Thanks to everyone who made tonight’s Lenten Soup Supper a ‘filling’ success! So many people to thank: Ray Badilla, Carolyn & Pat O’Connor, Ric Shimshock, Bob Masik & Letitia Roddy, Dave West, Dottie Nickels, Jeff and his mom, Alex and his mom, Nick, Pamela, Elliott and his mom, the Resurrection Women’s Group, all the families who brought soup, all the folks who helped setup and teardown, and everyone else who was in attendance. All donations that were accepted will be given to Our Daily Bread: Thank you again to all the teens and adults who continued their Lenten journeys tonight with the simple practice of almsgiving.


This was an email I sent out to all the 8th Grade Confirmation Candidates and their families regarding our Youth & Young Adult Masses:

Hello everyone,

As many of you may already be aware of, our parish community celebrates a Youth & Young Adult Mass on the first Sunday of every month at the 5:30pm evening mass. The mass is for the youth and young adults of our parish, and by the youth and young adults of our parish. The liturgy is specifically geared toward high school students and young adults (18-39) with music selections, homily topics, and reflection skits that are relatable to young people in these age groups. Of course, the mass celebration is an opportunity for all to come and worship, so whether you feel young at heart or not, all families are welcome.

The Celebration of the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of what it means to be Catholic. Therefore, I often encourage people of all ages to actively participate at mass. The 5:30pm mass is no exception, and I hope that you’ll seize this opportunity to have your son or daughter (and really the whole family) become liturgical ministers for “their” mass. No experience is necessary, all training will be provided, and since the Youth & Young Adult Mass is only once a month, it is a great opportunity to serve without committing to a long term schedule. The added bonus is that they will be serving in an environment where they will be surrounded by their Catholic peers reminding them that this is indeed their church, right here, right now.

In an informal show of hands last Monday, I saw that some students were interested in possibly serving or just learning more about what opportunities are available. There are many to choose from: Hospitality (Greeters & Ushers), Gift Bearers, Singers, Musicians, Tech Ministry, et al. Please double check with your son or daughter tonight to see if they are still interested. Simply reply to this email, or give me a call at the number listed below for more information or to sign up.

I recognize many of your faces already at the 5:30pm mass and I’d like to personally thank you for worshipping with the young people of our parish community. Please stop on by the music platform after mass and say HI; it’s always nice to see familiar faces. And again, thank you for realizing that although our young people are the future of our parish community, that future begins right now.

In Christ,

Jonathan Luu

Youth & Young Adult Coordinator

Youth Band & Choir Director

Church of the Resurrection

(408) 245-5554 x25

(408) 490-0575

Heads up! RYM is teaming up with the Resurrection Women’s Group again this year in hosting a Lenten Soup Supper on the fourth Friday of Lent. It’s a great opportunity to continue our Lenten journey together by serving the community. We’re looking for:

– 3 or more people to help setup at 5:30pm
– 7 pots of meatless soup (to be delivered by 6:30pm)
– 5 or more people to help serve soup and work the kitchen
– 3 or more people to help cleanup around 8:15pm

Please reply to this post, or shoot me a text or message to sign up. Other RYM teens, the Women’s Group, and the community is counting on you!


Last May, your child said ‘yes’ to living his or her faith out for the rest of their life and in doing so, received the Sacrament of Confirmation. On paper, receiving this final Sacrament of Initiation marks the end of the spiritual journey as a child. But, as a catechist and spiritual leader in the Catholic Church, I view the Sacrament of Confirmation as the beginning of our spiritual journey as an adult, one that should continue for the rest our lives.


As the Youth Ministry & Young Adult Coordinator for Church of the Resurrection, it is my duty and calling to provide opportunities for the young people of our church to continue living out the Gospel in their daily lives post-Confirmation. The high school youth ministry program is one such opportunity that allows the teens of our parish community to continue learning about their faith, ask questions in a safe environment, be surrounded by other Catholic teens, and continue living the Gospel through service projects and volunteer work in and out of our parish community. This weekend our high school youth ministry kicks off its 2011-2012 campaign with our monthly Youth & Young Adult Mass followed by our Kickoff Barbecue. The Youth & Young Adult Mass is a mass that occurs at 5:30pm every first-Sunday of the month and targets teens and young adults with music, homilies, and reflections skits that young people can identify with. The kickoff barbecue immediately follows the mass and is a chance for high school students to meet their peers from our parish community. For more information, please visit: or search for ‘Resurrection Youth Ministry’ on Facebook.


In this day and age, especially in the valley in which we live in, our daily lives can often be inundated with the pressures to succeed as individuals in our schooling, careers, and material wealth. Please help your child succeed in the long haul – at ‘Life’ – by sharing this email with them, and having an open discussion about continuing their spiritual journey sooner than later. It is when life becomes most overwhelming when the true peace and joy the Lord offers us becomes most important.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


In Christ,

Jonathan Luu

Youth Ministry & Young Adult Coordinator

Youth Band & Choir Director

Posted by: gotjukies | September 27, 2011

Fall Kickoff 2011 – Are you ready???

It’s that time of year again: RYM kicks off the Fall Season!!!

Join us this Sunday, October 2nd,  as we kickoff the new year starting with our Youth and Young Adult Mass at the 5:30pm mass, and then getting together at The LoFT for a barbecue social! There will be food, board games, Rock Band, sports, prizes, a door raffle, and a chance for you to meet other teens from our parish community. The event isn’t limited to ‘members only’ so make sure you invite your friends… or just bring ’em along!

Youth and Young Adult Mass
Begins at 5:30pm
– Anyone interested in being an usher, gift bearer, proclaimer, or Eucharistic Minister should contact the RYM Office or call (408) 490-0575.

Fall Kickoff Barbecue 2011
Begins 15 minutes after the end of mass
Meet us in The LoFT (youth room in Farana Center)
Bring some comfortable shoes to run around in!

Those of you who are already members from previous years or are looking to join this year, please download our registration form (also found in the Forms section of our blog), fill it out, and bring it with you to the barbecue. This way you’ll be all set for all the events, activities, trips, and retreats for the year!

See you on Sunday!

Posted by: gotjukies | August 17, 2011

4th Annual End-of-the-Summer Beach Bash

Join us for the fourth year in-a-row of our End-of-the-Summer Beach Bash!

August 27th, 2011
Noon – 7:30pm
Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz


Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks)

There will be loads of games, swimming, and sports all day long…

Join us for:

  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Beach Soccer
  • Board Games
  • Flag Football
  • Wiffle ball
  • Swimming

We’ll have the grill going all day long too so enjoy a hamburger, hot dog, cheese quesadilla, or any of the other snacks!

We’ll be done at 7:00pm, clean up and load up until 7:30pm, and then be back in Sunnyvale by 8:30pm.

Please check with your parents to see if they are willing to help drive some students. If your parent drives, your $10.00 fee is waived.

Feel free to invite your friends and hand out this nifty flyer .

Click here to print out the flyer

As the annual Diocesan Youth Retreat (formerly known as ‘Tahoe’) is only about a month away, Resurrection Parish is proud to announce that it will be sending a total of TEN (10) teens and young adults from our parish! This is more than the previous 3 years combined!

To help fundraise and offset the cost of the retreat for each person ($310.00 for teens), the students will be hosting a bake sale after the 8:30am, 10:00am. 11:30am, and 5:30pm masses this Sunday, May 15th. We are looking for fantastic bakers out there who would like to support our efforts by donating baked goods. From cookies, to cupcakes, to full sized cakes… no amount of baked goods is too small!

If you are able and willing to help us out, please:

  1. Bring your baked good to parking lot side of the main church anytime between 8:00am and 12:30pm, or, between 5:00pm and 6:30pm.
  2. Describe your baked good with a label
  3. If your baked good contains nuts, please indicate so

You have been so generous in the past and I want to thank you for supporting our program as we continue to grow and serve the youth and young adults in our community. Our goal this year is to reduce the cost of the retreat by 75.00 (roughly 25%) per student. Please help us reach our goal!

Thank you,

Jonathan Luu

Youth Ministry and Young Adult Coordinator

Youth Band & Choir Director

(408) 490-0575

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