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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Unite Ministries, formerly Greater Rochester Area Catholic Youth Ministry, serves youth from around the Rochester, MN area. 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 Masses, social events, youth rallies, service trip and projects, and more. Get more up to date information at www.uniterochestermn.org
Unite is bringing young people from all over the Rochester Area together for an event that includes: Holy Mass, great music, a meal, 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
Upcoming Unite Masses:
Please help us plan for food by registering ahead at www.uniterochestermn.org or by clicking any of the dates listed above.
WINTER CHILL 2019: SEEK
All youth in grades 6-8 are invited to attend Winter Chill, our annual Rochester and area-wide middle school event, on Saturday, January 26. This year’s theme is SEEK. We’ll seek the Kingdom of God through growing our relationship with Him in through prayer, service to others, and building community. The event will be held at the Pax Christi Church and Youth Center. Bring your friends and get to know others as you play games, do service projects, experience prayer in a new way, dance to a DJ, race through the inflatable obstacle course, play video games and more!
Register online by January 24, 2019 and you can opt into a drawing for a free registration for Camp Summit 2019! Register online here:
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 $10 per person (children 3 and under are free) 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. Space is limited so please register ahead to ensure a space. Click here to register!
Please note that all students in grades 5 and under should plan to attend with a parent or another VIRTUS trained adult.
We will ask that all participants arrive to Ironwood Springs 15 minutes early for safety instructions. Hope to see you there!
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!)
2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP #1: MILWAUKEE, WI ~ June 24-30 (for students currently in 8th-12th grade)
Registration is now open for our High School Mission Trip to Milwaukee, WI with Shine Catholic Missions. The High School Service Trip is an opportunity offered by local Rochester/Austin area parishes. It is open to any high school student, Catholic or otherwise, in grades 8-12 (during the school year before the summer trip). While there are many reasons parishes offer service trips, we are convinced that our main reason is because Christ has called us and has commissioned us to recognize the intrinsic dignity that resides in each and every person with whom we come in contact.
The trip costs $500 ($450 if registered by February 15th, 2019). Reserve your spot by filling out this permission form and sending in your down payment of $200 ($150 if you register by February 15th, 2019). Your spot won't be confirmed until we receive your down payment. Down payments should be sent to your parish Youth Minister in cash, check or credit card. Be sure to note on envelop or in the check memo that the payment is for the High School Service Trip 2019.
Download our Information Packet here.
Host Organization: Shine Catholic Missions
Host Facility: TBD - Usually a local school or parish
Begin your registration here!
2019 SUMMER MISSION TRIP #2: MINNEAPOLIS, MN ~ June 23rd-28th (for students entering grades 7-9)
Registration is now open for our Junior High School Mission Trip to Minneapolis, 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.
The trip costs $400 ($350 if registered by February 1st, 2019). Reserve your spot by filling out this permission form and sending in your down payment of $100 ($ 50 if you register by February 1st, 2019). Your spot won't be confirmed until we receive your down payment. Down payments should be sent to your parish Youth Minister in cash, check or credit card. Be sure to note on envelop or in the check memo that the payment is for the High School Service Trip 2019.
Download our Information Packet here.
Host Organization: Group Mission Trips
Host Facility: Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN
Begin your registration here!
CAMP SUMMIT 2019 ~ August 5th-8th (for students entering grades 6-12)
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.
Have questions about Camp Summit? Contact Katie or click on the graphic to be redirected to the camp website.
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 2019-2020 year. For each event we will ask you if you need to make changes, but we will keep this on file for a year.