Junior High & High School teens

See all events at the Youth Ministry Google Calendar: Calendar of Events

YM News updated June 24, 2019

YM Upcoming Events - See for a more complete calendar.

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  • Vespers @ The Monastery of the Holy Cross - Off-site - Saturday, June 29 4:30pm-7pm
  • ASP Final Meeting & Commissioning Mass - Pine Room - Saturday, July 13 4pm-6pm
  • ASP Trip - Off-site - Saturday, July 20-Saturday, July 27
  • DVOM sponsored screening & discussion of The Hunting Ground - Pine Room - Wednesday, July 31 7pm-9pm


Ascension Church Youth Ministry 2019 Summer Service Trip: Appalachia Service Project


Appalachian Service Project - ASP

The final ASP meeting is on Saturday, July 13 starting at 4pm in the Pine Room.  The Commissioning Mass will follow it directly - starting at 5pm in the Church.

ASP participants (teens and adults) are leaving for Appalachia in the morning of Saturday, July 20 and returning on Saturday, July 27.  If you are interested in being part of a prayer group that will be say a decade of the rosary for the ASP participants each day of the trip, please contact Matt to be included in this group.  Matt will contact you if you participated in previous years to see if you are still interested in praying for the ASP participants.

Acension Youth Ministry is looking for volunteers to welcome the ASP participants back and help them with unloading and cleaning out the vans.  We especially invite Confirmation Candidates, incoming freshmen, and their families to help in this, although all are welcome.  This is considered a Service hours for Confirmation Candidates.  Please check the Parish website for the link to RSVP to help.

Please contact Paul Kraft ( or Matt Goto if you would like more information about the trip.


Around Town - Summer Programs - Including Totus Tuus

There are several opportunities (too many to list here) for faith growth over the summer for youth (high school and younger) in the form of trips, retreats, and camps.  For example, Totus Tuus is a great week long summer-camp opportunity for youth (1st grade through senior in high school) to engage in their faith in a fun way.  This is a Faith Booster for Confirmation Candidates.  If you are interested in learning more about these summer opportunities, please contact Matt Goto.



YM HS Survey - Please fill this out if you are going to be in High School starting in the Fall.  Graduating Seniors are also free to fill this out if they want to hear about AYM's summer plans (maybe a bowling league?  maybe paintball?)

YM Post-HS Survey - Please fill this out if you are graduating from High School this Spring.

We are trying to start a Cookie Ministry.  That’s where graduating seniors provide there address where they will be next year and parishioners send them cookies!  If you are interested in either sending or receiving said yummies or other ways of keeping the Ascension college youth in touch with us, please let me know.


Cookie Ministry

We are trying to start a Cookie Ministry.  That’s where graduating seniors provide there address where they will be next year and parishioners send them cookies!  If you are interested in either sending or receiving said yummies or other ways of keeping the Ascension college youth in touch with us, please let us know.


Follow AYM on Facebook: Ascension Youth Ministry and Twitter: @ascension_op_ym.  Contact Matt Goto to RSVP or get more info: 708-434-1555 or or Go here for a more complete calendar of events

High School Youth Group

Come have fun learning about God with High School teens from Ascension!  This group meets 2-3 times a month on Sunday evenings following the 5pm Mass.  We explore our faith in hands-on, enjoyable ways that helps us become better friends and disciples of Jesus.  This is open for all high school aged teens.  We are also looking for adult volunteers who enjoy spending time learning about our faith with high schoolers.  Please contact Matt if you are interested in checking this out or would like to help in some way.


Pairing up with Other Parishes for Events such as:

  • St. Luke Parish Youth Mass & High School Youth Group - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month - 5 pm-7:30pm

  • High School Boys Basketball Church League -  Practices will start in early November and games will start in early December and run through the middle of March.  

  • Other events/trips such as trips to Feed My Starving Children, trips to Our Lady of the Angels for their mobile food pantry (first Saturdays of the month in the morning), Vespers services at the Monastery of the Holy Cross (Friday/Saturday evenings generally about once a month) - all trip dates TBD


Looking for Chaperones and Volunteers

Please consider being a volunteer or chaperone with Youth Ministry.  There are all kinds of ways that you can help with or without spending time with the youth.  For example, we are looking for parishioners to be in a prayer group to help support the youth through prayers or to volunteer to send a care package to a starving college student.  We are also looking for parishioners to help with a more of an active/hands-on role.  If you feel a calling to support Ascension’s Youth Ministry in some way, please contact Matt and together we can figure out the best way for you to serve!


Youth Ministry Description

Ascension Youth Ministry consists of teens and adult volunteers and provides opportunities for service, faith formation and social activities. Its signature events – among many – are the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and Youth Group meetings where we learn to bring our faith into our lives.

Ascension Youth Ministry’s (AYM) mission statement is: “a voyage of hope (from Confirmation forward) to anchor teens into a life-giving Eucharistic faith.”  Why? 

  • The world is full of many values and masks we all inevitably wear to survive. Teens need a place to go to be anchored into something solid (God) and to be accepted for where they are at in their lives while being encouraged to live out a faith in Christ.  Youth Ministry is a meant to help teens be real in their sharing and to find and live out their connection to God
  • Life is messy, unpredictable, exciting, exhausting, and yet exhilarating.  It is helpful for teens to have a place to go to share what is going on, to build new friendships with people who share similar morals and values, and to be known for something other than academics or sports
  • Sometimes a teen just has to get away from the stress of life and play some games and laugh, to allow their heart to share its pains and pray through them, and to know they aren’t alone in those deeper thoughts 
  • So teens can be accepted, mentored and cared for by people (young adults/adults other than one’s family) who want to find the best in in a teen and affirm and help them to grow in their unique giftedness
  • Ultimately, to know that rooting yourself in a Catholic community, with the richness of spirituality and strength that comes in its values, practice, mission, and beliefs, allows all of us to become better people.  Eucharistic living means we allow Jesus to feed us through the Eucharist in order to more fully care about each other and the needs of the world.  So that, we praise the good stuff and lift up the bad, and keep on walking with Jesus as our guide.  The friendship with Jesus, found individually and through others, is essential for making it through life (and to heaven too.)


How is all this done?  Through events offered monthly (or more!); Leadership opportunities (Peer ministry and ASP teen leaders); Retreats and lock-in’s; Social events; Service events & Mission trips; &  prayer opportunities.

For more information, please contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Matt Goto