There are some daunting statistics out there, but of course, you don’t need the numbers. Only 30% of Americans raised Catholic are still practicing (Sherry Weddell), but you know that from your friends and family, just like you know from experience what Pew tells us, which is that 80% of people who leave their Catholic faith do so by 23. Here’s another thing I’m sure you don’t need us to say: living out your faith in today’s world, whether in the workplace, at college, at home, or with your friends, as someone who is college aged, can be incredibly difficult.


That’s the point of this new ministry at St. Mary’s. We want to get together and provide a place for you to share your faith with one another. To journey with one another. To deal with issues together. To learn about your faith. And most of all, to know that you have a home here at the Parish, and because of that you are never alone. Come, share a meal, pray, and be a part of a community that is always here for you no matter where you are.



We have an incredible core team of young adults who are ready to get to know you, journey with you, pray with you, have some fun, and see what the Lord wants to do. Check back soon for 2018 dates!



On the Second Tuesday of every month at Elgin Public House there is a group gathering called Fox Valley Catholic. Come to meet other young adults ages 18-35 in a totally different setting.


On the first Thursday of each month at 7:15pm the YAC (young adult community) here at St. Mary’s has Eucharistic Adoration. Come and join them.

stay in touch…

Email Jason at to get on our college ministry flocknote list. Even if you’re away at school, stay on the list so you know what’s happening for when you’re home!



“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.” 

-St. John Paul II