Youth and Young Adult Ministry / Confirmation

Youth Ministry Peer Ministry Confirmation Young Adult Ministry

St. Mary Parish Website SMS (school) Website

How to contact us:

Pat Haviland, Youth & Young Adult Ministry / Confirmation

Phone: 847-541-1450 ext 234, Email:

Youth Ministry

In this section there is a listing of Youth Ministry opportunities including social, service, retreats and discipleship events. These include both middle school and high school opportunities / please click on the various events to confirm who it is for.

Join us this Saturday as we take some time to rake some leaves for someone who could use our help. We are in need of parent drivers as well as rakes, drop cloths, etc.... The date is November 9 from 9AM -noon. Families are encouraged to join us. Below is a perm slip. If you are bringing the perm slip on the day, please send me an email heads up during the week.

Team Spirit is an amazing opportunity for middle school and high school students that mixes serving those in need and sports.

Please RSVP for November 3rd LHSVS

Training-Orientation Session

When: Sunday, November 3rd (3:30-6:30 pm)

Where: Symphony, 150 N. Weiland Rd, Buffalo Grove

Please register for this LHSVS Training Session:

Program Description:

In 2007, Team Spirit Institute was awarded a most generous grant from the Washington Square Health Foundation to design and launch a sports-themed visiting the sick training program for youth.

Twelve years later, the Lifting the Human Spirit by Visiting the Sick (LHSVS) program is still thriving, having trained over 400 youth and lifted the spirits of a countless number of healthcare patients. Participation in LHSVS has impacted upon the lives of all of our participants. Some of our youth have been inspired to pursue careers in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, social work and education.

To continue to enhance LHSVS, we need your (non-financial) support::

This is how you can help:

(1) Recommend the program to compassionate 12-18 year-olds;.

(2) Share any contact info that you may have for Celebrity Sports Stars (i.e., sports figures - - athletes, coaches, journalists, team owners, etc) who are happy to donate their time to inspire youth and lift the spirits of healthcare patients).

High School Forum

Forum: is our weekly High School gym, social time, prayer, games, teen related topics, small groups and fun competition

Most Wednesdays ~ no sign up or cost.

November 6 (Open Gym), 13, 20

No Forum on the 27th

Our next Forum is our Monthly Open Gym

What will we do: Volleyball, Dodgeball, Basketball, Kickball....

It's up to you.

Friends are welcome ~ Hope to see you!

Transformation Tuesday

This is a fun and faithful opportunity for our 7 & 8th graders to meet after school to have some fun, meet and make friends and grow in our faith.

This is a 5 week series and ends with a trip to Culvers on November 19th. Come as you can. I know some get out of school at various times...whenever you get here is fine.

Transformation Tues Perm Slip

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.

Retreat Opportunity

Young Adult Ministry!

Eucharistic Adoration and Culver's / Wednesday’s from 8-9pm Marytown / followed by socializing at

Culver's (803 E Park Ave)

Gospel of Luke Study

Wed, Oct 23-Nov 27 / 7pm-9pm

St. Edna (2525 N Arlington Heights Rd)

Hurley Center Room D

November 22-23 / Young Adult Retreat / Joseph and Mary Retreat Center, Mundelein.

More Information:

My Place and My Sacrifice in the Kingdom

YAM Goes Glam

Manzo's Banquets (1571 Elmhurst Rd, Des Plaines)

special pricing sale / 8am Halloween (10/31) to All Souls' Day (11/2).

Ticket Sales Close November 12th

Individual Tickets: ($69/person) /

This year Go Glam or Go Home!


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.