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High School Youth Ministry

What it is: "Encountering Christ in Prayer and in Each Other." These words sum up our new program - it's not a class, youth group, or source of entertainment, but an ongoing retreat experience!

There are aspects of our retreats that really resonate with the teens, and we're translating those elements to a weekly opportunity. We want teens at Emmaus to encounter God, have time to relax, talk about faith or life, and form deep and meaningful relationships.

Many of our students had an initial encounter with who Jesus Christ is, and can be, in their lives - whether in Adoration, in prayer ministry, or just seeing Him through their caring leaders. We want to bring those same leaders, and those same elements of prayer and discussion, together each week! 

Each night starts with authentic fellowship and sharing, in small groups the students choose for themselves. That's followed by teaching / enrichment - most of which comes from the 6 PM mass, followed by pizza in "Intermission." After pizza we have a short story about Jesus, and end the night with worship! An optional "After Hour" will give teens the chance to have more follow up discussions or 1-on-1s, or hang out and play games and have snacks!

Date/Time: Sundays, 5:00 - 8:00 PM (includes mass) or stay 8-9 PM for the "After Hour"
Can't come for the whole time, but can until mass, or after mass? Join us for the parts you can make!

Upcoming Dates: April 23, May 7, May 21

** SUMMER SCHEDULE - once 6 PM mass is over for the summer, we'll have a modified schedule. Emmaus Summer events will run from 6-9 PM, will include a fun outside game at the beginning, & won't include pizza/dinner. Those dates will be: June 4, June 25, July 23, July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 20, Aug. 27
Want More Details?: Check the Q&A Here, see a flier here, or check out the e-Newsletter here!

To Register: No registration required, and it's FREE!


What it is: Faith Spark is St. Odilia's new youth ministry program for 6th-9th graders, designed to pump up our youth and inject some excitement into our experience of faith!

With live music, funny videos by our leaders, and high-energy games, these nights are sure to spark some interest in our 6th—9th graders. And the youth-oriented messages will help students take those first steps in their faith! If this is our teens’ first experience with youth ministry, we want it to be an awesome one!

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM - Check the full schedule for the year!

2016 - 2017: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 15, April 5, May 3, June 7
Location: The Courtyard at St. Odilia
To Register: No registration required, and it's FREE! Check out an older Promo Here.


What it is: Lifeline is a huge teen mass and event that draws over 1,000 people per event! There are excellent, youth-oriented homilies and fantastic music by Christian rock group SONAR. Each month after mass there is a keynote speaker, concert, or breakout sessions. The event is hosted by NET Ministries, and features students from dozens of parishes each month. St. Odilia organizes a group to travel to and attend the events most months, and we also get dinner before the event - check below for details on registering and joining our group for the trip!

Date/Time: The 1st Saturday of each month, November-May
Times are usually 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM (but check prior to event as some months differ)

Location: Event is at NET Center in West St. Paul, we carpool from the Faith Formation building

To Register: Register online with the link below, or turn in registration form and payment by the due date. Registration for each event is due by the Wednesday prior.

Download a paper registration form, or view details for later months on the NET Lifeline Website.



What it is: Retreat Team is an awesome opportunity for youth to share their faith, have a lot of fun, be part of a close-knit community, and change some lives! The Team helps plan and run off-site retreats through St. Odilia, working with our Youth Ministry staff. Team members can help with anything from skits to games, logistics to icebreakers, faith testimonies to worship and prayer ministry.

There is plenty to do and we guarantee you won't be bored! Of course, we only give as much responsibility as a team member feels comfortable doing - so don't be worried about being 'unprepared' or 'unequipped.' The more experienced you get, the more you can lead - and until then, you'll be paired with 1 or more veteran leaders to help coach you along. The team bonds quite a bit during the process of preparing for and leading, a retreat - and it's inspiring to see the way these teens support and encourage each other! Volunteer and join a fantastic faith-based community of leaders!

How to Join / When does it meet? With the introduction of Emmaus Nights, Retreat Team now has two different meetings in a week. Emmaus Nights are the part of that process that new leaders will start with, as they get to know the team and pray with them, learn how to be an effective small group, and grow in their own faith.

After joining the team on Sundays and becoming part of the Retreat Team community, students will have a chance to "officially" apply to be on team (like they would apply to lead VBS, Summer Stretch, etc.).

At that point they could also start joining us at the Tuesday "business meetings," where we do planning and logistics, practice talks and skits, work on ministry skills, etc. Honestly, the Tuesday part of being on Retreat Team is where the work lies, and is a fairly big transition from the experience that students have on their retreat. Before we had Emmaus, that was a hard jump for potential Retreat Team members to make - to go right into a business-style meeting and be expected to immediately contribute. And without Emmaus it was harder for our leaders to bond with the team, learn the skills they need to lead well, and feel prepared and confident to be leaders.

Date/Time: Retreat Team Emmaus Nights are Sundays from 5-8 PM (see details above).
Retreat Team Business Meetings are on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 PM.
Location: Emmaus meets in the Courtyard, business meetings are in the St. Odilia Youth Room (in the 3510 Vivian building, not main building)

To Register: No registration required before attending meetings - but each retreat will include a registration form, along with an event fee (greatly discounted from participant price).
UPCOMING EVENT: Retreat Team is done with their retreats for the year, but is still meeting to help plan summer programming and changes/updates for next year's retreats. We're also still doing skill training and team bonding each week!
The final event of the year for Retreat Team will be the end-of-year Banquet on Saturday, May 20, 6-9 PM. Watch for an e-invite to that! Contact Scott at if you'd like more details on the banquet, next year's retreats, or joining the Team!

For more information
 Faith Spark 2016-17 Schedule.pdf
Check out the schedule of dates for "Faith Spark" for 2016-2017!
 Lifeline 2016-17 Flier & Reg.pdf
Register for any of the 2016-2017 Lifeline events!
+ Kieffer, Scott
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