Youth Ministry

Youth Group Meets at 7:30 on Friday Nights.  
Contact Steven Eriquez for more information – 917-836-4985.

Are you in Middle School or High School and interested in joining our OLG Youth Group?  Would you like to audition for our Youth Choir?  If you answer “yes” to either of these questions, please call or text Steven Eriquez (Director of Youth Ministries) at 917-836-4985.

Halloween 2022

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Mrs. Josephine Russo presents "Shields" - June 17, 2022

On Friday, June 17th, Our Lady of Grace Youth Group welcomed Mrs. Josephine Russo, a religion teacher at The Mary Louis Academy for their end-of-year talk and presentation. Her theme was “Shields.” 

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July 14, 2019: Youth Choir Wrap Up

The Youth Choir wrapped up the school year with a couple of special events.

Following Mass, family, friends and parishioners were invited to the gym for a mini-concert of a half-dozen Pop and Broadway tunes with the finale being “Let it Go” as they were then headed to see “Frozen” on...Read More »

June 14, 2019: Fr. Joe Fonti talks about High Hopes!

These photos were taken during the Youth Group’s program on June 14th.  Fr. Joe Fonti was the guest speaker and the theme was High Hopes.  He reminded us to always have hope no matter what challenges may arise.  The Bible verse chosen was:  “God wants all of us to be...Read More »

Youth Group Offers Prayers & Condolences to NYPD

Our Lady of Grace Youth Group offered condolences to the New York City Police Department as they mourn the passing of Detective Brian Simonsen who was assigned to the nearby 102nd Precinct and where the uncle of one of our Youth Group members is also assigned.  The Youth Group has...Read More »

Youth Choir Sings National Anthem at Barclays Arena

Our Lady of Grace Youth Choir was given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem on Presidents’ Day at Barclays Arena.  A Youth Group dad, Gregg Cohen, works in the Long Island University Athletics Department and made the arrangements for them to sing at the Women’s Basketball game (LIU vs...Read More »

Nov. 24, 2018: Youth Choir Performs at Radio City Music Hall

Congratulations to Our Lady of Grace Youth Choir on their performance at Radio City Music Hall!

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Nov. 24, 2018: OLG Youth Group in the News

 Our Lady of Grace Choir Performs at Radio City Music Hall – November 24, 2018



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July 11, 2018: Igniting Faith at Our Lady of Grace

Published in The Tablet, July 11, 2018

Our Lady of Grace Youth Group (OLG) in Howard Beach wrapped up its second year with a special presentation.

The theme was “You are Worthy” based upon Chapter 5 in the Book of Revelations. Giving the main talk was Youth Minister Sister Heidi...Read More »

Apr 21, 2018: Brooklyn Catholic Youth Day at St. John's University.

On April 21, 2018 the OLG Youth Group joined more than 2,000 other youth from Brooklyn and Queens at Brooklyn Catholic Youth Day held at St. John’s University.  The day included presentations, activities, opportunities for prayer and attending Mass together.

Feb 17, 2018: OLG Youth Choir at St. James Cathedral-Basilica

On February 17, 2018, the OLG Youth Choir was given the honor of singing at the Diocesan RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) service at the St. James Cathedral-Basilica and got the chance to meet Bishop Octavios Cisnernos.    Click here to see pictures.

OLG Youth Group Hosts Anti-Bullying Presentation

Officers from the 106th precinct in Ozone Park joined the Our Lady of Grace (OLG), Howard Beach Youth Group’s Oct. 20 weekly meeting to talk and offer support for bullying related issues.
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Prayers and batteries for victims of Hurricane Maria

October, 2017:  Encouragement and batteries on their way to Hurricane Maria victims
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The OLG Youth Group collected new batteries for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  They wrote words of encouragement on each packet of batteries.  This is...Read More »

Fun times at Youth Group - October 2017

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Youth Group Begins! - September 23, 2017


Gearing up for another great year!

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Candlelight Memorial Ceremony - September 11, 2017

The OLG Youth Choir participated in the 9/11 Candlelight Memorial Ceremony at the Howard Beach Firehouse on Monday, September 11, 2017.  They are shown here with Fr. Marc Swartvagher (Pastor), Steven Eriquez (Youth Choir Director, standing behind Fr. Marc) and Anthony...Read More »

Youth Group Year End Celebration

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OLG Youth Ministry Entertains Queen of Peace Residents - July 30, 2017

The Youth Ministry Program of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Howard Beach, NY visited the Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village, NY on Sunday, July 30th and entertained the residents with a show including sacred and secular hymns by the OLG Youth Choir, and a dance routine by members of the Competition Team at Fazio...Read More »

Youth Choir Performs at NY Mets Citifield - June 30, 2017

OLG Anthem 6-30-17 from New York Mets Productions on Vimeo.

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Youth Choir Sings at Walking with Jesus Prayer Service - April 1, 2017

Youth Choir Sings at Walking With Jesus' Prayer Service - April 1, 2017

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Youth Group Attends Diocesan Holy Hour at Most Precious Blood Church, Brooklyn, March 17, 2017

Youth Group Attends Diocesan Holy Hour at Most Precious Blood Church, Brooklyn - March 17, 2017

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Youth Group Discussion and Gym Night-March 10, 2017

Youth Group Discussion and Gym Night - March 10, 2017

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Pretzels Activity and Symbolism to Prayer-March 3, 2017

Pretzels Activity and Symbolism to Prayer - March 3, 2017

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OLG to OLG Concert at Our Lady of Grace Brooklyn-February 22, 2017

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OLG and St. Helens Youth Choirs Sing at the Howard Beach Celebration of Christian Unity-January 19, 2017

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Easter 2016



Haloween Party – October 28, 2016



Diocesan Youth Concert at Resurrection-Ascension – November 15, 2016


West Hamilton Beach Fire Department Tree Lighting – December 3, 2016

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Farewell Concert for Fr. Rucando - June 28, 2015

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Singin’ in the Summer Concert – July 26, 2014



Diocesan Youth Concert, Good Shepherd Church Marine Park, Brooklyn – November 16, 2014

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