A total youth ministry program designed to bring personal and spiritual growth to young people.
Dear Parents of High School Students and High School Students,
My name is Amanda Perfetto and I am the interim High School Youth Coordinator for St. Rita. I would like to welcome you to our High School Youth Ministry Program, LinC. I have been an adult volunteer with this program for five years and I was also a member of St. Rita Youth Ministry while I was in High School. This program is near and dear to me so I am excited to share it with all of you! We have a great year planned for all the High School students, with many of the same programs from last year and a few new ones as well. I am excited and blessed to have been given this opportunity and look forward to meeting you and getting to know you all.
LinC stands for Living in Christ, which is our goal within this program. The purpose of this program is to create a setting where Catholic High School teens can come together to grow in their faith, have fun, and most importantly feel comfortable in their faith. This year we will be bringing back weekly meetings which will meet on Sunday evenings. All high school students are welcome to participate; there will be time for those 9th graders preparing for Confirmation to mingle with the rest of the teens before their meetings. We invite you to join us Sunday evenings for small group discussions topics about our faith. There will be some social events planned as well as many service opportunities throughout the year. Most meetings will be held at The Space. The Space is located in the Solon Square shopping center, between Kumon and Radio Shack. The attached calendar for exact dates and locations. We will have some sessions planned to help us dig deeper into our faith and help answer any of those questions that arise as we learn and grow in the faith.
Attached to this letter is the schedule for this coming year’s LinC activities and a sheet of the current available service opportunities we offer. A few of the social or service activities are tentative, but you will be notified of any change in the schedule in advance. We will be kicking off the year with our Fall Leadership Retreat Sunday October 4th following 10:30 mass. I have included a permission slip for the Fall Retreat, this is a great kick off to the upcoming year and I look forward to meeting all those who can attend. I will also include a consent form for our Fall Hayride/Cookout October 25th at Patterson Farms. If you have any questions about these programs please contact me. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities for all the parents as well; we will be looking for chaperones and parents willing to carpool for some events.
We will also continue our Tuesday night bible study meetings. These are held at The Space every Tuesday; 7:15-8:15. Everyone is invited to attend, have your questions answered or just join us in deepening our understanding of Scripture. If you need a bible just let us know and we can get you one!
Some of our big service opportunities are Catholic Heart Work Camp, where a group of our teen’s link up with other parishes across the country and work for a week on various service opportunities. We also host Servants for Christ which is a 3-day community service retreat where we go out into our communities and help those in need. We are joined by local parishes on this retreat.
Grace and Peace,
High School Youth Coordinator
The following service leadership teams plan, organize and run some of the programs and events for high school teens at St. Rita. Each has it's own emphasis so you can choose what fits your interests:
Respect Life Team
Help create a culture of life. Choose and lead monthly discussions on a range of topics dealing with the dignity of life with the option of attending The March to Life trip to Washington DC.
Spring Retreat Team
Plan and lead the annual retreat.
YES Team (Youth Engaging Seniors)
Learn about the needs of the elderly and plan and lead projects to assist them (Fall and Spring clean-up, 12 Days of Christmas)
CHWC Team (Catholic Heart Workcamp)
Plan events and fundraisers for the summer service trip
Breakfast LinC Team
Meet to discuss topics of our faith and plan and lead the Sunday breakfast discussions.
Souper Bowl of Caring Team
Educate yourself and others about the issues of poverty and plan and lead a service project to help.