A Growing Church
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.
Components of a comprehensive youth ministry
justice & service
prayer and worship
a powerful experience for eighth graders
Luke 18 is Jan. 22-23, 2022: Saturday at St. Nicholas and Sunday at St. Clare Church; all eighth-grade students attend both sessions.
We have moved Luke 18 to a two-day event with sleepover as an option. Day one will be at St. Nicholas Church and day two will be at St. Clare Church. All participants must provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test administered by a health professional.
High school students are invited to be leaders (sophomore-senior) and guardians (freshmen) 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 and guardian positions and attend planning meetings. No late applications accepted. Application and $50 payment due Nov. 16
Leaders/guardians must attend the 2 mandatory, general planning meetings (seniors also must attend the seniors-only meeting)
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. 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.
Includes a mix of spiritual, social and educational experiences. Fr. Bill teaches the high school students twice a year. We meet almost every Wednesday at 7pm.
Participate both within the parish and locally for charitable organizations throughout the year.
Each summer we spend a week in locations varying from Detriot to Atlanta, working on projects to help local residents.
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.”
Official youth fraternity of the Knights of Columbus for male youth ages 10-18 years old.
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.
625 St. Nicholas Dr., O’Fallon, IL 62269