High School Youth Ministry

High School Yout MinistryOver this past school year we had the wonderful opportunity to minister to and share the gospel with hundreds of teens from around the area, through Jams, Retreats, Forum, Peer Ministry, Stations of the Cross, Service, Pro-Life and Social events. In order to serve our young people in a more consistent and pro-active way, please consider sharing some of your time and talent with us.

These programs are open to all Holy Cross high school students and their friends. Contact Pat Haviland, High School Youth Minister, regarding coming events at 630-879-4751 x111.

From the High School Youth Minister, Pat Haviland...

Hey adults! We are looking for some help! Do you like working with teens? Do you love God? Are you willing to share of your time and talent with a bunch of awesome teens. Then, we need your help. What are my options?

  • Peer Ministry: This group meets weekly starting on Sept. 11th and has monthly outreaches - typically on Sundays - and three retreats.
  • Forum: Small groups meet on Wednesday evenings in the St. Jude room from 7:00PM-9:00PM.  What do we do?  We have discussions  on teen topics, including: dating, parents, peer pressure, Church teachings and friends. Come participate in activities, prayer and games... bring a friend!
  • Service Saturday Opportunities: Monthly 9:00AM-Noon starting in September.
  • Special Forces: Teen leadership mostly focused on middle school, but this group also helps Peer Ministry on occasion, and Stations of the Cross. They meet on Wednesdays a few weeks before an event from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.
  • Food help and general chaperoning are always needed for many of these events. If you are able to help a lot or a little, call Pat Haviland 630-879-4751, ext. 111.

Call the RE office for info at 630-879-4751x111.

Cool Links

Cool LinksHere are some links that may interest you.



PicturesCheck out some pictures from our recent events. Maybe you will see yourself in some of these...


Permission Slips

Permission SlipsRemember that some of the activities require permission slips BEFORE you go!! Don't forget or it will be a long and lonely ride home :-(

Contact Us

Contact UsInterested in helping or do you have questions about upcoming event?

Please contact, High School Youth Minister, Pat Haviland at (630) 879-4751 ext. 111

Quo Vadis

Where are you going?

Men’s High School Discernment - Join other young men in high school for an evening of food, faith and fun. Learn more about various aspects of the priesthood, eat pizza and end the evening with Eucharistic Adoration.

For those interested in joining Quo Vadis, we meet the third Friday of each month here at Holy Cross. For more information contact Fr. Parker at (630) 879-4750.



HS teens, join us most Wednesdays for our small group discussion, prayer, game and teen activity evenings from 7:00-9:00PM. These evenings are focused on a variety of topics and include open gym the first Wednesday of the month. Friends are welcome. March 26th is a regular FORUM.

Franciscan Youth Conference

Our parish has a long history of participation in the Franciscan Youth Conferences. They have expanded over the past 35 years from 1 conference to 20 around the country, ministering to over 38,000 young people. This year we are stretching our wings and heading to a new location, Rochester, MN. Our hope is to get 2 buses! The dates are July 11-13, 2014. St. Katharine Drexel in Sugar Grove is partnering with us, as they did last year. Permission slips will be available shortly. Bring some friends...it’s one of the most awesome things we do all year!

Mission Trip

We are also organizing a mission trip for High School / College age youth to Moore, Oklahoma, whose community was devastated by tornadoes last spring. We will be connecting with various service organizations to bring some energy, help and prayer to their community. The dates are July 19-26.

There will be a Mission Trip Meeting at Corpus Christi Parish on June 24th, 2014 at 7:30PM.


UnPlugged begins June 25th, 2014, 6:00PM-9:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic AdorationAvailable everyday in the chapel. Relax and spend some time with Jesus. For more information about Eucharistic Adoration, click here.