Youth and Young Adult Ministry / Confirmation

Youth Ministry

We are expanding our Peer Ministry Teams to include both Confirmation and Outreach Peer Ministry teams. The Confirmation team will focus on the Sunday evening One 8 Sessions, service and Confirmation Retreat. The Outreach Team will focus on the Youth Ministry evenings, like the Faith and Fun Nights and will help with the Confirmandi / Sponsor Retreat and a few high school events. Please see the application as well as the calendar for the year / below.

Join us for a fun ~ end of summer ~ Day Mission trip, with the Franciscans of the Eucharist on Saturday, August 17th / 9AM / leave from St. Mary to 2PM / back by 3:30. We most recently connected with this awesome order through our Vacation Bible School, by helping raise finds for their various block parties. We are looking to continue our connection with helping out at their final Block Party. There will be fun, games and food as well as giving our school supplies to those in need in their community. This is a fun and easy opportunity to share and live the good news. This is open to grades 6-college and are in need of adult / parent drivers. Below is a permission slip. Please let me know by August 1st if you are interested.

Leadership Retreat Opportunity

Join us for the Annual Cultivation Ministries’ Peer Ministry Team & Teen Leadership Retreat. For over 20 years, hundreds of teens from the Midwest have gathered to grow in their faith, build community, and develop practical skills for peer ministry and parish leadership.

This is a fantastic retreat and is open to incoming freshman through seniors, who are open to growing in leadership and their faith . This is a chance to get your feet wet as well as grow in the skills you already have to lead and share the good news. It is for both Catholic school and public school students.

This year’s theme, STAND UP!, calls us as leaders to be respectful to all and yet definitive in our faith; stand for God and stand up for others. The weekend will help us grow in our relationship with Jesus, plug into authentic Christian community, and live our mission of being missionary disciples by bringing the JOY of the Gospel to everyone we encounter!

WHAT: 2019 Peer Ministry Team & Teen Leadership Retreat

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2019

WHERE: Timber-lee Christian Conference Center

WHO: Parish Teen Leaders & Peer Ministry Teams!

Workshop Sessions include:

  • Become An Engaging Facilitator
  • Embodied Contemplative Practices
  • Leading Small Groups
  • Addressing Disaffiliation (Adult Workshop)

Archdiocesan Youth Council

Comprised of youth representatives who give insight and advice to the Cardinal and senior leadership about matters relating to being a young person in today’s Church. APYC meets 4-5 times during the school year to discuss, brainstorm and pray together. Students interested in representing their parish, peers and area on the APYC should be responsible and mature, understanding that the information they share can affect the life of the 2.2 million Catholics in the Archdiocese. To apply you must be a high school student as of August 2019, committed to making and participating in meetings and interested about the role of young people in the Church. . Students must also obtain a recommendation from one adult as to their fitness for this role. If you have any questions, please

Further Retreat Opportunities:

Quo Vadis Days

Quo Vadis — Translation — “Where are you going?”

Legend tells us that St. Peter asked Jesus this question on the outskirts of Rome. And we know where Jesus went in response to His Father’s will.

Quo Vadis Days are a 4 day/3 night camp sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office and in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet Vocation Office. This unique engaging event is 100% seminarian led.

Experience dynamic talks, small group discussions, meaningful prayer experience, including Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Eucharistic Adoration, with a dynamic and fun environment including high ropes course, zip line, sports, games and more.

This retreat is open to all 13 – 18 year old young men that want to learn more about the priesthood. Those attending will have a life changing encounter with Christ while having the time of their life.

Sunday July 28 Wednesday July 31, 2019

Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center, Woodstock, IL

Here is a link for further information:

Young Adult Ministry!

Summer@ The Seminary:

Young adults (single, married and young families) are invited to spend a summer day at Mundelein Seminary on Saturday, August 10! Come tour our beautiful campus, take a stroll along our three-mile nature path around the lake, attend mass with our rector Fr. John Kartje and enjoy a cookout dinner with fellow Catholic young adults, seminarians and priests.


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.