Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is much more than just programs. It is about reaching out in relationship to the young people in the community, and giving them opportunities to use their gifts within the community. "Youth ministry is the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community.” – from the USCCB document, Renewing the Vision

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Middle School Lock-in

July 13-14

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Middle School Students join us for the biggest night of the entire summer, the Lock-in! We are having an intense scavenger hunt like no other, massive late night nerf wars, and all sorts of other games and prizes. We will hear about our call to be disciples of Christ. There will be late night pizza, snacks, and breakfast provided. We begin at 7pm at the North church on Friday the 13th and we will be done at 9am on Saturday the 14th. Bring all of your friends, you don’t want to miss this!

This event is free for everyone!

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TEC Retreat

July 16-18

Together Encountering Christ (TEC) is considered a life-changing retreat by many who have attended. You can only attend once in your life. The retreat is offered once a month and this July Fr. Kevin and Matt will both be leaders on the retreat. We are encouraging people from our parish to experience this powerful retreat this summer. Over 35,000 people have attended this retreat over the past 40 years. Will you be next?

For more info or to register visit the TEC website

$95 to attend, scholarships available

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Boundary Waters Camping Trip

July 22-26

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High School Students you are invited to embark on an incredible five day adventure at the end of the Gunflint trail. We are staying in the beautiful lookout cabin on Seagull Lake, which is an entry point to the Boundary Waters. We will be taking day trips via canoe to explore nearby lakes, islands, palisades, etc. There will be plenty of opportunity to fish pristine lakes and view all sorts of wildlife. Our trip will focus on creating a vibrant relationship with God.

For a closer look at what you'll be getting into, check-out our outfitter's website

$180, scholarships available if needed

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Vacation Bible School Volunteers

Anyone going into 6th grade and older is invited to volunteer for Vacation Bible School. You could lead a small group of elementary students, plan and lead games, art projects, entertainment, and teaching. For more info and to sign-up click here

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Red Lake Mission Trip

August 13-17

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High School students come join us for a week at St. Mary's mission of Red Lake! We leave Monday from the North church and we return Friday to the North church. We will spend our time with K-6 students of St. Mary's mission school. We plan and Implement a week of their summer school curriculum as well as plan games for the students. We also get to tour the reservation, experience the Anishinabe people's culture, learn about the poverty of the reservation, and visit the headwaters of the Mississippi river.

$90 to attend, scholarships available if needed!

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YTM – Youth in Theology and Ministry Summer Institute

As a high school youth in the YTM program, you will be part of a truly dynamic Catholic community with other young people from across the country. During the two-week Summer Institute, you will take college-level theology classes from CSB/SJU professors, do service and leadership activities, experience a variety of Christian prayer forms, and explore your vocational call--all while immersing yourself in the life of the Saint John’s University campus, complete with volleyball, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and rock climbing. You will also take part in many of our YTM traditions, including cabin time, an awesome dance, a volleyball tournament, and the annual No-Talent Show.

We understand that faith can't just be a two-week event. Equipped with the tools you need to sustain your faith, you will develop and implement a service-justice project in your local community during the school year with the guidance of your adult mentor. When you come back to YTM for your second Summer Institute, you will reflect on your leadership experience and its impact on your vocational journey. 

Scholarships from Christ Our Light are available to assist with cost. For registration information, visit the YTM website

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Youth Leadership

Christ Our Light's Youth Leadership team consist of students in grades 10 through 12. This team plans special youth events, FIRE lessons, and other fun activities. This team also works together to build each other up to be leaders in their faith and to be an inspiration to all youth. If you would like to learn more about being a part of this team, contact Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation.

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NCYC - National Catholic Youth Conference

November 2019 @ Indianapolis, Indiana

What is NCYC?

Teens in grades 9-12 during the 2019-20 school year and adults are invited to NCYC – an exciting biennial 4-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teens and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes liturgies, general keynote sessions, and concurrent sessions on a variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, sexuality, and leadership. There are also opportunities for special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic park.

The parish is organizing and offering a number of fundraisers to help differ the (approx.) $650 per person cost for those registered for the conference. Contact Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation at with any questions.

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Scholarships (partial or full) are available to every youth in need! Any donations for the youth ministry program will benefit these scholarships toward youth participation. Please consider making a donation – they are so very appreciated and tax deductible! Contact Matt for details at

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Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Development Team: This team is responsible for the faith formation of the parish. It investigates, formulates and implements programs that promote spiritual growth for all members/all ages of the parish community. Team members demonstrate strong leadership and faithfully participate in the programs provided. Development teams meet each third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8PM, September through May.

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What is happening in your life? If you are in any activities, sports, have concerts, shows, you name it, please send a schedule at or in person so I can attend and support you!

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Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation
763-389-2115 (office)