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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Plan a Mini Retreat

Connie Clark When my teenager returned from his confirmation retreat, I wondered if I could create a similar experience for my younger students on a...

3 Ways Grandparents and Youth Ministry Go Together

BY ERIC GROTH My paternal grandmother — God rest her soul — was really Catholic, the matriarch of faith in our family. Maybe you can...

Advent Activity for Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

Catechists: Use this activity to explore the themes of today's Gospel with teens. A downloadable PDF of this page is available at the bottom...

Using Digital Media in Ministry

ERIC GROTH Nothing in history has so rapidly revolutionized the way we communicate as social media. Today's online world is a quite sobering social reality,...

The Vision of “The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis”

Reimagining Ministry to Youth Denise Utter The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (NFCYM, NCEA, NCCL), in collaboration with pastoral and catechetical leaders from around the country, wrote...

Catholic I.Q.—Quiz Mash-Up: A little on Lent, a little on Youth Ministry

Fun facts about Lent and Youth Ministry DAVID O’BRIEN Here’s a 20-question mash-up quiz combining Lent and Youth Ministry. It contains sample questions such as: ______________...

Embracing Digital Media

BY ERIC GROTH Catechesis is the act of passing on the faith. While Wikipedia defines digital as “usually referring to something using digits, particularly binary...

God’s Chisel (9-min. video on being God’s masterpiece)

This video from the Skit Guys would be great to use before confession. It shows the challenge and gift in allowing God to...

The Constant Conversation with God: 5 tips to get teens started

BY BECKY GROTH  Prayer evokes different images and emotions for different people. There are almost as many ways to pray as there are people to...

Out of the Desert: Through Crises of Faith

Those of us who serve as catechists, parish spiritual leaders, mentors, and guides need to pursue our own spiritual, catechetical, biblical, and theological formation to be able to address the questions, struggles, and ambiguities that our young people bring to us. This is not a time to waffle with weak responses that have not been tested within our own desert experiences. We are called to be salt and light for all those who seek to come out of the desert.