Youth and Young Adult

For more information on any of the youth ministries listed on this page and for calendars, event information and event registration forms, go to Elizabeth Wurm, Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister.

St. Peter’s Troop 121 has over 60 years of helping our boys grow into being good men of character. Scouting teaches our young men the values of responsible citizenship, personal honor, and prepares them to become successful leaders of tomorrow. The Scouting experience is full of outdoor adventures, survival skills, service projects, leadership skills and experience and responsibilities that help young men mature and become strong, confident adults, all the while making every experience a fun one. High adventure awaits you.

Join the scouts. For boys first grade to sixth grade interested in outdoor activities, skill building, fun, awards, and lots of friendship. Programming is unique and special for each grade level. Parents and boys will be invited to a fall open house meeting. Come check us out.

Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) provides an opportunity for girls ages 5-17 to develop a high dose of leadership, friendship, and skill building. Girl Scouts help girls to achieve their full potential through quality fun-filled activities.

BACK TO HEARTLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH GATHERINGS take place in January for high school and February for Junior High. The high school program is an overnight event where there are speakers, Mass opportunities for reconciliation and live bands and dancing! The Junior High program is a one day event focused on things to know for confirmation preparation, and also has a Mass, Reconciliation opportunities and a dance! They are both great weekends of fun!

DIOCESAN YOUTH COUNCIL (DYC) is a leadership council made up of high school youth throughout the diocese. They are responsible for planning and implementing youth events for the youth of our diocese.

eXclaim is a summer concert that takes place in July in Toledo for all youth. They have two major acts that come in such as Matt Maher, Brit Nicole, Audry Assad and Matthew West! It is a great day of entertainment and fun including interactive games to take part in.

The youth of St. Peter’s takes an annual trip to Washington D.C. in January for the March for Life to advocate for the end to abortion. High school youth are eligible for this experience.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE (NCYC) takes place every other year. Twenty-three thousand high school youth from around the country come together to learn more about their faith, experience adoration and reconciliation and have a great time! There are daily concerns and nationally renowned entertainers.

SENIOR CITIZEN PROM is an area event that takes place in the early spring at Shelby, St. Mary’s Parish. Senior citizens from around the area are invited to a free dinner with entertainment provided by the high school youth in our area. A king and queen are crowned every year and everyone receives a door prize for coming!

High School youth are encouraged to attend the annual Steubenville Youth Conference taking place in June at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. This conference includes praise and worship music by some headlining artists along with breakout sessions on topics relative to teens and their faith. Planning for this experience starts in early January.

TEC is a Diocesan program for juniors, seniors and one year post high school. It is a spiritual retreat held over a weekend and designed especially for youth. The program is held separately for boys and girls at the retreat center in Carey, Ohio. It is a life changing experience that helps the individual who attends experience their faith in a whole new dimension!

THE WALK is on Good Friday and is sponsored by DYC. It is open to all youth and is a great time to reflect on the last moments of Christ’s life.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL takes place in the summer for children who are four years of age to ten years of age. This three day event explores topics of our faith through interactive activities such as songs, crafts, skits, games and prayer. Youth who are in the seventh through twelfth grades are invited and encouraged to come help out with this event.

YOUNG ADULT FAITH SHARING GROUP takes place once a month. The group meets to discuss topics of the faith and the Bible, and shares their experiences and knowledge. All who are eighteen to forty are invited and encouraged to attend.

YOUTH ELECT SERVICE (YES) takes place every June in Willard. On a YES weekend, high school youth from around the area go out and help others fix their homes in whatever way they need it. This weekend includes prayer services, talks about poverty and service as well as movies, games and dancing!