Discover Spiritual Growth

We seek to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the parish community by implementing the 8 components of a comprehensive youth ministry model.
For more information, please contact Cathy Green at 791-8232.

Onyi Anyado

Serving my generation with excellence will in turn mean my generation can lead with excellence.

Luke 18

The annual Luke 18 retreat provides a powerful experience for eighth graders. Luke 18 opens their eyes to the presence and love of our God, who embraces them just as they are.
March 3-5, 2017 at Saint Clare School

Luke 18 has been rescheduled to March 3-5, 2017, at St. Clare School.

Thanks for your  patience with us as we reschedule Luke 18 after the predicted ice storm. Any 8th graders who had not signed up for the January dates and now find they can attend the March dates may now register. The registration deadline is Jan. 30 and the fee is $50

Click here for 8th grade registration only.

We will consider all 8th grade and high school students who previously signed up for the January Luke 18 to be automatically registered for the new date unless you notify by Jan. 30 that you need to cancel.

Led by high school and college students from St. Nicholas, St. Clare and Corpus Christi parishes, the retreat features high-energy games, songs, skits, personal sharing and a series of faith and life talks by the high school students. They’ll be talking about Luke 18 for years.

Cost is $50. Registration and payment due Nov. 8. Cost increases to $90 after Nov. 8 and registration closes on Dec. 12.

Be a leader at Luke 18. Share your faith with our eighth-graders and help host this retreat to make a difference in their lives. You must apply for one of the limited number of leader positions. Leader applications will be available on parish websites Oct. 8-Nov. 8. Leaders must apply and pay by the deadline. No late applications will be accepted.

Seniors must attend 2 meetings:

Nov. 27 (seniors-only meeting): 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Clare and meeting to follow

Dec. 18 (all high school leaders): 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Nicholas and meeting to follow

Jan. 8 (all high school leaders): noon meeting at Corpus Christi Parish Hall

Cost is $40 Payable to St. Clare Church (Luke 18). Application and payment due Nov. 8

Register at here starting Oct. 8 or contact your parish youth leader for more information.

Leaders must attend 1 planning meeting:

Nov. 27 (seniors-only meeting): 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Clare and meeting to follow

Dec. 18 (all high school leaders): 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Nicholas and meeting to follow

Jan. 8 (all high school leaders): noon meeting at Corpus Christi Parish Hall

Thanks to those students who have volunteered to be a leader at Luke 18. College and adult pre-planning meetings are Nov. 27 (college seniors and juniors only), Dec. 18 and Jan. 8. Remember, you must attend 2 planning meetings with the high school leaders.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

St Nicholas Catholic Church is an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer
Service Award. Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. Once you earn this award, you should list it on your college and scholarship applications, job applications, and your resume. Many of you have already served volunteer hours, possibly more than you realize!
Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime. Awards are issued
for volunteer service only; if you are paid for your service or have court-ordered community service it does not count.
Please see the PVSA website for more information.
Hours by AwardBronzeSilverGold
Kids (5-10)26-4950-7475+
Teens (11–15)50-7475-99100+
Young Adults (16-25) 100-174175-249250+
Adults (26+)100-249250-499500+
Families & Groups 200-499500-9991,000+

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime

Each volunteer needs to create an account with PVSA. Go to the PVSA website.

From this page you can choose “Get Involved”, then “Volunteer”, then the “Register” button to get to the sign-up form. Enter the volunteer’s name, birthday, street address, phone #, and email address, and create a password. For Level of Focus, choose “Other”, and “Faith Based Service” as your primary focus.

Once this questionnaire is completed, press the “Submit Application” button. Note: your email cannot be used for more than one volunteer. Each volunteer needs their own email.

Once your registration is complete, go to “Profile”. At the bottom of the Profile screen, choose “Add” Record of Service Key (ROS). The Record of Service key for St Nicholas is CVN-9222. This is very important, as it links your volunteer hours to your Certifying Organization, St Nicholas Catholic Church. Once you are linked to St Nick, Mrs. Green and I are able to see and verify all of your hours.

Please log out to be sure the ROS Key was registered, then log back in using your email and password, and start entering your hours. When entering your hours, the benefitting organization would normally be “St Nicholas Parish”, the specific area of service is “Other” and “Faith–Based”.

Please email or call Nicki Kalteis at or 916-214-2049 once your hours are entered or if you have any questions. Mrs. Green and Nicki will verify the hours and order your award. The cost for each award is $8.00. This includes a certificate (important for verifying that you earned the award), a letter from the President, and some administrative costs incurred by St Nicholas. The deadline to have your hours logged and let us know this is complete is September 30, 2016.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Columbian Squires

Official youth fraternity of the Knights of Columbus for male youth ages 10-18 years old.
Please see the KoFC website for more information.


The Squires emblem includes a Maltese cross upon which are the letters ”P.” (physical fitness); ”I.” (intellectual development); ”S.” (spiritual growth and the practice of our faith); and ”C” (citizenship and civic life). The large letters ”C.” and ”S.” intertwined with the cross respectively represent Christ and Squires. The ”K.” centered on the cross symbolizes the Knights of Columbus. Esto Dignus, the Squires’ motto encircling the emblem, is Latin for ”Be Worthy.”


As the world faces difficult economic times, it is important to remember that donating money is not the only way to contribute. Squires are asked now more than ever to give of their time and their talent, as an individual and as a circle. Your service is needed by your country, your community, your neighbors and your Church.

Founded on August 4, 1925 with the institution of Duluth Circle 1 in Duluth, Minn., the Columbian Squires program strives to provide “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities,”(section II, Article II of the Laws and Rules of the Columbian Squires).

The Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire circles, which may be based either in a council/assembly hall, in a parish building, a parochial, private, public or military school, or on a military installation. The Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as in recreational and social activities.