Youth Ministry

Our mission is to bring the young people of the Parish to a realization that our God loves them deeply. The cornerstone of our Youth Ministry program is the Eucharist. From the Eucharist, we branch out to the intellectual life, the spiritual life, the physical life, and the life of service. By offering a variety of ways - social, spiritual and service activities - for young people to connect to one another, their parish and God, we hope to build a strong foundation in their lives and the lives of their families. Listed below are opportunities to become involved in Youth Ministry, whether trying something for the first time, or returning again and again because you found "your thing." Take a look, drop in for activity and send along any suggestions or questions.

Upcoming Events

Represent OLPH:  Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Represent OLPH at Holy Name Cathedral for a high school student listening session. The Archdiocese is gathering a group of high school youth for a listening session with Bishop Ron Hicks in conjunction with the Synod of Bishops meeting – Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment – in Rome, October 3-28.
Holy Name Cathedral Campus, 730 North Wabash Avenue Chicago
Please register in advance at:
Students will have the opportunity to listen to Bishop Hicks reflect on the Synod, ask him questions, meet in small discussion groups to share their experiences of youth, church and faith. Lunch will be provided. Free parking is available in the lot across from the cathedral.

Holy Fire, a program for 6th-9th graders at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Last year over 7,000 attended the program featuring lots of great music, noted speakers, and time for prayer. The event closes with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Cupich. Bus transportation. Cost: $35. Scholarships available.


Kairos Retreat

Kairos is a unique spiritual experience for high school juniors and seniors with effects that can last a lifetime. A biannual retreat, Kairos brings 50 young retreatants, 14 young leaders, three adult leaders, and the director together to listen to the stories of their peers and to reflect on their own lives and priorities. They are given opportunities to make appropriate adjustments and receive the powerful direction and support of their peer leaders and adult leaders. Contact Father Paddy Tyrrell (contact details below) to inquire.

Coming Fall 2018 - Scripture Study for Youth

Direct inquires to Randy McGraw (contact information below).


Feed the Homeless, Hilda's House, Evanston

  • October 20, Saturday, 5:30 -8:30 pm

Feed My Starving Children, Libertyville

  • October 25, Thursday, 5:15-8:00 pm

Sharing Room - Sunday Mornings

Looking for 2-3 volunteers to work in the Sharing Room on Sunday mornings.


Youth Ministry Advisory Board

Recently our Youth Ministry Advisory Committee met to discuss plans for Youth Ministry. Please email me if you are interested in volunteering on this advisory group and helping Youth Ministry grow. You need no expertise, just a strong desire to help as we develop this program.

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Stay in Touch!

OLPH Youth Ministry is using Flocknote, a communication tool that lets you and your family receive occasional text or email reminders of upcoming Youth Group events. Students are welcome to register. Parents/guardians are asked to register as well, to follow Archdiocesan Guidelines that they receive a copy of all messages sent.

To add you and your parent to the list, you only need your high school graduation year:
Seniors  -  2019
Juniors -  2020
Sophomores -  2021
Freshmen  -  2022
8th grade  -  2023
7th grade  -  2024
6th grade -  2025
College students  -  COLLEGE

On your phone, text your high school graduation year to 84576.

You will receive a return text inviting you to add your information and email address. (Be sure to ask your parent(s) to do the same.) Email Randy McGraw or call 224-521-9332

Contact person: 
Randy McGraw
Contact person: 
Fr. Paddy Tyrrell