Summer Programs

CYFM Donate

Our Summer Programs have faith, service and fun at their core.

These three programs are Summer Outreach Week (SOW), and Capuchin Appalachian Mission (CAM) and CLASP (Catholic Literature Arts Summer Program). The purpose of these programs is to continue the mission that God gave to Saint Francis of Assisi, “go forth and rebuild my Church."

SUMMER OUTREACH WEEK (SOW)

Teresa Nadareski, participant: “As I bowed my head to receive my Tau cross and to be commissioned for service that Sunday evening, I knew that the upcoming week was going to be awesome. We were able to serve in many different ways- by helping the homeless at Newburgh Ministries, visiting those living with end-stage cancer at Rosary Hill, bringing joy to the seniors at Cortland Manor, helping out at the Mustard Seed with the children of migrant workers, and teaching and playing at the three different bible schools or working with Habitat For Humanity. Each of us learned how to use our faith to bring Christ to the people we served.”

“I found a sense of purpose in my life during Summer Outreach Week (SOW) and fell in love with my faith.” – Kaitlyn

The Summer Outreach Week (SOW) is a fantastic opportunity for high school students to work in the service of others while learning about and increasing their faith. Days are spent working at various ministry sites around the Hudson Valley area.  Site work may include manual labor, building beds for children without any, visiting the elderly in nursing homes or the sick at hospice centers, or working with children at our popular Vacation Bible School. After the day’s work, participants reflect and discuss the day’s experiences and ways in which they discovered the presence of God. This program is consistently one of the most popular at CYFM and often has a waiting list.

Application Packet 2022

Online Registration Summer SOW 2022

CAPUCHIN APPALACHIAN MISSION (CAM)

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua showed us a powerful way to serve God: by helping those in need. As Capuchin Franciscans, we are ever mindful of this holy mission, to which we are called by our devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ. In this spirit and tradition of St. Francis and of St. Anthony, our Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries brings hope and real-world aid to very poor families both here in our own backyard, and in rural Kentucky, where the need is chronic and severe.

A donation, a simple gesture helps alleviate suffering and improves the lives of so many, not only our brothers and sisters living in extreme hardship in New York and in Harlan County, KY, but also those participating in the mission of service. This experience proved an impetus for many involved in CYFM outreach programs to make service to the needy an integral part of their lives: And they continue to transform our world.

CYFM celebrates serving the people of Kentucky for over 25 years. Come along with us as a Companion in Service through your prayers and financial support. Without your support, this Mission and the good work that these outreach programs engender would not be possible. The Mission has come a long way and improved many, many lives over 27 years. Our Mission takes on special significance as we engage in: the Corporal (feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick) and Spiritual (counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, praying for the living and the dead) works of Mercy. The Capuchin Appalachian Mission (CAM) holds these works of Mercy at its very core. Pope Francis reminded the Jubilee Audience in January 2016 of Pope Saint John Paul II’s words, “…the mercy we receive from the Father is not given solely for our benefit, but for the good of all, by transforming us into instruments, missionaries of mercy. By being such missionaries, we come to experience more deeply the gift of mercy in our own lives.”

These words come to life when you learn the impact these outreach programs have on the participants:
“The Capuchin Appalachian Mission really helped me grow … I am inspired to bring the Mission and CYFM home with me. I really want this mission to last throughout the year and not just for 9 days in July. This was only the beginning.” – Elizabeth

“The Appalachian Mission is a constant reminder of what it means to be a child of God; I feel graced to have been able to experience it. The call to serve and the answer thereto feels much stronger in my life because of it.” – Sean

We invite you to join us, to enter into mercy and become a part of the wonderful community of CYFM by making a donation. As we count down to our departure date for the Appalachian Mission, we urgently need to secure resources to fund this and our other outreach programs. Your altruistic donation can move mountains as high as the Appalachians themselves. Just $50.00 will help our Outreach Ministry provide for two families, $100 will buy plywood to make dearly needed repairs to families’ homes, and $750 will give a family a roof that doesn’t leak – proudly constructed and installed by our intrepid missionaries.

Your selfless contribution in will make it possible for young people to grow in their love for the Church through service. Please consider joining us for the Capuchin Appalachian Mission (CAM) and share His word and love with those who need it most.

Appalachian Mission Application Packet 2022

Online Registration-Appalachian Mission 2022

CATHOLIC LITERATURE ARTS SUMMER PROGRAM (CLASP)

“CLASP was an extremely rewarding experience. I loved getting to know each of the claspers and to be a part of a very special ministry. All the workshops (dance/movement, acting, and songwriting) were well done; very competent and engaging. I got to meet new people, drew closer to God and learned more about how I am connected with God and others. I was truly amazed at how awesome the production was. In less than a week everyone was getting along and working so well together!”

“I love being part of a beautiful catholic community such as CLASP! I will cherish the memories!”

  • Catholic Literature Arts Summer Program (CLASP) Actors & playwrights including St. Genesius & St. John Paul II inspire the spirit of CLASP. This extraordinary opportunity for teenage saints-in-the-making to: Meet new friends
  • Share your gifts and talents
  • Pray as a community in Eucharist and Adoration
  • Debut a brand new original musical! 

CLASP is for rising 9th graders thru 12 graders; ages 5+ can join us for half day, Jr. CLASP.

Online Registration – CLASP 2022

Application Packet – CLASP 2022

Jr. CLASP Online Registration 2022

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMS