A R I S E is a community of young adults seeking to live out their Catholic faith through prayer, formation, and evangelization. Inspired by Jesus' words in Mark's Gospel, "'Talitha koum,' which means, 'Little girl, I say to you, arise!'" we are striving to arise from the culture of sin and death that has plagued our generation. Instead, we stand for truth and love in the hope of uniting our lives to Christ to one day rise with him. 

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Arise: introductory class

Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM-8:15 PM
Location: St. Raphael Rectory
Class Leaders: Paul Sandoval & Melissa Santos

Join us for our first session…you’ll have a chance to meet other young adults, hear our vision for ARISE, and reflect on Mark 5:41.

Pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
at 8:15 PM

Following tonight’s session, we will make a pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to venerate the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney.

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Known as the surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means to becoming a saint, the Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be starting April 28, 2019 for young adults. The Consecration is a 33-day process and will end May 31, 2019, the Feast of the Visitation.

For a free Consecration booklet with prayers and reflections, email ariseapostolate@gmail.com.

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Series: Why am i catholic?

  1. A Challenge to Arise

    Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 PM
    Hector & Lupe’s House*
    Class Leader: Hector Clemente

    As young adults, we face a lot of challenges. To be countercultural and live an authentic Catholic life can be really difficult. Are you ready to arise to that challenge?

    *Please email ariseapostolate@gmail.com for the address.

  2. Why Do I Need the Church?

    Tuesday, June 4th at 7 PM
    St. Raphael Rectory
    Class Leader:
    Melissa Santos

    Increasingly, it has become far more popular to label oneself as "spiritual, and not religious." Others claim to be able to have a "personal relationship with Jesus" without attempting to be faithful to the Church's teachings. We’ll explore the purpose of the Catholic Church, why we need Her, how we know Jesus started the Catholic Church, and why going to a megachurch falls short of the abundant living found only in the Catholic Church.

  3. Who Is the Trinity?

    Tuesday, June 18th at 7 PM
    St. Raphael Rectory
    Class Leader: Hector Clemente

    One of the most profound mysteries of our faith is the Trinity. Tonight, we’ll delve into who is the Trinity and how this mystery reveals who we are and what our purpose is.

  4. The Eucharist

    Tuesday, July 2nd at 7 PM
    St. Raphael Rectory
    Class Leader: Mike Bejarano

    When Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever,” what did he mean? Why do Catholics believe believe bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus? How do we know it’s not just a symbol, and why is the Eucharist so important to the Christian life?

  5. Mary & The Saints

    Tuesday, July 16th from 7:45 PM-9 PM
    St. Raphael Church
    Class Leader: Melissa Cervantes

    Do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints? Come find out the answer to this and other questions about Jesus’ mother and our friends in heaven. You’ll learn about their importance and hear some amazing stories and miracles about them.

  6. Theology on Tap: The Last 4 Things

    Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 PM
    Hector & Lupe’s House
    Class Leader: Hector Clemente

    We all wonder what happens when we die. Join us for drinks as we discuss four difficult topics: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

Mass with matt maher

Thursday, September 19th at 8:15 AM

As part of a 2-day event, the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is bringing Matt Maher to El Paso for events including a VIP event, Mass, and Dinner & Concert.

Join other young adults for Mass with Bishop Mark & Music by Matt Maher on Thursday, September 19 at St. Raphael Parish at 8:15am.



Theology on tap series

Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 PM
Location: Hector & Lupe’s House
Topic: The Last Four Things

FALL 2019…Details coming soon.

Catholic Speed dating

Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 PM
St. Raphael

We’re kicking off our Beloved series tonight with Catholic Speed Dating! Have fun with your friends or make some new ones. You just might meet the answer to all your novenas tonight!

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XLT with
the Vigil project

Sunday, November 24th at 7 PM

Led by the Vigil Project, we’ll have a powerful evening for young adults of Praise & Worship followed by Eucharistic Adoration.

Beloved series

In this series, we’ll cover what it means to be a man and a woman, why we’re made for relationships, what is love, the beauty of the Church’s teachings on sex (before & during marriage), and much more.

  1. Series Kick-Off:
    Catholic Speed Dating
    Tuesday, September 3rd

  2. Beloved #1
    Tuesday, September 17th

  3. Beloved #2
    Tuesday, October 1st

  4. Beloved #3
    Tuesday, October 15th

  5. Beloved #4
    Tuesday, November 5th

  6. Beloved #5
    Tuesday, November 19th

  7. Beloved Q & A
    Tuesday, December 3rd


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Melissa Cervantes

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Melissa Santos

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Paul Sandoval


Hector & Lupe Clemente