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“Grasta Dé! has become for my ministry program the stepping stone to youth ministry programming on the parish level. It offers the youth the opportunity to see the young church in its fullness for the very first time.” ~former Grasta De! group leader

THANK YOU! to our Grásta Dé! partner:


Grásta Dé!

Diocesan Middle School Youth Ministry Day (Grades 6-8)
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1-7pm • Andrean High School, Merrillville

Grásta Dé! = God's Grace!
(Gaelic; it's pronounced "GRAWSS-tuh jay"

Over 360 middle schoolers from 23 groups representing over 30 Catholic parishes attended Grásta Dé! 2017! Thanks to all who attended, and thanks to all adult leaders and parents who worked so hard to bring this opportunity to young people!

Official photo gallery, courtesy Judy Wirtz (OLC, Merrillville)

NWI Times article

View promo video on YouTube

Over 330 middle schoolers and their adult leaders from at least 30 parishes will celebrate God's Grace at Andrean HS for Grasta De! 2017. Groups in attendance:

Assumption, New Chicago • Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake • Holy Spirit, Winfield • Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville • Our Lady of Grace, Highland • Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond • Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven • Queen of All Saints, Michigan City • Sacred Heart - St. Peter, La Porte • Sacred Heart, Wanatah • Ss. Monica Luke, Gary • St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville • St. Casimir, Hammond • St. Edward, Lowell • St. John Bosco, Hammond • St. John the Evangelist, St. John • St. Joseph the Worker - St. Mark, Gary • St. Joseph, La Porte • St. Mary, Crown Point • St. Paul, Valparaiso • St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso • Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Community 

2017 promo posters are available!

download/print these PDF promotional posters!

> 11x17 poster (ideal for displays; English & Spanish)
> 8.5x11 flyer (ideal for photocopies; English & Spanish)

> A note for parishes with CYO Sports:
we want to coexist!

> Middle School Youth Ministry: More Important Than Ever!: Ministry with youth in grades 6-8 has evolved from “a good idea to have something to feed into your high school program” to “essential if you hope to have anyone in your high school program.” Kev writes...

Grásta Dé!
is a program sponsored by the
Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults
Phone: 219-769-9292
  OYYA programs are funded in part by generous donations to the diocesan Catholic Services Appeal
THANK YOU for your gifts!