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YA – Programs & Activities

Our Social, Service and Spiritual Committees develop a wide range of events for young adults in their 20s and 30s. We host our own events and team up with other Catholic organizations to put on events around the city.

Our events are posted in our Facebook page, our newsletter and in the bulletin. All young adults are welcome!

Featured Events


Prayers with Mary to the myHNC calendar? Here’s the link to our Facebook event and the new website that John Manley created for people to submit prayer intentions. For the foreseeable future, it’s at 6:00pm on Monday – Thursday via Zoom and led by John Manley, his wife, and darling baby boy.

Ongoing opportunities

Catholic Charities (please note that during the pandemic, our activities with Catholic Charities are limited to the packing of “to-go” meals.

Start your weekend with friends serving a meal to those in need! Volunteer with 10-20 other young adults at Catholic Charities after work on Friday. You will provide hope and a warm meal to over 120 struggling Chicagoans. Continue to build friendships after volunteering, as some of us head to a local restaurant for end-of-the-week

Big Shoulders Give Back Days:

Big Shoulders Give Back DaysVolunteer with fellow young adults to paint, clean, move furniture and more to help keep a nearby Catholic School in shape for its students and staff. Check bulletin, facebook, and newsletter for announcement of location and date.  On monthly service dates, we meet on the front steps of Holy Name Cathedral @ 8:20 a.m. and then carpool over to project site together @ 8:30 a.m.

Seasonal opportunities


Spiritual: Theology on Tap

Sunday, Following the 5:30 PM Mass, Summer Months
Archdiocese-wide theological teachings held over 4 weeks across the Archdiocese.

Service: H.S. Prep Saturday Tutor Program @ FXW

Tutoring Program at Young AdultsOn Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon each Fall, a group of HNC Young Adults helps prepare Catholic students to get into the best high schools in the city.  If you’d like to be a tutor in the Fall, come to a Volunteer Orientation and learn how you can help these young people achieve! — Specific dates will be announced in the bulletin, facebook, and newsletter each season.

Social: Holiday Parties and Happy Hours

Looking for a way to celebrate with friends?  So do we!  That’s why we hold parties and happy hours throughout the year.  Dress you best for our annual Christmas Party, wear a costume to our Halloween Happy Hour, and don your swimsuit to our Beach Party!  Whatever the season, we are always ready to have some fun, see our old friends, and meet some new people!