Youth United is a community of high school students who are committed to building their personal relationships with Jesus Christ. We are interested in learning more about our Catholic tradition, spirituality, and theology. We have discussions about a variety of topics, using the Scriptures, early Church history, and the lives of the Saints as our guide. Our peer ministry team, with the help of adults and college students, focuses on helping teens heal and build better relationships through contemplation, information and motivation. We believe that participation in a prayerful, sacramental life is essential. Our program is multi-faceted so that teens can participate in what they choose, according to their schedule. In other words, you do not have to regularly attend meetings to participate in our events.
If you have questions regarding our parish youth ministry program, please email Theresa Simeo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 630.462.5047
Ongoing Youth United Events:
Sunday Night YU
Join us every Sunday from 7:00-9:00pm at the Faith Center. Come find us on the first floor! We are a large group, and we love new members. You just never know what to expect on Sunday Nights. You might come on a movie night, or a bonfire night, play incredibly wacky games, hear one of our core team members share their witness, or you might learn about the life of a really awesome saint. There is always food and we always end each night in prayer.
Tuesday Night YU
Join us every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm at the Faith Center. A small group of us gathers every Tuesday Night as we unpack the story of Salvation History using the Bible and hilariously entertaining whiteboard drawings. We always provide snacks! Come take a mid-week break from homework, and recharge as you learn more about the faith. We also end each session with an open question session where you can ask any question you’ve ever wanted to ask about the Catholic faith! Come hang out with us; we’d love to meet you.
St Michael Parish has expanded when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is being offered at our parish! We encourage all high school youth to receive this sacrament as often as they feel they need to go. At the very least, teens and their families should go to Penance services offered during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Reconciliation offers a chance for healing and the chance to start over, two things we all need in our lives. We have posted a pamphlet called "How to Make a Good Confession" in our racks in the narthex and at YU.
Upcoming Events & Trips
30 Hour Food Fast Retreat - Friday March 2nd-Saturday March 3rd
On this retreat we go 30 Hours without food in solidarity with those throughout the world who struggle with hunger. Liquids are provided and it’s actually a fun experience! (we promise) You will begin fasting at Noon on Friday and we’ll start gathering at the Faith Center at 4pm. Service includes trips to Feed My Starving Children and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We will end our fast with 5pm Mass followed by a potluck dinner with our families. Participants are asked to bring $10 for their t-shirt as well as any size donation for Catholic Relief Services. Download our permission form.
Steubenville Youth Conference - July 13-15, Steubenville, OH
Join over 2,000 teens for a weekend conference that you'll never forget. Watch the conference promo video. This trip is open to current 8-12th grade students. The cost is $285, but financial aid is available. The bus will fill up, so turn in you registration & $40 deposit today! Download our flyer and application.
Catholic Heart Work Camp, Huntingburg, IN - July 16-22
Spend a life-changing week of serving the poor with 300-400 other teens from around the US. This year's site is Huntingburg, IN, and registration is open to anyone currently in 7th grade or older. Reserve your spot with an $85 deposit.The cost is $275 plus an obligation to help with additional fundraising. Download flyer & application. For questions, please contact Tammy Croll at email@example.com or (630) 462-5044.
Missouri Mission Trip, Springfield, MO - July 22-28
Give of yourself in a week of service with the youth groups of St. Michael, Saints Peter and Paul, and the Filio Catholic Youth Ministry. High School students are invited to work alongside Catholic Charities while living in community at the Catholic Center of Missouri State University. Cost is $290 (A $50 deposit reserves your spot. Please register by March 30th.) Download our flyer & application.