The Crew: Youth Ministry



Adolescent Encounter

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair- G.K. Chesterton


Why Youth Ministry?
The aim of the whole Christian life is to build a relationship with the person of Jesus, as St. Athanasius says, "God became man so that man might be like God." Youth ministry is dedicated to helping our youth become informed, responsible adults in both the faith community and the secu
lar community. Built in the Catholic Christian faith, our ministry will help the youth of our community grow in their faith and develop the skills they need to be leaders in their lives. Come and help us build a strong community!



Our Program: Our ministry is open to all youth from 6th grade to graduating seniors, regardless if they go to our church or not. Its backbone lies in the weekly meetings which will be focused on giving the youth an encounter with Christ.  Middle school meets will be 7-8:30 on Mondays. This year, Middle School is focused on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

High School Youth Ministry meets Tuesday 7-8:30.  We will be discussing areas of faith that affect the teens in their environment in an effort to have them see Jesus in their own life.

More events being added each week! 


Please email or call the Coordinator of Youth Ministry Kevin Byrnes for more details.

Phone: 815-468-3403 ext 7017




Formation Nights:


High School Tuesdays 7-8:30:

Middle School Mondays 6-7:30:



Upcoming Events:


Middle School End of Year Barbecue May 21st 5:30-7:30: Celebrate the great year we've had and eat great food!

High School Summer event June 5th 6-8: We will welcome the new freshmen and say good bye to our Seniors. We're still planning it, but mark your calendars.

Middle School Retreats 2017-2018

Communio and Holy Fire! October 21st 7:30 am- 22nd 2:30 pm A massive area Middle School event in Chicago with Cardinal Cupich saying the closing Mass. We will head right to Holy Fire, and then come back to St. Joes and continue our retreat!

Narrow Road April 28th-April 29th. Narrow Road is our Middle Schoolr spring retreat. It is focused on following Jesus in our lives. More to come as it gets closer.

High School Retreats and Events 2017-2018

Witness High School Retreat February 24th-25th: We will have our first ever high school retreat here at St. Joe's. It will be a powerful experience based around seeing Christ in our own lives

High School boot camp Jun 9th: This is for incoming Freshmen to help them transition into high school. Mark you calendars and prepare to get messy.

Backyard Mission June 22nd-23rd: We will be staying at St. Joe's on Friday night and waking up to do service in Pembroke township on Saturday. We're serving our neighbors starting now.

Summer Trips:

Steubenville Conference July 13th-15th: We're going back to Steubenville, Ohio for a Steubenville Conference! These conferences are open to current 8th graders (they'll be going into freshmen year in the summer) and older. Steubenville Conferences are a powerful experience that has changed teens' lives very quickly. The three students we brought last year loved the whole event.

Cost: It will be between 285

Camp Rock August 2nd-5th: Last, but not least, we have Camp Rock. Camp Rock is an event for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. They have skits, outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, games, and great food. Camp Rock has been around 25 years and has had kids start in 6th grade, become consolers in High School, and come back to chaperone in college. They found the experience so moving they kept coming back. 

I'm encouraging youth to go to August 2nd-5th camp in order for the St. Joe's kids to attend together. We already have one kid saying they are going! Sign up as soon as you can by following the instructions on the flyer. 


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