About MSM


What is MSM?

Middle School Ministry (MSM) serves 6th, 7th and 8th Graders at Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA.

What is the purpose of the middle school ministry?

Our purpose is to inspire the youth within our parish to know Jesus and empower them to live as engaged disciples.

When do we meet?

MSM meets weekly in the Eden Youth Center. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm from late September until early May. We repeat the same session at both time slots to give our youth and families flexibility in attendance.

During the summer we meet at various times depending on the planned activity.

What do we do when we meet?

During the summer MSM youth meet for community building, socialization, service, and family fun. We schedule both youth-centered and family-centered events. The summer is a great time for youth already participating in the ministry to stay connected to one another. This is also an excellent time for youth who are new to MSM to make new friends with current MSM youth and get to know the Eden Center.

From September to May MSM youth meet weekly for formation, community and service.

Formation Sessions – Youth driven, Christ centered formation is at the heart of our middle school ministry. RE Pictures 411

During formation sessions we pray together, engage in small group discussion, and participate in hands-on, interactive activities designed to empower our youth to live their faith in their relationships with their family, friends, and communities.

During a three-year cycle we cover: Scripture & Life of Jesus, Liturgy/Sacraments, Prayer, Morality/Life Choices, and Social Justice.


Community Sessions – For young adolescents, positive socialization with peers and trusted adults is highly valued. During community sessions we come together as a large group for fun, enjoyable games and activities. In the past we have done movie nights, bowling, dessert nights, scavenger hunts, and more! What we do in our community sessions is decided by the youth of the ministry.





Service Sessions – Young adolescents thirst for justice and seek to make the world a better place as part of their journey of discipleship. At these sessions we come together as large and small groups to serve our community. We participate with our parish’s Giving Bank and other service ministries. We annually adopt-a-family for Christmas. We are also currently growing the relationship between our youth and the youth of our sister parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe by undertaking community work together.



Family Sessions – While young adolescents are placing a stronger emphasis on peer relationships than their elementary school counterparts, they still crave strong relationships with their families. MSM hosts regular family sessions where we can come together for prayer, formation and family fun!