Junior High & High School teens

Calendar of Events

YM News updated September 17, 2018


Fall 2018 Youth Ministry Events

(See all events at the Youth Ministry Google Calendar:


  • High School Youth Group - Sunday (averaging about 2-3 times a month) starting, Sept. 9 6pm-8pm - Pine Room - Actual Dates: 9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/9, 12/16

  • Pairing up with Other Parishes for Events such as:

    • St. Luke Parish Youth Mass & High School Youth Group - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month - 9/16, 10/21, 11/18 - 5pm-7:30pm

    • St. John Bosco Youth Day - A Holy Fire-like one day event for Middle Schooler and High Schoolers @ Holy Hill in WI - Saturday, 10/6 - 6:15am-8:30pm - See flyer & permission slip.

    • 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

  • High School Boys Basketball Church League - Dates forthcoming, but there will be an information meeting on Wednesday, 10/3 - 6:45pm-7:30pm - practices will start Late October/Early November

  • ASP Service Trip - See the ASP handouts


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.


Post-High School Survey

If you graduated high school in the past few months, please take a few minutes to fill out a post-high school survey to help us keep in touch and to help us improve the youth ministry program here.  There will be a gift card sent to a random participant.  The survey can be found at


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 families 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 22nd.  Please email us at if you have any questions.


St. John Bosco Youth Day

If you liked Holy Fire, you will love the St. John Bosco Youth Day at Holy Hill, Wisconsin.  This is an amazing day of music, inspiring talks, and about a thousand high school aged teens.  Combine this with pretty fall colors, a gorgeous bascillica, and a gigantic bonfire and you have a great day to get closer to God!  Permission slip and sign-up.


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