The American Cathedral offers a youth program for young people aged 11 - 18, in two age appropriate groups, Youth Collège and Youth Lycée. Everyone is welcome, whether the youth or families attend church or not! The meetings take place on Sundays during the French school year. The youth gatherings are a safe space for discussion, teaching, prayer and meditation in an environment of acceptance and understanding. Youth Collège will meet in the Crypt on Sundays at 11am until the Peace, joining the congregation for Holy Eucharist. Youth Lycée will meet in the Crypt after the 11am service and share lunch until 1:30pm.
Within the youth program there are three ceremonies that serve as milestones in the youth's lives and spiritual formation.
Rite 13: Becoming A Teenager is the first ceremony which takes place after the youth's 13th birthday. It is a celebration modeled after the Jewish bar and bat mitzvah in which the youth give a reflection in front of the congregation and ask for their continued support, all the while celebrating the beginning of adolescence.
Confirmation takes place after the youth go on pilgrimage. This pilgrimage is a journey with their peers that helps them learn about themselves and their faith. During this time they begin preparation for Confirmation. The ceremony is found in the Book of Common Prayer and is a mature confirmation of their baptismal vows.
Senior Send-Off, as the name suggests, is the way we send our graduating seniors into the world knowing that they have the support of their church.
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From time to time, the youth have opportunities to put their faith into action through outreach projects. Regular off-Cathedral campus activities such as movie nights, sporting events, and camping are also planned by the youth, clergy and parents. Every other year, the youth undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to key locations, such as Assisi or Santiago de Compostela.