Hosting the Pilgrimage Cross

Updated Sun, Aug 31, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

View Request the Cross

Download Hosting the Cross

Download Hosting the Cross Resource Packet

Categories:  Pilgrimage

Important Forms for Ministry Leaders (Updated)

Updated Wed, Aug 5, 2015 by Jen Watson

Please use the appropriate forms as needed. Please note that some forms have been updated for 2015-2015 and we have linked directly to the CDOW FSGC page for you to see them. 

View FSGC Background Forms (including New Volunteer Covenant)

Categories:  FSGC | Display on home page

The Pastoral Cross

Updated Wed, Oct 8, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

View Requesting the Pastoral Cross

Categories:  Pastoral Cross

Youth Ministry Access

Updated Wed, Apr 13, 2016 by Jen Watson

Youth Ministry Access utilizes three movements to prepare young people for the sacrament of Confirmation: Encounter with Christ, Formation in Discipleship, and Equipped to Respond.  In your subscription, you gain access to retreats, service projects, gathered youth sessions, and more. For more information and to subscribe please visit the Youth Ministry Access webpage.

Categories:  CYM in General | Display on home page

Which Way Now? Helping Youth Make the Transition to Adulthood

Updated Tue, Apr 5, 2016 by Jen Watson



Updated Mon, Mar 21, 2016 by Jen Watson

WilCYA 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 through 35. Please join us!

For more information visit

Categories:  Young Adult Groups

Expand Your Religious Recognition Program with God Is Love

Updated Tue, Sep 1, 2015 by Jen Watson

NFCYM is proud to announce the newest religious recognition program for grades K-1! The God Is Love recognition is designed to provide a wonderful complement to religious formation in the home, parish, Catholic school, and troop. The God Is Love workbook and prayer card—sold as a single card or set of 25—are now available from the NFCYM online store. (A medal and patch also accompany this award. They will be available this fall.) NFCYM staff thank all who had a role in the development of this book.

Categories:  Girl Scouts

Project YM’s Free PowerPoint Game

Updated Tue, Jan 20, 2015 by Jen Watson

Here's Project YM's Most Popular PowerPoint Game

Use it with high schoolers, adult leaders, middle schoolers, parish staff, parents or anyone else who likes to laugh!
The game works right out of the box wherever you'd normally stick a game, but here's how I use it:

As a small group conversation starter.  If your students are like most teenagers, there not always eager to talk or share when you throw them into a new small group.  Using this game is a great way to get them talking.  Play each round and let the group leaders facilitate the "What's Next?" portion of the round within their own groups.

View Download the Game

Categories:  Games and Ideas

On Eucharistic Adoration

Updated Wed, Nov 12, 2014 by Jen Watson

Have you ever been over at a good friend’s house for supper, someone that you really enjoy being with, and when you finish eating, you want to spend more time with that friend, so you talked in the living room, or went outside on the porch? Eating a meal with your friend was satisfying, but you still wanted to relax and just hang around for just a little while longer. 

Well, since the Mass is the source and summit of our Christian life, it means a lot to us; it is a holy meal where we partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus. But like any friend, we need some extra time together to develop our friendship with Jesus even more. We can do this with Jesus in our adoration of Him before the tabernacle or by worshiping Jesus exposed in the monstrance for adoration.

So be a good friend to Jesus, and stick around a while longer.

Download Eucharistic Adoration

Categories:  Pilgrimage

Family As Domestic Church

Updated Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Jen Watson

Family As Domestic Church


In the Catholic tradition, the family holds a special place - especially in the formation of faith. So important, in fact, that it is called "the domestic church." This video invites parents to reflect on being the church in the world and what that might look like within their family. Use the reflection questions at the end with a group of parents to share and discuss. This video is funded by the ACTA Foundation and is part of the Strong Catholic Family National Initiative (

View Family As Domestic Church

Categories:  CYM in General | Display on home page

Care for Creation, Care for the Poor

Updated Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Jen Watson

Being good stewards of all that we have received from the Lord—individual gifts and talents as well as the earth and its resources—is a fundamental Catholic value. As a Catholic community, we have been challenged by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to embrace three core principles: prudence, poverty, and the common good in relationship to the ongoing concern of climate change. This resource challenges young people and adults alike to connect their actions to the well being of others, especially the poor.

This planning guide provides tools for teaching the young church that care for creation is also care for the poor. The guide provides a practical small-group planning and training process resulting in a parish/school-wide learning experience that focuses on climate change and the role of Catholics to care for all of creation. Purchase the book through the NFCYM online store.

View Caring for Creation: Caring for the Poor

Categories:  CYM in General

Ministering to Young Adults

Updated Tue, Oct 7, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

View USCCB Young Adult Resources and Information

Categories:  Suggested Reading

CRS University

Updated Fri, Oct 3, 2014 by Jen Watson

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

Categories:  Suggested Reading

Ministries to the Divorced and Remarried

Updated Fri, Oct 3, 2014 by Jen Watson

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

Categories:  Suggested Reading

Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet

Updated Fri, Oct 3, 2014 by Jen Watson

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

Categories:  Suggested Reading

Bring It Home

Updated Mon, Sep 1, 2014 by Jen Watson

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. 

Categories:  For Parents

Strong Catholic Family Faith

Updated Mon, Aug 25, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

View Strong Catholic Family Faith

Categories:  For Parents

Scouting as Youth Ministry

Updated Mon, Aug 25, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

Categories:  Girl Scouts

How Can a Young Adult Serve the Church and Avoid Being a “Little Old Church Lady”?

Updated Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

Categories:  Suggested Reading

Movie Night: Why Media Matters

Updated Sun, Dec 21, 2014 by Jen Watson

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 Catechetical Lesson Plan can be found here.


Games for the Ride

Updated Fri, Jun 20, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

Download Games for the Ride

Categories:  Games and Ideas

Spirit on the Shore

Updated Mon, Feb 25, 2013 by Jen Watson

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.

For more information, email us or check us out on Facebook.

Categories:  Young Adult Groups

Saint Thomas More Oratory, Newark

Updated Fri, Aug 3, 2012 by Lucy Vavala

Campus ministry offers a variety of programming for undergrads and graduate students. For more information, visit the St. Thomas More Oratory website.

Categories:  Young Adult Groups

Video Resources

Updated Tue, Dec 16, 2014 by Lucy Vavala

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.

View the award-winning movie

Categories:  CYM in General

Any Given Sunday

Updated Mon, Jun 11, 2012 by CYM

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.

View Any Given Sunday

Categories:  Catholic Links

On Reconciliation

Updated Wed, Apr 30, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

Download On Reconciliation

Categories:  Pilgrimage

Teens and Grief

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jen Watson

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.

Download Teens and Grief

Categories:  Pastoral Cross

USA Basketball

Updated Fri, Jun 20, 2014 by Joe McNesby

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.

View USA Basketball Web Site

Categories:  For Coaches

Concussion Resources for Parents

Updated Thu, Dec 20, 2012 by Joe McNesby

Concussions seem to be on the rise in youth sports. To help parents be prepared, CYM offers tips on symptoms and treatments.

View Concussion Symptoms

Download Parent Fact Sheet

Categories:  For Coaches | For Parents

Is Your Team Using This Prayer?

Updated Thu, Aug 14, 2014 by Jen Watson

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.

Download Sportsmanship Prayer

Categories:  For Coaches | For Parents | Display on home page

Ten Ways to Encourage Good Sportsmanship

Updated Thu, Aug 14, 2014 by Jen Watson

Playing sports this year? Try some of these tactics off the court to make for a better experience on the court.

Download Ten Ways to Encourage Good Sportsmanship

Categories:  For Parents

Lesser Used FSGC Forms

Updated Mon, Jun 30, 2014 by Jen Watson

Please use these forms to ensure a safe environment, as required by FSGC guidelines.

Categories:  FSGC

Empowering Disciples: A Work in Progress

Updated Thu, Feb 2, 2012 by Jen Watson

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. 

View Empowering Disciples


Positive Coaching Alliance

Updated Thu, Jan 13, 2011 by jpollio

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.

View Positive Coaching Alliance

Categories:  For Coaches

Dealing with the Death of a Young Person

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jen Watson

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.

Download Dealing with the Death of a Young Person

Categories:  Pastoral Cross

Developmental Stages of Grief

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jen Watson

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. 

Download Developmental Stages of Grief

Categories:  Pastoral Cross

Complicated Grief

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jen Watson

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. 

Download Complicated Grief

Categories:  Pastoral Cross

Catholic News Service

Updated Thu, Aug 26, 2010 by jpollio

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.

View CNS

Categories:  Catholic Links

Catholic Youth Foundation

Updated Thu, Aug 26, 2010 by jpollio

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.


Categories:  Catholic Links

Diocese of Wilmington Vocation Office

Updated Tue, Aug 24, 2010 by jpollio

A diocesan website that contains information for young people who are interested in vocational studies, religious life and/or seminaries.

View Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations

Categories:  Catholic Links

Vatican: The Holy See

Updated Fri, Oct 8, 2010 by jpollio

The official website of the Holy See, the episcopal jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.

View Vatican: The Holy See

Categories:  Catholic Links

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Updated Tue, Aug 24, 2010 by jpollio

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.


Categories:  Catholic Links

Diocesan Information on Girl Scouts

Updated Thu, Jan 27, 2011 by jpollio

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.

Categories:  Girl Scouts

Catholic Girl Scout Religious Award Programs

Updated Tue, Aug 24, 2010 by jpollio

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.

Download Catholic Girl Scout Religious Award Programs

Categories:  Girl Scouts

National Catholic Committee On Scouting

Updated Tue, Aug 24, 2010 by jpollio

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.


Categories:  Boy Scouts

Diocesan Information on Boy Scouts

Updated Wed, Oct 14, 2015 by Jen Watson

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 Ben Feril
, Chair of the Boy Scouts Committee for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Categories:  Boy Scouts

DIAA Recommendations for Rash Illnesses and Skin Lesions

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by jpollio

This document contains information on how to manage rashes and skin lesions in sporting events in the diocese.

Download DIAA First State Ortho Rash Illness

Categories:  For Coaches

Boy Scouts of America

Updated Thu, Aug 19, 2010 by jpollio


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.

View BSA

Categories:  Boy Scouts

Suggested Readings on Young Adult Ministry

Updated Thu, Aug 19, 2010 by jpollio

Access a great list of background information and resources regarding the foundations of ministry to and with young adults.

View Diocese of Cleveland


Catholic Relief Services

Updated Thu, Aug 19, 2010 by jpollio

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.

View CRS

Categories:  Catholic Links

Young Adult Ministry Publications

Updated Thu, Aug 19, 2010 by jpollio

This link sends you to different publications on young adult ministry from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



1st State Sports Club

Updated Sun, Jan 23, 2011 by jpollio

1st State Sports Club is another league similar to Delaware Sports League for young adults in Delaware.

View 1st State Sports Club


National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Updated Wed, Jul 20, 2011 by Jen Watson

The official site for the NFCYM,  which serves those who serve the young Catholic Church.

View NFCYM Official Site

Categories:  Catholic Links

Quick Tips

Ten Prayers to Learn

Try learning these prayers during the Year of Faith.

Prayer for the New Evangelization

Renew and strengthen your faith. Google this prayer, bookmark it, and pray it!

The Angel Prayers

Children learn to invoke their guardian angel and adults pray for protection by St. Michael.

Acts of Contrition, Faith, Hope, and Love

Look in the Compendium of the Catechism or ask a good Catholic over 40.

The Memorare

Another powerful Marian prayer, it reminds God's people that Mary is our mother and intercessor.

Canticle of Zachariah

Also in Luke (1:68-79), this is a vivid testament of faith from one experiencing God's goodness.

The Magnificat

The Canticle of Mary in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55) gives a glimpse of the faith of one who trusts.

The Hail Mary

Mary will always assist Christians and bring them to her son.

The Glory Be

This doxology beautifully captures the essence of our faith in an eternal, triune God.

The Lord’s Prayer

Like the Creed, the Our Father is so central to the faith that it's said at every Mass.

The Nicene Creed

This year is about returning to the foundation. This prayer articulates our foundation best.

Subscribe Today.

Use the orange button next to "Reading List" to have new entries appear in your RSS reader or inbox

Archives Now Open!

View past entries at the Reading List Archives