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
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.
Upcoming Events & Trips
Hike and Sunday Mass with Fr. Max at Starved Rock State Park - Sunday, October 21 from 10:30am - 6:30pm
You MUST RSVP to Theresa (email her at email@example.com) to reserve your spot & to make sure that we have enough drivers/space! Please bring good hiking clothes (layers!), a sack lunch, water bottle and your permission form. Please note there is NO Sunday YU in the evening.
Scavenger Hunt for Christ - Sunday, November 18th from 8:30am - 7:50pm. Join us in kicking off Thanksgiving Break as we travel into Chicago on the train, encounter Christ in the homeless, experience beautiful churches, eat doughnuts, and explore places such as Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. We will meet in the Faith Center at 8:30am. Please be on time so we can catch the 8:54 train. We will attend Sunday Mass downtown in the city. We will return to Wheaton at 7:50pm. More details are in our flyer here. Cost is $20 and includes train tickets, doughnuts, and lunch. RSVP required as space is limited, along with permission form.
March for Life, Washington DC - January 16-20, 2019
Forms and deposit are due by November 1st. Our youth group will be traveling with the Diocese of Joliet to stand up for the unborn at the March for Life. In addition to the March, highlights include Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Youth Rally & Mass, Celebratory dinner after the March, and the option to visit the monuments of DC or attend the Students for Life of America Conference. Please register online with the Diocese of Joliet.