Youth Ministry Programs

DROP IN NIGHTS

When:2nd& 4thTuesdays of every month – 7-9pm
Who:Junior High and High School students
Where:Holy Family Teen Center

All junior high and high school aged teens are welcome to “Drop-In” to the Teen Center every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm! Everyone is welcome, parishioners and non-parishioners alike, so bring a friend! Each night will have a fun theme and provides you the opportunity to get out of the house and have some fun.

FAITH ON FIRE

When:1stSunday of the month* – 7-9pm
Who:High School Juniors & Seniors
Where:Holy Family Teen Center

Faith on Fire provides peer support, community, continuing faith formation, socialization and discussion on topics relevant to older teens. It’s a great way to stay connected at Holy Family and continue to grow in your Catholic faith after Confirmation. FoF is an accepting place where teens can share their ideas and feelings openly. The last two years of high school bring new experiences and challenges. Our faith can be a powerful tool in facing these and this group provides a wonderful community to support that.

G.L.O.W.

When:Meetings and Events vary
Who:High School Seniors
Where:Holy Family

G.L.O.W. – Growing Leaders through Outreach and Witness, is our newest Youth Ministry program. Specifically designed for senior leaders within our parish, this group will work together to create community social outreach events, share personal and powerful witnesses in support of the Kairos and Faith on Fire communities, and create and direct a teen lock-in, all while growing their personal & team leadership skills.

JOURNEYS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

When:Dates vary
Who:Junior High and High School
Where:Locations vary

Journeys is an outdoor adventure program that helps teens build self-esteem and self-confidence, nurture self-reliance, initiative and personal responsibility, foster the building and sustaining of effective relationships, and develop leadership skills. It also promotes the purposeful use of leisure time, expands connection with the natural world, cultivates an appreciation for and recognition of the divine in nature, and encourages teens to deepen their relationship with Christ.

KAIROS RETREATS

When:November & February
Who:High School Juniors & Seniors
Where:Cabrini Retreat Center, Des Plaines

Kairos is a transformative 4 day/3 night retreat filled with community, shared witness, prayer, and reflection. Retreatants can expect to experience small group discussions, large group prayer sessions, witness talks, personal and group reflection time, 3 delicious meals a day, bountiful snacks, free time, and private sleeping quarters.

KAIROS 4TH DAY MEETINGS

When:Once a month – varied
Who:Kairos Retreat Alumni
Where:Holy Family Teen Center

As Kairos Alums, we try to live out each day of our lives as the “4thday” of the retreat – intentionally for God and with the spirit of all we learned in our hearts. Because we understand the day-to-day strains of living as a Christian Leader in today’s world, we gather once a month in support of each other and our unified goal of “living the 4th.” Join us for shared witness, prayer, conversation, comradery, understanding, encouragement, and renewal.

MISSION TRIP

When:varied June/July
Who:Junior High and High School
Where:locations vary – Continental U.S.

Partnering with Catholic Heart Workcamp, teens participate in a week long summer service trip. The mission is to revitalize communities and beautify homes for the elderly, disabled and those who cannot afford needed repairs. This experience will empower participants to live as Disciples of Christ through serving others and foster the spiritual growth of each participant through the sacraments, Catholic faith sharing and prayer. And it’s a ton of fun too.

N.C.Y.C.

When:November – biennial
Who:Junior High and High School
Where:Indianapolis, IN

The National Catholic Youth Conference is the celebration of Catholic youth in the United States, typically drawing up to 25,000 young people and adults from all over the country. NCYC includes an amazing variety of opportunities for our young people to experience an encounter with Jesus Christ and His Church. There are large general sessions with nationally known speakers, music, and Mass. There are rounds of smaller workshops and opportunities for prayer. There is also an interactive thematic park for hands on experiences and the opportunity to mingle with teens from all over the country.

PASSION PLAY

When:Good Friday, Practices starting in January
Who:Junior High and High School
Where:Holy Family

The Passion Play is a part of our Easter Triduum liturgy. Teens re-tell the story of the passion and death of Jesus through story, song and dance; breathing new life, each Good Friday, into the ancient practice of presenting the great biblical stories through religious drama.

PEER MINISTRY

When:Most Sundays, Sept – April, 5:15pm-7pm
Who:High School Juniors & Seniors
Where:Holy Family

Peer Ministers are post Confirmation juniors and seniors who choose to serve, lead, and support their younger peers as they grow in their faith.  They assist in small groups within our Religious Education Ignite and FLAME programs, assist with Religious Education Family Faith classes, and facilitate the Teen Mass. 

TEEN MASS

When:Sundays September – May, 4pm
Who:Junior High and High School
Where:Holy Family

Teen Mass provides a dynamic liturgy with a contemporary teen guided and directed spirit.  Teens are the Proclaimers, Eucharist Ministers, Cross Bearers, Gift Bearers, Singers, Musicians, Greeters, and Ushers. Homilies are geared more towards the teen audience and a student delivers a personal Gospel Reflection to the congregation each week. Reignite your passion for the liturgy, get involved in the Mass, and join us up front in the teen section!