Junior High & High School teens

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

YM News updated January 7, 2019


Upcoming Youth Ministry Events


  • High School Lock-in - Friday-Saturday January 11-12, 2019 - Info with Permission slip, & online registration.
  • High School Boys Basketball Church League Games - Off-site - Saturday, January 12 4pm-8pm
  • March For Life Youth Rally, Mass, & March - Off-site - Sunday, January 13
  • St. Luke Youth Mass & HS Youth Group - Off-site - Sunday, January 20 5pm-7:30pm



We are looking for Confirmation mentors to help be small group leaders at the Confirmation meetings, prayer warriors who would be willing to commit to praying at least 5 minutes daily for the Confirmation Class, and other Confirmation volunteer positions.  There are descriptions of these roles on the Parish Confirmation webpage as well as an online form to volunteer.  You may also contact the Religious Education office if you are interested in helping in these roles.



It is not too late to turn in your ASP application.  We have a few opening left.  You can find the application on the Mission Trips webpage. Please submit them ASAP!


Church League

We are again participating in the Western Suburbs Church League this year.  The High School Boys Basketball Church League games began the first weekend in December.  Please check the Youth Ministry Google Calendar for details. Please check the Youth Ministry Google Calendar for details.  Come cheer on the Chargers!


High School Lock-in

We are planning a lock-in on Friday January 11 starting at 7pm till Saturday January 12 in the late morning/early afternooon. Go here for: Info with Permission slip, & online registration.

We are looking for parishioners to help volunteer for this.  If you are interested in helping support the teens via prayer, food, or in some other way, please contact Matt Goto.


March For Life Events

Each year people from all over the midwest gather to march for vulnerable, those who can’t speak for themselves at the March for Life.  This year’s events are held on Sunday, January 13 throughout the day.  A youth rally is at Frances Xavier Warde Catholic School (right next to the Cathedral) starting at 8am.  It ends with a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral which starts at 11am.  The march itself starts at 2pm in Daley Plaza.  To register for the Youth Rally, which costs $10, please go to  To find out more information about the day’s events, please see the March for Life Chicago webpage:  Please contact Matt with any questions or if you are planning on attending any or all of the day’s 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!


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