Youth Ministry

Coordinator of Youth Ministry 
Jess de Groot, 937-293-1191 x289
Cell:  410-812-4930
Email: [email protected]

Jess is a 2017 graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied Psychology. After graduation, she did a year of service with the Marianist PULSE program, through which she worked as a full-time staff member at Victory Project, a faith-based after school program for disadvantaged male youth in Dayton. Jess is thrilled to be on staff at Saint Albert the Great.

Mission Statement: Inspire the youth to become loving disciples of Jesus by: creating an inclusive space where teens form genuine, God-centered relationships; engaging youth in faith formation through catechesis curriculum and small group discussions; and empowering the youth to encounter God in life-changing ways.

Vision: Bring them in. Build them up. Send them forth.


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COVID-19 STATEMENT: Registration is MANDATORY for participation under Archdiocese Covid-19 regulations. Details and registration for each individual opportunity can be found below. If attending any event, you MUST bring a mask with you. We will wear masks at all times unless seated and eating. We will meet outside as much as possible and social distance at all times. All students are encouraged to stay home if they have a fever, cough, congestion, or otherwise do not feel well.


High School & Junior High

The following opportunities are open to all youth 6th-12th grade. Register for all events with this link. 

Deep Dive Series
Toss your net deep and wide! Deep Dive is a "gather" style youth night where youth come together
as a large group. It is a chance to meet catholic teens from other schools and parishes, and do a deep dive on specific faith topics that interest them. 

First Wednesday of each month, 6pm-8pm.
All teens 7th grade-12th grade.  
March 3rd at Ascension in their Witzman Center.
April 7th at St. Albert in the Spirit Center.
February 3rd at St. Albert in the Spirit Center.
May 5th at Ascension in their Witzman Center.

"Gaming for a Cause" Lock-In
When: March 19th 6pm-12AM. 
What: Boys in 6-12th grade are invited to be "locked in" at the Spirit Center for a night of playing boardgames & videogames. Please bring a donation of dignity items for the Gateway Shelter for Men:

winter clothing (new or gently used)
shoes (tennis shoes and boots
shower shoes/flipflops


Encounter: a night of Adoration and worship
Teens in 8th-12th grade are invited to encounter the Lord through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, testimony, and worship music. We will attend as a group. Parents should plan to drop off and pick up, or teens can drive themselves.

Who: teens 8-12th grade
When: March 14 6:20-8:30pm
Where: Ascension Catholic Parish  2025 Woodman Dr Kettering, OH 45420


Lenten Family Bible Study: The Chosen Television Series
When: Monday nights 6-8pm during Lent
What: Zoom Lenten Bible Study
Who: Teens in 6-12th grade and their families. Younger siblings welcome.
Details: Journey through Season One of The Chosen TV series with me during Lent. The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. The Chosen is available for free on Youtube. We will watch the episodes together and share discussion afterward. This will take place over Zoom.


High School Only

Register for all events with this link. 

Girl's Small Group


We meet in person every Sunday from 12:15-1PM. Open to 9-12th graders.

This small group will move to an online format if Covid-19 guidelines require. Small Groups will be capped at 8 participants, so if interest allows, we will start a second group to accommodate the numbers safely.


"Wednesdays with the Word" Bible Study for High Schoolers
This opportunity is open to all high school students regardless of what school you go to! Join me over zoom to spend time in fellowship and digging into the Word. We meet from 1-2PM. Email me for the zoom link.


One on One Discipleship
If you feel unsafe meeting in person or in groups, or would like to meet with me one on one to walk in faith together, this opportunity is for you! This is an experience we can mold to fit your needs and schedule, meeting over video chat or in person as often as you like and covering whatever topics you are interested in.