We are the youth group in St. Vital Parish that has been meeting for the last two years. We gather with youth in Grades 7 - 12 in the church basement twice
a month after the 5 p.m. mass on Saturdays, from
about 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. One of our monthly sessions is more
formalized or structured; the second monthly meeting is a social gathering and we, for example, go skating or bowling, or we have a games or movie night. Our formal sessions begin with
prayer and an icebreaker/game. We then engage in a published program that helps our young people grow in their knowledge and practice of the faith. This is often followed by a prayer
and praise session upstairs in the main body of the church. The evening always concludes with some social time and refreshments.
The youth are invited to attend a retreat sometime in the spring. In our first year a weekend retreat was held at Camp Encounter, a Catholic camp on Lac la Nonne just west of
Edmonton. Last year, an overnight retreat took place in the church basement. More details regarding a retreat for the spring of 2018 will be forthcoming.
This year, we have decided to use a program called Chosen: This is our Catholic Faith. As the program involves twenty-four lessons, we plan to take two years to complete the
program. The leadership team is excited about this program as it makes use of highly engaging resources that include compelling videos, a useful booklet for each participant, fun
activities, and meaningful stories and testimonies. It has been developed by some of today's most passionate and dynamic Catholic youth ministers.
An introduction to the Chosen program can be viewed by clicking on the
link below. The video is three minutes in length.
The program begins on Saturday, October 14 immediately following the 5
p.m. mass. Our first social night is scheduled for Saturday, October 28. There is a cost for the student books: $30.00. (This can be paid in cash or by cheque
made payable to St. Vital Parish.) Of course, these books will be used for two years. Otherwise, there is no registration fee for participation in The Rock. The youth are
invited to take turns bringing snacks for the evening.
Upcoming dates for The Rock are as follows:
October 14 Structured session (Chosen session #1)
October 28 Social night
November 11 Structured session (Chosen session #2)
November 25 Social night
December 9 Structured session (Chosen session #3)
December 16 Social night
January 13 Structured session (Chosen session #4)
January 27 Social night
While all youth in the parish are invited and encouraged to participate! Should you have any questions about The Rock or the Chosen program,
please contact Louis Kloster by emailor by phone.