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 email@example.com or call her at 630.462.5047
Ongoing Youth United Events:
Join us each Sunday night in the first floor of the Faith Center from 7-9pm!
Join us twice a month for Tuesday Night Bible Study in the first floor of the Faith Center from 7-9pm! Contact Theresa for upcoming dates.
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 - March 3-4, 2017
Do you have what it takes? 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! The retreat includes service at 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 flyer & permission form.
Steubenville Conference - July 7-9, 2017
Join over 2,000 teens from around the country for a weekend that you'll never forget. Open to students entering 9-12th grade in the fall of 2017 and class of 2017 seniors. Cost: $285 (Financial aid is available.) A $40 deposit and application will secure your spot. Download our flyer & registration.
Catholic Heart Work Camp, Alexandria, KY - July 16-21
7th – 12th grade teens are invited to join 350 teens from parishes all over the U.S. at Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC) in Alexandria, KY. This is a week of fun, prayer, laughter, Mass & Reconciliation, and restoring hope through service to those less fortunate. There are still a few spots available. Adult chaperones also needed. A $90 deposit is due to reserve your spot, plus the remaining balance of $365 (minus fundraising.) Please contact Cathy Swanson for this trip, and download our application and permission form.
Missouri Mission Trip - July 23-29. 2017
Open to High School & College students and young adults. We will be driving down to Missouri in vans and will be staying at the Catholic Center on the campus of Missouri State. Service will include home repair, disaster recovery, and work with other programs sponsored by Catholic Charities. Cost: $290 (Financial Aid is available) A $50 deposit reserves your spot. Space is limited so apply today! Download our flyer & application.