Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast. – Psalm 139
This Sunday we celebrate the Rite 13 Liturgy, a rite of passage in our young peoples’ lives, as well as a special occasion for them, for their parents, and for the parish.
This liturgy is somewhat similar to the bar and bat mitzvah in the Jewish tradition–an acknowledgement of the transitions our young people go through as they navigate their journey to adulthood. This journey is likely becoming more real and maybe a bit difficult as they go through the many physical, mental, and emotional changes of this time. Middle school is often a tough time, which many of us probably remember!
The Rite 13 curriculum and this liturgy support them emotionally and physically, teaching them how to better handle the slings and arrows that may come their way over the next four to five years. Our young people are blessed to have strong, wise leaders to walk alongside them in this journey. In our recent Sunday morning classes, we have discussed the belief that our sexuality is a gift from God and is something that makes each of us special. However, this gift does not turn us into adults. Becoming an adult requires learning, growing, and an understanding of how to use God’s gift of co-creation. Our Journey to Adulthood program has an exceptional record of teaching our young people these concepts and responding to God’s call to become beloved members of God’s family. Your support plays a part in this journey. We thank you for your support and your prayers. By joining in Sunday’s liturgy, you join in the celebration of this journey to adulthood.
Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation