Young people, do not be afraid to be holy!

- Pope Saint John Paul II -


At Saint John Bosco Parish, we are dedicated to supporting the involvement of children, teens, and families in the life and activity of our parish. We recognize the importance of everyone's gifts and to provide chances for all those gifts and blessings to shine through. Therefore, we excitedly promote a number of different opportunities for kids, teenagers, and young adults, doing our best to help them develop their relationship with God and live out their faith life in real and active ways. We’re happy to offer a variety of helpful resources and great activities in addition to providing opportunities in education and ministry to all those interested. 


Life Nights (High School) and Edge Nights (Middle School)

Teens are invited to fun, monthly gatherings where they can hang out with other parish teens, explore their faith in relation to teen issues and themes, and build friendships. The nights are planned around age-appropriate topics for high school and for middle school.


Growth Groups

In addition to our Life Teen and Edge Youth Groups, Growth Groups are a variety of small groups for teens looking to explore different ways to grow spiritually.


Stronger Together

Teens searching for support and a safe space to share the ups and downs of life, relationships, identity, and their faith are invited to join our Youth Ministry Support Groups. Stress management, anxiety, bullying, challenging relationships, body image, family issues, etc, will be the focus of small-group or individual meetings with our youth minister where teens will feel supported in prayer and community.


Peer Leadership Team

Teens interested in helping facilitate Faith Formation classes, being a witness to the faith for Confirmation classes, or serving as a model for other teens in the faith will participate in retreats, workshops, trainings, and meetings to strengthen and practice their leadership and discipleship skills. Teens work with our youth minister, Confirmation Coordinator, and parish priest.


Social Action Youth Group

Teens interested in hands-on community work and volunteer efforts are invited to participate in monthly meetings with Jenny Smith to plan and carry out service activities throughout the year. Several of these teens are trained global ambassadors who will be planning efforts to address needs around the world.


Mission Trip Team

Teens invested in service and mission will participate with the parish Mission Team in a youth trip for 8 and 9th graders or week-long trip for 10 – 12th graders. Local day trips will also be planned for grades 7 – 12. Fundraising, planning meetings, and team-building activities are planned throughout the year.


Children’s Ministry

Children Grades K–5 can participate in various fun activities that engage their interests and spark their faith. Pageants, Trunk-or-treat parties, holiday caroling, etc. will be announced throughout the year.


Small Hands

Events and activities are planned throughout the year to involve children in Grades 4-8 in simple, meaningful community service projects. 


Other Youth-Related Parish Ministries


Family Ministry

  • Mothers Group

  • Pot-lucks

  • Family Nights (Trivia, Karaoke, Game Night, Movie Night, etc.)

  • Parent Support Talks

  • Hot Topics in Catholic Context

  • Sacred Life Ministry (suicide prevention, pro-life, euthanasia)

  • Marriage Retreats