Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry in the Mountains is dedicated to the continuing formation of Catholic Teens in Northeast Georgia through outreach in the community, social activities and Catholic spiritual development.  YMM is lead by a youth minister and supported by a team of trained peer leaders and parent volunteers.  All Catholic teens grades 7-12 are welcome.

Currently youth and volunteers who are involved are parishioners at St. Paul the Apostle in Cleveland, GA and St. Mark in Clarkesville, GA.  For further information contact the following:


Youth Ministry Commission:

Mary Ruth Jones, YM Coordinator  706-892-4438

Pam Hamilton 706-499-7291 (St. Mark)

Erika Rowland 904-501-1228 (St. Paul)Paula Wonders 706-768-9637 (St. Mark)

Joan Foley 765-513-5119 (St. Paul)

Rebecca Strange 706-200-7383 (St. Paul)

Cathy DeKoskie 678-697-8472 (St. Mark)


Upcoming Winter Trip!

A “Marvellous” winter treat day for teens!  Middle/High school Teens are invited to
travel together to Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, NC  Saturday, February 15, 8am-10pm
+ Hear the story of Marvellous Okonne
+ Complete a service project
+ Visit the grotto at the Abbey
+ Listen to a talk from one of the Benedictine Monks
+ Participate in Vespers with the Monks
Sign up with Mary Ruth Jones by email, text or phone. Bring a sack lunch and @$15 for dinner. Snacks & drinks will be provided throughout the day.
+ Marvellous Okonne was separated from his family as a child
and lived in an orphanage for a time before being reunited with
his loved ones. When he was 8 years old, he received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and knew for certain that God
loved him and would never leave him. He is currently a student
at Belmont Abbey College.


Corporal Works of Mercy: Clothe the Naked
In this Corporal Work of Mercy, Jesus calls us to do something… to really and truly clothe the naked. Jesus says that when we clothe the naked we are clothing him. What if your brother didn’t have a coat to keep him warm this winter? What if your sister didn’t have a blanket to wrap around herself to stay warm? Right now many of our brothers and sisters are out there without the means to satisfy a legitimate need.

Over the next few weeks, from January 19th through February 2nd, Youth Ministry in the Mountains is reaching out to each of you to search your homes for gently used coats and blankets to help meet the needs of those in our community who are less fortunate. Please place your donations in the box located in the Narthex.


Please see the following and respond to what you can attend!  Invite a friend to participate!  

Steubenville Atlanta Conference
July 10-12, 2020 Infinite Energy Center, Duluth
Open to all teens who will be in grades 9-12 beginning Fall 2020. Online registration begins 1/15/2020, so we want to have as many teens ready to register by 1/12/2020. Please get your $50 deposit to Mary Ruth today! Cost of the conference is $185 per person, plus cost of two
nights’ stay in a local hotel (about $60 per person). We will have fundraisers and seek sponsorships to help defray costs.

For more information visit: