Bringing vitality and uniqueness to our faith experience.

The Youth of St. Michael Parish are given the opportunities of friendship, service, and education. We affirm their talents and gifts to our ministry from Preschool to College students. We celebrate their growth in the Spirit which brings vitality and uniqueness to our faith experience.

The church must become the traveling companion of young people – and that is what we mean by youth ministry. If, indeed, “it takes an entire village to raise a child,” then it certainly takes an entire church to journey with young people as they grapple with the Good News and respond in discipleship.


The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in their 1997 document, “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry“, identified three goals and eight components that provide direction for this ministry. Youth ministry, at its best, is characterized by the following five hallmarks:

  1. Discipleship
  2. Connection
  3. Giftedness and growth
  4. Comprehensiveness
  5. Entire church (parish) involvement


Because our children are vitally important to us and their needs are unique, we dedicate special effort to treating the issues which involve them.

Dear young people, please, don't be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don't be observers, but immerse yourselves in the reality of life, as Jesus did.

Pope Francis

July 27, 2013 Youth Prayer Vigil at Rio

   ATTENTION ADULTS:   All adults who participate with this program and work with children here at St. Michael must be VIRTUS compliant.

Activities Include:

  • Vacation Bible School
  • Youth Ministry Dances for 7th & 8th Graders
  • Deep River Water Park
  • Six Flags Great America
  • 8th Grade Lock-In in February
  • Father/Daughter Dance in February
  • Mother/Son Dance in March
  • Ski Trip
  • Quest
  • Quest Council
  • Teen Retreat
  • Youth on Stage
  • NCYC
  • Pilgrimages
  • Vicariate Awards
  • Appalacha – Mission Trip
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Request Additional Information

If you would like to get more information on any of these events, please call (708) 873-4650 with any questions, or email Rose Koch at


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St. Michael Parish is a gathering of Catholic people who believe in God's love for us, manifested by His Son Jesus. We commit ourselves to live an invitation of the Lord and struggle through fulfilling His mission here on earth.

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