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Youth Ministry

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


School is at home until August!

The Governor has just announced that schools in Illinois will be closed unti the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  We will try our best to kep our young people involved and engaged in our Faith Community.  More info coming soon. 


OMT, our Youth Ministry for Middle School student, has started for the new year!  With a new Day!

We have moved our drop-in to Monday afternoons from 4:30-5:45 for young people in 6th thru 8th grades. New day for THE NEW YEAR!!! There is no registration and currently no costs.  
We call it OMTOptions Ministry Team.   It is named because of the OPTIONS for kids to attend and make choices about their involvement.  Here’s what happens at a typical OMT session:
  • 4:30-4:45     We gather and have a bit of socialization time.  If there is a HOT topic that is on everyone’s minds, this is where the discussion would begin.
  • 4:45-5:10     We read and discuss the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel.  (I’ve attached a copy one of our recent worship aides for you to look at.)  After the Gospel discussion, we share                        prayer intentions.  
  • 5:10-5:45     We socialize and have snacks.  Sometimes we just chat or play board games, sometimes we might watch a movie (or part of one), sometimes we play ping-pong, etc. 


We will do a service project during the year.  We have a “Friendsgiving” dinner in November.  This group decorates the Teen Center at Christmas time.   We attend Ash Wednesday service as a group, and we have participated in other Parish events. 

So, this is your invitation to visit us – any Wednesday during the school year that is not a holiday.  We meet in the Teen Center from 4:30-5:45 PM, and we do have fun!   I hope to see a few of you soon – this week, next week, whenever it fits into your family’s schedule.   And as always, if you have any questions, please email me at

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 Wednesday 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:

  • 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.