St. Catherine of Siena said “When you are who you are called to be you will set the world ablaze!” Our Blaze Middle School Youth Ministry offers opportunities throughout the year for youth in Grades 6-8 to meet other middle schoolers, get involved in outreach, and have fun in a safe and spiritually enriched environment.

Upcoming Events

Our goal is to provide at least one social and one service opportunity each month for our middle schoolers (Grades 6-8), whether attending a Catholic or non-Catholic school. Be sure to check the weekly bulletin and this website regularly for the most up to date information. 
We will not holding our annual tri-parish Summer Madness service camp this year. Although many will be disappointed with this decision, we did not feel we could hold a quality and safe program this year in light of the current circumstances.  Many factors influenced our decision, including these few:
  • Our parishes are still discerning and uncertain how to best welcome groups back for activities (as of this writing, one parish has not yet held public Masses, and all three parish offices are still closed and have not yet welcomed back even small groups);
  • Most of our service sites are still not having groups volunteer onsite;
  • Differences and confusion in guidance with regards to where the various Summer Madness components fit: day camp, parish youth ministry, and/or outreach;
  • How to maintain physical distancing, both at the parish and onsite at the service sites; and lastly,
  • Recent guidance from the archdiocese has forbidden us having participants gather at one location and then carpooling to another location, activity venue.  Transportation in vehicles is only to be with members of the same family household.
We hope you understand the circumstances for cancellation, and we look forward to being able to be together and serve together again.  If we have any at home service opportunities from the agencies, we will pass them along to you.
Michele Dougherty, St. Joseph Odenton
Fr. Matt Himes, Our Lady of the Fields
John Russell, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Parent Chaperones
All parents wishing to help out with Blaze, including chaperoning events or helping drive teens to an event, must comply with the Archdiocese policies for Child Protection. More information about the policies and the required forms can be found on our website under Volunteer Certification Procedures

Contact Us

Any questions about the Blaze ministry or upcoming events can be emailed to Michele Dougherty, Director.