About Us

We are Metanoia Youth Ministry

Metanoia Youth Ministry started in September 2022 after Holy Trinity Parish in Lower Sackville, NS hadn't had an active Youth Ministry program for years. We would work really hard at forming the young people of our parish to a life with Christ, but then after the Sacrament of Confirmation in grade 9, we didn't really have anything for them.

“Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38

This is what Metanoia Youth Ministry aims to accomplish. We develop our program with conversion in mind. We facilitate conversion through a process called Intentional Accompaniment a term coined by Catholic Christian Outreach. 

The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life.

Evangelii Gaudium, 169

"... [A] new generation of builders is needed. Moved not by fear or violence but by the urgency of genuine love, they must learn to build, brick by brick, the city of God within the city of man."

Pope Saint John Paul II, at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto in July 2002. 

Metanoia is comes from the Greek word "metanoiein" which means to change ones mind or to repent. Another meaning of Metanoia is to describe a transformative change of heart, which is what Jesus demands of us. In the Gospel of Saint Mark, after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan, the first words that Jesus says is “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:15). Repent and Believe in the good news is what Jesus demands of the apostles when he called them, and it is still what he demands of us when we become his disciples. This is why Metanoia Youth Ministry exists. We exist to foster a Catholic community for teens in our parish, make and equip disciples who joyfully go and invite others to Jesus.

"Jesus, it seems to me you could not have overwhelmed a soul with more love than you have poured out on mine."

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux