Youth Ministry


Youth Ministry is the mission of the Church to reach into the daily lives of young people and show them the presence of God. Youth Ministry provides young people with the opportunities to explore the mission of the Church in order to discern their own personal gifts. It opens doors to opportunities to explore the mission of the Church in order to discern their own personal gifts. It opens doors to oppoertunities for the use of those gifts within the context of community.  Youth Ministry must be liturgically based in Scripture and gospel values that are grounded in the Eucharist celebration of Catholic community.


To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ; to draw youth to responsible participation in our faith communitys life, mission and work to foster each young persons personal and spiritual growth.



Upcoming SWYM Dates


  • Coffee House - February 25, 10:00 AM, St. Francis Hall - Join the SWYM teens for this monthly morning event with great food, great fun, and phenomenal faith followed by Mass at Noon.
  • Coffee House with the newly confirmed - March 18
  • Teen Night - March 25, 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Summer Events

  • Totus Tuus - This is a new program at St. Walter.  Components include: faith formation, prayer, meditation, adoration – but mostly a great deal of fun! The high school program runs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM each night.  We will follow each night with a trip for ice cream, mini-golf or other local venue. Cost: $35 the week.  Email: Tom Hollatz for forms and registration.

         Click on image above to Register for Totus Tuus


  • June 22 - 23 – Fun Friday / Service Saturday. 
    Since YLC is not happening this year, we will host an overnight event here at St. Walter – complete with a Stanford Tournament! We will begin at 5:00 PM with dinner, followed by games, and a bonfire (complete with marshmallows and singing).  We will sleep at the parish (similar to Discovery) and spend the morning and afternoon doing local service projects.  Our program will end with Mass at 5:00 PM, dinner and a 90 minute music / faith workshop (similar to YLC).  Cost: $20.00.  
  • July 1-7 – Catholic Heart Work Camp
    Join us for a week-long service opportunity in Muskegon, MI.  We begin each day with Mass, spend the day in service and end each night with a spirit-filled program.  Additionally, we have a free day where we will go canoeing and play spike ball on the beach of Silver Lake.  Cost: $300.00.  Email Tom Hollatz for forms and registration.   Tom’s email:



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For more information regarding St. Walter Youth Ministry (SWYM) please contact:

Tom Hollatz,
Youth Minister
630-894-5880 ext 3013