High School Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry aims to implement the three essential goals identified in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s visionary document entitled Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry:

  1. Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today;
  2. Draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community;
  3. Foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

YOUTH MINISTRY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS (COUNT FOR PARISH PARTICIPATION)

St. Rita Youth Ministry provides various social, spiritual and/or service activities for all high school teens to experience God’s amazing love in a fun and safe environment. They include the following:

Youth Mass (1st and 2nd Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.)
Youth “Nites” (2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Msgr. Gara Hall.)
Life Teen’s “Inspiration” youth rally and Mass at Magic Mountain (November 2, 2013)
Parish Penance Service (Advent 2013)
Youth Rally for Life at the Los Angeles Cathedral (January 18, 2014)
Goodwill Fundraiser (March 25, 2014)
Youth Day at Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (March 13, 2014)
Live Stations of the Cross (March 21, 2014)
Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center (April 18, 2014) Life Teen’s Mass on the Beach (August 2014)

SERVICE PROJECTS

We offer the teens an opportunity to learn about the Catholic social teaching and opportunities to serve those in need in the larger community through the following service projects:

Help prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless at Union Station Homeless Services (1st Sunday of every month) Help prepare and serve lunch to the homeless at St. Francis Center (3rd Saturday of every month)
Accompany blind members of the Climb Community at Mass twice a year
Participate in the parish’s “Adopt-a-Family” program during Advent

Serve at the Foothill Unity Center’s Food Drives
Collect canned goods at the parish for low income families at St. Anthony parish in San Gabriel

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