St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center



High School Youth Ministry

Service Activities

Each year we participate in a Catholic Heart Workcamp trip and United Way Youth Day of Caring.There is a service activity planned on one Saturday morning a month. Additionally there are always ways to serve at St. Teresa's soup kitchen, Cafe Mana.

After School Coffee

One the first friday of the month youth from St. Teresa gather as a community at Uptown Cafe after school.

Taco Tuesdays

A Catholic Heart Workcamp tradition brought all the way back to Valparaiso. Once a month at Qdoba we share a meal and spend time with each other outside of school and our church building.

Spring Retreat

In the spring semester a retreat is offered at Epworth Forest in New Webster, IN. This retreat is sponsored by St. Teresa and open to all high school students.

Sunday Nights

Beginning the first Sunday after Labor Day, youth ministry gatherings will be held on Sunday nights from 5-7 PM in the Community Room. Topics vary depending on the time of year or current event. A meal is always provided.

Catholic Youth Xperience

Sponsored by the Diocese of Gary, CYX is...God, dynamic, unbelievable music, speakers,challenging, profound, fun, learning, spiritual, praying, dancing, parish time, Liturgy, celebrating, thought-provoking, and very Catholic. CYX is grounded in the goals and components of Renewing the Vision, the US Bishops’ document on Youth Ministry, and in the National Directory for Catechesis. CYX is an XPERIENCE to, with, by, and for teens held annually at Valparaiso University at the end of July.

Teens are People Too Retreat

Sponsored by the Diocese of Gary, TAPT is held each March at Camp Lawrence. The TAPT retreat brings a teen into a more intimate encounter with the Incarnate Jesus Christ so that she or he is better equipped to evangelize the mission of the Christian community.






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