Youth and Young Adult Ministry / Confirmation

How to contact us:

Mrs Toenjes - Young Adult Ministry -

Mrs. Lori Brandt - Confirmation/Youth Ministry -

Phone: 847-537-9423

Youth Ministry

Dear Saint Mary Families, due to Covid-19, many of our programs will be virtual with a few in person opportunities for those comfortable to go. There have also been some changes to our ministry. Our part-time Youth Minister and Confirmation Leader is Mrs. Lori Brandt. You may reach her at

Our Primary means of communication will be through an email / text service called flocknote. You may register by CLICKING HERE. The main parish group you join is, "What's Happening Around Saint Mary". If you wish to be added to the Confirmation or youth ministry lists, please contact Mrs Toenjes.

Know that we are here to pray for and serve you in any way we can. If you have questions, concerns or needs, please don't hesitate to ask.

Our Peer Ministry Team assists with adult leaders in sharing and presenting the good news to our Confirmation students and youth ministry events. Please contact Mrs. Lori Brandt

Though things are different, we are looking for high school students to help with various youth ministry events. We are still in the planning process on events and dates. Please call the religious education office for more information or email Mrs. Lori Brandt

Young Adult Ministry!


You will hear a lot of things about the Sacrament of Confirmation over your two years of prep...some parts sound more official and others are more about experience. Our fervent hope is that you not just learn about Jesus and His church, but Know Him personally. Throughout your time of preparation, along with our adult and teen leaders, you will have an opportunity to encounter your faith through small groups, large groups, inspiring talks, discussion, games, team building, retreats, service, music, prayer, food!, Reconciliation and Mass. You will be able to grow in friendship with those around you, inspiring each other to grow in holiness and discipleship.

As the catechism states:

Please take a look below and click on the various links to get a fuller picture of our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation including registration, expectations, a calendar and a letter of invitation. As you have heard before, "You get out of it, what you put into it"....the same applies here. Along with the powerful guidance of the Holy Spirit, the most important part we need is you! If you have further questions, please feel free to call the parish office.

As per the Archdiocese, our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year process, typically beginning in the 7th grade, leading to the celebration of the Sacrament in the spring of 8th grade. If you are in high school and have been registered in religious education or catholic school, you may also register at this time. If you have taken a break from your religious education preparation or are in need of other Sacraments, please call the religious educations office to get started.