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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.  


Click the tabs below to see ways you can get involved!


Lent Opportunities

Lenten Bible Studies (Starting March 11th)
Looking for something to do this Lent? Meet some new people and dive into the heart of Lent by trying out a 5-week Bible Study. All are welcome and no experience is necessary! 

Middle School Bible Study | 6-8th grade | Mondays 5:30-6:30pm | Starting March 11
Click HERE to sign up!

High School Bible Study | 9-12th grade | Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm | Starting March 13
Click HERE to sign up!


Service Night: Fish Fry
April 12, 2019

Join some of the Catholic Heart mission teens as they raise money for upcoming mission trips with a Fish Fry! Teens will meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall to serve dinner and clean up afterwards. All proceeds will go to summer mission trips.  Click HERE to sign up!

Living Stations– MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Calling all middle school students! If you are interested in participating in Living Stations, join us!

Middle School Rehearsals | 6-8th grade
March 18, April 1, April 8, April 15– 3:45-4:45pm
Dress Rehearsal: April 16– 3:45-4:45pm, April 19– 10am-12pm
Performance: April 19—1pm (Parish Center)
Click HERE to sign up!





Summer Missions

We are called to be imitators of Christ and share His love through our actions, kindness, and love for one another. Join St. James Youth on mission each summer for service, spiritual growth, and fun!

Catholic Heart WorkCamp 2019: Milwaukee & St. Croix
Join us as we join thousands of other youth from parishes across the country serving with Catholic Heart Work Camp. This summer, we are excited to have two locations for our away missions- Milwaukee and St. Croix!

June 9 – 15, 2019
Current 8th – 12th graders
Registration Cost : $380 ($100 non refundable deposit)
Join us and register today: CHWC Milwaukee

June 22 – 29, 2019
Current 10th – 12th graders
Registration Cost : $1500 ($200 non refundable deposit)

Registration includes flight, accommodations, meals

Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC)
St. James has been partnering with Catholic Heart Workcamp for many years! We’ve taken teens to serve various parts of the country and two years ago took a group of teens to serve in St. Thomas.  CHWC is comprised of two elements, Service and Program.
At these camps, youth are given the opportunities to truly serve the communities by working with local agencies. They feed the hungry, restore homes, accompany the elderly or disabled, lift the spirits of children and much more. The experience doesn’t end there. The program element of CHWC engages teens through testimonies, concerts, dance parties, sports/games, and fun. With a great combination of work, play, and the essentials of mass and prayer and worship, CHWC helps give youth a greater perspective on how to fully live their faith. 


What about the Local Mission?
Have no fear, the Local Mission is still happening in July of 2019! Details are still being discussed, but check back for more details to serve our community locally in Chicagoland. 


Chaperones Needed
If you are interested in being a chaperone for the CHWC Milwaukee Trip or Local Mission, 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.






2018 Recap
Thank you to all the teens and chaperones who made mission season 2018 possible! Our time in Farmington, MI with Catholic Heart and our local mission serving our neighbors in Arlington Heights and Chicago was truly blessed. 
















Discipleship Groups

Do not be conformed to this age | Romans 12:2
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. 

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


Join us!
Different discipleship groups meet at different times throughout the week. To get plugged in, sign up here to join.




Go Rogue : Start your Own Discipleship Group!
Sometimes being in a small group with your best friends is much more fun. If you would like to start your own small
group, please sign up here. We will make sure you have materials you need and a leader/small group facilitator in place. 
Would you like to start or join a Discipleship Group? Sign up here, or contact Christina Hudso( 



Middle School Discipleship Groups


Becoming Disciples
Join us this year for discipleship groups! 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 ask the deeper questions and learn to apply our Catholic faith to our daily lives. 


Begins September 10th
Middle School groups meet every Monday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in the O’Brien Room (Parish Office Basement) Sign Up Here



Going Rogue: Start Your Own Small Group! 

Sometimes being in a small group with your best friends is much more fun. If you would like to start your own small group, please sign up here. We will make sure you have materials you need and a leader/small group facilitator in place.







Volunteer Opportunities

Check back later for Volunteer Opportunities




















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