Youth Group for 7th and 8th graders at STOC which meets Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm!

Click Here to Register for the 2023 - 2024 Academic Edge Year

I hope you all have had a fantastic summer and are getting ready for another great year of EDGE!
Meetings will be Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the St. Therese of Carmel Parish Hall and we would love for you to join us!

Cost: $200 (scholarships are available)

Pay ONLINE at this link: https://secure.myvanco.com/L-YQY3/campaign/C-ZB53


by check ($200 per youth made out to "St. Therese of Carmel" or "STOC"  - please write your child's name in the memo line) to the Parish Office or place in the Sunday Collection in an envelope marked EDGE - Mikaela Adams.


Do you know a middle school teen who needs to finish their early sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and/or First Communion?

EDGE also follows the religious education standards for this age group - meaning, this is their Sacramental Preparation as well! Please email Mikaela ([email protected]) to schedule an appointment to assess Sacramental readiness and the next steps going forward!


Mikaela Adam’s Mini-Bio

Hello there! My name is Mikaela and I am your Youth Minister! Facts about me: I am a native and proud San Diegan, I love macaroni and cheese, playing volleyball, and I can sometimes play the piano with my eyes closed. Most importantly I love Christ and His Church, and becoming a saint sounds awesome! I am SUPER EXCITED to be with you in our EDGE Program!

I loved middle school. There, I had my first tangible encounter with God. I went to Catholic school almost my entire life, but as I grew older, I realized there is so much I don't know about my Catholic faith. In high school, I learned about the reality of the Eucharist for the very first time. I was AMAZED that a little host under the appearance of bread, was truly Jesus's present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity! And that this same Jesus, wanted to help me in all my problems, and make me happy, holy and whole... WOW! What a gift!


Everyone can have a relationship with Jesus. That is the beauty of our loving and merciful God. But not everyone will get to have a relationship with the Eucharistic Jesus, present and available to us every day... This is why we are here at EDGE! To come to know Christ through HAVING FUN and GETTING FED by the reality of Christ's presence in His Church. And to share this JOY and LOVE to all we meet. We are not alone!


See you Thursdays in the Hall from 6-7:30 PM!!!



EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry experience created for early adolescents in grades 7 and 8.

EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Participants are always welcome and encouraged to bring their friends to EDGE.

At this age, middle school youth face different behavioral challenges as well as positive and negative ideas. Many of the values and beliefs that they held as children are now questioned and challenged. As young adolescents they are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe.

Within the context of faith, middle school youth are moving from a child-like spirituality to one that will hopefully reach its pinnacle, beginning with the work of EDGE, into an adult faith commitment to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Community.

The name EDGE recognizes that middle school youth are possibly on the “edge” of a spiritual decision in their lives, and if we, as a Church, don’t act, we may lose them.

Therefore, we, as a Church, are going to give them the “edge” they need in life: Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, the Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, and a Catholic Community to love, nurture and challenge them.