I’m very pleased to announce that beginning this August, Veronica Ripp will be our Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Raphael. I heard someone say recently that the Church in every age should have a “preferential option for the young.” This seems in keeping with what we hear many places in Scripture about the importance of helping the next generations to come to know God personally and to mature in faith.
Veronica will be coordinating the various ways in which we do ministry with middle and high school aged youth. We currently have around 1,800 young people of this age registered at St. Raphael. 1,800! What this means is that we need a whole team of people, both staff members and especially volunteer ministers, from among both our English and Spanish speaking members, to work together in a coordinated way to build the future of youth ministry… To take the next steps in creating robust and dynamic ministry structures that can begin to reach more and more of our many young people in meaningful ways and invite them to become missionary disciples of Jesus.