High School Youth Ministry Grades 9-12
The Youth Ministry welcomes ALL high school youth, regardless of where they are in their faith journey. They may be in the Confirmation program, already confirmed, or even non-Catholic friends of Catholic teens in the parish.
Youth Nites: all high school teens are welcome to participate in these semi-monthly community gatherings on the second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Gara Hall. Every youth nite is different, and they range from being very social to very spiritual. The topics covered rotate around the eight components of comprehensive youth ministries: advocacy, catechesis, community building, evangelization, leadership development, pastoral care, prayer & worship, justice & service.
Corporal Work of Mercy: on the second Saturday of every month, the youth ministry is committed to send a team of 10+ volunteers to serve at St. Francis Center Pantry Services.
Confirmation Preparation Program Grades 9-10
As part of the Los Angeles Archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishop Jose Gomez, high school youth preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are required to complete a two-year preparation process at their home parish. At St. Rita, our model for Confirmation preparation is a multi-faceted approach promoting apprenticeship in discipleship. Our goal is to form young disciples who, after receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, choose to serve as a peer leader in the youth ministry or serve in another ministry at the parish.
Peer Leadership Grades 11-12
Confirmed teens who respond the call to discipleship enthusiastically serve as peer leaders in the youth ministry. It is a great opportunity for senior adolescents to develop leadership skills by participating as Confirmation small group facilitators, youth night activity leaders, and/or retreat team members. They may also serve as lectors and/or extraordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist at Mass.
Raquel Hernandez, Youth Ministry Coordinator