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.