What Is NeXt Level?
Our parish is one of the twelve parishes selected in NJ selected to participate in NeXt Level, a program of the Center for FaithJustice funded by the Lilly Endowment, which offers a new approach to youth ministry designed to strengthen Catholic parishes. NeXt Level invites youth to discover their gifts and passions in order to create and implement parish-wide projects rooted in the Catholic tradition of service and justice.
As of our launch in November 2020, Youth and Mentors from Sacred Heart Parish have been invited to participate. Taking into consideration the COVID reality in which we live, NeXt Level will be working with your parish staff to come up with innovative and safe opportunities for you to have virtual and/or physically distanced gatherings, interactive retreats, and an immersion service-learning experience. The various elements in our program will allow you to grow as a leader, explore your faith, and pursue service and social justice. In your community, you will implement a project designed by your cohort of youth delegates that will engage members of your parish across generations. You will be supported through all of this by adult mentors of our parish, parish staff, and NeXt Level staff.