PYC is the Parish Youth Council, a youth group sponsored by St. Isabella’s Catholic Church. Membership is open to all high school students.
The purpose of PYC is to respond to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of high school students, while developing a safe, fun and open atmosphere which encourages the sharing of their talents with the community. We do this through the leadership of outstanding student leaders and adults, who help PYC members experience personal, social and spiritual growth.
What do we do?
PYC members are assigned to home groups which meet every Monday night during the school year (October - May). Groups are made up of an equal proportion of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and members stay with that group for the year. Each group is led by two PYC officers - exceptional teens who select & lead discussion topics - assisted by adult faculty volunteers. At these meetings, PYC members can freely discuss issues and concerns important to teens in their everyday lives.
PYC also sponsors various social, and community service events for all members, including beach trips, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving, Trivia Night, Scavenger Hunts, and fund-raising events. PYC members develop their spirituality through monthly PYC masses, taking an active role in planning a teen-oriented liturgy, taking part as biblical dramatists, readers, eucharistic ministers, musicians and singers. On Good Friday, PYC presents “His Incredible Love” - a Living Stations of the Cross where PYC members reenact the Passion and death of Christ.
A highlight of the PYC year is Challenge Weekend - a three day retreat held at the CYO Camp in Occidental, usually the weekend following Easter. This event, planned by our PYC seniors, is a celebration of friendship, respect and appreciation for all PYC members, especially our graduating seniors.
Where do we meet?
Monday night meetings run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and are held in members’ homes on a voluntary basis.
PYC Masses and the Living Stations of the Cross are held at St. Isabella’s Church. Large group meetings are held at the St. Isabella Parish Center (behind St. Isabella’s School).
Students come from many high schools in and around San Rafael, Marin Catholic, Branson, and St. Vincent’s in Petaluma.
Why should I join?
Strong bonds of friendships develop in PYC. Our members typically see their home group as a “family”, where they can openly share personal ideas and feelings with each other in an atmosphere of respect, love, and trust. PYC also provides activities for social, spiritual, and personal growth, as well as opportunities for community service and peer leadership.
The quality of PYC is evidenced by the fact that it has been an active youth ministry program for over 40 years, giving teens a place to form close friendships in a safe, supporting and affirming environment. Many of the faculty were former PYC members who have continued this important ministry as adults. PYC offers a chance to experience laughter, personal growth, lifelong friendships and treasured memories.
How do I join?
Complete the above registration form and return it to the mail slot at the rectory at St Isabella's, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
Any questions? Contact PYC Director Shane Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 497-7157.