Through the Youth Ministry Program at St. Francis de Sales, teens have the opportunity to attend a variety of retreats that inspire them to strengthen their relationship with Christ, build new friendships with their peers and further develop their personal faith. Many retreat opportunities are offered throughout the year. For further information on any of our retreats, please contact Cathy Chiarelli in the Youth Ministry office at (847) 726-4842.
Important: No medication may be administered at Youth Ministry Events unless both the student's physician and parent/guardian complete, sign, and return the Medical Authorization Form to the Youth Ministry Office.
This Confirmation Retreat is a required part of the 2nd year Confirmation preparation. It is led by the Peer Ministers and Adult Youth Ministry Team.
SFK14 will take place February 17-20, 2017! Click here to download registration forms.
Each fall and winter, St. Francis de Sales hosts Kairos Retreats for high school juniors and seniors. This retreat is primarily geared toward public school teens that do not have the opportunity to experience a Kairos Retreat through the Catholic school system. Kairos, which means the "Lord's time," is a Christian experience of prayer and reflection, run by a team of adults and students. Kairos is a powerful four-day retreat that has been life-changing for many young people.
Catholic Heart Work Camp
Each year, teens and adults from St. Francis de Sales Parish attend the annual Catholic Heart Work Camp Mission Trip. This weeklong service trip serves low-income areas around the country. It is open to all high school and college students who are interested in attending. There are nearly 30 work camps all over the nation. At each camp, more than 250 teens and adults gather to make a difference by helping others in the following ways: helping with daycare for low-income families; working at homeless shelters and/or food pantries; participation in outdoor clean-up work; rehabilitating houses. Teens and adults also participate in morning and evening programs, which include speakers, music, dancing, skits and Mass.
Steubenville Youth Conference
Registration is now open for the 2017 Steubenville Youth Conference at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin! Dates include July 21-23, 2017. To reserve a spot, print out the registration form (or pick up a hard copy at the Ministry Center) and return to the Youth Ministry Department at St. Francis de Sales. Limited spots available so register soon!
Each year, St. Francis de Sales Youth Ministry participates in the Steubenville Youth Conference. This three-day conference features music, fellowship, talks, Mass, worship, workshops and much more. Approximately 2,000 teens from across the nation attend the conference to deepen their faith. It is a powerful celebration of the Lord with a strong focus on Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments. The Steubenville Youth Conference is open to all high school and college students. For more information on the Steubenville Youth Conference, please click here.