Trish -- about teens and EMs

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Trish -- about teens and EMs
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 3:19pm

Finally getting around to responding...


I think the teens just go through the training with the adults. I don't see a problem; they're certainly old enough to understand what they're doing. We may be playing outside the rules though -- confirmation here isn't until junior year in high school, and I think I've read that you're supposed to be confirmed to be an EM. Instead, many teens use EM'ing as their confirmation service project.


We break that rule at the grade school too. Eighth graders serve ast EMs during school Masses.


I don't know if having teen EMs influences their peers regarding the Eucharist,

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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 11:23pm
Thanks Polly.
Each parish is slightly different in our diocese, but generally it's around 8th grade. It was 7th when I got confirmed.
I haven't heard much from the youth director about the teens as EM's since the original conversation about it. My ds14 is an usher at church and has gotten his nametag. Then the usher coordinator bought a new coat for himself and gave ds14 his old one. So now, ds just needs some actual DRESS pants, and not fading navy blue khakis and he's fully official lol. I'm holding off on buying that though because his birthday is in a few months and I fully anticipate he'll hit another growth spurt again as soon as I buy them. I'm not sure he'd be interested in serving as EM but I know of a handful of teens that would be well suited for the role actually.
I'll ask the lead youth director about it next time I see him though. The other director and his wife are either overdue or have just had their first baby. Can't wait to hear if it was a boy or girl...they stayed on the "green team".
~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your