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.
A new Bible Study is coming for our high schoolers: it will either be Sunday or Monday nights, depending on the group - contact Amy for info. [email protected]
March For Life 2020: March for Life Youth and Family Conference here in the Twin Cities. It will be on Friday, January 22 from 9am-4pm at St. Agnes Church and School. There will some phenomenal speakers, and we will be marching from St. Agnes to the Capitol for the MCCL rally at the Capitol. Please see the attached flyer for more information! Email Amy to get registered. [email protected]
Living Stations of the Cross 2021: This year we'll lead the Stations of the Cross prayer at Faith Formation Large Group and for the parish (Friday date TBD)
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 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: 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's plan is in the works!
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 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.
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]