- Youth Ministers Retreat: January 24-25, 2020. Lindenwood Retreat Center, Donaldson, IN $100 ($140 for single room). Once a year, youth ministry leaders gather from around the diocese for a retreat to pray together, learn together, and grow in fellowship with each other. This is not a teen event! It’s just for adult leaders and youth ministry volunteers. Our theme this year will be “Journeying Together.” We will look at how to best accompany young people, how we can invite the parish to walk with teens, and how we can help and support each other. We’ll be diving into Christus Vivit and learning from each other. Register here! The deadline to register is This Friday, January 10, 2020.
- TAPT Peer Minister and OATs Applications are due January 9! Do you know of a high school student who participated on past TAPT retreats who would benefit from learning leadership, peer ministry, or service skills? Encourage them to apply to be either a peer minister or OATs member for the 2020 TAPT retreat! Applications can be found here. Want to recommend a young person to serve on team? Send over their information and we will reach out to them! Make sure you are also connected to TAPT on Facebook to share applications with parents of TAPT alumni!
- Updated Website! I’ve been busy updating www.garyoyya.org to better serve as a tool for your ministry.
- There’s now a tab for “Young Catholic Resources.” The Young Catholic Ecclesial Commission compiled a loooong list of resources just for you. Find websites, programs, videos, apps, podcasts, and more.
- There’s also resources to help you dive into Christus Vivit. We have the video from our discussion with Paul and Sarah Jarzembowski and a link to the NFCYM resources, including the audio version of the document.
- Keep coming back because more resources will be added soon.
- You can help keep our website fresh! We are always in need of current pictures that we can use on line. If you have some pictures from recent events, please feel free to email them to me. Also, we are putting together a list of local speakers. If you have any suggestions, please pass them my way!
- Webinar: What About The Teens Who Never Come? NFCYM is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, January 21. “As ministers we are responsible for bring Christ to all youth and families, not just the ones who always come or who’s parents read the bulletin. To reach the teens who are registered, but never attend requires a whole different approach to ministry and will require you to lead your ministry very differently so you don’t burn out. Join us for this hour webinar as we unpack the details of how to engage those who never come and what may need to change in your ministry and parish to do so.” Register here. If you can’t watch it when it is live, you will receive a link to the recording, so make sure you register!
- Note about NFCYM webinars: I noticed on their website, that starting in February, “NFCYM Membership will be required to access all webinars. One free community formation webinar will be offered each quarter. Become an NFCYM Member prior to February 1, 2020 so you don’t miss out on any offerings in the 2020 webinar series. Cost is $75 [each year] and comes with numerous member benefits and discounts.” Any individual can apply for associate membership. Members do get perks like being able to have access to other webinars, discounts on the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (an adult only conference every other December), and access to a large directory of peers and national organizations. For more information about applying for membership, click here.
- Save the Date: National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, December 10-12, 2020, New Orleans. On the off years of NCYC, there’s a conference just for adult youth ministry leaders (aka YOU). It’s a few days of networking, learning and socializing. NCCYM is the largest adult conference for Catholic youth ministers in the country. It gathers and forms adults to inspire, strengthen, and nourish those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. If the 2020 conference is anything like the past, participants will register on their own, and estimated costs, including travel, hotel, and registration will be a little over $1000 per person.
While registration doesn’t open until June, I wanted to start seeing who would be interested in attending. That way, I can make sure to keep you in the loop. Email me or fill out this quick form.
Also, there will be a pre-conference forum on ministry with young adults on December 9-10. Let me know if that is something you would also be interested in.
- Webinar: “National Young Adult Ministry Webinar on Ministry with Young Adults in Support of Life” January 21, 1:00 PM, online. Pope Francis, in his 2017 address to the United States, urges us to resist succumbing to a “throw-away culture” asking people to understand that “Respecting life cannot be about simply resisting the aggressive violence of throwaway culture but also confronting the violence within its social structures.” Instead, we are encouraged to create a culture of encounter that brings us “face-to-face… with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction” (Evangelli Gaudium #88). This free webinar is hosted by the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry and the Loyola Institute for Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans.
- Conference Opportunity: Called & Co-Responsible: Exploring Co-Responsibility for the Mission of the Church. March 4-6, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, $125+ In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis said: “[Young Adult] ministry has to be synodal; it should involve a “journeying together” that values “the charisms that the Spirit bestows in accordance with the vocation and role of each of the Church’s members, through a process of co-responsibility… Motivated by this spirit, we can move towards a participatory and co-responsible Church, one capable of appreciating its own rich variety, gratefully accepting the contributions of the lay faithful, including young people and women, consecrated persons, as well as groups, associations and movements. No one should be excluded or exclude themselves”.” Called & Co-Responsible is an academic and pastoral conference dedicated to exploring what the idea “co-responsibility” for the “Church’s being and acting” might mean, both for the laity and for the ordained. This conference will try at least to glimpse the full potential of the idea of co-responsibility and its fruitfulness for the life of the Church going forward. Invited speakers include Bishop Frank Caggiano (a huge supporter of young adult ministry), Archbishop Rino Fisichella (the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and president of the International Council for Catechesis), Colleen Moore (program director for Echo, a two-year graduate service learning program, helping young adults form in faith and theology to best serve the Church). To for more info or to register, click here.
- Other Diocesan Opportunities to put on your calendar:
- Vocation Summit: Saturday, February 22, 2020, St. Francis Xavier, Lake Station
- NWI Catholic Men’s Conference, March 28, 2020, St. Patrick, Chesterton
- NWI Catholic Women’s Conference, September 19, 2020, Bishop Noll, Hammond