L.I.G.H.T. Senior High Youth Ministry


“Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.”

Saint John Paul II


What is L.I.G.H.T. Youth Ministry?

The L.I.G.H.T. (Living in God’s Holy Truth) program is designed to nourish and strengthen faith formation during all four years of high school. The courses and activities within the program are geared toward strengthening the high school teens’ relationship with Jesus, increasing their desire to serve and affirming their understanding of the Catholic Church.

The L.I.G.H.T. program encompasses four “Basic” faith themes: Profession of Faith, Sacraments of Faith, Life of Faith, and Prayer in the Life of Faith. Through thought-provoking classroom instruction, social activities, and service and discipleship projects, the teens will understand that faith is a journey for life and that the sacrament of Confirmation becomes part of the journey — not the end of the journey.

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NEW! L.I.G.H.T. Information Meeting: We will be having an information meeting virtually on Zoom meeting (Monday, August 31st OR Thursday, September 3rd) to go over the program for high school teens this year and answer questions and get feedback from families. There will be an online sign-up to attend this meeting.  Get the details and sign-up for a meeting here.

LIGHT Mini-Course Update: Two of the mini-courses that were cancelled during this past springs Term #3 will be meeting on Sunday, August 23rd in the Parish Life Center. Those courses are Being Catholic #305 and Meeting Jesus in Scripture #405 and will be taught as a one-day workshop. Teens who were already signed up for these two courses will be given the option to attend the August 23rd session OR to take the course in 2021 (courses offered Jan-May). We will contact parents with information. Teens signed up for the Prayer & Worship #204 course in Term #3 will be contacted via email with course information.

Confirmation Discovery Retreat News: The Retreat scheduled for September 18-20 at Dickson Valley Retreat Center has been cancelled. Instead, our teen candidates who will be receiving the sacrament this fall (TBA) will have a short Mini-Retreat (2-3 hours) held at the Parish Life Center on Sunday, September 20th. We will offer 2 sessions to choose from with 45 teens and 5 leaders per session. Social Distancing, temperature check and masks will be required. More information will be sent to families via email.

Interviews and Faith Conversation #2 for Teens: Our teens preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation this fall (and their parent) will conclude their preparation by having a short interview or faith conversation with their Faith Mentor or Interviewer this August or September. These interviews/conversations will be either in-person or virtually via Zoom meeting. We will be in contact with you soon with all the details and to provide a choice to sign-up for an in-person or virtual meeting.

Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony: Our Bishop has indicated he will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation at OLM sometime this fall or early winter. The exact date and time has yet to be determined as the Bishop is busy celebrating ceremonies at over 50 other parishes who had their ceremonies cancelled this past spring. A few notes for us: There will most likely be 3 or 4 ceremonies held at OLM on possibly 2 or 3 dates. The people in attendance at the ceremony will include the teen candidate, their parents and their sponsor (no others may attend at this point unless things change with our seating capacity in the church and social distancing guidelines). Also, there will be NO rehearsal for the sacrament, so we will share the details with you before your ceremony. All the information and details will be sent to families once we have a set date(s) for the ceremony with the Bishop.

Teen Alpha @ OLM: The Youth Alpha Series will begin on Sunday, September 27th and run for 9 weeks! We are planning to have this series meet in-person in the Parish Life Center with social distancing, temperature checks and masks. We will have small groups of 10 students and 2 leaders that will remain the same for all 9 sessions. No large group gatherings or on-site prepared meals will be a part of this year’s Alpha. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks (individually wrapped) will be available. Specific information on the program will be forthcoming and sign-up for Youth Alpha will take place beginning in late August.

Online Registration for R.E./EDGE/LIGHT: New This Year! We will have one ONLINE registration page for all three of our faith formation ministries with children and youth. This will simplify the registration process for families with children in Grades K-12 allowing for just one place online to register. Please note that individual sign-ups for specific L.I.G.H.T. events, programs and mini-courses will be done online through the Sign-Up Genius site. Details on all of this will be forthcoming.



Documents & Links

Online Registration for R.E Grades K-5, EDGE Grades 6-8 & LIGHT Grades 9-12 (Coming Soon)

L.I.G.H.T. Volunteer Sign-Up

Youth Alpha Series Sign-Up (Coming Soon)

LIGHT Mini-Course Sign-Up (Coming Soon)

Service & Discipleship Project Sign-Up (Coming Soon)


Contact Us

Mr. Dave Miserendino
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Mrs. Jean Rehmer
Religious Education Secretary

Our Lady of Mercy Senior High Youth Ministry
701 S. Eola Road
Aurora IL 60504
Fax (630)851-3468