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Youth Ministry

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


Advent news

The Peer Ministry team has been quietly following the St. John's directions of "Prepare the way of the Lord" this Advent.  Each week of this advent season, we have intentionally done something special. 

​The first week of Advent, we had a collection of gently used winter coats from within our Thursday evening PMT group that was donated to Reinberg Elementary School in Chicago.  The coats were picked up on Sunday and by Tuesday, Dec. 5, kids in that school were no longer cold as they were already wearing the jackets. 

The second week of Advent, we helped our Vocations Ministry and Worship Commission by placing the Prayer for Vocations in the back of every Gather Hymnal in our pews. 

The third week of Advent was our time to reach out to the school children at St. Malachy in Chicago.  We prepared small gifts bags for each of the 250 children in the grammar school. 

And for the fourth week of Advent, we celebrated the Coming of the Lord by welcoming back our college kids who have mentored this group and helped to make this the strong, faith-filled team of young leaders.  The Young Church is strong and active at St. Edna!  Alleluia, Alleluia!  


December Youth Ministry & The Women of St. Edna

On December 2, Julia Donahue was our Vicariate 1 honoree for the Golden Rose Award.  This honor is for young women of our area who are making a difference in their home parishes, schools and communities.  Julia was chosen from the St. Edna faith family for her continued presence in our Youth Ministry, her dedication to service, her leadership and her commitment to her faith.  Congratulations, Julia.  You are truly an award winning role model. 

Julia was presented the Golden Rose Award by Rev. Ronald Hicks.  Also in this photo with Julia and Rev. Hicks are Nancy Holpuch the St. Edna Youth Minister, Sharon Welch from W.O.S.E and Julia’s mother, Barbara Donahue.  


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:

  • 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.