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What is our Mission?

The mission of the St. Mary Youth Ministry Program is to create life-long disciples of Jesus Christ in and through the Catholic Church.

Through relational ministry and discipleship, we seek to lead the youth of the Parish to Christ and his Church which will lead the youth of our Parish on the road to salvation. Guided by the Holy Spirit, and through the Intercession of Mary and the Saints, we participate in the life of the Church through liturgy, prayer, service, and fellowship. We are strengthened by the Sacraments, grounded in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and directed by the teachings of the Catholic Church. We will respond to the Pope Benedict’s call to engage the culture with the “New Evangelization” and we will spread the Gospel to the youth of the Parish and develop a new generation of young people striving to be Saints.











Dear Fellow Parishioners,    

I just wanted to inform you that, after much prayer and discernment, my wife and I, have decided that we will be stepping away from full-time Youth Ministry here at St. Mary as of May 1st. We feel that during this season of life, of having young children, that this decision is best for our family.

We cannot thank you enough for all of the support and we will always hold a very special place in our hearts for the wonderful people here, the incredible staff and our phenomenal priests; Monsignor Steve, Fr. Bakkelund and Fr. Manny.

Please keep us in your prayers and if you have any questions, please contact me Youth Ministry Office847-669-5612 or

Thank you and God bless,

 Paul Vogrinc







Registration Deadline is April 4th

See Camp Wow page for more details



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 Super-Charge Your Lent 

Would you like a deeper, more powerful Lent this year? To start each day by drawing closer to Christ?  There’s simply no better way to super-charge your Lent, to prepare yourself for Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection.

Each day, from Ash Wednesday (March 5th) until Easter (April 20th), Fr. Barron will send you a short reflection, straight to your inbox.

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jesus healing leper_2“A God Who Heals”

Someone once pointed out to me that if you took out all of the healing stories from the Gospel of Mark, then you wouldn’t have much left of the Gospel. That is what God does, He heals His creation.

Perhaps this Lent, along with fasting, giving more to the poor, and praying more, let’s give something to God for Him to heal.

Maybe there is a physical healing that you desire or need. Perhaps it is an

addiction. Or possibly you need God to heal a particular situation. Whatever it is, I think we need to remember that we have a God who heals with no strings attached.

He doesn’t heal us because then we’ll give him something in return. Even in Scripture he healed 10 lepers and only one actually came back to say thanks. (And it doesn’t mention anything about him turning them back to lepers.) He desired their wholeness and holiness. He loved them and healed them regardless of their life and response.

He heals us not because we are worthy of it. He heals us because He loves us.

This Lent, don’t forget we have a God who heals. 

Paul Vogrinc

Director of Youth Ministry



Fundraising Information 

We have fundraising programs to help off set the cost of Youth Ministry’s Faith Enrichment & Service Trips. Please go to the General Forms tab for more information and forms.



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Youth Ministry Calendar

Dates Activity / Event Location Time Jr. High H.S. Permission
Slip Needed

April 3 & 10Thursday
EDGE Night Parish Hall 6:30-8:00 PM  6 & 7 Grades  Registration Needed

April 6, 13, 27 Sunday
Discipleship Team Youth Room 6:45-8:00 PM    x  Interview Required

April 7, 14, 21, 28


Life Night Youth Room 7:00-8:30 PM x All teens welcome

Details of All Events can be found on the Jr. High and High School web pages

(Please Note: During the winter months, all Youth meetings/events will be canceled if Huntley School District is closed due to snow or weather.)