ST. CHARLES – St. John Neumann Catholic Church is hosting a free luncheon for pastors and others who would like to volunteer to work with incarcerated youth at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, the church announced in a news release.
The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the youth center, 3825 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles.
Participants will have an opportunity to connect with each other and staff to work together in serving the youth there. Participants will also have a tour of the facility and find out how your parish can start a prison ministry group.
Please RSVP attendance via email to TonyHyler3rd@gmail.com or call 630-258-5565.
Hyler, of St. Charles, said this is the second annual luncheon to seek new volunteers.
“There are many ways to serve. There are prayer groups and mass and story telling. There is a music studio and sports," Hyler said. "This is like an open house for new churches to get involved.”
Hyler said the volunteerism at the youth center is fragmented, with those who come several times a week, some once a month, some once a year.
“It is for anybody who has a heart for youth,” Hyler said. “I go three or four times a week. We bring food and have Catholic prayer service on Wednesday night every week. We have Mass and communion on Saturday. And on Sunday, I go with a guy who raps the Bible in a Christian service.”
Hyler said he is especially hoping for a music studio teacher.
“The kids’ no. 1 interest is in music where they can express themselves,” Hyler said “We don’t have a lot of music studio teachers so they only use it once a month.”
Hyler said there are other ministries that assist incarcerated youth, even helping them go to college.
“We just try to treat the kids like your kids,” Hyler said. “We cannot save all these kids, but not any will make it if we don’t try.”