Youth Ministry strives to reach teens and young adults by helping them learn about their faith and apply it to their everyday lives. Our ministry encourages them to discover their unique, God-given gifts and use them in our parish community and the universal Catholic Church. It provides opportunities for individual spiritual growth and development.Get Involved Today
Encounter small groups meet monthly so that you can focus on recognizing how God is currently working in your life. Groups are formed based on grade level so that content and discussions are most relevant to specific events and stages throughout high school transitions. These faith-sharing groups are led by adult volunteers and allow you to share your faith journeys with your peers as you think critically about what it means to live as Catholic Christians in today’s world.
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Each month you are invited to take a break from your studies and rigorous schedule and embrace an opportunity to rest in God’s presence. We gather first in the Church for a mini-retreat of prayer, reflection, and adoration, and then we move to the Youth Ministry room for ice cream and social time, where board games, cards, and foosball are always an option. Feel free to bring a friend; this is not exclusive to St. Cletus parishioners!
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An opportunity exists each month for teens who enjoy sharing their time in serving their community. Occasionally this service takes place in parish life, but most frequently teens are invited to answer a need within their local community. In the past we have visited with residents in a nursing home, prepared and served dinner for guests at the Ronald McDonald House, and put together sack lunches for the homeless. Opportunities also exist if you want to be a part of the planning. For additional options, see the Social Concerns Ministry page.
Teen Advisory Board
The Teen Advisory Board is comprised of teens and adults who want to be a part of the vision formation and the planning of our ministry, from forming an overall big picture to planning the fine-tuned details, we are in need of those willing to share their creativity and organizational skills as well as those who are willing to share their time and talents with communications and marketing about Youth Ministry.
Each summer high school teens who have completed 9th grade or above are invited to spend a week in service to a community outside of our own. The commitment extends beyond the week with a series of preparation meetings in the months prior that include discussions on Catholic Social Teaching, team-building activities, and fundraising to help lessen the participation cost to the families of teens.
Fretus a retreat offered jointly by St. Cletus Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish for high school freshmen and sophomores. It is a two-night retreat that takes place in the winter, as a time to reflect on how life is going, to become closer to God and to others, and to make new friends. The retreat is held at a retreat center and is led by a team of adult volunteers as well as older teens who have attended the retreat in the past.
Kairos is a retreat offered to high school juniors and seniors through the combined efforts of St. Cletus, St. Francis Xavier, and St. John of the Cross parishes. The retreat is offered three times each calendar year. Kairos is a 4-day retreat that allows you to build new friendships as well as to deepen current relationships, and to learn more about yourself and your connection with God, while having an unforgettable experience.
Do you love to play basketball or just want to play with your Cletus friends? Church League Basketball exists just for you. For boys who are not playing for their school teams, the season takes place from November-March, with practices and games weekly. The season for girls takes place March-May, so even if you do play on your girls’ basketball team at school, you are still eligible for Church League. Parishioners must play on their own parish’s teams.
The teen choir sings at the 5 pm Saturday mass twice monthly and rehearses on Sunday afternoons at 4 pm twice monthly. All teens welcome, singers and musicians! Contact the Music Ministry office at 708-215-5423.
Lectors, Ushers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
If you are interested in strengthening your faith by participating in a deeper way during the Liturgy, consider serving as a lector, usher, or Extraordinary Minister of Communion. For training details and more information, contact Paulette Bolton.
We are always looking for adult volunteers to assist with Youth Ministry. Opportunities abound for all interests! We are in need of Church League coaches, retreat team members, Mission Trip chaperones, Encounter group facilitators, Advisory Board participants, and special events planners. Contact Elizabeth Tomasek.
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