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Youth Ministry

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


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 opportunities connected with our Youth Ministry programs, we offer so much more!


Kairos 17: March 13-14, 2021

Kairos is a teen-led and adult-guided 2-day retreat for high school juniors and seniors who are seeking answers to their deepest questions about life and God. It starts Saturday morning at St. Edna and ends on Sunday night at St. Theresa in Palatine. Since we cannot go on an overnight retreat this year, we have put together an experience that will make the two days seem like a getaway. Teens will be away from their normal routine and surrounded by young people who are leading the retreat or seeking just like them. All meals for both days will be provided.

The cost is $85.00 which includes six meals and all materials. Registration will close and full payment is due March 5th, 2021. Scholarships ARE available - please contact Danielle Pitzer at for more information. The link to the registration form can be found here: Kairos 17 Registration or at

Youth Group Opportunities

Options Ministry Team (OMT) Due to Covid pandemic meeting rules and the change in confirmation preparation age to 6th-8th grade (from 8th to 10th grade) our OMT group for middle school students is on break. We are hoping to start OMT up again in the early fall of 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

Peer Ministry Team (PMT) 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, every other week.  There are lively conversations, snacks, and friendships with like-minded people. In the past, this group has presented the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, participated in summer mission trips through Catholic Heart Work Camp working with the poor, elderly and marginalized of the community, and prepared and led our Kairos Retreat.

In 2021, we are required to follow state and Archdiocese Covid restrictions which means we are not permitted to participate in overnight retreats or in gatherings over a certain number of people. We are meeting every other Thursday in our Parish Center from 7-8:30 p.m. and we have found several service opportunities for our members to participate in as they find interest and are able.

For more information about our PMT, contact Danielle Pitzer at




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