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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!

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, meet us on Wednesdays (starting September 12th) from 6-7pm in the O’Brien Room. 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.






Holy Fire


Holy Fire- Chicago 2018
Pope Francis calls us all to be missionary disciples who aren’t scared to witness the faith. Join thousands of other middle schoolers from the surrounding areas to see how the faith is alive in our youth today! The event has a dynamic line up of speakers that encourage them to stand up for their faith. The day will include mass, praise and worship and lots of fun. Scroll down to get a glimpse of the event in their promo video. 

For more information about Holy Fire, please don’t hesitate to contact Christina Hudson ( or visit  


October 27, 2018
UIC Pavilion
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Ticket Price: $35 (before 10/1); $40 (before 10/22)
Transportation Cost: $15


Sign Up!
Ready to sign up? Great! We’re excited you’ll be joining us. Please fill out the permission slip and authorization forms found HERE. Download and submit the permission slip to Christina Hudson ( or print out the copy and bring it to the Parish Office (attn: Christina Hudson). The Holy Fire Code of Conduct can be found HERE.

Total: $50 (before 10/1); $55 (before 10/ 22)
Payments can be made with a check or online. To submit a check, please make the check out to St. James with “Holy Fire- Child’s Name” in the memo line. You may also may a payment online by clicking here. 

Youth Meetings
To prepare for and wrap up Holy Fire, we will have 2 preliminary meetings and 1 post event meeting. If your son/daughter is unable to attend, please notify Christina Hudson prior to the meeting date. 

Monday, October 8th | 5:30 – 6:30pm in O’Brien Room
Monday, October 22nd | 5:30 – 6:30pm in O’Brien Room
Monday, October 29th | 5:30 – 6:30pm in O’Brien Room


Chaperones Needed!
We will need parents/adult volunteers to help chaperone this event. In compliance with the Archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, all adults must be VIRTUS trained. VIRTUS training is offered throughout the Chicagoland area. Please click here to register for a training that fits your schedule. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Christina Hudson (









SEEK 2019

Encounter Something More
In Matthew’s Gospel (Matt 7:7-8), Jesus tells us, “Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” SEEK is a 5-day event where we have the freedom to ask the big questions.

Discover what it means to live and to love.
Discover true happiness.
Encounter something more.

We want all high school students, especially juniors and seniors, to join us in Indianapolis this January to attend this event. The long weekend will be filled with dynamic and relateable speakers, praise and worship by Sarah Kroger and the FOCUS Collective, and an energy and joy that only the Holy Spirit can bring. You will leave this event encouraged be witness of the Catholic faith. See the promo video below and get a glimpse of what is waiting for you and 25,000 others at SEEK. 

For more information about SEEK, please don’t hesitate to contact Christina Hudson ( or visit  


January 3 – 7, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Registration Prices (includes hotel room): $399* (before October 31st)
Transportation costs will be determined once parish transportation is decided.
Join us and register today:

*Registration prices depend on hotel room arrangements. Hotel rooms either include one king bed, or two double beds. $399 is a quad room, 2 beds. This option places 4 high school students (same gender) in one room. Single rooms and double rooms (2 high school students, same gender, one room) are also available. 


Parents Invited!
Not only is SEEK for the young Church. Parents, you are invited and we encourage you to come with your teens! St. James will be taking a group of parishioners to Indianapolis and we’d love for you to join us. If you are interested in coming you can either contact Christina Hudson ( or Matt Marcheschi, FOCUS Parish Outreach, (



Join us and register today:





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!


Looking Ahead: Summer 2019
Mission Season 2019 is already in the works! We are contacting various locations (near and far) for our teens this summer.  



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.






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. 

















Volunteer Opportunities


Sunday School Helpers
We are looking for a minimum of 10 teens to help with Sunday School each week. 


  1. Training will take place on Sunday, September 9 from 11-12:30pm in the Cafeteria.
  2. We ask that you sign-up to volunteer for at least 5 Sunday School session dates.  If you are able to do more than 5 you are welcome to sign up for as many as you can do.
  3. We ask that you arrive by 9:45am and leave around 11:15am on the dates you commit to helping.

You will receive service hours that can count towards your school or confirmation commitments. There is no prep required and you do not need experience. Please contact Sharon Moeykens at with any questions.

Click here to sign up!



Children’s Liturgy of the Word

This is offered during the 10AM Sunday Mass most Sundays and is a special form of catechesis for our young children grades K-3rd. Children are invited into the chapel during the Liturgy of the Word to hear God’s Word proclaimed out of the Children’s Catholic Bible. The children are lead in a discussion and an activity that gives them the opportunity to reflect on God’s Word and explore how it connects to their lives.

VOLUNTEER for this engaging Ministry! We want  teens (this counts for service hours) to help set up the Chapel prior to mass starting and then help guide the children while in the chapel. If you are interested in learning more please call or email. TOTAL VOLUNTEER TIME IS 30min each mass.  Please contact Sharon Moeykens at if you are interested.
















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