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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    Alma A. Cruz Gonzales, United States

    4 years ago Comments: -
    US State of Residence: Texas
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    Faith E. Sharkey, United States

    4 years ago Comments: The Catholic Church "Closed the deal" with me as a teen...I converted to the Faith and have continued to try to live faithfully as a Roman Catholic, because of a faithful Priest, supporting Bishop and a thriving teen ministry at my parish in SC because they supported Youth Ministry.They found value in the Youth in our Diocese and in our parishes.We were encouraged, Mentored and celebrated. From my CYO, we now have 2 Priests in our diocese. We are not "death-bed" conversions needing the pain of our parents to pray us into the kingdom. Our parents can be free to serve and pursue other areas to minister in our parishes and communities. They do not have to be preoccupied with us. This was accomplished by the kind and active support of our priests and our bishop working with the Holy Spirit to raise up "The New Faithful". I always pray for these men of God and support them. They had the vision to discern God's intention and execute it. John Paul the Great furthered this work and inspired us to continue this work. Please consider pouring as many resources possible to further Youth Ministry Leaders and Ministry in order to Light the World with the faithfulness and creative Spirit of God Himself.
    US State of Residence: South Carolina
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    Deanna White, United States

    5 years ago Comments: Please help our young people meet Christ where He is most available to them. This need to start as early as 5th grade, once they are in 7-8th grade, they are drawn into the glamor of the world, if we continue to talk at them and not engage them, we are going to lose them as well as our country. If we don't teach them how to help evangelize our country, we can see already where we will end up.
    US State of Residence: Michigan
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