My name is Laura Dern and I recently moved to Bethel Park from Bay City, Michigan after my wedding in April 2016. I am very excited to be part of this parish family and can’t wait to get started in working with our youth as the Youth Ministry Coordinator. My responsibilities in this position will be bringing the youth closer and more actively involved in their Catholic faith through activities and discussions. I have always been involved in Catholic ministry and my most recent assignment was in Bay City of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan when I started St. Joseph the Worker Young Adult Ministry a few years ago. The group has grown to several young adults now who meet bimonthly to discuss our Catholic faith and how to live the faith daily. Although discussion is a large part of our meetings, we were very active in the outdoors. For instance, one weekend we took a canoe trip to visit some Catholic shrines around the Bay City area. On another occasion, one of our spiritual advisors for the group told stories of his ministry experiences in Latin America. There are many other experiences I had in Bay City that I look forward to sharing and doing with our youth at St. Valentine Parish.
I have years of experience in working with youth and my educational background from Franciscan University is in Education. I have worked with all age groups ranging from infants to young adults. Some of the exciting ministry ideas I would like to share with our parish youth are bonfire chats, Adoration, fellowship and food, Novena nights, field trips, etc. I look forward to getting to know the many families of this parish and getting to work in serving our youth. I will be more than happy to talk and meet you, so please introduce yourself and let’s get to work together.