Ad Hoc Committee Guidance for Youth Ministry

APPEAL FOR STRENGTHENING CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY To the US Catholic Bishops' AD HOC COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE THE USE OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Over 80% of Catholic youth do not attend Catholic schools. They are catechized mostly by parish youth ministry. Textbooks for such a fluid, voluntary group are costly, difficult to use, easily misplaced, and unlikely to be read. Yet this is the only catechetical format you accept for evaluation. As parents, youth ministers and other concerned Catholics, we petition the Ad Hoc Committee to STRENGTHEN YOUTH MINISTRY: 1. Establish realistic catechetical goals that incorporate both the Catechism and the Bible 2. Offer guidelines of content and approaches 3. Evaluate Catechetical materials: (a) In the form of teacher manuals, student handouts, internet downloads (b) Designed specifically for youth ministry (c) That will attract and develop the Catholic faith in young Catholics not attending Catholic schools.

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YOU TURNS, http://youturns.org, is a designer of Catholic youth ministry materials and summer camps.

Links

http://www.youturns.org http://www.usccb.org/catechism/index080824.htm http://www.usccb.org/laity - The Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth assists the bishops to respond to the faith needs of lay men and women, married couples and families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young people.

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