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High School Youth Ministry

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Life Teen is a movement of high school teens in 9th-12th grade and encompasses all Youth Ministry we do at St. Edward. Our primary goal is to lead teens towards Christ. Life Teen is community that explores the faith, challenges each other, and has a whole lot of fun in an environment that is safe, nonjudgmental, and welcoming.

Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church. All teens are welcome. Life Teen is not an exclusive group and it is not just for Catholic Teens.

High School Youth Ministry activities are open to students in grades 9-12. Want to receive our weekly high school youth ministry email? Have a question or an idea for something to do? Please contact Andrew McCarthy (youth minister) at (804) 864-4715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weekly Activities:

  • Religious Education (September – May)
    • Life Nights: (Sundays from 6:30-8pm in the Gym & Church, 9th-12th grade teens with dinner from 6-6:30pm) Following the 5:00pm Mass, we gather as a community to learn about the faith and grow deeper in our relationship with God. We meet in a non-classroom format that is both engaging and relevant to teens. We do this through games, dynamic talks, small group, prayer experiences, and much more! Registration link will be available soon. 

2023-2024 Life Night Schedule

    • MS/HS Small Group (Sunday in the Bosco Center from 10-11am, 6th-12th grade teens)  Teens will enjoy grade-level small group discussion facilitated by small group leaders. Registration link will be available soon
    • Discipleship Team: (Sundays from 6-8:30pm, 11th & 12th grade teens) Discipleship Team is a group of 11th and 12th-grade teens who desire to grow together in discipleship and leadership. These teens help lead our Sunday Night Life Nights and participate in other actives such as the DT Retreat and formation days.      Registration link will be available soon
  • High School Youth Group (Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm in the Bosco Center) Youth Group meets every Wednesday throughout the year. We focus our ministry on community, prayer, and service - so we do everything from movie nights, messy games, faith debates, and make meatloaves and brownies for a local soup kitchen. Youth Group is a drop-in program, so no registration is required. All teens are welcome.

Monthly Activities:

  • XLT Adoration (Last Wednesday of the month, 7-8pm in the Church) XLT is short for Exalt and is a time of Eucharistic Adoration and Praise & Worship. Each night starts with a teen witness followed by a period of adoration, praise & worship and confessions. We usually go to Gelati Celesti after as well, if the weather is nice!

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  • Diocesan Work Camp (June 17-23, 2023)                                                         
  • Steubenville Atlanta Conference (July 6-9 , 2023)
  • Life Teen Summer Camp Covecrest (July 23-29, 2023)
  • Discipleship Week (August 16-19, 2023)
  • Quo Vadis (June 29-Jule 2, 2023)
  • End-of-Summer Lock-In (August 11-12, 2023)
  • Discipleship & Core Team Leadership Retreat (September 9-10, 2023)
  • Virginia Catholic Youth Day @ Busch Gardens (October 7, 2023)
  • Search Confirmation Retreat (November 17-19, 2023)
  • Thanksgiving Day of Service (November 22, 2023)
  • Fiat Days (December 1-3, 2023)
  • High School Retreat (January 12-14, 2024)
  • Bake Sale Summer Trip Fundraiser (January 27-28, 2024)
  • Diocesan Youth Conference (February 9-11, 2024)
  • Girls' Night (once or twice a year)
  • Guys' Night (once or twice a year)
  • Other Service Events    


The goal of high school youth group is for the teens of our parish to take ownership of their faith in a safe & encouraging environment. Through outreach, discussion, games, and prayer, our teens inspire each other to “turn the Jesus high into a Jesus lifestyle.” Our hope is that high school youth group creates a culture of love and compassion that finds itself constantly rooted in Christ, the firm foundation of our lives.



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