A parish of the Diocese of Owensboro located in Whitesville, Kentucky

Young Adult Ministry

 We all long to be known, to be supported , to have an identity.  Having an authentic community requires those who have encountered Jesus to drop their nets and eagerly accept His invitation to follow Him.  The Young Adults at St Mary of the Woods desire to take this next step and begin creating spaces for intentional communities to form in order for us to grow deeper in our faith and personal relationships. We are excited to partner with ID 9:16 (www.id916.com) this year to help us acomplish that goal.  ID 9:16’s mission is to form Young Adult’s into intentional disciples of Jesus by giving them the tools they need to build, maintain and grow a young adult community. The goal is NOT to seperate Young Adults in the parish, but to foster an environment of growth and formation that will empower them to be become more active in their parish community. 

To accomplish this goal we will begin having monthly “Discipleship Nights” where we gather for a meal and a message on what it means to be a disciple. Our first Discipleship Night will be on (Date TBD) @ the Parish Hall from (Time TBD).  We will begin with dinner then listen to a speaker via live-stream through the ID 9:16 website. Afterwards the community will engage in table discussions. A list will soon be available for all Discipleship Nights for the Spring/Summer timeframe.

We will also begin forming “Discipleship Groups” which will be small group faith communities who aim to gather twice a month to share life together. This will be a time to grow personally and share your story, struggles and triumphs with other young adults. Each group will also engage a video series on Discipleship to help them begin conversations about what it means to follow Jesus, how to live a life of Discipleship and all the struggles and questions these topics give rise to.  These groups are open to all Young Adults–no matter where you are at in your faith. 

If you would be interested in joining a Discipleship Group, please contact Jessy Bennett for more information via email: jessy.bennett@stmarywoods.com or phone: 270-233-4196. 

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Diocesan Young Adult Ministry 

Young Adult Volleyball: Looking for some fun and fellowship? Join other Young Adults from around Owensboro for a pick-up style game of Volleyball at Owensboro Middle School beside Immaculate Church on Thursdays beginning in January.

Lenten Book Study: “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through the Passion” by Edward Sri. Book can be purchased from St Maximilian Kolbe Bookstore or online. Everyone is invited to join this Book Study through Facebook live Monday NIghts @ 7:30 PM from February 24-April 6 or in person at Maximilian Kolbe Bookstore.  

Owensboro Area Young Adult Holy Hour:          March 9 @ St Stephen Cathedral with Bishop William Medley.


Staff Applications are open for Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center

Gasper River is taking applications for thier Summer Staff position. Must be 18+, one year removed from high school, and a strong, practicing Christian to be eligible for this position. 

The primary duties of a Summer Staff member will be to facilitate summer camp activities, plan and lead faith sessions, and to mentor the youth.  Staff Counselor’s primary duties will be to stay in the cabins with the youth, lead small groups, oversee volunteer counselors, and act as a liaison between the staff and volunteer counselors. 

All Summer Staff applicants need to attend an interview weekend.

The interview weekend dates are: 

  • February 22- February 24

  • March 1- March 3