO. Post graduation, we served as missionaries for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students at the University of Tennessee and learned how to be missionaries for Christ with our whole lives. God has recently called us back to Auburn where we will be music teachers as well as serving with the JCYO. Please pray for us, as we are also expecting a baby boy!

I am thrilled to be the Junior CYO Coordinator this year! As they become young adults, students in Middle School are at a crucial age when good influences and positive community can help shape them into disciples of Christ. Whether to participate in and take ownership of their faith is one of the many choices that they have to make for themselves, and so my main hope with my service to JCYO is that Chris and I can foster daily personal prayer and devotion to Jesus Christ.


Contact Information: Sara Schiller at (334) 322-7295 or jcyoauburn@gmail.com.