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Our Vision of Youth and Family Ministry

Youth and family ministry is the response of the Catholic Community to the needs of young people and their families. It is about deepening their faith in Jesus Christ and their communion with the Blessed Trinity, and drawing them into responsible participation in the life, mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. It also involves the sharing of those unique gifts that God has given to young people and their families, with the larger community.

“Youth and family ministry is the response of the Catholic Community to the needs of  young people and thier families…”

ADDRESSING THEIR NEEDS:

  • Parish youth and family ministry needs should essentially be addressed by the parish council which should include youth and adults who are advocates for the needs of  the youth and families in the parish. The role of the advocate team then, is to assist the whole parish in responding to the needs of its young people and their families by prioritizing needs, planning ministry responses and recruiting and supporting volunteers.
  • Where possible a volunteer or a full or part time Coordinator of Youth Ministry is hired to collaborate with the youth advocate team in coordinating the parish’s pastoral response to the needs of youth and families.  Together they activate other ministries within the parish and lead the whole parish in fulfilling the vision of youth and family ministry.  This helps the entire parish to work toward common goals as a united community that sees its young people and thier families as valuable and important.
  • Youth Ministry must be based on the actual needs of the young people, not solely on what adults believe the needs are.

“deepening thier faith in Jesus Christ and thier communion with the blessed Trinity…”

DEEPENING THIER FAITH:

  • The fundamental aim of youth and family ministry is to nurture faith in Jesus Christ and encourage a fullness of human development that is then shared with the faith community and beyond. It is not to just run popular programs and activities. Even though parish programs and activities have value in themselves, they are most importantly the means of putting young people and thier families in relationship with positive adult and peer faith role models.

“…and drawing them into responsible participation of the lfie, mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.”

INVOLVE THEM IN THE CHURCH:

Youth Ministry specifically, is not just TO youth, but WITH, FOR and BY youth.

  • Ministry TO youth: programs and activities offered to youth by adults and peers of the community.
  • Ministry WITH youth: young  people becoming involved with adults and peers in the various ministries of the Church and larger community.
  • Ministry FOR youth: adults identifying the needs and concerns of youth and advocating on thier behalf.
  • Ministry BY youth: young people ministering to others.

By including a variety of  programs, groups, events, and services, Youth and Family Ministry efforts seek to include all young people and families of the parish.  Special concern should be given to assuring that all families with children between Grade five and the end of high school are included even if they do not have the habit of Sunday Eucharist.  Parishes can effectively accomplish this through a balance of gathered and non-gathered programming.

This vision cannot be realized by family, school, community or parish alone. Research shows that the answer is found in unity and collaboration between the HOME, the SCHOOL, the COMMUNITY and the PARISH.

OUR GOALS:

  • To assist parishes in building strong faith communities by providing training, resources and support for developing youth and family ministries based on their resources and needs.
  • To draw young people and their families to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • To empower young people and families to pass on their faith to others and live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

(These goals were adopted, in part, by the goals set out in the document “Renewing the Vision” by the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as we work towards these goals.

A VISION OF YOUTH and FAMILY MINISTRY

Youth and family ministry is the response of the Catholic Community to the needs of young people and their families. It is about deepening their faith in Jesus Christ and their communion with the Blessed Trinity, and drawing them into responsible participation in the life, mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. It also involves the sharing of those unique gifts that God has given to young people and their families, with the larger community.

“Youth and family ministry is the response of the Catholic Community to the needs of  young people and thier families…”

ADDRESSING THEIR NEEDS:

  • Parish youth and family ministry needs should essentially be addressed by the parish council which should include youth and adults who are advocates for the needs of  the youth and families in the parish. The role of the advocate team then, is to assist the whole parish in responding to the needs of its young people and their families by prioritizing needs, planning ministry responses and recruiting and supporting volunteers.
  • Where possible a volunteer or a full or part time Coordinator of Youth Ministry is hired to collaborate with the youth advocate team in coordinating the parish’s pastoral response to the needs of youth and families.  Together they activate other ministries within the parish and lead the whole parish in fulfilling the vision of youth and family ministry.  This helps the entire parish to work toward common goals as a united community that sees its young people and thier families as valuable and important.
  • Youth Ministry must be based on the actual needs of the young people, not solely on what adults believe the needs are.

“deepening thier faith in Jesus Christ and thier communion with the blessed Trinity…”

DEEPENING THIER FAITH:

  • The fundamental aim of youth and family ministry is to nurture faith in Jesus Christ and encourage a fullness of human development that is then shared with the faith community and beyond. It is not to just run popular programs and activities. Even though parish programs and activities have value in themselves, they are most importantly the means of putting young people and thier families in relationship with positive adult and peer faith role models.

“…and drawing them into responsible participation of the lfie, mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.”

INVOLVE THEM IN THE CHURCH:

Youth Ministry specifically, is not just TO youth, but WITH, FOR and BY youth.

  • Ministry TO youth: programs and activities offered to youth by adults and peers of the community.
  • Ministry WITH youth: young  people becoming involved with adults and peers in the various ministries of the Church and larger community.
  • Ministry FOR youth: adults identifying the needs and concerns of youth and advocating on thier behalf.
  • Ministry BY youth: young people ministering to others.

By including a variety of  programs, groups, events, and services, Youth and Family Ministry efforts seek to include all young people and families of the parish.  Special concern should be given to assuring that all families with children between Grade five and the end of high school are included even if they do not have the habit of Sunday Eucharist.  Parishes can effectively accomplish this through a balance of gathered and non-gathered programming.

This vision cannot be realized by family, school, community or parish alone. Research shows that the answer is found in unity and collaboration between the HOME, the SCHOOL, the COMMUNITY and the PARISH.

OUR GOALS:

  • To assist parishes in building strong faith communities by providing training, resources and support for developing youth and family ministries based on their resources and needs.
  • To draw young people and their families to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • To empower young people and families to pass on their faith to others and live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

(These goals were adopted, in part, by the goals set out in the document “Renewing the Vision” by the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as we work towards these goals.