Youth and Young Adult Ministry

James Holzhauer-Chuckas ObSB, CDP, BLAS
Senior Director UCYM
(847) 719-9071 ext 1;
Mirka Gallo, MSW
Director of Formation, Outreach & Social Development
(847) 719-9071 ext 2;
Shannon Ambroise, MAPS
Director of Young Adult Ministry
(847) 719-9071 ext 3;
Carmelita Armenta, Administrative Assistant
(847) 719-9071 ext 0;
UCYM is a collaborative ministry of our Evanston parishes with offices in St. Nicholas and St. Mary parishes. We are here to support our youth and young adults during this time of uncertainty. From resources for prayer to ministers to talk to, we are here to respond to the needs of our young people.
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Youth Ministry
The success of a parish youth ministry is no longer simply having a youth group, no matter how large it is. Youth ministry is defined by its presence in a parish through more than just young people gathering on their own. A strong parish has a strong presence from youth across all areas of parish life, where youth are active members from set up to leadership. Youth Ministry at Saint Mary Parish collaborates with the three other Evanston parishes through United Catholic Youth Ministries.
Through the four pillars of Youth Ministry — Faith Formation, Prayer & Worship, Service & Mission, Youth Community Development — UCYM offers many events, programs and services for youth in 6th – 12th grades.

Young Adult Ministry
United Catholic Youth Ministries offers events, services and programs for young adults, 18-39 years old. Young Adult Ministry offers weekly Lectio Divina, holds monthly movie nights and other events, and an annual Theology on Tap. Young Adult Ministry at Saint Mary Parish collaborates with the other three Evanston parishes through United Catholic Youth Ministries.
Lectio Divina: A Way of Praying with Scripture
Monday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom