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Understanding Catholic Youth Ministry From a C.Y.O./C.C.D./Catholic Schools Only Model... to a Comprehensive Ministry with Adolescents and their Parents.

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1 Understanding Catholic Youth Ministry From a C.Y.O./C.C.D./Catholic Schools Only Model... to a Comprehensive Ministry with Adolescents and their Parents

2 From There to Here C. Y. O. C. C. D. Catholic Schools

3 From There to Here ’s Teen Clubs Youth Groups Nationally: National CYO Federation (NCYOF)

4 From There to Here 1976 A Vision of Youth Ministry Mission of the Church Road to Emmaus Dimensions

5 From There to Here A Vision of Youth Ministry ■Two Goals ■ Comprehensive Approach (seven components) 1976

6 From There to Here Cohesive national vision ≠ cohesive national structures to support youth ministry From the NCYOF and USCC Division of Youth Activities to... Birth of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) 1982

7 From There to Here 1997 Builds and expands upon A Vision of Youth Ministry (1976) Important distinction: = Dept of Ed. doc = Doc. of entire USCCB Emphasis on discipleship From 2 goals to 3 From 7 components to 8

8 Renewing the Vision Goal One To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

9 Renewing the Vision Goal Two To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.

10 Renewing the Vision Goal Three To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.

11 Renewing the Vision Comprehensive Ministry Themes Developmentally Appropriate Family Friendly Intergenerational Multicultural Community-Wide Collaboration Leadership Flexible/Adaptable Programming

12 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy

13 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis

14 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life

15 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life Evangelization

16 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life Evangelization Justice and Service

17 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life Evangelization Justice and Service Leadership Development

18 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life Evangelization Justice and Service Leadership Development Pastoral Care

19 Renewing the Vision Components Advocacy Catechesis Community Life Evangelization Justice and Service Leadership Development Pastoral Care Prayer and Worship

20 Strategies for Youth-Friendly Parishes Ask Youth Interview youth (focus groups, via phone, written parish survey, electronic survey on website, etc.) Give Them a Voice (parish council, youth ministry leadership team, etc.) Welcome youth at all parish activities

21 Strategies for Youth-Friendly Parishes Parish Bulletin/Phone Calls Bulletin Board/Newsletter/Letters Website/ /I-net Youth Space Liturgy Target both youth and their parents Ask Youth Inform

22 Strategies for Youth-Friendly Parishes Ask Youth Inform Liturgy Speak to their needs especially through homilies and prayers Blessings and commissioning Have youth speak at Mass Acknowledge youth presence in assembly and esp. as ministers (lectors, cantors, choir members, musicians, Eucharistic ministers, hospitality, etc.) Special prayers/liturgies

23 Strategies for Youth-Friendly Parishes Transform Involve youth in ministries, train and support them Connect them with the adult church (consider intergenerational activities, prayer partners, etc.) Invest time and treasure in youth and the adults who serve young people Ask Youth Inform Liturgy

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