What is Youth Ministry?

Youth Ministry is the response of the Christian Community to the needs of the young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community. (Renewing the Vision; A framework for Catholic Youth Ministry 1997 by the USCCB)

The Goals of Youth Ministry are:

  • EMPOWERMENT - To help young people live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
  • PARTICIPATION - To invite youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
  • GROWTH - To encourage the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person

At St. Benedict Parish we seek to achieve these goals in a variety of ways including service, community building and prayer

Service~ St. Benedict Youth ministry offers regular service opportunities for the young people of our parish. We serve because it is our positive response to our call to be disciples of Jesus.  We serve in a variety of ways with the hope to create a more just world. Whether we serve in our community or throughout our world, through action or advocacy, we serve because we are followers of Christ.

Community Building~ As we build community we build confidence and empower young people to turn their faith into action. Community building aides in confidence when we find like -minded people who we can grow in faith with.

Prayer~ through experiences of prayer with our community of faith and individually, we grow in our spiritual relationship with God.   "God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” ~ Mother Teresa


Ms. Kim McMillan is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Benedict Parish. She can be reached at or 773-588-6484

Kim started at St. Benedict Parish in 2016 but has been sharing her faith with young people for over 20 years. She believes strongly that effective youth ministry engages young people in the practices of faith. Youth Ministry is about reaching out to form relationships with the young people in the community and advocating for their ability to use their unique gifts within the community. 

Tonight at 5:00 starting in the Rectory
Indoor Scavenger Hunt with Puzzles

Bring a friend and meet at the Rectory at 5:00 to get your scavenger hunt clues and puzzles. Team prizes will be awarded. Don't miss the fun. 

After the Scavenger hunt (6:15 pm) we will have a short meeting addressing questions about the upcoming 30 Hour fast to Raise awareness and Raise Funds for Catholic Relief Services. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN March 10th                                                                                        

Youth Ministry will leave St. Benedict Parish at 5:00 pm and travel to go to Feed my Starving Children in Schaumburg. We will return back to St. Ben's by 8:30. Our packing time is from 6-7:30. Join youth ministry as we pack manna packs for our hungry brothers and sisters.  Sign up here

CRS 30 Hour Fast

Join with others from St. Benedict Parish and St. Edward Parish as we learn about World Hunger while we experience hunger, in a 30 hour fast. We will drink clear beverages and water for 30 hours to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the world, who are hungry. Consider sponsoring a young person who is fasting as they strive to raise awareness and funds. Permission slip and forms are available at the parish rectory. We will start at midnight on March 18th and end at 6:00 am on March 19th. While we spend time together we will learn about the effects of hunger and how we can support CRS.

ANNUAL SKI TRIP ~January 16th             

Join with St. Benedict Youth ministry as we take our annual ski trip to Wilmot Ski Resort. St. Andrew Parish and
St. Benedict Parish will be joining together for a day of fun in the snow. Join us as we ski, snow board or snow tube at Wilmot. All 8th grade through 12th grade are welcome and invited. Permission slips are available at the Parish Rectory. We will be leaving by 8:30am and return by 6:00pm.



Youth Ministry Events January through March                                                                                                                          

January 8th  Youth Evening of Reflection~5:00-6:30pm rectory                                                                                                      Tonight we will spend our time in prayerful reflection. We will use Lectio Divina as we talk about the Sunday reading and how the Word speaks to us. Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. Meet at the Rectory.

January 15 Respect Life Youth Rally and Mass 8:30-1:00                                                                                                                          Join us for the 2017 Youth Rally and Mass prior to the March for Life in Chicago on Sunday, January 15, 2017.               Doors open at 8:30am for this Youth Rally held at St. Ignatius College Prep. We will participate in activities and hear witness talks about how beautiful life is! After we celebrate Mass together young people can join their families and participate in the March for Life.

 January 15th March for Life St. Benedict Parishioners and Families 2:00-4:00 at the Federal Plaza 50 W. Adams. Marching in peace through the streets of Chicago, our goal is to serve as a visual and vocal reminder that the people of Chicago and the Midwest stand for LIFE. 

 January 16th Day Ski Trip  8:30am -6:00pm                                                                                                                                                  We will be leaving from St. Benedict, in our parish bus, at 8:30am and returning by 6:00pmSt. Benedict and St. Andrew Parish will head out to Wilmot Ski Resort and spend the day enjoying skiing,snow boarding and ski tubing. Sign up by January 10th for this event because we will close sign up in order to prepare for adequate transportation.

 January 22nd Kickball with St. Edward’s Parish                                                                                                                                            We’ll meet at 6:30 at the Secondary School Gym doors and head to St. Edwards in the church bus. The plan is to play a few games of kickball and enjoy some snacks before arriving back at St. Ben’s by 8:00pm.

 February 5th  Open Gym and Indoor Scavenger Hunt  5:00-6:30  Beginning in the Secondary School gym.  The evening will start with an Open Gym and continue with an indoor scavenger hunt requiring participants to solve puzzles and search for clues.

 March 10th5:00pm-8:30pm                                                                                                                                                                             We will leave St. Ben’s at 5:00 in the church bus to travel to FMSC in Schaumburg. We will return by 8:30. Our packing time is from 6:00-7:30. Join Youth Ministry as we pack Manna Packs for our hungry brothers and sisters.

In the first 12 minutes our Pope shares his hope for Young people. An Absolutely moving response.

Imagine the Possibilities ~Youth Ministry at St. Ben’s