Welcome to the official website page for the Discipleship Team.

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Discipleship Team


St. Mary’s Discipleship Team is an opportunity for young men and women who are committed to their faith to grow by journeying with one another in prayer and relationship and helping other teens to come into a deeper relationship with God. This is different than weekly lifenights because it’s the next step – when you are coming to dteam you are saying that you’re ready to go even deeper than you ever have before. 

The main focus of Dteam will be to meet for 4-6 weeks at a time to plan for upcoming retreats, lock-ins, and more. The idea will be simple: if you’re committed, actively involved in your faith and our ministry, and want to help by evangelizing younger teens, come to Discipleship Team. If you can make it to formation leading up to a retreat, than you can come, grow in your discipleship, and help us plan for the event. Each gathering will be a time of prayer, formation, and planning. In order to be a part of the team for our retreats / lock-ins, you’ll need to make it to at least more than half of the formation meetings leading up to the event.



In order to be effective witnesses of the Gospel, it is important that the Discipleship Team members are committed to daily personal prayer. Dteam members will commit themselves to personal prayer and challenge one another to remain committed to that daily prayer always. We can’t give what we don’t have, and so a commitment to our own relationship with the Lord is vital if we are going to spread His love to other people.


Evangelization means to spread the Good News, and members of dteam are called to do that constantly. Through efforts here at the parish as well as their daily relationships with those around them, team members will commit themselves to sharing Jesus with those they meet. The mission of our youth ministry is to proclaim the life-changing love of God in a way which is accessible and helps lead young people to a deep, lasting relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ and His Church, and the efforts of our discipleship team should always serve to further that effort.


Members of the Discipleship Team are called to constantly challenge themselves to learn more about their faith and grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. This means a commitment to our Discipleship Team meetings, Life Nights, to personal faith, and to taking the challenge to grow in the faith on their own.



This year, Discipleship Team will again take place in the weeks leading up to three of our different retreat opportunities. We ask that you be at all 3 meetings before each retreat if possible. If not, you must be present at least 2 of the 3 meetings before the retreat in order to help out on Discipleship Team for that upcoming retreat. On each retreat, Discipleship Team will help lead small groups, share their personal testimony, and lead prayer with their peers.

Here are the meeting dates for Discipleship Team this year: 

Freshman Retreat

Meeting Dates:

  1. September 20, 2018
  2. September 27, 2018
  3. October 4, 2018

Retreat Date:

October 6-7, 2018 @ Walcamp in Kingston, IL

Fall Retreat

We have decided to take a break from D-Team for this retreat and thus have cancelled these meetings. Check back for more opportunities again in the Spring!

(for Middle School Teens)

Meeting Dates:

  1. October 25, 2018
  2. November 8, 2018
  3. November 15, 2018

Retreat Date:

November 17-18, 2018 @ Dickson Valley Camp in Newark, IL

Jr. High Lock-IN

(for Middle School Teens)

Meeting Dates:

  1. February, 21, 2019
  2. February 28, 2019
  3. March 7, 2019

Retreat Date:

March 15-16, 2019 @ St. Mary’s 

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