Junior High & High School teens

Calendar of Events

YM News updated October 12, 2018


Fall 2018 Youth Ministry Events

(See all events at the Youth Ministry Google Calendar:


  • ASP Leadership Retreat Part 1 - Pine Room - Sunday, October 14 12:30pm-6pm
  • High School Youth Group - Sunday (averaging about 2-3 times a month) - Pine Room - Upcoming Dates: 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/9, 12/16
  • Screenagers screening - Off-site - Tuesday, October 16 7pm
  • Confirmation Vigil - Church - Friday, October 19 7pm-8:30pm
  • Confirmation Masses - Pine Room & Church - Saturday, October 20 10am, 2pm
  • ASP Leadership Retreat Part 2 - Pine Room - Sunday, October 21 12:30pm-6pm
  • ASP Registration Due - Parish Center - Monday, October 22
  • Holy Fire - Off-site - Friday and Saturday, October 26, 27

Pairing up with Other Parishes for Events such as:

  • St. Luke Parish Youth Mass & High School Youth Group - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month - 10/21, 11/18 - 5pm-7:30pm

  • 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



The Confirmation Vigil, for Candidates and Sponsors, is on Friday, October 19 from 7pm-8:30pm in the Church.  Parents are welcome but not required.

There are two Confirmation Masses in the church on Saturday, October 20 at 10am and 2pm.  We ask that the Candidate and the Sponsor arrive in the Pine Room 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass.  Families and parishioners are welcome to the Masses.

Holy Fire Regional Youth Event

The Holy Fire Regional Youth Event is on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27.  This is an event that combines music, inspirational speakers, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass into an exciting and spiritually moving experience.  It is open to all students in 6th-9th grades.  Portions of the Confirmation class are going on both days.  If you wish to attend and aren’t in the Confirmation class, please contact Matt Goto.

Screenagers Showing

St. Mary’s Domestic Violence Awareness Committee and Riverside-Brookfield High School are partnering to offer a free screening of the documentary Screenagers on Tuesday, October 16 starting at 7pm at Riverside-Brookfield High School.  From the Screenagers IMDB description: “Screenagers explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction and offers solutions to help kids find balance.”  For more information or a trailer on Screenagers, check out its website:

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.

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!

ASP Trip 2019 - July 20 - 27!!!!

Planning for this years ASP Trip is under way and we are looking forward to another fun filled service trip making homes warmer, safer and drier. 

For those that don't know, each year we take a group of teens and adults and spend a week repairing family homes.  This past July, 168 people spent a week in West Virginia and Kentucky.  The week is a chance for us to serve those who have a real need for the help....what we get from them is a chance to live and experience our faith in a different way.

The application forms are all on the Youth Ministry site (  Please be sure to turn in both the appropriate form (teen or adult) as well as the ASP Registration sheet as we need both of them filled out.  The deadline is October 22.  Please email us at if you have any questions.



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


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.


THANK YOU from St. Angela School

On Saturday, April 21 the Austin community of St. Angela School welcomed an amazing crew of Ascension adults and teens to help build a beautiful green space where once stood only abandoned buildings.  Thanks to the ASP leadership efforts of George Lyons and Paul Kraft, and a deeply embedded call to service that is the hallmark of Ascension Parish, this team helped us make great strides toward the transformation of our campus.

We prepared three large garden areas for planting; we built a retaining wall to prevent erosion; we moved four cubic yards of compost and twelve tons of cobblestone and probably another two of pebbles and sand; we constructed six Gabion benches and one thirty feet long Gabion wall.  We moved slabs of marble, slabs of flagstone and kept nine wheelbarrows in constant motion.

It was wonderful for me personally to work with old friends—and the children they have raised to help others.    I am proud to be part of a parish that rolls up its sleeves, and now to know that my connection to that parish was the impetus for their presence in a community that needs them so much.

On behalf of all of us at St. Angela – faculty, staff, boys and girls – thank you.  We are profoundly grateful for your friendship.

-Lynn Fredrick