Participate at Mass: Learn more about our Catholic faith and participate in the ministries at Mass. If you’re interested in being a lector, usher, musician, altar server, Eucharistic minister or helping out with the AV room, please talk to Amy or stop by the parish office. (For those of you in Faith Formation, participation in a liturgical ministry will also count in place of Mass Notes, talk to Amy for details)
YOUNITE is expanding this year, starting in October, we'll meet every Sunday night from 7 - 8 pm in the youth room for youth in grades 6-12. More info coming soon. Every 2nd Sunday of the month, Fr Rick will join us to say a Mass - we'll need you young people to help us with the readings, as Eucharistic Ministers (if you're Confirmed) and as singers, ushers and altar servers. Contact Amy for more info.
CORE Peer Ministry Team: CORE is a team of young people and adults who help to choose and implement events, activities, and faith experiences for the young people of our community. We meet on the first Monday of each month and work to make Faith Formation Large Group Sessions lively and Spirit filled as well as plan monthly activities for the youth of our parish. Youth in grades 9-12 are welcome to join us as peer ministers, contact Amy at the Parish if interested.
Archdiocesan Youth Day in St Paul will be Saturday, Oct 28th - this is a great event for Catholic High Schoolers from around the metro to gather, praise, laugh, play and share their love for Christ. Info Here.
WINTERBLAST MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCK-IN: December 15/16, 2017. Join us for an amazing evening of games/dance/swimming/ice-skating/crazyhair/movies/pizza/minute-to-win-it/arcade/basketball/iflatables/prayer-rooms/DeaconTom'squaterchallenge/andmuchmuchmore. Forms will be out in October.
St Rita's Ladies: will start up again in May. High School aged young women can join us in the youth room at 7pm on Wednesdays to talk/laugh/pray about what it means to be a woman made in God's image.
Summer Stretch: On Tuesday mornings during the summer, 7-9 graders set off to do some community service. Then after a picnic we head out to somewhere fun to celebrate us. Join us and become a hero in our community! (We also have Random Stretch during the school year. Same format, just on the random days you don't have school!)
Sr. High Mission Trip: Join our Mission Team each summer as we take off to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. You could find yourself painting a house, giving piggyback rides to local children at the kids club, visiting an elderly home and meeting some amazing new friends. Next year we'll be serving at Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota July 14-21st, Registration will open in December.
RESOUND- Youth Music Ministry: if you have some music in your soul and want to use it to praise Jesus, contact Andrew at the parish, Resound, the youth music group is always open to welcoming new musicians, singers and A.V. operators to their crew. 651-459-4596 x 120
LIFELINE - for Catholic Teens Grades 8-12: Do you want to see the young Catholic Church ALIVE? Join NET Ministries and over 1,000 young people on the first Saturday of every month for Lifeline Mass. With contemporary music, energetic crowds, and powerful presentations. Our evenings features SONAR with excellent praise and worship, Mass, challenging sessions for high school men and women and the 2016-17 NET teams who will share the Gospel with over 60,000 Catholic teens this school year! Contact Amy or Maddy at the parish for more information - we meet at the NET Center in West St Paul on the 1st Saturday night of each month.
Living Stations of the Cross: Every Lenten season, youth from St Rita's lead the parish in the Living stations thru music, narration and scenery. We'll be looking for next year's prayer leaders in February. Talk to Amy if interested.
Youth Pilgrimages: Every other year (on the odds) we take a group of high school leaders to NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference, it's a great experience where you can grow in and celebrate your faith! For young adults in the parish, we participate in the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Mass with Pope Francis! It occurs every three years, the next pilgrimage will be to Panama in 2019.
Other Stuff: Every month there’s something new happening, whether it’s a lock-in, movie night, trip to the zoo or youth rally, you’re always welcome to join us and bring some friends! Watch the bulletin and your Youth Update for these events and remember to sign up on time!
Mass Notes forms are available here.
For more information on Middle School & Senior High Youth Ministry or Faith Formation, contact Amy Schroeder
651-459-4596 x 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org