Youth Group Programs

Our vibrant and active youth ministry feeds the spiritual development of our parish youth through retreats, activities, and more.

We have two youth groups, Life Teen for high school students and God Squad for 6th-8th graders. Scroll down for information and schedules for each program.

Tyler Hochrein : Youth Minister

Tyler Hochrein

Youth Minister


My name is Tyler Hochrein. I am the new youth minister here at St. Joseph Parish and am excited to participate in our youth’s faith formation this coming year! When I was young, my relationship with Christ was nothing more than attending faith formation classes during the week and mass on Sundays. In high school, I wanted little to do with Jesus because it simply was not the “cool” thing to do. I continued to attend mass but struggled to understand why it was so important. It was not until I participated in a retreat called the Mission, at St. Catherine of Sienna high school in Wixom, during my sophomore year that I could understand how much I needed to be in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Since then, I have participated as a Camp counselor at Damascus Catholic Youth Summer Camp in Ohio during the summer of 2020 for high school and middle school students. For the past three years, I was a small group leader at Christ the King’s Youth group in Ann Arbor; I led small groups, helped write talks, and guided questions for youth group nights. This past year I graduated from Encounter School of Ministry, which teaches you how to have a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ and minister from that relationship. I feel called to bring teens into a relationship with Jesus Christ because no matter what this world offers, nothing will satisfy one’s desire to be whole except Jesus.

Life Teen Youth Group for 9th through 12th graders


It is a vibrant community partnering with the power of the Holy Spirit to reflect Jesus to the world. It is a time to come together to play games, have small and large group discussions about important topics of the faith, and participate in praise and worship with adoration of the blessed sacrament in the church.

We will start with fellowship, a time to eat, play games, and hang out with friends. After fellowship, we will break into small groups or meet in large groups (depending on the number of teens) to discuss the night’s topic. It won’t be a lecture but a time of teaching, testimony, and questions to engage each other. We will conclude with a time of praise and worship with adoration in the church.


We must realize that we are made for Jesus and that he desires a relationship with us. However, we can’t do this alone. We need to be encouraged by others to pursue the mission he is calling us to do. It’s also important to realize you can have fun while doing it and have it become a regular part of life.


It will be Sundays 6- 8:30 pm.


This will be in the parish center in town. 3430 Dover St,

Dexter Mi, 48130

For questions and concerns please contact:

Tyler Hochrein or 734-426-2674

Lifeteen is the youth group of St Joseph Catholic Parish and is open to all high school teens and their friends. We meet most Sundays in the Loft of the Parish Center from 6-8:30 pm. Our youth group is “come when you can” – there are no mandatory meetings. Many of our meetings are planned and led by the teens on our Leadership Team and the Youth Minister Tyler Hochrein.

We will have at least three multi-day retreats this year.

  • Fall Retreat
  • Spring Retreat
  • Summer Steubenville Retreat in Ohio

Retreats are a vital part of formation. At retreats, we will do activities and team-building events and have powerful talks about living on mission and aspects of our faith. We will also have many times to worship with times for adoration with Mass included. The Steubenville retreat will be when we partner with other churches in our diocese to go down on a bus to Steubenville, Ohio to the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus. This retreat will be full of talks from dynamic speakers across the United States, free time to hang with friends, Masses, and praise and worship with adoration.

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God Squad Youth Group for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

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