Youth Ministry

FP Youth Ministry incorporates the eight components of Catholic youth ministry: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. Through our youth ministry offerings, we hope to empower our young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today by drawing them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.

At the core of our youth ministry offerings is youth group. High school youth group meets monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of each month, with the location rotating among the parishes. Our time together typically includes time for community building, active learning, and prayer. The other three weeks of the month, high school sessions are held at each parish center. Junior high youth group meets four times a year, with the location rotating among the church sites.

HFP high school youth also attend and help plan regional and archdiocesan events, such as youth rallies, institutes, justice and service projects, and retreats. Many have also attended the National Catholic Youth Conference, a gathering of over 20,000 Catholic youth from across the country which is held every two years in various locations across the United States.

Middle school youth have opportunities to take part in lock-ins, retreats, and service projects.

For more information on youth ministry at the HFP, please contact Lyndsay Petersen, director of youth ministry at

Youth Ministry Mini-Golf is for Middle school and High school youth.

Catholics in Action or CIA is a three-day high school event in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. It involves a combination of service, social justice activities and prayer. More information… (PDF)

Christian Leadership Institute or CLI is a week long training event designed to teach youth people the skills necessary for effective leadership with other youth and adults in the parish youth ministry setting. There are two sessions held in July. More information… (PDF)

Serve –N- Slide is a two-day event for middle school students. The first day involves” serving” in our communities and the second day involves “sliding” at Lost Island Water park in Waterloo. More information… (PDF)

Teens Encounter Christ or TEC is a three-day Catholic retreat experience for high school seniors. At TEC you will meet other Catholic youth who share similar questions, concerns, and hopes as well as find time to reflect on your life, your relationships with others, and your relationship with God.

National Catholic Youth Conference or NCYC is a gathering of over 20,000 Catholic youth from across the country.

Quest is a retreat for 9-10th grade students that typically takes place in late winter or early spring. Quest is a 24 hour experience of searching for the real you with the light of faith.

Youth Commission is a group of high school students that meet 4 times a year. The Youth Commission seeks to assist adults, who minister to youth and young people in their growth toward full participation in the life and mission of the Church.