Junior High & High School teens

Calendar of Events

YM News updated August 13, 2018


Vicariate Altar Server Appreciation Day​

On Saturday, August 18 from 10 am-2 pm, there will be a Mass at Our Lady of Victory Parish with Bishop Manz and the pastors of Vicariate IV recognizing altar servers.  If we have enough servers who are interested, we will go together as a group, perhaps renting a van.  Servers can also attend individually with a parent.  If you are planning to attend, please let Jonetta Irons ( know this week so she can RSVP.


SleepOut For Shelter

On Friday-Saturday, August 24-25, Ascension Youth Ministry will be going to Great America to participate in the Lake County PADS fundraising/solidarity event called Sleep Out For Shelter.  Teens and adults will be raising a minimum of $100 to participate.  After raising the money, participants will go to Great America and ride roller coasters.  They will end the event by sleeping outside at Great America in solidarity with the homeless.  You can find out more information at the Lake County PADS website.

Here are the instructions to join in the fun:

1) Set up a online fundraising page here (  When you sign up, join Ascension Youth Ministry's team.

2) RSVP with Matt here (

3) Publicize to raise a minimum of $100 for PADS Lake County by Wednesday, August 22.

4) Fill out & bring the permission slip on Friday, August 24 to go to Great America & sleep there overnight in solidarity with the homeless.

Go HERE for the permission slip and more detailed information.


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Contact Matt Goto to RSVP or get more info: 708-434-1555 or or

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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