High School Youth Ministry

High School Youth Ministry is a peer-led ministry and includes all students in grades 9-12!  Welcome!


Upcoming Events

YM Activities

Join us for GLUE after Mass on Ash Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 pm and then on Friday, February 16  get ready for ‘Arts & Darts’ from 6:00-9:00 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a night with two great activities that will allow you and your friends to be CREATIVE and have a lot of fun with nerf guns too!!  All are welcome!


Faith In Action 2018, March 11-14

For nearly 20 years teens from the Diocese of Des Moines have been putting their “Faith In Action” through participation in FIA.  By being part of FIA 2018 YOU will have the opportunity to put your faith into action, learn about yourself, grow in faith and become more aware of and better equipped to respond to the justice needs in our world and community.  Our experience will take us to the working poor, the homeless and the outcast.  We will live, pray, work and play in Christian community.  We will spend each morning and evening in prayer, work 6-8 hours a day and share meals, evening activities, have fun and grow in faith.  This is an experience that YOU will never forget. 

 Requirements: Applicants must be in grades 9-12

FIA will take place March 11-14, 2018.  Check in will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 11.  On Wednesday, March 14 we will conclude with a prayer service and a brief closing presentation.  Parents and families are encouraged to join us for closing prayer and presentation at 5:15 pm on Wednesday the 14th.  We expect to be done about 6:30 pm on the 14th.  All FIA applicants will be expected to participate in the full experience of all 3 ½ days.  You may not join late or leave early.

 Travel: We will be staying at OLIH, 510 E. 1st St. and car pooling (with adult drivers) to and from our work sites in the DSM metro area. 

 Accommodations: We will sleep in classrooms on the floor.  You may bring a single size air mattress (a limited number are available for borrowing)

Meals: All meals and snacks will be provided as part of the service experience and living in solidarity. (Dinner is on your own on Wednesday the 14 after we are done around 6:30 pm).  No food will be allowed in the sleeping rooms. Let us know if you have specific food needs.

Cost: Cost for the Faith In Action experience is $90. (checks made payable to OLIH).  Half of the fee is due with the application. The remaining half is due March 1 (or you may pay the full amount with the application if you prefer).  Financial aid is available.  Please contact your Youth Ministry Director/Coordinator for information about fundraising or scholarship funds.

 Application Deadline: Applications must be received no later than February 7, 2018. 

June 23 - 30, 2018
Mission Trip to Appalachia (West Virginia)

What is Manus Christi?

Manus Christi is Latin for “Hands of Christ”. This week-long service and mission experience offered by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston gives participants the opportunity to encounter Christ in those in need while learning about and living the concepts of personal dignity, the common good, solidarity, and subsidiarity.

Depth of Relationship: The Catholic Church has been ministering with the people in the Tygart Valley for over 70 years through the agricultural ministry of the Salesians & the hospitality of the pastoral center. We partner with Catholic Charities & other local organizations to serve the neighbors that we are in community with for the long haul. In addition, We send one of our staff members to every worksite to handle logistics so you can focus on doing the personal ministry that you came to do.

The Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center (BHPC) is home to this ministry. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston turned this upscale pastoral center with hotel-style rooms into a center for youth evangelization at the service of those in need. From every room having its own bathroom, to the dining room’s breath-taking views and beautiful art on the walls, this is an ideal setting to encounter Christ.

What will you do?
Prayer: Prayer is the basis for our relationship with Christ, the basis for all ministry. Put simply, prayer is the foundation of love.

Sacraments: The Eucharist is the source & summit of our faith and so likewise it will be for our program. Mass, adoration, and confession will be the cornerstones for your experience.

Service: Love requires action. At the last supper, Jesus gave us an example of humility and service, then told us to go and do likewise.

Formation: Time is spent each day diving into the teachings of the Church and using dynamic adventure activities, reflections, and other means to help participants fall in love with Jesus Christ.

Fellowship: Among other things, it is essential that your time with us be FUN. Time spent with friends and building new relationships are an important part of Manus Christi.

Who can attend? High School students who have completed their 9th-12th Grade.

What does it cost?
Participants are $400           Adult Chaperones are $300

To register visit or pick up a form in the church gathering space. Contact Randy Henderson with any questions, or call 515-402-7433!