Young Ministering Adults (YMA), the fellowship group for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s, provides spiritual, educational and social activities as well as programs that support young adults as they discover new roles in family, work, society and the Catholic Church. Come join us for fellowship and fun!
A team of young adults along with a staff coordinator coordinate all activities for the ministry. Along with coordinating activities at the parish, the YMA Core Team makes it a priority to invite and welcome young adults to the community and to provide information to its leaders and participants. The ministry also seeks to improve involvement, participation, and integration of young adults at the parish and also advocates for the concerns of young adults today.
Tuesdays in March & April - Vespers!
Vespers is an opportunity for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s to nurture their spirituality. Every week they share prayer, scripture reading and discussion of topics relevant to the spiritual life of Catholic young adults. Join us Tuesday evenings promptly at 7:30 p.m. in the Spirituality Center for spiritual refreshment and fellowship. New people are always welcome and the evenings are a great way to connect with the young adult community.
The Spirituality Center is located at the north end of the parish plant just behind the Trepp Center and next to the gym. Gain entry through gate from driveway.
Following most Vespers all are invited to a local establishment for what we call Theology On Tap where we continue our reflections and conversations.
The Rosary is a scripture-based prayer that helps us keep in memory certain events and mysteries in the history of salvation and to thank God and praise for them. As we enter into Lent on this night at Vespers we will learn more about this spiritual tool and share together in the Rosary with the Sorrowful Mysteries. Bring your rosary! We will a few extra on hand.
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We all want the best for ourselves. The way to treat ourselves best comes through a combination of things we love doing and things we despair doing. It’s a struggle we all deal with, so why is it common to struggle by ourselves with discipline? Join us as we take a look at discipline in our lives during this Lent season with some jokes, personal stories, and small/large group sharing.
3/28/17 NO VESPERS- Attend Parish Mission www.stmonica.net
Be Not Afraid
Be not afraid is mentioned multiple times in the Bible. However, more often than not we allow our thoughts to be consumed by our trials and fear of the known and unknown. Join us as we examine the topic of "Fear" and let us face our fears together.
4/11/17 NO VESPERS- Attend Community Reconciliation Service www.stmonica.net
Sunday, March 12 - Got Cupcakes? And Muffins, Banana Bread, Brownies
YMA is hosting the Parish Bake Sale after all morning liturgies Sunday, March 12 in the Duval Patio. The bake sales are a great opportunity to greet parishioners with coffee and morning refreshments after mass, expose the ministry to the greater parish community and raise needed funds for YMA. This Sunday’s bake sale will help cover expenses of the YMA Get Acquainted Dinners. Lots of ways to help! You can bake an item or donate a baked item; or donate milk, half and half and orange juice or help serve our morning treats after the 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am liturgies. Let us know how you can help at or Delis at
Saturday, March 18 - Let's Take a Hike!
YMA invites you to join us Saturday March 18 for a hike through Temescal Canyon at nearby Topanga State park. The hike is moderately difficult and is about 4 miles. Please wear appropriate shoes, water and snacks if needed.
Friday, March 31 - YMA Hosts Stations of the Cross in Church-Volunteers needed!
Be a part of the Stations of the Cross Liturgy on Friday, March 31 at 7 pm in the Church. We need 14 young adults who will each take a station and write a 150-word reflection on how it mirrors, affects or inspires their personal life. We also need volunteers to be hospitality ministers, back-up readers, candle bearers, singers, and musicians.
Friday, April 7 - YMA Happy Hour
The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen
119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
6-9:30pm (Drink specials are from 6-8pm)
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