Faith Opportunities for Youth

HS Discipleship Weekend - CANCELLED

What: High School Discipleship (HSD) Weekends are a place for high school youth to gain knowledge to live out their faith as leaders or disciple builders. If your Catholic faith excites you and you want to share the power of God with others or want to go deeper in your personal faith, HSD is for you! Unlike other diocesan youth programs, this one is designed specifically for teens who are considered leaders by their pastors and youth ministers.

Be prepared to become a witness for Christ through a deepening of your relationship with him in Mass, Prayer and Reconciliation, talks, small groups, activities and authentic Catholic fellowship.

Who: High School students in grades 9 thru 12.

Where: Crescent Lake Camp in Rhinelander, WI


Cost: $120.

March for Life

What: Every year the diocese takes a group of high school youth and their chaperones to the March for Life in January. This march occurs in Washington D.C. during the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Registration will open October 1st, but slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Late registrations will be considered, but a $50 dollar late fee may apply. 

Who: High School students and adult chaperones are eligible.

Where: Washington D.C.




Catholics at the Capitol

Extreme Faith Camp

What: Extreme Faith Camp is a week long Catholic Summer Camp for Middle School Students!
It is open to students who have completed 6th—8th grade by the summer of 2020. Together we will rock climb, canoe, tie-dye shirts, and games.  Plus Mass, adoration, a reconciliation night, small groups and topics for teens.  The camp will be led by the Extreme Team which is formed of adult and senior high youth leaders from participating parishes. 

Who: 6th thru 8th graders who are looking to meet other Catholics and have a ton of fun.

Where: Crescent Lake Camp in Rhinelander, WI

When: June 14-19, 2020

Cost: $415 per person.

Totus Tuus

What: Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The methodology, structure, content, and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is concerned not only with teaching the faith, but also igniting the hearts of the team members and young people. The result has been the formation of young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.  Please visit the Totus Tuus website.  

Who: Kids in Grades 1 -6 will meet in the morning Monday thru Friday.  Grades 7-12 meet in the evening Sunday thru Thursday.

Where: St. Francis Xavier Church.

When: July 19-24

Cost: TBD

NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference)

Our NCYC 2019 Pilgrimage is complete and on behalf of all of us who attended the National Catholic Youth Conference, we want to thank the parishioners of St. Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist for their prayerful and financial support of our trip to Indianapolis.  Our pilgrimage began Thursday November 21st with Mass at 1am (yes, that’s right..1am) with the pilgrims from Tomahawk joining us and Father Chris celebrating the Mass.  We arrived in Indianapolis Thursday morning at 10:30am eastern time. 

Our Thursday night session was kicked off with a concert by Christian rock band For King and Country.  The following days were a mixture of informative spiritual talks, adoration, confession, Mass, clothespins, crazy hats, praise and worship, singing and dancing, and meeting young Catholics from all over the country.  We arrived back in Merrill around 3pm on Sunday November 24th exhausted but filled with the Holy Spirit.

Roughly 23,000 high school students and chaperones attended this year’s conference.  Just under 90 of those students and chaperones represented the Diocese of Superior and St. Francis was represented by 9 high school students and 5 chaperones.  High school students Aaron Arndt, Cole Bares, Olivia Bares, Kayla Burrow, Elliott Hanson, Nevaeh Nelson, Becca Rell, Isaiah Rell, Noah Ryan, along with chaperones Mary Hackel, Scott Nelson, Kevin Rell, Erich Wallace, and Dcn Jim Arndt would like to thank all of you for your support of our fundraisers.  Without the support of the parishioners of St Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist this pilgrimage would not be possible.  Our next pilgrimage to NCYC will happen in November 2021 in Indianapolis.  Please pray for all us, that the Holy Spirit continue to work in the lives of all our youth.  
















Contact Deacon Jim if you are interested in any of these activities.

Contact Information:

SFX & SJB share a parish office located at:


1708 E. 10th Street

Merrill, WI 54452


Telephone:  (715) 536-2803


Fax:  (715) 536-7536

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday:  8:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday:  8:00AM - NOON