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Youth Discipleship and Evangelization 

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus leaves us with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), to go and make disciples of all nations.  At St James,  Youth Discipleship and Evangelization strives to live the parish mission statement: Be disciples of Christ. Make disciples of Christ. We can’t give what we don’t have. We strive to become disciples by:


  • Prayer and the Sacraments
    Through prayer and the sacraments we come to know Jesus and His Church.


  • Friendship
    Bible studies and Discipleship Groups help us build authentic friendships where we encourage our peers to bring their faith into their daily lives.


  • Serving and Loving Others
    In sharing the Gospel, we share Christ by going outside of ourselves to love and serve others.  



Summer Teen Nights


How to Catholic
Join us Wednesdays this summer for our summer teen nights! We’ll we dive into scripture and see how scripture relates back to our lives. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are! Together, we’ll learn how to Catholic with some Bible study, some food, some awesome young adult leaders and always fun. Sign Up Here

Who:You, yourself, and your friends
What: Come hang out!
When: Wednesdays from 4-5PM (Middle School) or 6:30-8PM (High School)
Where: Cafeteria (Middle School) or Library (High School)



Our Leaders: The Guy & The Girls

Get to know the leaders for this summer. Click on their pictures to read more about them. We look forward to seeing you all June 13th!





Summer Missions



We are called to be imitators of Christ and share His love for us through our actions, kindness and love for one another. Join St James Youth on mission to Farmington, Michigan (with Catholic Heart Work Camp) and in Arlington Heights & Chicago for two weeks of service, spiritual growth and a lot of fun. 


*Farmington Free Day activity cost is included in the amount. Not all meals are included in the costs above. 
Farmington, MI Local Mission
June 24 – 30, 2018 July 23 – 27
Rising 10th- 12th graders Rising 8th – 12th graders
$410 (plus transportation)* $50 (plus transportation)*



Register Today

***Registration for CHWC Farmington is closed, but there are still a few spots open.
Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC Farmington) registration, click here.  Registration includes CHWC Registration fee and free day admission costs. Transportation costs will be separate. Meals on the free day and meals on travel days are not included in the cost of registration. Payment for the trip can be made online or submitting checks to the parish office. Please make all check out to St. James Youth Ministry. 

For the Local Mission registration, click here
To sign up for the Local Mission, you must attend at least 3 of the 5 days. Registration includes cost of supplies to run the mission trips. Each attendee will be responsible for transportation to the Arlington Heights location daily. Transportation costs from St. James to St. Malachy will be separate.  Each attendee is responsible for bringing their own lunches each day.  Payment for the trip can be made online or submitting checks to the parish office. Please make all check out to St. James Youth Ministry. 


Chaperones Needed
If you are interested in being a chaperone for either mission trip, please contact Christina Hudson ( All chaperones must be 21 or older. In compliance with the Archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, all chaperones must be VIRTUS trained. VIRTUS training is offered throughout the Chicagoland area. Please click here to register for a training that fits your schedule.


Discipleship Groups
Achieving #squadgoals

Our high school discipleship groups meet weekly and are led by an adult facilitator. In seeking to be Christian disciples, we have the freedom to wrestle with the hard questions, discuss the hot button issues, and ask the “what” and the “why” of Church teachings and Scripture. There is such thing as absolute truth, and as Christians, we encourage and inspire each other to live it out in our daily lives. 

P.S. What is a Christian Disciple? 
A disciple is someone who knows Jesus, strives to follow Him, and desires to share Him with others.



Would you like to start or join a Discipleship Group? Contact Christina Hudso( 




If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how you can be involved with youth ministry at St. James, please contact:

Christina Hudson
Director of Youth Discipleship and Evangelization
(224) 345 – 7214