Centered on God, The St. Norbert High School Youth Ministry (SNYM) for grades 9-12 provides an enthusiastic Christian Community where everyone feels welcome. Teens share their experiences with faith, learn from their peers and discover how to grow even closer to Christ.
The SNYM consists of programs and activities designed to reach students at varying levels of faith. This is an interactive ministry that focuses on fellowship as well as developing faith. The SNYM spends time doing social activities, service projects and having discussions on issues that teens deal with on a daily basis. Activities range from CYO Basketball to dinners and other appropriate events decided on by the teens. A Winter Lock-In is offered for freshmen and sophomores and two Kairos Retreats are offered for juniors and seniors. This gives teens an opportunity away from their everyday environment to focus on Christianity.
No matter how many times you come, whether once or every time, you will always be welcomed at SNYM. Teens from several different area highs schools connect at SNYM throughout the year. Come see what we’re all about. Below you will find some of the highlights of the SNYM program, the very reason why everyone has so much fun together with so much faith:
Two Sundays a month (second and fourth), the 5:30 Mass at St. Norbert is transformed into a Teen Mass. At these masses, teens perform all the Ministries for the mass. They will greet you at the door, help you find your seat, lead the music, cantor, read the Word, share Prayers of the Faithful and serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
Every teen in the Parish is invited to celebrate these masses. Whether as an usher, lector, musician, greeter or as one sharing mass in a pew, please come Pack the Pews!
If you are a teen who comes to mass regularly, invite your friends; and if you are a teen who doesn’t normally come to mass, take a chance and come to a worship service designed especially for you.
To volunteer to participate in the Teen Mass Ministries, please send your name and cell number to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or join the St. Norbert Teen Mass Facebook Group.
Bridging the Gap between Faith & Everyday Life
The second Sunday of every month, following the 5:30 Teen Mass, SNYM gathers in the Vineyard Room for dinner and discussion. Pizza and soda are shared. Things that affect teen’s everyday life are discussed and examined to determine how faith can help teens with these challenges. The evenings are scheduled to last an hour but continue longer if the teens want to carry on the discussion. The SNYM participants help decide what topics to discuss. Bridging the Gap is a great way for teens to connect and share.
The fourth Sunday of every month, following the 5:30 Teen Mass, SNYM gathers in the Vineyard Room to play a group game and have a short discussion. Pizza and soda is also enjoyed. Paul Tzirides leads the activities and discussion. The program is scheduled to last an hour, but will continue a bit longer if the teens want to visit a little more. You and your peers are integral in deciding what you want from this fourth Sunday “Release!” program.
SNYM invites you to be the actors for the Dramatic Stations of the Cross on Good Friday every year. SNYM actors lead the parish through the “reenacted” Stations of the Cross. This is a wonderful event. Everyone who attends, both actors and audience, love it! It is an awesome way to live out our faith during Holy Week. Make it a true “Good Friday” and take part in a powerful experience:
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that creates and packages nutritious meals (vitamins, vegetables, soy and rice) to be sent to starving children in the USA and all over the world. The St. Norbert Youth Ministry has the privilege of working with this group several times a year. This normally requires an evening commitment. The Youth Ministry volunteers meet at the St. Norbert Church steps at 7:00 p.m.; drive to 1072 National Parkway in Schaumburg; prepare meals from 8:00 to 9:30; and then return back to St. Norbert. The visit begins with a quick video describing the organization. Then you are shown how to pack the meals and the race is on! The next hour-and-a-half is spent packing meals and competing against other tables to see who can pack the most meals! This is a wonderful experience and so much is accomplished in just a few hours.
The retreat was a great opportunity to self-reflect. I think that it is easy to get caught up in less important things. The retreat allowed me to realize and fix that. I think it brought me closer to God. Also, I met many new people and became closer with old friends. It was a great experience.” Quote from a Kairos attendee
Kairos is a four-day retreat open to all High School juniors and seniors. Kairos is a student-led retreat that focuses on gaining a better understanding of God, self, and others. It allows teens an opportunity to step back from the daily routine and everyday pressures and spend some time checking-in with themselves and sorting through what really matters to them. Two Kairos retreats are offered each year.
For more than 20 years, churches all over the Chicagoland area gather together in the summer with a weeklong service project to help the needy in city shelters and in other social service agencies. Five students from St. Norbert Parish get the chance to join forces with at least 30 other teens to effect changes in poverty by helping at places such as the Tree House Humane Society, 8th Day Center for Justice, and The Port.
Habitat for Humanity is an excellent service trip that provides a wonderful mix of hard work, prayer, recreation, and friendship building. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable, houses for people in need through the assistance of volunteers. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States.
SNYM volunteers twice each summer to support this great organization. No construction experience is necessary! Teens who have attended at least one year of high school can apply to participate in these week-long service trips. The Habitat team has Foremen who instruct us in the trade. SNYM needs hardworking and enthusiastic teens who want to make a difference to join these summer trips.
Whale of a Sale takes place during a May weekend. It is a great fundraiser for the whole St. Norbert Parish. It is also an excellent way for the Youth Ministry to raise some funds! The Whale of a Sale is a “giant” garage sale. Parishioners and others drop off donations and the church sells these items. The Youth Ministry runs a concession stand during the sale. On Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, chips, and soda are sold to shoppers. On Saturday morning, doughnuts and coffee sales begin at 7:00 in the morning. At 10:00 a.m. hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, chips, and soda are once again sold for the remainder of the day.
How to join SNYM
A Registration form needs to be submitted by EVERYONE participating in an event such as Kairos, Lock-Ins, and Habitat for Humanity Trips.
Be sure to join “St. Norbert Youth Ministry” group on Facebook. This Facebook site is used to communicate current projects and activities as well as to sign up for the various activities.