Thank you all for your answers - to John and Phemie, I appreciate the information on the 1973 Directory for Masses with Children.
Actually, we do have a very vibrant youth at our Parish; however, the lay leadership in my Church keep their roles in Mass to Altar Server and Greeter with the exception of a couple HS Seniors I know who are EMs.
I am starting a Middle School Ministry using the USCCB’s Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. A lot of the USCCB’s sources say that Youth Ministry should be comprehensive - not necesarily to have a special Mass for them but to include them in all areas of out Catholicity to give them a sense of belonging and solidarity with the community.
One of the ways to do this, according to my research, is to include them in the Liturgy by allowing them to serve more. I spoke with our DRE and she said that she agrees but that the Church does not allow people to serve who have not been confirmed. Naturally, this makes sense with converts going through RCIA, but cradle catholics who are going through preparation to receive the sacarment? I could not find any information on the subject which is why I brought the question here.
Again, many thanks for the answers. And, in case anyone is wondering, my Parish Priest is interested in incorporating the youth more as well…