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
Join the YU CORE TEAM!
We are now accepting applications for the Youth United Core Team! Core Team Members must be in 10th grade or older in the fall of 2019. Core Team Members help plan and lead Sunday & Tuesday Night YU throughout the school year. Responsibilities include coming up with topics/games for youth group, being on a welcome team, clean-up crew, leading small groups, or whatever else we have a need for! We will have a planning retreat sometime in August. We will also meet as a Core Team about once a month throughout the year.
Please turn in your completed application to Theresa Simeo at the Faith Center (317 W. Willow Ave.) no later than July 31st. You will receive an email shortly after you submit your application letting you know if you are accepted or not. Please reach out to Theresa if you have any questions (630-462-5047 OR email@example.com ).
Click here for the YU Core Team contract, which must also be submitted with application.
Upcoming Events & Trips
Youth Alpha - Tuesdays beginning June 18th from 6:30-8:30pm
Got questions about life? Everyone deserves the chance to explore the Faith, ask questions, and share their point of view. That’s what ALPHA is all about! Come for dinner, a short video series, and great conversation! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up. Open to incoming high school freshman through graduated seniors.
Catholic Heart Workcamp - July 7-13, Calmar, Iowa
8th-12th grade teens are invited to a week of fun, prayer, laughter, service and the Sacraments. We will be restoring hope through a week of service to those less fortunate. Update: Registration is Full.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Theresa Simeo, High School Youth Minister, (630) 462-5047
Financial Aid is available for our Upcoming Trips.
Ongoing Youth United Events
Sunday Night YU
During the school year, we meet from 7:00-9:00pm at the Faith Center. 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 on Tuesdays during the school year 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.