Youth Group

youth-groupOur youth group program is open to all high school teens.  Teens come together to share their faith, develop and foster a relationship with Christ and their peers.  Our youth minister and adult volunteers help our teens to trust, hope and rely and depend on God our Father in everything.

We do this through our weekly meetings, activities and hospitality.  Our motto is, “ALL ARE WELCOME”. Come in and rest and find your place with us: a place of acceptance, love, caring and a non-judgmental environment. We serve at Mass the last Sunday of the month; Teens lector, are Eucharistic Ministers and help serve at this Teen Mass.

Teens find that our weekend Retreats at Subiaco Retreat house is a huge component to their relationship with God.

We search for God in all parts of our lives: with our friends, in our schools, in our relationships, in our homes and in our church.

Come and find out what it is all about.  “We look forward to meeting you”

Calendar Activities:

October 27: Host the Children’s Halloween Party

November 2-4: Youth Group Retreat @ Subiaco

November 14: SOS – Make a meal for our guests and Karaoke!

December 1 & 2: Poinsettia Sale & Bake Sale

February 2019: Rainbow Conference

April 19, 2019: Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross

May 2019: Spring Flower Sale

June 2019:  Project People >

July 2019: Cedar Point >

July: Camping and Canoe Trip

Rainbow Conference

The Rainbow conference unites high school students for a variety of events and workshops that emphasize spiritual growth, leadership development, community service, and teen issues. The CYO Youth Council works throughout the year to plan, develop, and implement this teen conference for their high school peers. Rainbow is an annual two-day conference with three tracks (teen issues, life skills and spiritual growth) for over 1,500 9th through 12th grade students and their adult leaders.

Date:  February 16 & 17, 2019
Theme:  Strengthen the Vine

2017 Rainbow Brochure Rainbow Banner Contest Rainbow Contract Rainbow Registration Form


YG Fall Retreat Flier

Project People

What IS Project People, you ask? It is a week-long service project where St. Irenaeus Youth Group teens and adult volunteers serve the needy, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor in our community and surrounding area. Each day, a group of adults and teens are assigned to a worksite to clean, paint, make repairs, build ramps, replace drywall, weed, garden, and much more. The teams and locations change daily, so each day is a new experience with new friends. Our goal is to help not only someone’s material needs, but to form long-lasting friendships and share our faith with those we serve.

Interested in helping? There are many ways!

  • > Volunteer to work with teens for a single day, or the entire week
  • > Volunteer to make breakfast or pack lunches
  • > Make a cash donation
  • > Purchase a gift card to a grocery store or hardware store

Big or small, your involvement WILL make a difference in someone’s life! Please contact Melanie Avila by email or phone (248-651-2443).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do you stay?

We stay at St. Benedict Monastery in Oxford.

Who can come?

All High School students, including those entering High School next fall. Adults are welcome as group leaders or to help with preparations for the day (breakfast, lunch, driving teams).

What if I can drive only one day?

We try to have many drivers, and so even if you can drive only one time, we appreciate the help!

Can I donate food items?

Yes! There is a board in the Gathering Area with tabs for different items we’ll need for the week. Simply take the tab and bring in your donation.

Can I donate money?

Again, yes! Feel free to donate money and we will use it to buy groceries or different hardware purchases for our projects. Gift cards are also welcome to: CVS, Kroger, Gorgons, Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Summer Trips

The Youth Group’s Cedar Point trip is set for July 3! Do our chaperones know how to have fun, or what? Take a closer look at the man in the middle!

(It’s Fr. Brian!)

Parent Forms

Cedar Point Permission Slip Cedar Point Medical Form

High Ropes Permission SlipYouth Group Medical Form 2019