Youth Ministry

RHYM 2022-23 Registration:

Junior and Senior RHYM Groups         Staff Liaison:  Gina Jennison; [email protected]; 585-334-3518

Through these groups, young people have the opportunity to know, live, and share their faith. Meetings use a small team faith sharing approach to learning and sharing faith. In addition to meetings, many social, service, and liturgical events are planned throughout the year.

Family-Based Home Study

Youth in grades 6 to l2 who are not able to attend Jr. or Sr. RHYM meetings are encouraged to 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.

Hybrid Program

Young people who have occasional conflicts on RHYM youth group nights are invited to sign up for this program.  Here is how it works:  young people attend youth group nights.  When there are prolonged conflicts, they work on assignments at home.  

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. 

  1. Leadership and Service:

Disciples Leadership Group (grades 7 to 12):  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. 

  1. Music and Liturgy:

RHYM Choir (grades 6 to 12).  The RHYM Choir 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. Participation in the group requires a commitment to scheduled practices, Masses, and prayer services throughout the year.


RHYM Music Ensemble (grades 9 to college aged young adults). The RHYM  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. Members complete one year in RHYM Choir prior to becoming a member of the Ensemble and they must be commitment to the scheduled practices, Masses, and prayer services throughout the year.

  1. Retreats and Conferences:

Throughout the year, RHYM-ithians have the opportunity to attend a variety of experiences including Kingdom Bound and parish retreats.

Volunteers who work in any ministry with children and vulnerable elderly people first participate in the Diocese Training for Creating a Safe Environment.