Youth Ministry at the Church of St. Pius X provides a safe atmosphere for junior high and high school students to experience their Catholic faith. Through social outings, retreats, service opportunities, and gatherings, our parish is committed to the Holy Father's vision of the Church's ministry with adolescents. The Holy Father's incorporates these three essential goals into his vision:
- Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- Drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.
- Fostering the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
This is just a very short overview of the goals of Youth Ministry.
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GIRL GENIUS - MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SMALL GROUP STUDY
Registration is open for the winter/spring session of Girl Genius. Please click here to purchase your study materials! Girl Genius is a once per month young women's group for middle school students. Please contact Katie with questions.
FORMING FRIENDSHIPS: Middle school can be filled with drama. If you’ve ever felt like you were the only one struggling to figure out where you belong or how to find friends who accept you for who you are, Girl Genius is for you. Led by high school girls that survived middle school and youth ministers Megan Rodriguez (St. John the Evangelist) and Katie Stinson (St. Pius X), Girl Genius is a once per month gathering of gals for fun, friendship, and real talk. This session (Jan-April) we’re going to dive into friendships and how we are called to care for one another and use our “girl genius” in our relationships. Register now for the "Forming Friendships" session by visiting https://store.endowonline.org/katie-stinson-and-megan-rodriguez-p4042.aspx or email Megan (email@example.com)or Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your questions. Scholarships are available for any that find the cost of the materials prohibitive. You can also follow us on Instagram @girlgeniusrochester.
MONDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP ~ Each Monday, 7pm-9pm for 6-12th grade students
Gather with your peers for prayer, discipleship, socializing, food, challenging conversation, witness talks, and more. We will be alternating locations on between St. Francis (1st and 3rd Mondays) and St. Pius X (2nd and 4th Mondays). If there is a 5th Monday, we may travel to St. James Coffee or another location! Stay tuned in our SPY Updates!
Note: We will not meet at the parishes for youth group on Monday, January 22nd due to finals week. See information below about study hours at St. James Coffee!
GRACYM stands for Greater Rochester Area Catholic Youth Ministry. Youth ministers from parishes in Rochester, Stewartville, Dodge Center, St. Charles, Plainview, and the surrounding areas work together to provide area-wide events including UNITE, social events, youth ralleys, service opportunities and more.
FINALS STUDY HOURS AT ST. JAMES COFFEE ~ January 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 6pm-10pm
St. James is open late January 22, 23rd, and 24th and your Rochester youth ministers will have snacks and study breaks for your each hours. The coffee will be flowing from 6pm-10pm. Come find a quiet corner or a table with your study group at your favorite Catholic coffee house - St. James Coffee!
St. James Coffee is a unique response to the Church’s call of the New Evangelization in that it brings the Church into the world and into the everyday lives of its customers and the local community. It is a place where people encounter Jesus Christ through its products (including events/programs) and the hospitality of its volunteers and staff. Our mission is to be a place where people encounter Christ and his Church.Our vision is to develop disciples and equip evangelizers.
WINTER CHILL 2018: PROCLAIM ~ January 27th, 7pm-11:30pm
Students are invited to join us at Pax Christi Church in Rochester, MN for a night of fun, service, prayer, inflatables, food and more! Come hang out with 150-200 other 6, 7, 8th graders from Rochester, St. Charles, Plainview, Dodge Center, Stewartville and other surrounding areas. We are also looking for high school students and adult chaperones to help with this event.
PARISH HELP NEEDED: Join our young church to make a huge impact in our community and across the globe. This January students from our area parishes will come together for a night of fellowship, service and prayer at the Winter Chill in Rochester, but we need YOUR help! For our service projects, we are looking for donations of fleece blanket kits (or pre-cut fleece for tie blankets) and cash donations to complete our Sole Hope project we began at this event last year. Please drop off fleece blanket kits to your parish youth minister by January 20th. Cash donations can be dropped off at your parish and marked for Sole Hope OR you can make a donation online at https://www.purecharity.com/winter-chill-sole-hope-donations. Thank you!
UNITE ROCHESTER/INTERMISSION 2018
Unite is bringing young people from all over the Rochester Area together for an event that includes: Holy Mass, great music, dynamic speakers, and meaningful prayer. 100+ young people gathered together is a powerful experience by itself, add in the transforming power of Jesus in the Eucharist and the presence of the Holy Spirit and there is no possible way anybody leaves without experiencing the love that the Father has for each of us. Visit our website to register for events, find out how you can support Unite's Mission, or volunteer for these events.
For February's Unite we will be joined by Aly Alleigh and her band and Nic Davidson. This particular Unite event is sponsored by Partnership for Youth and will also be our annual InterMission event. Please help us plan for food by registering ahead at www.uniterochestermn.org.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SNOWTUBING
All are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. The entire hill is ours from 3pm-5pm that Sunday, so invite your friends and bring your family. The cost is $12 per person (scholarships available as needed) which includes your admission to the event, hot chocolate, snacks, and games in the warming house. Just bring your winter gear and your signed release form. Adult chaperones are needed. Click here to pre-register!
Please note that all students in grades 5 and under should plan to attend with a parent or another VIRTUS trained adult.
Stay tuned for summer events include canoeing, bonfires, games at St. James, and our summer softball team! Subscribe to our parish youth updates (see Keep In Contact section above!)
2018 SUMMER MISSION TRIP #1: MESCALERO, NEW MEXICO ~ June 22nd-July 1st (for students entering grades 9 and up)
Registration is now open for our High School Mission Trip to Mescalero, New Mexico to assist with home repair. This trip will be an incredible opportunity to serve others while also taking time to see how God is trying to meet you and guide you to a meaningful life of faith and joy. Contact Katie Stinson to be added to our email list for interested participants or see the information packet below. Early registration at a discounted price is due January 19th.
Host Organization: Group Mission Trips
Host Facility: TBD - Usually a local school or parish
2017 SUMMER MISSION TRIP #2: DULUTH, MN ~ June 24th-29th (for students entering grades 6-8)
Registration is now open for our Junior High School Mission Trip to Duluth, MN. Our young Church feels a desire to make a difference in the world, but often doesn't know where to start. This mission trip will give our junior high students an opportunity to serve alongside teens from across the country and to dive in a little deeper to their own faith. Contact Katie Stinson to be added to our email list for interested participants or see the information packet below. Early registration at a discounted price is due January 19th.
Host Facility: TBD - Usually a local school or parish
Camp Summit is a camp for students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade who are looking to learn more about their faith alongside their peers, and in a fun and adventure-filled setting. This camp takes place at Eagle Bluff in Lanesboro, MN, in early August. There are also opportunities for high school students to participate as leaders on the Prayer or FIAT teams through an application process. Not all students who apply will be accepted so please spend some time on your application and feel free to have me look it over before you submit it. Stay tuned for more information. We will also need several chaperones for our parish – male and female. If interested contact Katie Stinson at email@example.com or 288-8238 ext. 3525.
Information Packet - Coming Soon!
Camp Summit Camper Registration Forms - Coming Soon!
Camp Summit Fiat or Prayer Team Applications (due May 1) - Coming Soon!
Camp Summit Adult Chaperone Forms - Coming Soon!
A Steubenville Youth Conference is primarily an invitation to spiritual growth. For some this means entering into a personal relationship with God for the first time. For others, this means a deeper and more mature acceptance of the gospel and the Church and a greater zeal to be a witness for Christ.
The conference weekend is about developing the gifts given at Baptism and sealed at Confirmation. It’s about hearing dynamic speakers instruct and challenge teens in: prayer, chastity, service, and the power of the sacraments. You will discover that Christianity is not for the weak and timid; it is not a crutch; and it is not boring! It is about meeting hundreds of people on fire for the Lord: laughing, crying, talking, singing, praying, dancing and being encouraged to take a stand for Christ.
Registration is done through the Diocese of Winona. Visit their website for more information: http://www.dow.org/offices/youth-and-young-adults/steubenville-north.html
Please make sure we have a medical release form on file for you or your child for the 2016-2017 year. For each event we will ask you if you need to make changes, but we will keep this on file for a year.