High School Youth Ministry
Over 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.
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.
We Need Your Help!
Over this past year, we have had over 300 teens involved with small groups, large groups, social events, retreats, leadership and service opportunities. We are in need of some awesome adults to help guide, mentor and be present to our teens.
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Call the RE office for info at 630-879-4751x111.
Here are some links that may interest you.
Check out some pictures from our recent events. Maybe you will see yourself in some of these...
Remember that some of the activities require permission slips BEFORE you go!! Don't forget or it will be a long and lonely ride home :-(
Interested in helping or do you have questions about upcoming event?
Please contact, High School Youth Minister, Pat Haviland at (630) 879-4751 ext. 111
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. Dan at (630) 879-4750 or Fr. Brodeski at (815) 399-4300.
Calling all Middle School and High School students...
We need your help, energy, and excitement with the little kids games at the parish picnic on Sunday, September 15th, after the 11:15AM Mass. Volunteers would lead a variety of games, face painting, and other fun activities. Bring your joy and willingness to have fun! RSVP to the Youth Ministry office by Friday, September 13th to let us know you can help out!
Save the Date… Youth Summit
The First Annual Dioces of Rockford Youth Summit is coming Sunday, October 6th at NIU. This is open to youth in grades 8-12. The day will include Mass and a Q & A with Bishop Malloy, Adoration, Reconciliation, Inspiring Talks and Music, and lots more! Watch for permission forms in early September. Permission slips are needed. The cost for the day is just $25. We will also need adult chaperones and drivers.
Saturday, September 21st - Open to all ages, families welcome, individuals welcome, teens, pre-teens, friends, etc.. Did you know that there are elderly and shut-in parishioners that need YOU? It's true. We have a long list of folks that just need a little assistance. It doesn't take much time, no major skills, and no cost to truly make a difference in their lives. Join us for our first Service Saturday of the year on September 21st from 9:00AM until Noon. We will be doing light yard work, washing some windows, and other light jobs. RSVP to the parish office by Wednesday, September 18th so that we know how many folks we will be able to help. You will never regret saying yes!!!
Forum is a weekly opportunity for HS teens and their friends hang out, relax, pray and learn about our faith. What do we do? Discuss Teen Topics such as dating, friends, peer pressure, stress, Monthly Open Gym, Catholic Stuff and prayer...a great place to hang out and meet other teens trying to grow in their faith. We meet on Wednesdays from 7:00PM - 9:00PM in St. Jude.
September 15th after the 11:15AM Mass
Parish Picnic is in need of teen volunteers to help with the kids games and face painting....sign up at Forum or call the office.
HS Fall Retreat at Dickson Valley
Don't miss this awesome opportunity to get away, kick off your year, be refilled, reconnect with old and new friends, pray and refocus your hearts on God. What we will do: fun games, inspiring music and talks, team building and competition games, outdoor laser tag, bonfire, Mass and Reconciliation. Permission slips are needed. This is open to all HS students and their friends.
Festival of Praise
Each month (First Monday) there is a parish Festival Of Praise in the church....it's just about an hour and typically includes Adoration, inspiring worship music, quiet prayer and a meaningful message. No signup needed!
Available everyday in the chapel. Relax and spend some time with Jesus. For more information about Eucharistic Adoration, click here.