Rite 13 is for youth ages 11-13 and meets on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. in classroom 23. The Rite 13 curriculum assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. It includes a liturgical celebration awhich continues to acknowledge the gift of gender and the creative power and potential of each child. Rite 13 creates a safe environment to explore the faith with new ideas and new possibilities. At the end of two years, each teenager should be capable of expressing his or her special and unique qualities and acknowledging and understanding that life is truly a gift from God.
The Journey to Adulthood program (nicknamed J2A) is a continuation of the Rite 13 program and is for youth ages 13-15. The J2A program culminates in a Pilgrimage to a location chosen and planned by the students. In the past St. Peter’s has traveled to Spain, Italy, England, Ireland, Portugal, and France.
The program is a 2-year commitment and the class stays as a group for the length of the program, no new students are accepted the second year. These young teens are taught about how to grow into adulthood by examining themselves, their society, their spirituality and their sexuality all from a Christian perspective. St. Peter’s has tailored the program to meet the needs of the students and seeks to teach them through real-life scenarios and situations. We have also added a Confirmation component into the second year of the program. In addition to group learning, the J2A students are asked to be actively involved in the ministry of the parish and they are encouraged to volunteer and be active members of their society. The class meets on Sunday’s at 11:30 a.m. in classroom 21&22.
Youth Events & Parent Gatherings
Activities for youth and their families are scheduled once a month in addition to our regular education schedule. They are meant to provide youth with a playful balance and joyful accompaniment to their Christian learning. Events range from day-long trips to the Water Park to an evening of games in the Parish Hall. Most youth events include youth of all ages but some are reserved for your older youth ages 6th grade and up. Parents’ gatherings may accompany the youth nights as a way for parents to meet separately and have individual time together to talk about how they can continue to support one another and each others’ children in the St. Peter’s community. These activities build our faith community by creating safe and tolerant space and encouraging individuality in our youth.