Mission Statement

We are all called to walk with our young people as they grow closer to the Lord. The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry is here to aid in that journey. We provide religious education, youth programs, events, and ministerial aid to help young people in our universal call to holiness.

Please feel free to reach out for anything you might need: information on our Religious Education and Youth Group programs, prayers, assistance with evangelizing the young people in your family, etc.

How Can I  Get Involved?

Youth (Grades 6-8)

All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in “Assumption YOUTH.” Come for the games and food, but stay for a unique experience of our faith. We operate on a revolving schedule, consisting of both structured themes sessions and unstructured social times.

1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays 5-6:30PM

High Schoolers

All High School students are invited to participate in “Assumption L.E.A.D.” We focus on Leadership, Evangelization, And Discipleship. LEAD provides a fun place to socialize as well as opportunities to get involved in the Church and community. LEAD members are able to help organize YOUTH sessions and advise the Youth Director.

1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays 7-8:30PM

Young Adults (20’s-30’s)

Are you in your twenties or thirties and feel like you want to get more involved with fellow Catholics your own age? The Youth and Young Adult Ministry is looking for you. Whether it is a monthly opportunity to grab dinner and drinks, or coming together to help the community, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to get involved!

Adults/Parents

Do you feel like you are missing out on all the fun? Have no fear! We are always in need of adult volunteers. Whether is it helping as chaperones for off-site trips, helping with logistics and food, or serving as a small group mentor, we are all called to help our young people grow in faith. If interested in getting involved, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Come check out The Loft

Thanks to some wonderful generosity the Youth and Young Adult Ministry has a new home in an upper room of the Bob ’47 and Maureen O’Keefe Arts and Athletic Center of Assumption School. This fantastic space offers plenty of room to meet and hang out with friends, eat of good food, and access the gym space just outside our balcony! Unless otherwise specified, The Loft serves as the base for many of our activities. Come check it out!

Get to know our Youth Minister, Torin Bourke

I am so deeply humbled to be given the role of Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry here at the Church of the Assumption. It is an enormous blessing to hold such a position in the lives of our young people, and it is one which I take very  seriously. Considering my ministry is based on building relationships, I figured it would be appropriate to answer some classic ice-breaker questions, those of which are a staple in youth ministry (see kids… I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do myself). Enjoy!

I get this question all the time, and to be honest I wish there was a cool story behind it. Torin is Gaelic for “chief” or “commander” and my parents have confessed to picking it randomly out of a baby name book.
In High School I worked at a Denny’s Restaurant and also detailed the cruisers for the local Police Department (this was fun because I would get to drive them to the auto shop whenever they were damaged). When I graduated I served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Electrical Avionics Technician for 6 years, working on search-and-rescue helicopters and flying missions in them as flight crew. I got to travel all over the country, from Alaska to North Carolina, to New Jersey. When I separated I entered Seminary for a year under the Archdiocese of Hartford to discern life as a priest. After feeling called down a different path I now hold my current position in ministry.
I am a total bookworm. I have a room in my apartment filled solely with books, which I call my “library.” I also like to write. I started a blog a few years ago but have been very neglectful of it. My writing mostly sits out there in cyberspace.
  1. Amazon Kindle (so with one item I would have my Bible, Catechism, spiritual reading, recreational reading, etc.) Wait! What about electricity?
  2. Solar panel electrical source (there… solved the electricity problem with the Kindle.)
  3. Flint/knife combo (see… I didn’t totally ignore my Coast Guard survival training)
In no particular order:

  • Ascension Presents (“Caffeinated Conversations” is awesome… check it out)
  • Chris Stefanick
  • Emily Wilson (I think I am one of maybe 5 guys subscribed to her, but she is such a beautiful witness to faith)
  • TED talks
  • SciShow
While every word of Scripture obviously is profound, I am always particular drawn to 2 Kings 2:23-24. When I am teaching older kids I always like to open with it just to see the shocked expressions. Who ever said the Bible was boring?

In case you were wondering, this is what is says:

He went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”  And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

This is a tricky question… wherever the Lord want me to be? I am currently working on a Master’s degree in Theology and have fallen in love with teaching. I would hope to continue my education and teach full time. Additionally, I am getting the impression a wife and kids are going to find their way in there too #realtalk.