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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 2016 (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"

Grásta Dé! will be held October 15th, 2017. Joe Melendrez- one of the most popular speakers/entertainers ever to headline a OYYA event- returns to Andrean HS. Joe was the featured guest for Grásta Dé! 2013. Bishop Hying returns to celebrate Mass as well!
Stay tuned for registration info- coming by late August
In the meantime, here is a preliminary 8.5 x 11 PDF flyer

Joe Melendrez invites you to Grasta De! 2017 (YouTube)


to everyone who helped make Grasta De! 2016 a joyous celebration of God's Grace...and MERCY!

> Check out the official Grásta Dé! 2016 photo gallery, courtesy Jazmyn Becerra (Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago)

"Youth learn how God's grace can lead to mercy, forgiveness" NWI Catholic story

> "NWI teens learn a proverb about forgiveness," NWI Times story

7th grade prayer, developed in 7th grade breakout session

2016 Promo video from Animoto via YouTube

Nearly 450 middle schoolers and their adult leaders from at least 30 parishes will celebrate God's Grace at Andrean HS for Grasta De! 2016, at or near a record attendance! Groups in attendance:

Assumption, New Chicago • Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake • Holy Spirit, Winfield • Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hammond • Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven • Queen of All Saints, Michigan City • La Porte Catholic Church (including Sacred Heart, St. Peter, St. Joseph) • Sacred Heart, Wanatah • Ss. Monica Luke, Gary • St. Andrew the Apostle, Merrillville • St. Ann, Gary • St. Casimir, Hammond • St. Edward, Lowell • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso • St. Joan of Arc, Merrillville • St. John Bosco, Hammond • St. John the Evangelist, St. John • St. Mark-St. Joseph, Gary • St. Mary, Kouts • St. Matthias, Crown Point • St. Michael, Schererville • St. Patrick, Chesterton • St. Paul, Valparaiso • St. Teresa of Avila, Valparaiso • St. Thomas More, Munster • Teens for Christ Middle School Youth Ministry, La Porte • Whiting-Robertsdale Catholic Community

2016 promo posters are available!

download/print these PDF promotional posters!

> 11x17 poster (ideal for displays)
> 11x17 Spanish poster
> 8.5x11 flyer
> 8.5 x 11 Spanish flyer

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


> Check out the official Grásta Dé! 2015 photo gallery, courtesy Judy Wirtz (Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville)

> "Youth urged to share God's Grace with others," NWI Catholic story

> 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!