With many needing to stay home right now, we need our young people to step up in the roles that traditionally some of our older/retired population filled, contact us to find the ways your gifts, skills or willingness can help fill our Church's needs. If anyone if your family is able to help as a lector, usher or Eucharistic Minister a few times, please contact the parish - we'd be happy to train anyone who wants to help during this time. Also, a new live stream team is being created - if you're interested in helping run the system at during Mass, please contact the parish to get started.
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 , leader for Children's Liturgy of the Word, 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)
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.
Catholic Youth Summer Camp: August 2 - 6th 2021. Click the image for more info
SUMMER STRETCH: 6th-9th graders: Looking for an exciting way to spend your summer? In the morning you could be making meals, serving those in need and learning what Jesus calls us too. The afternoons will bring a variety of adventure, fun, fun and more fun. All this capped off with an optional trip to Valley Fair to wrap up our summer!
9:30AM – 3 PM Tuesdays through out the Summer.
RESOUND- Youth Music Ministry: if you have some music in your soul and want to use it to praise Jesus, contact Adam 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 They're currently practicing two or three Monday nights each month.
yoUnite is will return when non-essential activities begin in full again
yoUnite: a chance for youth in grades 6-12 to gather and connect out Catholic faith and life. We'll have group games, conversation about the weekend scriptures, prayer, fun, laughter and of course food. Always feel free to invite your friends along! Join us on February 16th for our next event; if there's snow, bring your sled, otherwise we'll have a large group game inside!
UNWIND: For Juniors and Seniors, the unwind sessions area a chance to meet for dinner, connect, laugh and each night we'll take a faith/life related topic and unwind it. We'll meet at 6 pm on the last Sunday of every month. watch social media or contact Amy to get locations. We'll begin again when restaurants are fully open.
Sr. High Mission Trip: This Summer's plan is in the works for June 13-18. We'll be serving locally in the Twin Cities and you'll go home each night to sleep and shower. During the days we'll serve our community in a variety of ways, grow in our faith and develop some great friendships. If you want to know more, contact Amy at the parish.
Winterblast Middle School Lock-In: Join hundreds of middles schoolers from around the twin cities for Winterblast 2021 from 6:15 pm to 6:15 am for a night of fun, food, faith and NO sleep!
National Catholic Youth Conference 2021: This is a bi-annual event that gathers over 20,000 Catholic High School youth from around the nation to celebrate our Catholic faith together in Indianapolis. Over 125 youth represented our Archdiocese this year; watch for info on the 2021 Pilgrimage.
St Rita's Ladies: Young women of God, we'll be gathering again in late April and May to join together in conversations, laughter and prayer. We'll be celebrating that we are women made in the image and likeness of God and discuss some amazing ways we can honor that gift. Hope you join us and bring friends!
Ladies Night In: Ladies Grades 6-12 and Moms, older Sisters, Aunties and Grandmas, join us for a night to celebrate that we're made women in God's image. We'll feast, crafts, play, pray, praise, dance and paint each others toes! Thanks to all the ladies who made the 2021 May event amazing!
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 several years, the next pilgrimage will be to Lisbon in Summer 2023.
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.
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For more information on Middle School & Senior High Youth Ministry or Faith Formation, contact Amy Schroeder
651-459-4596 x 121 or [email protected]