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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!


 The annual Kairos Retreat is being planned for January 14-17, 2022. This retreat is for High School Juniors and Seniors.  We are   partnering with St. Theresa Parish in Palatine.  

 The retreat, which is teen led and adult guided, starts Friday afternoon and ends on Monday. You will be staying at the beautiful LaSalle   Manor retreat center, away from your normal routine and surrounded by other young people of our Faith Community. All meals are   prepared on site and are delicious! And for 2022, the good news is You will not miss any school! We will leave after school on Friday   January 14th, and return in the early evening of Monday, January 17th, which is a holiday and non-attendance day for high schoolers.

The cost of the retreat is $285.00  which includes 3 nights lodging, nine meals, all materials, and transportation. Your place will be reserved as soon as your deposit is received. Full payment is due January 4th, 2022.  Download the registration form and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.  

Scholarships ARE available - please contact the Youth Ministry Office at either parish.

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 early 2022. 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 WEDNESDAY evenings from 7-8:00 PM. 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 the current state and Archdiocese Covid-19 directives.  Masks are to be worn by all participants at indoor meetings.   




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