High School Youth Ministry

Mission Statement 

St. Patrick Church of Merna Youth Ministry exists to provide our teens with a space to grow in their relationships with Jesus. Our purpose is to help our youth understand that each of them are known, loved and chosen by God for a specific purpose. Through fellowship, we will nurture Christ-centered friendships both within our congregation and beyond the walls of our church. We will honor God and grow in our faith by serving our parish family and local community. With frequent opportunities to participate in the Sacraments and live out our Catholic faith, we hope our youth will take ownership of their own faith journeys, as they discover God’s purpose for their lives. Ultimately, we hope that they can take what they discover here as they grow into that purpose and apply it beyond their SPCM home.  


For our youth to know they are known, loved, and chosen by God and that He desires to be in deeper relationship with each of them.  

Small Groups 

Small groups exist for our high school students to connect with each other under the guidance of a dynamic adult facilitator and spend time regularly diving deeper in their faith. They provide teens the space to support and cheer each other on regardless of school affiliation or activity involvement.  Small groups offer a variety of content such as bible and book studies, discussion, and fellowship on a more personal level.  Our prayer is that our small groups will continue to draw our teens into a deeper relationship with God and an understanding of His desire to love them and walk with them through all aspects of their lives. 

Questions? Contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator Julia Nalewajka at youthministry@stpatrickmerna.org or 309-585-1712.

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Facebook: @spmyouthministry (St. Patrick Merna Youth Ministry)

Instagram: @spmym (St. Patrick of Merna YM)

Upcoming Events:

Mark your calendar!

  • Greater Love Retreat: March 10th-12th: Join Epiphany and St. Pat’s for our high school weekend retreat, Greater Love! Together, we will grow in friendship with others, ourselves, and God. Our retreat will be centered around the greatest love of all, Christ’s love for us. The weekend includes Mass, praise, fun activities, snacks (duh!), great talks, and much more! It will take place at Ave Maria Retreat Center in Danville, IL. We will begin the retreat with 5pm Mass at St. Patrick’s on Friday and end at the 11am Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s. We encourage your whole family to attend both Masses! Please contact youthministry@stpatrickmerna.org if you have questions about signing up!
  • What’s up next at Youth Group? We’ll be off the next couple Sundays, but will be back in Shamrock Hall on February 26th from 6-8pm for our next edition of True Story. Come hear from Josh about how he has navigated his faith journey, and take a look into how you can monitor your own!

To sign up for Youth Ministry (teens interested in participating and/or adults interested in volunteering), click the link below!

Sign Up Here