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
March for Life (Deposit DUE November 2): January 17-21, 2018
We will be taking buses with the Diocese of Joliet to stand up for the unborn at the March for Life. This trip also includes a visit to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Arlington National Cemetery, Youth rally & Mass, celebratory dinner after the March, and various museums and monuments. Please register through the Diocese by November 2. A deposit of $100 is due at this time, and financial aid is available.
Sleep Out Saturday: November 4th, 6pm - November 5th, 7am -St. Michael middle and high schoolers are participating in Sleep Out Saturday to raise awareness about family homelessness. We'll drive to the rally in Glen Ellyn, and return to St. Michael's for a campfire and food (hot dogs, s'mores, chips) before spending the night outside. Please bring your own cardboard boxes to sleep in and dress warmly! There is the option to sleep on the gym floor for those uncomfortable with sleeping outside. Cost: Any size donation is helpful. A goal of $35 is suggested. All funds raised are donated to the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program. Download Flyer and Permission Form.
Vocational Discernment Retreat, Ann Arbor MI: November 11-12
Join the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist for a vocational discernment retreat. Open to girls age 16 and older. We will be taking a van to the Motherhouse in Ann Arbor. Space is limited so sign up today by contacting Theresa Simeo. Cost: $35