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.
Youth meets on Sunday Evenings at 6pm – 8pm
Components of a comprehensive youth ministry
justice & service
prayer and worship
Bringing fun and faith together
for an awesome weekend retreat.
Eighth-graders: Join us for an amazing Luke 18 retreat on Jan. 6-7, 2024, at St. Clare School. Led by high school and college students, Luke 18 features high-energy games, songs, skits, personal sharing and a series of faith and life talks by the high school students. You’ll be talking about Luke 18 for years!
Register by Dec. 2
High School Registration is now closed. Thanks to our high school and college leaders who have signed up to help with Luke 18.
Nov. 26: seniors-only meeting: 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Clare and meeting to follow at St. Clare Fellowship Hall
Dec. 10: all high school leaders (grades 9-12): 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Nicholas and meeting to follow
Workdays for all high school (grades 9-12) will be announced later. Please attend those, too.
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