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Parishes and schools are encouraged to have young people carry the cross into parish or school liturgies as a witness to our responsibility to share this symbol of Christ’s love. You may also wish to have the cross present during retreats as a part of prayer space, to use it as part of a prepared prayer service, or to be creative and think of your own ways to utilize the cross in your ministry. Remember that it is a diocesan cross, so in time, thousands of young people will have carried it, prayed before it, and been inspired by it.
Use the Hosting the Cross resource to plan your experience with the cross and to answer any questions you might have. Use the Resource Packet for suggested prayers and activities.
Please use the appropriate forms as needed. Please note that some forms have been updated for 2014-2015 and we have linked directly to the CDOW FSGC page for you to see them.
In times of grief or crisis, most of us find consolation in doing some activity, something that ritualizes our feelings of sadness. The Pastoral Cross can be a powerful tool to help young people cope. It can help them focus on their loss and/or the disruption in their lives. Of course, the act of placing one’s prayers and notes in this beautifully crafted symbol of the Resurrection is a humbling reminder that Jesus is our source for all our healing and hope.
Use of the Pastoral Cross is reserved for the death of a young person or the death of adult who plays a significant role in the lives of young people. The Pastoral Cross is not intended for use to commemorate the anniversary of death, be used during an extended illness of a young person, or to hold vigil when someone is injured (even seriously). Put more simply, the Diocesan Pastoral Cross is reserved for use in a faith community for those sad times when a young person or adult who is active in that community can no longer be physically present. They are rare exceptions.
By connecting with dioceses and Catholic youth and young adult ministry organizations across the United States, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) offers a network of resources and information that can foster growth in the Church's outreach and ministry with youth and young adults.
CRS University connects college and university communities to the work and mission of CRS around the world, which is to promote human development and global solidarity. Some of the main areas in which CRS works are: emergency response, hunger and agriculture, global health, water, human trafficking, migration, HIV and AIDS, and education
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, through its National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage, has worked to explain church teaching on divorce in the hope of correcting misunderstandings and keeping people connected with the church. Read a recent article posted by Catholic News Service. Find more information online visit foryourmarriage.com.
In this recently translated book, Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, suggests that since the Internet has changed, and is changing, the ways in which we think and act, it must also be changing the ways in which we think Christianity and its theology. To develop this theme, he uses the term “Cybertheology.” Father Spadaro, the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, is known for interviewing Pope Francis. Learn more, or buy a copy of the book at Amazon.com.
From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, he won the hearts of the people. His humility, simplicity, and closeness to the poor reveal a man deeply in touch with the Gospel. The Francis Effect takes an in-depth look at the leadership and vision of Pope Francis. Exclusive interviews with prominent Catholics and non-Catholics reveal the profound effect on both the Church and the world.
New this fall, sign up to receive CYM's tips to Take the Readings and Bring It Home, emphasizing the parents' role as the "first teachers" in a child's life. Tips are liturgically oriented and respond to each week's readings. They are a great and simple way to incorporate what your family has learned in church into your everday life.
The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) offers young Catholics and their families opportunities to respond to the call to share our faith - to missionary discipleship - first heard at baptism. They provide materials for the school year focused around a yearly theme - this year, their focus is "God's Gift of Forgiveness." Learn how to pray the World Mission Rosary, download after-homework activity sheets, and meet the MCA's colorful mascot, Polly the Parrot on the MCA Kids site here.
For more resources from the MCA, view their Resource Guide below.
From the Dioceses of Jefferson City, San Jose, and St. Petersburg comes Strong Catholic Family, faith, which posts resources, news, and opportunities for sharing your Catholic faith with your family.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has just published a great resource, including a guide and a downloadable PDF, on transforming scouting into youth ministry. You can view the guide here and download the printable PDF here.
Actively serving the Church can sometimes fall into the category of being a "Little Old Church Lady" So how does a young person begin or continue to participate and serve the Church without becoming or being seen as a "Little Old Church Lady?" Explore this article in which Busted Halo answers this question.
Read the article here.
90-minute lesson plan designed to teach media literacy to high school and middle school students, grounded in the Church's wisdom on media.
Teens will watch clips from popular films and discuss what messages or world views are coming through, and whether they are positive or negative. The free resource includes everything youth ministers need including the movie clips, icebreakers, discussion questions, etc.
The Catechatical Lesson Plan can be found here.
Going to camp? A concert? A mission trip? Sometimes youth ministry events involve long car rides. Click below to see some of our favorite games for passing the time.
The Jesuit Post: #Faith #God # Frontiers #Culture #Mystery #Love is now available in paperback and Kindle e-book. The book includes twenty never before published essays by The Jesuit Post website contributors along with a few of the best posts from the past few years. Check out the table of contents and ways to order online.
Click the link below for the 2014 schedule of events and program guide.
Liturgical ministries are at the heart of any parish or worshipping community. Because many dioceses allow young people to be altar servers, it is important to fully prepare them for this role.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a list of frequently asked questions to offer guidance on this matter.
Spirit on the Shore seeks to enliven the relationships between young adults in their 20s and 30s and Jesus Christ and His Church through faithful discipleship. We grow together as a part of the Body of Christ through spiritual, social, and service activities so that we may better participate in the mission of the local church here on the Eastern Shore and have fun along the way.
The first Saturday of every month we participate in the 5:00 pm Vigil Mass at St. John Neumann (Berlin, MD). Then we go to a local restaurant to share a meal and conversation.
Every third Sunday at 1:00 pm we gather in the church library for lively faith-related discussions.
Dumb Ox Productions dedicates its ministerial efforts specifically to forming young people in the ways of discernment and in the knowledge of their unique and individual Vocations. We help teens and young adults to prepare for, discern, and pursue their Vocations through educating and mentoring them in prayer, identity, and chastity.
Net Ministries is a website full of resources for teens. It features a scripture passage of the day, and links to free Christian music.
Campus ministry offers a variety of programming for undergrads and graduate students. For more information, visit the St. Thomas More Oratory website.
SMYPP encourages the social, spiritual, and intellectual formation of single and married young adults. We share dinner, listen to a guest speaker, and enjoy lively discussion. We also offer service opportunities. We are open to people of all faiths ages 21 or older. Please join us!
For more information, email Jeff Hyde.
We want to offer young adult Catholics in Central Delaware an environment to meet and develop long-lasting friendships through prayer, fellowship, and service, and to enrich our relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ, and explore the traditions, theology, and history of the Church.
Meetings are every other week, typically the first and third Sundays of the month at Holy Cross Parish in Dover.
For more information, email Stephen Hauss.
Recent winners of a Telly award for their movie, Palm Sunday, NFCYM collaborating members Spirit Juice Studios and outside da box offer many videos for youth ministry, many of which may be used as prayer resources. Visit their websites to find free and paid resources.
This resource provides important tools to identify, encourage, and support all youth ministry volunteers. Of particular interest are the prerequisites, screening, and the necessity of role descriptions. Purchase the resource here.
Any Given Sunday endeavors to bring the richness and beauty of the weekly Sunday readings alive for the young church. Reflections are written by some of the best-known Catholic youth speakers, musicians and comedians in the country.
The NFCYM launched the first Spark & Flame eNews March 12 for those working with Catholic religious recognition programs (for Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, etc.). If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, browse to the NCCGSCF homepage and complete the 4-line form on the left side of the page to automatically be added to the distribution list. Please also encourage your youth ministry, catechetical, and Scouting leaders to do the same.
NCYAMA and Bustedhalo.com have a new tool for you to use in your ministry: Young Adult Ministry in a Box. The resource is available via the web. There you will find tools for young adult ministry that will help you whether you are looking for ways to start a young adult ministry or help your current ministry sustain itself and grow. There will be outlines that you can directly apply to your ministry along with tips and resources from some of the field’s experts.
Take a look at these twelve creative and interactive prayer stations you can set up for youth for a day of worship.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of the merciful love of God. Through the gift of this sacrament, we are brought back together with the Father (reconciled) through the saving action of Jesus Christ, His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. This gift, given to the Church by Jesus himself on the evening of the Resurrection (see John 20:21-23), brings the sinner into the embrace of the Father, Who seeks us out and forgives. No one is beyond that embrace; no one is too far gone. Now, we who approach this sacrament with faith in God’s love and mercy and an honest awareness of our sins, with a sincere heart to try and live better, experience the depth of God’s love.
This guide can help you and your teens make the most of this powerful experience of God.
The Parent/Player Concussion Information Form and CYM Rules on Concussions can be found in Related Documents below.
The spectator conduct expectations for CYM parents, players, and friends is a must-read for anyone thinking about going to a CYM game. This document also includes what can happen when parents, players, relatives, or friends misbehave at a CYM game.
Good sportsmanship begins with good behavior. Pass it on.
This comprehensive list includes tips for talking to your teens about their faith, ideas for strengthening your relationships, suggestions for modeling good behavior at home and at work, and general tips for ways we can all create faith-filled families in our parishes, schools, communities, and homes.
It is crucial to acknowledge that every death brings with it our own personal grief – from the very first death we experienced, even that of our family pet, to the death of a sibling, parent, grandparent, or close friend. However, there are some who have traveled the course of life with minimal personal encounters with death.
This resource will help you understand more about what teenagers might be feeling when faced with a loss.
The Official Youth Basketball Website of USA Basketball is sponsored by NCAA and NBA and provides community youth basketball programs training tools and articles that will assist players, coaches and parents.
Concussions seem to be on the rise in youth sports. To help parents be prepared, CYM offers tips on symptoms and treatments.
This prayer, written by CYM staff and promulgated by the late Bishop Saltarelli, should be prayed by coaches, parents, and young people before games and practices.
Playing sports this year? Try some of these tactics off the court to make for a better experience on the court.
Use CMD's Resource Center to find programs and activities you can use in your ministry. Download free CMD resource - activities, programs, articles, and books - for youth ministry, young adult ministry, and family ministry.
This link brings you to more resources from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. It consists of many different topics, such as: youth development, pastoral responses, and much more; so check them out now!
What would your youth ministry calendar look like if you took into account all the demands on parents and young people? If we want our ministry to be family friendly, why not consider inviting parents and teens to help us plan? These lists, developed as an exercise in the youth ministry certification class, “Practices of Youth Ministry” can help you as you plan. Summer is not included. We had to leave some work for you and your team!
National CYO Sports animates Gospel values in Catholic youth sports to encourage young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. National CYO Sports, a service of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, educates leaders about opportunities in sports for evangelization, catechesis, and growth in their knowledge of intimacy with Jesus Christ.
Please use these forms to ensure a safe environment, as required by FSGC guidelines.
Please use the following forms when planning youth ministry events. If there is a form not listed here that should be, please email CYM.
The complete document - all ten sections - of Empowering Disciples: A Work in Progress is now online. This wiki site is itself a work in progress and plans are underway to make the document more in keeping with this new site. In the meantime, you can find the policies and guidelines for ministry, FSGC commentary, and an explanation of forms used in ministry.
The sections are down one side and the sub-sections are listed alphabetically, the only way wikispaces will let you create a table of contents. Its not perfect, but its updated and its online. Policies, as always, are in red.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 6,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes.
This powerful resource, published by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, provides prayer service suggestions, Scripture readings, and songs to be used when helping young people deal with the death of one of their peers.
A helpful tool when using the Pastoral Cross in your parish or school.
Every young person grieves in his or her own way. This resource gives you what the experts have discovered about the way young people grieve, broken down by ages and stages of development.
A useful tool as you prepare to help your young people deal with loss.
Between suicide, homicide, deaths as a result of military conflict, and even car accidents, young people can sometimes find themselves facing complicated grief.
These resources include commentary on these areas as well as tips on what you can say, what you should avoid saying, and how to get professional help when necessary.
You can generate your own mazes at this website for different occasions at youth events.
The Silly Olympics are a set of games designed specifically for youth groups. Many of the events are based on Olympic sports, such as javelin, shotput and discus, while others are simply silly events. This is a great program for a day or evening of entertainment.
Different games and activities to choose from for youth group events. The game ideas are proven ways to help people develop skills such as co-ordination, cooperation and team approaches to resolutions-all while having great fun.
This site contains games and icebreakers for different situations, such as big rooms, outdoors, swimming pools, and many more.
This website contains a large collection of free youth group games. It also contains fundraisers, sermons, illustrations, activities, resources, and ideas for youth gatherings.
This website reports the current headlines of the day and helps relate it to Gospel readings and how we can improve our faith in our everyday lives.
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more—using your own word lists.
Catholic Youth Foundation USA (CYFUSA) is building a faithful future by financially supporting the Catholic Church's pastoral ministry to, with, by, and for young people. CYFUSA partners with the Catholic faith community to underwrite resources for youth leadership development, adult ministry formation, creative programs in catechesis, service and pastoral care, and development of youth ministry programs for culturally diverse communities.
A diocesan website that contains information for young people who are interested in vocational studies, religious life and/or seminaries.
The official website of the Holy See, the episcopal jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.
The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing.
Girl Scouts invites young ladies to join in one of the many opportunities they provide. There are also several ways adults can be involved. To locate the counsel closest to you or for more information, please contact Joan Przywara, Chair of the Girl Scouts Committee for the Diocese of Wilmington.
The Diocese of Wilmington is pleased to offer this slate of Religious Awards to Girl Scouts. The awards are designed to advance girls in their religious knowledge and to foster spirtiual growth. A registered Girl Scout who is a practicing Catholic and who attends a Catholic School, PREP, or other regular religious instruction program is eligible to participate in the awards program. For more information, please contact Joan Przywara.
This website provides resources and support for all aspects of Catholic Scouting. There is something for everyone - from parents to pastors; from Tigers to Eagles, from Den Leaders to Diocesan Committees. Site content is updated regularly.
The Diocese of Wilmington, in cooperation with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, offers a wide variety of religious awards. Designed for all age groups, from 6 to 18 years, these programs provide an excellent opportunity for youth to grow in the knowledge of their faith. After working with a counselor or leader for several months, young Scouts are awarded a medal in either their parish or at a diocesan-wide celebration. To get started, Scouts should obtain an emblem booklet which describes the requirements.
The Diocese of Wilmington has a rich tradition of involving young people in scouting programs and now is a great time to get involved!
Boy Scouts invites young men between the ages of 7 and 20 to join in one of the Scouting programs. If you're a parent, you might be interested in being selected a Scout leader. Scouting offers a time-tested set of activities that have produced fine citizens, strong family members, and community leaders for more than 90 years. For more information, email Steve Williams, Chair of the Boy Scouts Committee for the Diocese of Wilmington.
This document contains information on how to manage rashes and skin lesions in sporting events in the diocese.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. It describes itself as "the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls".
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over four million youth members in its age-related divisions. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.
Access a great list of background information and resources regarding the foundations of ministry to and with young adults.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a Catholic community of lay, Religious and ordained people, including families and children. They participate in the mission of Jesus, serving in cross-cultural ministries in order to create a more just world in solidarity with the poor.
Find out more about the "best kept secret of the Catholic faith"...Catholic Social Teaching, and the Church's active part in spreading the gospel and proclaiming justice in the world.
Based in Washington, DC, NCYAMA is an organization supporting those who minister to and with single and married people in their late teens, twenties and thirties. We develop and promote programs and resources while providing opportunities for networking and communication.
This link sends you to different publications on young adult ministry from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
1st State Sports Club is another league similar to Delaware Sports League for young adults in Delaware.
The games listed in this link can be incorporated with high school and middle school ministry. Check these out.
The official site for the NFCYM, which serves those who serve the young Catholic Church.
This ready-to-use session encourages high school students to explore what they believe about underage drinking and how that conforms or rejects what the Church teaches.
This ready-to-go session helps high school students understand the dangerous practice of self-abuse (also known as cutting), and explore why this practice is affecting so many of their peers.