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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

Lenten Pilgrimage – March 25th, 2017

Immerse yourself in the holy season of Lent with our Lenten Bus Pilgrimage on Saturday, March 25 – Feast of the Annunciation. We will meet at Holy Name Cathedral at 12:15 P.M. for check-in. Buses will depart from there promptly at 12:30 P.M.

On our journey, we will visit four beautiful churches, including St Ita, St Joseph Seminary Chapel, Queen of All Saints Basilica, and Our Lady of Victory. At each church, there will be time for personal prayer, and for a special guided tour highlighting art and architecture. At Our Lady of Victory, we will conclude our tour with the celebration of Mass.

We will return to Holy Name Cathedral at 5:45 PM. After the tour is over, everyone is welcome to also join us for dinner and fellowship.

The price for the pilgrimage is $25.00 per person. This covers the cost of all transportation and tours, but not the optional meal after the pilgrimage is over.

Tickets may be purchased in one of two ways:

1) Online via Eventbrite:

* Please note that online orders will require an additional processing fee on top of the $25.00 ticket price.

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2) By dropping off a check at the Holy Name Cathedral Rectory, at 730 N. Wabash. When paying by check, please make sure the memo line clearly states “2017 Lenten Pilgrimage,” as well as the names of attendees and contact information (email and/or phone number).


HNCYA and CCJB Weekly Prayer Group – Every Thursday during Lent

Join us this Lent as we share Christ’s love by sharing prayers and meditations that bring us closer to Him, and to the love He seeks to share with all of us!

Holy Name Cathedral Young Adults and the Catholic Charities Junior Board are joining for weekly prayers together each Thursday, and we would love to pray with you too! At each meeting we will share prayers individually special to us, reflect on the Gospel, share music, and then pray the Rosary together, along with a prayer for the intentions of all who are present.

We will meet at 6:00 PM in the club room across the courtyard from Holy Name Cathedral.

All experience levels are welcome, and nothing is required but a heart seeking to share this joy!

If you have any prayers that you might like to share with the group, please bring them! If you would like to bring a small snack to share, you are welcome to do that too. And if you are interested in performing live music for the group, please let us know!

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us at

Holy Thursday Evening of Reflection

The Young Adult Ministry invites all in the parish to a special Holy Thursday event.
Following the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13 at 6:30, you are welcome to join us for a simple soup supper and evening of reflection.
Julie Berggren, Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Name Cathedral, will lead the reflection, and personal prayer time in front of the Blessed Sacrament will follow.
Please RSVP in advance to ensure plenty of food and appropriate materials for the reflection.
There is no cost for this event, but free will donations will be accepted at the door.

RSVP Here:

Ongoing opportunities

Catholic Charities:

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 5:15 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!