Youth Ministry


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.  


 Archdiocesan Youth Day 2019:  High school youth are invited to celebrate our Catholic faith at Archdiocesan Youth Day. Join Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens in the spirit of faith and fun. 

AYD19 will feature:

A full day with Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Mass, opportunities for Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, activities and service projects, dinner. . . and more!


Winterblast Middle School Lock-In: Join hundreds of middles schoolers from around the twin cities for Winterblast on Friday, Dec 13th from 6:15 pm to 6:15 am for a night of fun, food, faith and  NO sleep!   Download a registration form here or register online.


National Catholic Youth Conference 2019:   This is a bi-annual event that gathers over 25,000 Catholic High School youth from around the nation to celebrate our Catholic faith together in Indianapolis.  Join us November 20-24, 2019.  Registration info here.  **there will be opportunities for at least $250 in scholarships along with fundraising.  Contact Amy for more information, or check out


 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 They're currently practicing after school on Thursday afternoons. 



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!  Will be starting again in October, join us October 20th for Bigger and Better!


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.  


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. Thanks to all who supported this Summer's trip to Nashville, an amazing experience of service, faith and relationship building was had by all!




SUMMER STRETCH:  6th-9th graders: Looking for an exciting way to spend your summer? In the morning you could be making meals, serving in the community, or working with the elderly. The afternoon will bring waterslides, laser tag, bowling and more fun. All this capped off with a trip to Valley Fair to wrap up our summer!  9AM – 4 PM each Tuesdays through out the Summer.  


St Rita's Ladies: High School ladies, 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!  

WINTERBLAST LOCK-IN for middle school [dec 14/15] Join with hundreds of Catholic middle schoolers from around the Twin Cities area for a night of crazy fun and faith.  At the maple grove community center, you can swim, dance, laugh, craft, skate, eat, play, jump, pray, and so much much more, there's a minute to win it competition, escape rooms, nine square, dodgeball, movies, arcade, crazy hair and face painting - you don't want to miss it! We're sorry registration for this event has ended. 

 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 2019-20 NET teams who will share the Gospel with over 60,000 Catholic teens this school year!  Contact Amy or Olivia at the parish for more information - we meet at the NET Center in West St Paul on the 1st Saturday night of each month.

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.

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f511ntiqd5vdg42wlwbk43epb8l.jpgFor more information on Middle School & Senior High Youth Ministry or Faith Formation, contact Amy Schroeder

651-459-4596 x 121  or [email protected]