Middle School Youth Ministry


    Open to 6-8th graders (High Schoolers assist as leaders)

    This summer, we launched a brand new camp for middle schoolers, combining some of the best elements from Summer Stretch and VBS After Hours with a lot new ideas that have our teens very excited!
    It’s structured like VBS After Hours (same days & times), and features a daily off-campus fun site like Summer Stretch used to (like Grand Slam, a beach day, Whirley Ball, or Bunker Beach). But Unleashed also mixes in some strong faith elements (via some great talks & group activities), a week-long color wars competition between the groups, and some wacky water or messy games on-site too!

    The color wars and onsite games are what have our youth most pumped up - each day we do one or two of our favorite water or ‘messy’ games that we’ve done over the years, like Slip-n-Slide Kickball, food games, and “ultimate fruit” (ultimate Frisbee, but with apples, bananas, pineapple, etc.). The high schoolers help us pick a “best of” schedule featuring the games that 6-8th graders will absolutely love and remember for years to come! It’s all part of creating strong Christian fellowship to grow together!

    Date/Time: Late June (Mon. - Thurs.), 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Location: Onsite at St. Odilia, but with offsite fun sites each day (transportation provided)
    To Register: Registration for Unleashed will open in Spring 2020

    Open to incoming 6 - 8th graders (High Schoolers assist as leaders)
    VBS After Hours is an exciting program for middle school and high school teens, and it takes place directly after the morning part of VBS! After Hours is a complement to the existing VBS experience - but instead of the teens leading a younger grade, VBS After Hours is designed directly for the middle school and high schoolers. We focus each day on two main goals: having as much crazy, memorable fun as possible, and developing the next generation of Christian Leaders!
    Date/Time: Late July (Mon. - Thurs.) 12:30 - 5:00 PM
    Location: St. Odilia main building
    To Register: Registration for VBS After Hours will open in Spring 2020. Register for individual days or for the full-week for a discounted price!

    MS After Hours

    Stop by our new Middle School youth nights!
    After lots of planning and a pilot run in the spring (as Fortnight Faith), we're launching our new Middle School youth group nights! Join us every other Thursday for some open youth room time (full of games of all kinds, including multiple video game systems). That's followed by a short relateable talk (usually by our high school leaders) & some small group time, before we close with a large group game together! youth ministry, we want it to be an awesome one!

    1. Friends & Food - We start with "open youth room" time with tons of games & snacks. It's time to relax, chat with the high school leaders who will be there, play board games, video games, foosball, twister, etc. - all in the new Youth Room!

    2. Faith - The faith components each Thursday will be quick-moving and age-appropriate, a short message for the students to consider and some small group time to discuss it.

    3. Fun - Our final piece each Thursday will be a large group game organized by myself and our teen leaders - something creative, unique, and a blast to play!
    Day/Time: Thursday afternoons, 4:00-5:30 PM
    2019 dates: Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Feb. 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6
    Location: St. Odilia Youth Room
    To Register: Events are Free! Registration not required, but if you know your child is attending, registration helps us plan.


    Open to 7-12th graders
    Lifeline is a huge teen mass and event that draws over 1,000 people per event! There are excellent, youth-oriented homilies and fantastic music by Christian rock group SONAR. Each month after mass there is a keynote speaker, concert, or breakout sessions. The event is hosted by NET Ministries, and features students from dozens of parishes each month. St. Odilia organizes a group to travel to and attend the events most months, and we also get dinner before the event - check below for details on registering and joining our group for the trip!

    Day/Time: Saturdays, 3:30 - 10:00 PM
    Program Dates: Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, May 4
    Location: Event is at NET Center in West St. Paul, we carpool from the Faith Formation building
    To Register: Watch for online registration to open about 3 weeks prior to each event!

    Summer Programs

    Click here to check out all our summer programs for 2019!