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Youth Ministry

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


Upcoming events

We will once again be hosting the annual St. Edna Easter Egg  Hunt on the Parish grounds on Saturday, April 15.  We will start We will start the hunt once everyone has left the church after the Blessing of the Baskets.  This event is for kids from just-walking little ones up to those 8 years of age. To insure a fair and safe egg hunt, we have areas for each age group.

We have enough empty plastic eggs, but we need your help to fill the eggs.  We need CANDY!   Please drop off your donation of individually wrapped, Easter candies at the Parish office.  The Youth Ministry Team will take care of the rest.   Joins us at the Egg Hunt and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

You may also be interested in: 

  • Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14 at 3 PM in the Church. 
  • We will be the host site for an evening of worship, message, music and adoration presented by Grounded Ministries on April 20 at 7 PM.  Join us in the Church. The message given at each XLT presentation (EXALT) is geared toward teens and young adults, but all ages are welcome to attend.  Young people from all over Vicariate 1 will be here at St. Edna's for this evening of prayer.  


Other events this spring include our team being the Hosts for the March 10 Fish Fry at the Knights of Columbus hall at 15 N. Hickory.  The Youth Ministry teams from the Arlington Heights Parishs take turns hosting and being the waitstaff at these Friday Fish Frys.  We all get a donation from the Knights for our work.  Join us for good food and to help the Youth Groups of our Catholic Churches in Arlington Heights. 

For information about our other ministries and events for those ministries, please go to the links listed in the right hand column.  

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 Monday 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.