During the Safer at Home Order in Minnesota we're working to come up with ways to keep our young people engaged. We're listening to our leaders and trying to follow safe practices. We're looking at ways to have a alternative version of Summer Stretch, the Senior High Mission Trip will hopefully be converted to a local service week, and St Rita's Ladies Bible Study has been meeting in our Zoom room.
Now that Mass is public again, we need our young people to step up in the roles that traditionally some of our older/retired population filled, part of the safety guidelines will be to continue keeping that older population socially distanced - 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 this Summer, please contact the parish - we'd be happy to train anyone who wants to help during this time. Also, a new live stream team will be created when our new video arrives in mid July - 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.
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!
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 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! 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.
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. This Summer we're heading to serve in Benton Harbor, MI with YOUTHWORKS! - check out more information here. Registration is due by Monday, Jan 20th. Print off a registration packet here or talk to Amy.
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.
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! Registration has closed; please contact Amy if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.
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.
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 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]