Youth Ministry

A creative and experiential approach

EDGE at Holy Spirit Parish is a Catholic youth ministry program for middle school youth in grades 6-8. It is designed to meet the catechetical, educational, spiritual, emotional and social needs of young adolescents.

EDGE Nights are scheduled every other Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning in the Fall and ending in the Spring. Some weeks may vary due to holidays and school breaks.

We invite all youth and their families to attend the 6:00pm contemporary music Mass every Sunday. We also strongly encourage the youth to get involved as a liturgical minister: Middle Schoolers can sign up to be altar servers and ushers.

For more information, contact Row David at 408-997-5106 or row.david@dsj.org.


Edge Meeting Dates:

September 11, 2019 – Kick-off
October 9, 2019 – Always Burning – Introduction to the Holy Spirit
October 23, 2019 – Ignition – Mission of the Holy Spirit
November 13, 2019 – Kindling – The Church
December 11, 2019 – Advent / Christmas Social
January 15, 2020 – Everlasting – One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
January 29, 2020 – Life in the Fire – Structure of the Church
February 12, 2020 – Valentine’s Day Social
March 11, 2020 – Oxygen – Vocations
April 1, 2020 – Flamethrower – Communion of Saints
April 22, 2020 – Fire Inside – Mary
May 13, 2020 – End of Year Social

Please note: Out of concern for the safety, health, and lives of our parishioners, staff, volunteers and that of the general public, we are suspending all Parish Faith Formation programs at Holy Spirit Parish until further notice. Please check back for further updates.

Youth Ministry

A creative and experiential approach

EDGE at Holy Spirit Parish is a Catholic youth ministry program for middle school youth in grades 6-8. It is designed to meet the catechetical, educational, spiritual, emotional and social needs of young adolescents.

EDGE Nights are scheduled on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Edge meets in person in the Parish Hall.

2023-24 Schedule



September 13, 2023

October 11, 2023

October 25, 2023

November 29, 2023

January 24, 2024

February 28, 2024

March 13, 2024

April 10, 2024

April 24, 2024

May 8, 2024

Middle School Diocesan Youth Retreat

Two weeks ago, the Diocese offered a youth retreat for high school and middle school youth. The retreat was a much needed avenue for the youth to renew their faith, especially with everything that has been going on for the past year and a half. There were a few Holy Spirit youth who attended. Danielle Paredes shares her experience below: 

This was my first time attending MSDYR. The theme of the retreat was “renewal.” I didn’t truly understand what that meant until I did a prayer exercise with my small group. 

The exercise was to say something you want to let go of in order to be renewed. It seemed a bit scary to me. Although, as youth in my group said what they wanted to let go of, I felt more comfortable. I knew my group would not judge me. 

There was one boy who was very talkative and funny. He told us something very devastating and he wanted to let go of his grief for it. I was amazed that he trusted us with something this personal! It showed that he knew talking to us was like talking to God!

After I shared what I wanted to let go of, my group prayed over me. I felt renewed: once again God was with and within me, taking away what I wanted to let go of. It didn’t matter that God was taking away a sin. God still comforted me through the prayers of my group mates.

I will never forget that experience. Our small group had a connection from that prayer exercise. We had just met but sharing personal thoughts and experiences made us a family. 

The prayer exercise strengthened my connection with God. I feel relieved and grateful now that God will always be there for me. Ever since the retreat, I’ve made extra effort to pray to God. Not just before meals, but when I have free time. When I used to pray, it almost felt like a duty. Now, I want to do it so I can have a conversation with God.

I really enjoyed MSDYR. Middle schoolers and high schoolers, I think you should go to DYR. If one day and a half can have an impact on me, imagine what a whole week can do to you!

Registration for the Middle School Diocesan Youth Retreat (MSDYR) is open! MSDYR is a four day retreat for all incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students of the 2019-2020 academic school year aimed at cultivating a transformational encounter with Jesus Christ. Our hope is to enrich the catholic imagination and deepen the bonds of friendship through the means of beauty, fellowship, and the sacraments.

MSDYR 2019 is scheduled for Monday, August 5th through Thursday, August 8th at Mission Springs Conference Center in Scotts Valley, CA. We are confident that the multitude of middle school teens across our diocese will be greatly blessed by the work of the Holy Spirit present amidst the retreat.

Important information regarding registration
#MSDYR2019 Youth Registration is currently open and will close on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:00pm
#MSDYR2019 Youth Registration is on a first come, first serve basis
Registration will be available in both English and Spanish languages
Online registration is the preferred route of registration; however, a paper registration form is available.
The cost to attend the MSDYR is $339.00
Partial scholarships are available to families encountering financial hardships
MSDYR is open to all incoming 6th, 7th, & 8th graders of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

How to Register Youth for MSDYR
**Parents of prospective MSDYR teen participants must fill out the registration on their behalf**
MSDYR Youth Registration – English
MSDYR Youth Registration – Spanish
Populate the necessary registration fields and submit your payment
If you are utilizing the paper registration option, please send your completed registration form enclosed with your payment to:

Diocese of San Jose
Attn: Robbie Ocampo
1150 N. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112.

Payment Options
Full Payment: $339.00
At the completion of the online registration form, you will receive a PayPal link that will lead you to submit your outstanding registration balance of $339.00
If you are utilizing the paper registration route, please send your registration enclosed with your payment with your teen’s name in the memo to the Diocese of San Jose.
Partial Payment: $169.50
If you decide to select the partial pay option, you are asked to send a check of $169.50 with your teen’s name in the memo to the Diocese of San Jose.
The other half of the payment must be sent three weeks prior to the retreat (July 22, 2019). Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of your youth’s pending registration
Scholarship Option
For scholarship inquiries, please send an email to Robbie Ocampo.

Additional Information
MSDYR Parent & Youth Orientation Options
Saturday, July 27 at Saint Francis of Assisi from 9:30am-11:30am [English and Spanish]
5111 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135
Wednesday, July 31 at Holy Spirit Parish from 6:00pm-8:00pm [English]
1200 Redmond Ave, San Jose, CA 95120
Thursday, August 1 at Saint John Vianney from 6:00pm-8:00pm [Spanish]
4600 Hyland Ave, San Jose CA 95127

Registration Refunds
Full registration refund if requested before July 22, 2019
No registration refund if requested after July 22, 2019

MSDYR Servant Leader Application/ LITS (Leaders in Training)
All prospective servant leaders/LITs intending to serve during #MSDYR2019 must complete an application process prior to one’s official admittance as servant leader
Based on one’s application, careful discernment will be employed to assure that every prospective servant leader upholds the proper Christian witness (online and offline) and integrity expected when serving the young Church
After the completion of the servant leader application, #MSDYR2019 coordinators will contact prospective candidates about the status of their application
For all prospective adult servant leaders, please fill out this application form.
For all prospective LITs (incoming Juniors to outgoing Seniors in High School), please fill out this application form.
Servant Leader application period closes on June 21, 2019 at 8:00pm
Note: Every adult servant leader accepted to the #MSDYR2019 team must be fingerprinted and safe environment trained.
If accepted, the registration cost for all MSDYR Servant Leaders/LITs is $259.00
Thank you everyone! We look forward to hosting you and your teens at the Middle School Diocesan Youth Retreat. If you have any questions, feel free to email Robbie Ocampo.

Take care and God bless,

MSDYR 2019 Planning Team

Edge Autumn Dance

The one and only Edge Dance will be on Friday, October 19th from 7:00- 9:30 p.m. in the Holy Spirit School Gym. All middle school youth grades 6- 8 are invited to attend. Friends are welcome to come. Waiver form is required for entry as well as a $10 admittance fee.

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