High School Youth Ministry


Vacation Bible School begins Monday July 13! Every Monday beginning Monday July 13 – Monday August 10 a new set of videos will be posted on the St. Julie Billiart and St. George websites, for you to watch and discuss with your family at your convenience. Don’t worry if you miss a week, we will keep all the videos up until Late August!

The videos will include; skits about the topic or story of the week, Bible lessons and reflections, Craft tutorials, and Dance lessons. The videos will be presented by our D.O.C.K. Youth Ministry teens and a few special guests as well. The videos will be available on both of the parish websites.

Our theme this year is Message Received: Hearing God’s Call. Over the course of 5 lessons, 1 each week, participants will hear different stories about people in the Bible who were called at different points in Salvation History to rise up and help build God’s Kingdom. From Samuel to the early Apostles, kids and families will learn about the variety of ways we can hear God’s Voice in the world around us.

T-shirts will be available to order for $ 10. If you are interested in a T-shirt let Holly know by July 20, 2020, at: holly@stjulie.org.

We hope you enjoy the work that our teens put into the videos and they lead to lively and fruitful conversations in your home. We would love to hear from you! If you want to show off what you are learning, feel free to send pictures or videos to Holly at holly@stjulie.org so we can post them for others to see!


We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,
firm and secure. Hebrews 6: 19

We are excited to announce that the youth group of St. George and St. Julie Billiart will have a new name! We are all striving to become disciples of Jesus and since that is our mission we want to reflect this in our name. We are asking our Blessed Mother, Mary Star of the Sea, to be our patroness and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to be our patron. Mary, of course, was the first disciple of Jesus and is a wonderful role model to all of us. Blessed Pier was a young man who loved Christ very much and showed it in his devotion to daily Mass and helping the poor. He is a great role model to the young especially as he was young and adventurous but he always put Christ first. We strive to be like both of these Saints and we ask their intercession and prayers along with yours as we grow in our faith and take our love for Jesus “to the heights”.
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We are still learning about Jesus and sharing with one another among all the uncertainty. We are finding time to share, to play, to laugh and to grow with one another because it is important to be open to what we can learn in this time and it is important to remember that God is with us and we need not be afraid of any of the storms that we face. Our Café Soul Tuesday evening meetings have been happening virtually throughout the quarantine and continue to do so. Café Soul topics have included Laudato Sí, Pope Francis’s encyclical on Care for Our Common Home the Earth (complete with some lessons in ecology and the value of native plants), Why Lent?, The Triduum of Holy Week, and the idea of Mercy. Each segment includes one week dedicated to the life of a pertinent saint as well as lively discussions among the participants. Teens and their families are invited to take part. Thursday evenings have been designated “Game Nights” where the group gathers and plays games (Scattergories, Drawful, etc) as well as shares what is going on in their lives. Sundays, Project YM Live, a national Catholic Youth Ministry production, has been offering guest speakers and artists for the teens to hear. Discussions and feedback on what was covered kick off the Tuesday evening Café each week.

How to stay in touch with Youth Ministry:
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text @hhessels to 81010 to sign up.
Follow D.O.C.K. Youth Ministry on Facebook or d.o.c.k.youth on Instagram.


It breaks my heart to announce that we will not be able to do our mission trip with Young Neighbors In Action as planned before the Coronavirus crisis. They have cancelled all trips this year, but we will continue to serve now and in a larger sense when we are back together. We will find ways to serve those in our own backyard who need assistance and we will look ahead to the future with joy and hope!


"Jesus said, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25:40

Come, prepare, and serve a meal for those in need! Come with hearts open to an encounter with Christ who is in all people.

2020 Dates: January 30, February 11, March 10, April 30, May 12, June 9, July 30, August 11, September 8, October 29, November 10, December 8 and December 31
WHEN: 4-9 PM
WHERE: Meet in the parish parking lot near the entrance to the Cahill Center and we will carpool to the Catholic Charities Day Break Soup Kitchen in Joliet.

Signed Permission Form required for those under 18 years old! Download from the link on the Youth Ministry Tab. RSVP to Fran at ffatpts@ameritech.net. Space is limited!

Youth Minister
Holly Hesselschwardt
Email: hhesselschwardt@stgeorge60477.org
6700 W. 176th St. (In the Fr. Don Cahill Center)
(708) 532-8234

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