September 2013

Dear parents,

Welcome to the Youth Ministry at St. Rita Parish. The Youth Ministry serves youth in middle school (6th—8th grades) and senior high school (9th—12th grades) through the following sub-ministries:

Edge” Middle School Ministry is available for all middle school youth in the parish:
               Edge Fellowship is a monthly youth ministry gathering for ALL 6th—8th graders.
               Edge Sessions provide faith formation (a.k.a. religious education) for middle school students who don’t attend Catholic school. Edge                                 sessions take place every Monday at 4 p.m. (except on holidays & Edge Fellowship days).

High School Youth Ministry is available for 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.

Confirmation Preparation Program is a two-year process for 9th and 10th grade teens preparing to receive the Sacra- ment of Confirmation. For our youth, this is a special period of discernment and apprenticeship in lay ministry. We are very excited to journey with our young Confirmation candidates and their families.

Peer Leadership is an opportunity for confirmed teens to develop their leadership skills and serve as peer leaders in the youth ministry/Confirmation preparation program.

We support all parents as their children’s primary catechists (teachers of the Catholic faith). Hence, we encourage you to be especially faithful in attending Mass on Sundays, praying together as a family, and sharing faith stories with one another. This is also a great opportunity for you to seek further spiritual growth besides attending Mass (Bible study groups, prayer groups, retreats, Religious Education Congress, etc.). In addition, you and your family have the opportunity to give your time, talent, and/or treasure to serve in the various ministries in our parish. It is your living out your faith that will have the greatest im- pact on the faith life of your children. The youth ministry welcomes your help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Peace in Christ,

Theresa Bui Costanzo
Director of Youth Ministry

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