EDGE Middle School Ministry

Goals of Edge Ministry:

To Foster a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy, which will allow early adolescents to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a deeper and more profound way.
To create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for early adolescents.
To assist middle school youngsters in gaining an understanding and appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes.
To incorporate the Catholic Church’s vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of pre-adolescents.
To develop an identity in middle school youth and in the Edge ministry as being a vital and visual presence within the parish community.

Edge Registration for 2013-2014 takes place from July 20 to September 16, 2013 (First day of Edge Session).

Edge Sessions provide catechesis (a.k.a. Religious Education) for non-Catholic school 6th to 8th graders. Edge sessions take place on Mondays, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in Msgr. Gara Hall, starting on September 16, 2013. There will be no Edge session on the following dates: 11/11/13, 12/23/13, 12/30/13, 1/20/14, 2/17/14, 4/14/14, and 4/21/14. The last day of Edge session is May 19, 2014.

Edge Fellowships are monthly youth ministry gatherings for ALL middle school youth, including those attending St. Rita’s School. Edge Fellowships take place on the first Monday of each month, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm in Msgr. O’Malley Hall. The first Edge Fel- lowship will be on October 7, 2013. The last day of Edge Fellowship is on May 5, 2014.

Lenten Living Stations of the Cross and Soup Kitchen – During Lent, Edger participants will present the Living Stations of the Cross for parishioners, followed by a community “soup kitchen” supper in Msgr. Gara Hall on March 21, 2014. The money col- lected at the soup kitchen will be donated to St. Francis Center. All Edge families are invited.

Eighth Grade Retreat – there will be an all-day retreat for Edge eighth grade students on Friday, May 30, 2014. Participants will need to request to be excused from school “for a religious retreat”.

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