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:
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
Triduum Retreat - Thursday April 18, 5pm - Saturday, April 20, 3pm
You are invited to our annual Triduum Retreat, designed to help high school students truly experience the depth of Christ’s Death and Resurrection. This retreat offers activities that help us enter deeply into the most sacred days of the year, including a trip to the Shine of Christ’s Passion on Saturday and an Adoration Pilgrimage Thursday night. Participants will join the parish in all planned liturgies, and will perform their presentation of “The Way of the Cross” at 7:30PM on Good Friday. We will also be viewing the movie “The Passion of Christ”. RSVP and permission forms required! A fee of $20 covers supplies and food for the weekend.
Steubenville Youth Conference Trip - June 14-16, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH
Join over two thousand teens from around the country for a weekend that you’ll never forget. Open to students entering 9-12th grade in the Fall of 2019 as well as Class of 2019 Seniors. Cost: $295 for conference, meals, transportation, and lodging. (Financial aid is available.) A $45 deposit and application will reserve your spot. Deposits are due ASAP and final payments are due on May 1st. Permission form also required.
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.