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Youth Ministry

We are a Catholic Community committed to journeying with young people through prayer, study and service.

 

Upcoming events

The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) to host an event called HOLY FIRE.  This event will be for young people in grades 6-9 on October 20 and 21, 2017 at the University of Illinois, Chicago Pavilion.  The all-day event will be the held twice, but will be same each day.  The Friday event is aimed towards those who are attending Catholic schools.  Saturday’s event is for those who are involved in their Parishes in other ways.  We are planning on taking our 9th grade Confirmation Classes.  The Archdiocese is hoping that 20,000 young people will have a chance to experience their faith through music, fun, workshops, and prayer in a new light.  The lineup includes Joe Melendrez, Sr. Josephine Garrett, Noelle Garcia and Steve Angrisano.  Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich.  

The Bi-Annual NCYC event is coming up.  NCYC stands for the National Catholic Youth Conference.  This event, which is also sponsored by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers, will be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium and the adjacent Convention Center in Indianapolis from November 16-18, 2017.  We usually have a group of 15-20 from St. Edna attending.  This year’s lineup would take half a page to type up, but includes Matt Maher, Toby Mac, and many of the artist whose songs we sing every Sunday, along with workshops, service opportunities, and more. 

At NCYC,  Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith.  In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today's world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.   “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  There is information about NCYC available in the Parish office.  

What is Youth Ministry?  

St. Edna's Youth Ministry is dedicated to being a ministry where young people from 6th grade through college can be involved in their Parish.  While there are many prayer oppurtunities connected with our Youth Ministry programs, we offer so much more!  

  • We have a program just for Middle School students, which is called the Options Ministry Team (OMT).  This group is a drop-in and meets on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 until 5:45 PM.  Our weekly meetings start with social time, then we progress to reading the upcoming Sunday's Gospel and discussing the message.  We then share prayer intentions, make plans for community service projects, and sometimes, we just talk about hot topics. There are lively conversations, sometimes board games or ping pong, and a great group of people to spend some time with. 
  • For those entering 8th grade, we have our Confirmation Preparation program.  Students start the Conf. Prep classes in 8th grade with 12 Sunday afternoon classes during the school year.  Those classes are held at 4 PM in the Doherty and Hurley Centers.  In 9th grade, the again attend 12 Sunday afternoon classes with the same teachers, classmates and in the same room as their first year.  During the Summer between Freshman and Sophomore year, there is a retreat for this group.  Once school is back in session, the students attend their final 3 classes and are Confirmed in the Fall. 
  • High School students are invited to be part of our Peer Ministry Team.  As the name implies, this is a group of young people who gather regularly and help each other in many ways. The PMT group has their drop-in on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 PM.  As in the OMT group, there is lively conversations, snacks, and friendships with like minded people.  This group also presents the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
  • Our Summer Mission Trip is a week of service that is open to all high school students.  Each summer we travel by vans to join other parishes at a CHWC site.  Their we spend our days working with the poor, elderly and marginalized of the community to help them maintain, or improve, their quality of life.  
  • Juniors and seniors can attend our Kairos Retreat.  This 3 day, 4 night retreat is based on the Cursillo format (CRHP, TEC).  It is teen led and adult guided  following a format that allows personal growth, community building, and a new understanding of Christ in our lives.  Those who attend as juniors are invited to be the leaders the following year.  

What makes St. Edna's Youth Ministry something I should be involved in?

You just read  about some of our Youth Ministry programs.  But there is so much more!  Our Youth are part of a much bigger picture. Here are some of the ways our teens are active and present in our St. Edna Community:

 

These groups are also involved in many parish functions including:

  • The Easter Egg Hunt: thousands of eggs are placed on the Parish grounds for the annual Egg Hunt.
  • Feed My Starving Children: This group also participates in our trips to FMSC:  a group that puts together healthy meals for children in third world countries.
  • Movie days: During the Christmas break and once in a while as our Monday gathering we watch movies on the big screen.
  • Santa Elves: We are the elves who help Santa at the Pancake Breakfast in December.
  • Ushers: The 5:30 Sunday Liturgy has middle and high school ushers.

 

Come and explore all that we have to offer!!  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Holpuch at the Parish Office. 

For more information on this program or any other of our Youth Ministry events, please contact Nancy Holpuch, Youth Minister at St. Edna Parish.