Y.O.A. is a Youth lead, Adult guided, and Holy Spirit driven ministry.

All high school youth are welcome to attend. The Y.O.A. meets Sundays from 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

The Youth of Ascension's (YOA) leadership is made up of the Ascension Youth Council (AYC), Adult Volunteers, & the Council of Solomon (COS).


Eight Youth Leaders chosen from the YOA to put together the topics of each meeting. They strive to provide Church teachings tailored to their peers, led by the Holy Spirit and provided guidance from our adult core team.

Adult Volunteers

Travis Hayes - Youth Minister

Cindy Laufer - Assistant Youth Minister

Lucy Labella

Chris Macchia

Jason McDonald

Ellie Steffens

Max Struhar


Parents of YOA youth who volunteer their time to helping with the logistics of the meeting. The C.O.S. operates under the belief that they have an impact on the YOA without their presence being felt; they handle the majority of the "behind the scenes" details. It's a great way to help facilitate an environment for our youth to come together and grow closer to Christ and one another. Parents are always welcome and invited to join the Council of Solomon!

The sacrament of Confirmation is offered to youth who are currently enrolled in at least the 10th grade and are at least 15 years old. For more details and schedule, please visit our Confirmation preparation page.

YOA Schedule for 2019-2020 

Kick-Off/Orientation: Sept 15   

Sept  22, 29 ** (Rehearsals/Training for Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers) 

Oct 6, 20

Nov  17

Dec 1, 8, 15

Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 **  (Rehearsals/Training for Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers) 

Feb 16 

Mar 1, 8, 15, 22

Apr 5,  19

May 3, 17, 31                 

June 7: Family Picnic 1:30 pm -3 pm

Lock-Ins/Retreats/Conference Dates   see Events Page for more info                 

REZ Retreat Nov 1 – Nov 3

Running w/ Jesus Retreat Nov 8-10

Diocesan Youth Conference Feb 7- 9

Spring Lock-In Apr 17 – 18

Tidewater Regional Event TBA

Honduras Mission late June – early July TBA

Eastern Shore Domestic Mission July –Aug TBA

Steubenville Conference  July TBA

Something New: Youth Choir Rehearsal / Youth Mass

**Sept 29 Rehearsals /Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers           

Oct 6 10:30 Youth Mass

**January 26 Rehearsal/Training for Lectors and Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister

February 2 10:30 Youth Mass                

For further information contact the Youth Minister, Travis Hayes, at tmhayes83@gmail.com or 757-288-1819 (any time)