Youth receiving their new bibles.

Welcome to the St. Clare’s Youth Page! We’re glad you’re here.

Who is God?  Do you have questions about your faith?  Which rules in the Bible are more important than others?  Can church be fun?  Why does Jesus answer questions by telling a story? 

These are all questions that teenagers have had about faith and religion.  Youth group is a place where we can talk about these questions, and about other things too.

Youth Group meets on Sunday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:30.  6th-10th grade teens participate in a wide variety of activities at St. Clare’s and beyond.  We pray, learn, play games, eat, sing on occasion, and talk about our lives, our faith, and our questions. Our theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “I Know My Bible.” 

But…. we do a whole lot of other stuff too including diocesan events and field trips. Here are some activities that we will be doing in the upcoming months.

August 4-9 — Mission Possible Detroit – Sharing Peace in the “D”.  A mission trip where we will do community service work with an emphasis on promoting peace and justice with our brothers and sisters who live in Detroit.  For information, ask Larry, or click on the link to sign up.

September 15 — Our first youth group of the year will be a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts.  We will have a scavenger hunt where we will look for works of art from different times that tell us about Jesus.  We will have lunch afterwards in Detroit.

October 6 — Crop Walk – St. Clare’s is hosting the crop walk this year, and the youth group will participate.  Proceeds from this walk will help our brothers and sisters in SE Michigan who are food insecure.

October 11-13 –National Acolyte Festival – The Diocese has planned a trip to Washington DC for acolytes to attend the festival.  All youth and young adults at St. Clare’s who are acolytes or who will be acolytes this upcoming year are welcome to attend.  For more information, see Larry, or click on the link.

November 15-17 — Happening – Happening is a weekend retreat for high school youth, led by high school youth.  Exploring faith meeting new friends, and sharing Christ’s love are all part of this weekend experience.

December 14-15 — Advent Lock-in.  Our annual overnight will focus on how we can prepare for advent through The Way of Love.  We will have talks, crafts, game time, snacks, and much more.

March 8, 2020 — Chili Cookoff – our annual fundraiser for youth activities.  Bring a pot of chili, some cornbread, and share a meal with us.  “Prizes” will be awarded for the best chili in mild, medium, hot, vegetarian categories, as well as for cornbread.                                                                                     

How to find us:

Middle School Youth Group

Sundays at noon in the Youth Lounge, during the academic year 
Leaders: Larry Vandenbergen, Christine Cook, and Suzanne Di Piazza 

High School Youth Group
Meeting times vary
Leaders: Larry Vandenbergen and Christine Cook 

If you’d like to know more about who we are and what we do, please contact Suzanne Di Piazza at or call her at 734.662.2449. She’ll be happy to chat with you and/or connect you with Larry and Christine.