ASP Formation Meeting - Pine Room - Sunday, April 29 6pm-8pm
High School Youth Group - Parish Center - Sunday, May 6, 6 pm-8pm
ASP Formation Meeting
Our next meeting for all ASP participants is on Sunday, April 29, 6pm-8pm. Please contact Paul Kraft email@example.com or Matt Goto at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the trip.
ASP Trip to St. Angela's Parish
On Saturday, April 21 ASP teens will travel to St. Angela’s Parish to help with some gardening projects there. Our next meeting for all ASP participants is on Sunday, April 29. Please contact Paul Kraft at email@example.com or Matt Goto at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the trip.
Around Town - Youth Mass and Alternate Service Trip
Join teens around Oak Park and River Forest for a monthly Youth Mass followed by dinner and Youth Group. This is open to middle schoolers as well as high schoolers. There is one YG for middle schoolers and another for high schoolers with different activities. This is a Faith Booster for Confirmation Candidates.
If high school teens want to be able to go on a service trip, but the week for Ascension’s ASP trip doesn’t work with your calendar or you want to go on two service trips this summer, you are in luck! St. Luke’s is going on a service trip in the week of July 8. There are still a few openings. Registration closes on April 30th. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Steve Bauer at 708-435-8922 or email@example.com.
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Brief Description: The Discovery Retreat is for teens, put on by teens! It’s a 24 hour overnight experience of exploring faith and friendship with God and other Catholic teens. It’s a chance to Discover who God created you to be and how to begin living out that dream.
Age: Must have completed Freshmen Year in High School. This is generally intended for Outgoing Freshmen and Sophomores but is also appropriate for incoming Juniors and Seniors who have never gone on a retreat.
Dates: June 15-16 (F-Sa)
Location: St. Cecilia Parish Mount Prospect, IL
More information: Contact Matt Goto
Additional Notes: Limited to only a few applicants. Must be willing to commit to helping to bring (and lead) this retreat back to/at Ascension. This is not appropriate for someone who has already gone on a high school retreat, such as Kairos.
ECHO - Theology of the Body Camp
Brief Description: Listen to talks, have great discussions, engage in games relating to the themes of prayer, our identity, and our mission to love.
Age: Incoming High School Juniors, Seniors, and Outgoing High School Seniors
Cost: Early Bird $349 (ends on Monday, April 30, 2018), Regular: $399
Dates: June 25-28 (M-Th)
Location: Saint Xavier University 3700 West 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60655
Additional Notes: There is a young adult (post-freshman in college) training from June 22-25 (F-M). See the above link for more information about this.
One Bread, One Cup
Brief Description: At the conferences, youth and adults discover the Church's treasures of Word, Sacrament and Mission and enjoy opportunities for fellowship and fun through team building, outdoor recreation, a variety show and a dance. Participants come to appreciate the Benedictine balance of prayer, work and recreation.
Age: High School
Cost: ~$550 plus transportation
Dates: 4 conferences - June 11-15 (M-F), June 21-25 (Th-M), July 6-10 (F-Tu), July 16-20 (M-F)
Location: Conference 1-3: St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana (Southern Indiana), Conference 4: Conception Abbey, MO
More information: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/summer-conferences/ or contact Matt Goto.
Brief Description: A local summer Bible Study camp for grade schoolers (1st-6th grade) during the day and an exciting youth group experience for 7th-12th graders in the evening. This is a faith booster for Confirmation Candidates.
Age: 1st-12th grade
Cost: $60 per child / $40 for each additional child from the same immediate family
Dates: July 22-27 (Su-F)
For children entering Grades 1-6 this fall: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday-Friday
For junior high/high school students: 7:00 to 9:00 pm Sunday-Thursday
Location: St. Luke Catholic Church River Forest, IL
Additional Notes: The grade school portion fills up fast. So if you are interested, please sign up promptly.
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?
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.