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Youth Ministry is a program for all 7th-12th grade youth of our parish who attend public, private, and home schools. This is a program where our youth can learn about their faith (small group), find a Catholic community (social), and experience Jesus all while having fun and serving others (service).

To register, visit:

Faith Formation Registration*

*Families can complete one registration for all students participating in Faith Formation programs (Family Formation, Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Communion, Preparation for Confirmation and Youth Ministry).

The Youth Ministry fee is $50 if registered by August 16. After August 16, the fee is $60.

Please note that Youth Ministry and the Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation are different programs.

Helpful Links

Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities

FACTS (For Faith Formation Payment)

FACTS Instructions (PDF)

Youth Ministry Areas

Summer Activities

Join teens from St. Francis and other area parishes for summer fun and fellowship. For more details, contact Christy Peletz, Youth Ministry Coordinator, at 515-440-1030.

Date Time Event Location Additional Info
Mon, June 28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adventureland Adventureland Cost $35. Please bring completed permission slip. Drop off and Pick up at Adventureland.
Wed, June 30 6 p.m. -8 p.m. Putt-putt at Puttmasters Puttmasters at the Pines
2977 NW 66th Ave,
Des Moines, IA 50313
Wed, July 7- Fri, July 9 Staycation Mission Trip Various locations in the Des Moines Area Cost $50 (covers food, t-shirt and donation to places we will be serving) Registration is required for this event.

Small Groups

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month (typically) teens gather together from 6-8 p.m., listen to a proclaim (or teaching) on a topic, break into small groups (based on grade and gender) to discuss the topic, and gather again for prayer before dismissing.

The teaching topic & materials will come from Lifeteen, EDGE or YDisicple curriculum.

We are in need of small group facilitators. Please contact Christy Peletz, Youth Ministry Coordinator, at 515-440-1030 if interested in volunteering.


Service opportunities will be held throughout the year to help our youth put their faith into action. Space may be limited depending on the opportunity. To help with planning, online registration may be required for certain service events.

Upcoming events:

Coming soon!

Social Events

Social events will be offered throughout the year to create a community for our youth. These will be both on-site at St. Francis or off-site.

Upcoming events:

Coming soon!

Special Events & Opportunities

Youth Ministry also coordinates opportunities for youth to participate in mission trips and conferences geared to teens. Faith in Action (Spring Break service), National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), and Steubenville are examples of these events. Event specific registration is usually required.

Upcoming Opportunities

Wednesday, July 7- Friday, July 9: MS/HS Staycation Mission Trip. Cost $50 (covers food, t-shirt and donation to places we will be serving). Registration is required for this event.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christy Peletz, Youth Ministry Coordinator, at 515-440-1030.