Rush Henrietta Youth Ministry (RHYM)
Meetings, faith-sharing, prayer, fun, fellowship, retreats, outings, and youth conferences offer young people abundant opportunities to form strong Christian friendships and remain close to the Lord.
For information and registration forms, please contact Mrs. Gina Jennison at 334-1412, ext. 1606 or at this e-mail address: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
RHYM stands for Rush Henrietta Youth Ministry. It is the comprehensive youth ministry program for the parish of St. Marianne Cope. Comprehensive youth ministry refers to a framework around which opportunities can occur for young people to know, live and share their faith. Comprehensive youth ministry means that there is not just a “youth group” but groups of youth who participate in the life of the faith community in a way or ways that honor their individual and communal needs. The goal of the mission of youth ministry at St. Marianne Cope (RHYM) is to help young people to know, live, and share their faith in ways that are relevant and to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.
♦ General Faith Formation and Christian Living
1. Junior and Senior RHYM Groups:
These are the groups that would traditionally be considered the “youth group.” The Jr. group (grades 6–8) meets on Tuesday evenings and the Sr. group (grades 9–12) meets on Sunday evenings. Both groups meet from 7–8:30pm. Through these groups, young people have the opportunity to know, live, and share their faith. In addition to meetings, many social and liturgical events are planned for this group throughout the year. Some examples of these “extra” events are retreats, National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), Kingdom Bound, service days, training in liturgical ministry, participation in the Stations of the Cross, and outings like bowling and laser tag.
2. Family-Based Home Study:
Youth in grades 6 to l2 as well as people who cannot attend the Jr. or Sr. RHYM meetings can sign up for Family Based Home Study. The Youth Minister will meet with family-based home-study youth in September to introduce the materials and curriculum for the school year. Young people then work through their book at their own pace. Young people who enroll in the Family Based Home Study program sign up with their family to participate in at least one RHYM Family-Cares Days (service project) and at least one RHYM Family Mass. They are also encouraged to participate in the social, service, liturgical, and faith-building activities that are outlined in monthly RHYM newsletters.
♦ RHYM Ignited Ministries:
While a great foundation to accomplishing the RHYM mission is provided through youth group (Jr. and Sr. RHYM), we like to encourage young people to go beyond youth group and home study to ignite their faith and the faith of others by participating in a variety of ministries.
1. Small Faith-Sharing Groups (Emmaus Groups):
This group is for young people who are interested in evangelism and discipleship, and have a desire to “go deeper with their faith.” These groups are formed as interest is expressed; they can be held at any time that is convenient for the group.
2. Leadership and Service:
Disciples Leadership Group (grades 7 to 9): This group is for young people who are interested in becoming leaders in RHYM and their community. Members will develop leadership skills, serve as peer leaders and help to plan RHYM activities and meetings.
Leadership and Service Council (grades 9 to 12): Council members continue to develop leadership skills and serve as peer leaders, organize and participate in service projects (including a summer mission trip for older members), and serve as the youth advisory group to the youth minister and pastoral council. Members of the council are encouraged to serve as Jr. RHYM team leaders. Leadership and Service Council Members may be nominated for the council after completing an active year of RHYM and fulfilling all RHYM commitments. In addition to attendance at the Council meetings and retreat/training days, council members must have the desire to serve and seek justice as well as a commitment to the RHYM program, the life of the parish and Sacramental life.
3. Music and Liturgy:
Jr. RHYM Music Group (grades 6 to 9). The Jr. RHYM Music group consists of vocalists (with the possibility of instrumentalists). Young people in this group learn about music in prayer and liturgy as they prepare songs and lead music at Masses, prayer services, and youth meetings. Although the group is made up of mostly 6--8th graders; 9th graders who participated in the group during their 8th grade year may continue to be a part of the group as space allows. Practices are held on one Tuesday per month at 6:30. Participation in the group requires a commitment to scheduled practices, Masses, and prayer services throughout the year.
Sr. RHYM Music Ensemble (grades 9 to college aged young adults). The Sr. Music Ensemble encourages young people to use their musical talents to make decisions and be involved in liturgy and prayer in our parish. This group learns about liturgy planning and helps to plan and lead the music for several Masses, prayer services and meetings during the year. Practices are held on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Participation in the group requires a commitment to the scheduled practices, Masses, and prayer services throughout the year. Evaluations (trial practices) for young people new to the RHYM music program are held by request, as space allows.
4. Retreats and Conferences.
Throughout the year, RHYM-ithians have the opportunity to attend a variety of experiences including Kingdom Bound, NCYC, parish and diocesan retreats.