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.
Theology on Tap Returns this Summer
Calling all young adults in their 20’s and 30’s for evenings of fellowship, enrichment and fun! Created in 1981, RENEW International’s Theology-on-Tap is a nationally recognized speaker and fellowship program that has been successfully bringing young adults, ages 18 to 39, to the church for more than 30 years. Theology on Tap provides an opportunity to not only learn about the Catholic faith but also meet like-minded people and make new friends. Our remaining two Theology On Tap gatherings for this summer are Tuesdays, July 25, and August 1 in the Grand Pavilion. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments. Free.
August 1- Jesus on the Move: A Theology of Migration Ellie Hidalgo
Humanity has always been on the move. Even our Scriptures are full of stories where people of faith flee persecution or discern God’s voice urging them to seek new lands of promise. Yet today’s modern conflicts compel many nations to secure their borders and to stop welcoming the stranger. In this Theology on Tap evening, we will explore the complexities of migration through the lens of faith with the hope of gaining a deeper understanding of Jesus on the move.
Ellie Hidalgo serves as the pastoral associate of Dolores Mission Church and School in Boyle Heights, a Los Angeles neighborhood known as the Ellis Island of the West. Many of you might remember her as the woman who presented at this year’s Together in Mission.
Summer Get Acquainted Dinner
All young adults new to the parish and YMA are invited to a dinner after Mass on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7pm. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about the parish and YMA. The dinner is free but we need your RSVP by Thursday, August 3, 2017. Location of dinner provided when you rsvp. Sign up at
Summer Morning Retreats
Once again YMA invites all young adults to join us for Saturday mornings of prayer, reflection and fellowship this summer. The retreats will be held in the Spirituality enter from 9:00 a.m.–Noon. Morning Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. $15 per person. Online registration HERE until Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Companions for the Interior Life Saturday, August 12
An important part of a Christian's faith journey is to live an examined life. When examining one’s life it is often helpful to do so with another person. On this retreat Father David Guffey will explore with us the possible types of companions in the parish and community that can help us reflect on our interior and spiritual lives. Some of the companion relationships include spiritual direction, therapy, pastoral guidance, reconciliation, Stephen Ministry, and support groups. Father David and the panel will provide context about these and when they will be most helpful.
Father David Guffey was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1991. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Masters of Divinity and a Bachelor in American Studies and from Loyola University he holds a Masters in Film and Television production. He is the national director at Family Theater Productions in Hollywood and often presents retreats and lectures on film and spirituality. Father David is a priest in residence at St. Monica, and serves in several capacities of pastoral outreach at the parish including offering spiritual direction, lectures and facilitating the St. Monica Film Club.
Before joining Family Theater Productions in 2008, Father David served the Congregation of Holy Cross including Program Director at Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame, and directing Andre House, a soup kitchen in Phoenix, Ariz., which developed into a major center of service to the poor and homeless in the d film include, “Carrying On,” “You Will See,” “Finding Mary,” and “Assumptions” – all with Family Theater Productions. He also wrote and directed a short film, “Last Deal at the Mt. Carroll Gun Club."
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