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

GLUE:Small Group Experience

G.L.U.E.  stands for “God, Life, the Universe, and Everything,” and meets twice a month during the school year from 8-9:30 pm,  in the Youth Room.  GLUE is an opportunity to focus in on a topic of faith and have open, honest, and candid conversation as well as ask questions. The goal of GLUE is to promote deep discussion about the intersection between faith and life.   All are welcome!

October 17 BFF

Description: Stories & People in the Bible - What does God look for in a friend? What do we look for in God?

November 14 & 21 - UNO! One Faith?

Description: We share in ONE faith in Jesus, but do we all believe or think about it the same way?

December 5 & 19 Give it up!

Description: Two opportunities to give our time: Meals from the Heartland meal packing & an evening of “other” focused letter writing and prayer.

Boldly Sent Youth Rally

All 6th-12th graders, along with their parents & parish leaders, are invited to this year’s BOLDLY SENT youth rally (formerly DCYC).  On Saturday, October 20, youth will serve at the Agape Garden in the morning followed by a Diocesan-wide Dodgeball tournament at the downtown YMCA in the evening.  On Sunday, October 21, Katie Prejean-McGrady will keynote our rally at the Iowa Events Center which will end with Mass at 4:00 pm. Registration forms and detailed schedule are available through your FF class and on the bulletin boards.  Final payment of $40 and forms are due no later than Wednesday, October 10

College Care Packages!

It has been a joy the past six years to send care packages to our college young adults. I remember receiving a care package when I was a college freshman, years ago of course, and the instant connection to home was overwhelming. The cookies provided a great opportunity to connect with others on my floor too! 

WANT TO HELP? Let me know which one/ones you’d be willing to help by contacting Randy, 515-402-7433.

· Help with Postage?  It costs between $7-10 per package.  Could  you drop an envelope off to the main office, marked College Postage along with their mailing address?

· Bake or buy (ahead of time) 2-3 dozen cookies/treats, Ramon noodle cups, Mac & cheese cups, Cheddar gold fish, Kraft cheese sticks, Fruit snacks AND an envelope addressed to a family  member or friend with postage, to encourage them to write a hand-written letter. (It’s important we help them maintain real and authentic connections.) Drop items off to the chair & table room the weekend of November 3-4

· Encourage family members and friends to write notes of support and encouragement and drop off or bring with you on Sunday, November 4, between 7:00-9:00 pm

· Do you know a college student or have a friend (from OLIH) who doesn’t know about this ministry?  Feel free to forward this onto them!

Fall packages will be mailed out November 5.

Boundary Waters Retreat Trip 2019

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The Boundary Waters Adventure for High School, young adult, and parents, will take place June 16–21, 2019.  Interested in an adventure that will help you unplug from the noise of life, and instead plug into God?  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area provides a retreat in God’s creation that will challenge you, strengthen you, and deepen your faith in God and in others from our parish family.  Our first step is to form a team before Wednesday, December 12 so that our outfitter can purchase proper permits. If you want to be a part of our team, please complete the commitment form found on the kiosk in the gathering space and pay the referenced non-refundable deposit to the front desk on or before December 12. We will hold 3 meetings which are mandatory in the Spring of 2019, one of which is a ½ day of canoeing nearby.   Contact Randy in the office Tues-Friday, 515-402-7433 with any questions you may have in the meantime.