Youth Ministries


Our Lady of the Presentation Youth Ministry strives for a meaningful relational ministry with the same goals as shared in our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document, RENEWING THE VISION:

1) To empower young people to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in our world today

2) To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the church;

3) To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

Contact the Youth Ministry Office at 816.251.1103 for matters related to: Confirmation preparation; Youth Ministry programs, events and activities serving grades seven thru high school graduates; Young Adult ministry; Parish Service and Social Justice experiences for adults, youth and families.


Confirmation preparation generally begins with registration in the late summer before the candidate’s sophomore year in high school and culminates with confirmation in the spring of the following year. Confirmation candidates meet in a small group setting at a group leader’s home for catechetical sessions. Confirmation Preparation also includes active participation in our parish community including retreats, service experiences, prayer and sacraments. Training for adult leaders to serve as small group leaders, catechists or peer ministers begins in August. For information call the Youth Ministries Office-816. 251-1107.


Our High School Youth Community provides a place where parish youth in grades 9 thru 12 can come together to share, learn, develop close friendships – all deeply rooted in our rich Catholic faith. Youth Community (youth group) consists of many diverse activities and experiences throughout the calendar year.  Youth Community gathers the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the youth room and includes discussions based on our liturgical calendar. Other activities throughout the year include service projects; community building activities; sports activities; travel to the National Catholic Youth Conference every other year; Annual Service Mission Trip, retreats, and lock-ins.  All are welcome – each teen should register for Youth Community.  Call 816.251.1103 for registration information or see our parish website and the youth ministry page.


Our Middle School Youth Community provides a place where all parish youth in grades 7 and 8 can come together to share, learn and grow in their faith in a youth group setting. Members of the Middle School Youth Community gather the Second and Fourth Sundays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow House. Middle School Youth Community meets at the same time as the high school but they meet separately after opening prayer. The group participates in a variety of service experiences, faith building, social and sports activities.


Our Lady of the Presentation has a very active Youth Ministry made possible by the Adult & Youth Leadership Team.  The Leadership Team gathers every second Sunday at 4:30pm to plan, evaluate and guide our Youth Ministry.  Teens and adults are welcome. Time commitments for middle school or high school can range from a one-time commitment, to occasional helper or a leadership team member with leadership opportunities. All adults must comply with our diocesan Safe Environment training requirements.  Please call Christy Gruenbaum at 816.251.1107 for more details.


Young Adults ages 18 and over are invited to gather and connect with other young adults up to approximately late 20’s.  Young Adult Ministry is led by young adults – and includes short-term bible studies, social gatherings, retreats and service opportunities.  Call 816.251.1107 for more information.