youth are not just the Church of tomorrow, but are vibrant members
of our Church today. They are called to participate in developing
and taking responsibility for their personal and spiritual growth.
We encourage prayer, reflection and service projects in a loving,
safe and fun place to live their faith.
The Catholic bishops of the United States defined Catholic youth
ministry in the 1997 document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for
Catholic Youth Ministry. This document, printed in both English and
Spanish, provides a structure for the ministry as well as a
language, theology, and pastoral approach for responding to the
personal and spiritual needs of today's adolescents.
Renewing the Vision
“What is needed today is a church which knows how to respond to the
expectations of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue
with them and, through his body, which is the church, to propose the
possibility of a choice, which will require a commitment of their
lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the church must
become the traveling companion of young people...” (Pope John Paul
II, World Youth Day 1995, Philippines)
The church must become the traveling companion of young people—and
that is what we mean by youth ministry. If, indeed, “it takes an
entire village to raise a child,” then it certainly takes an entire
church to journey with young people as they grapple with the Good
News and respond in discipleship.
Youth Ministry ... it’s about discipleship
The first goal of youth ministry is “to empower young people to live
as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.” Young people are
“searching for a noble adventure”, a compelling and challenging
vision of life, and a cause worth their commitment. They hunger to
hear the Good News that finds response in discipleship. As their
companions on this spiritual journey, some of the ways the Church
fulfills this first goal of youth ministry is by ...
Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus through witness and word to young
Enabling young people to live as disciples through their involvement
in service, ministry, and leadership opportunities.
Providing young people the faith skills for discipleship.
Youth Ministry ... Connection
The second goal is "to draw young people to responsible
participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith
community.” Young people have a hunger for connection, to be in
relationship, and to belong. Family, peers, school, youth serving
organizations, and church are primary connections for young people.
Some of the ways the church fulfills this second goal of youth
ministry is by ...Being a ‘youth friendly’ community that welcomes
young people, values their participation, and calls forth their gifts. Integrating young people into the liturgical, pastoral, and
ministerial life of the parish community. Creating opportunities for
young people to enter into healthy relationships of trust and
respect with their peers and with adults.
Promoting Catholic identity and religious literacy through programs
of adolescent catechesis.
Youth Ministry ... it’s about gifts and growth.
The third goal of Youth Ministry is “to foster the total personal
and spiritual growth of each young person.” Adolescence is an
important time for mental, spiritual, social, and physical growth.
Their experiences and relationships greatly influence their healthy
and positive development. The Church strives to surround young
people with the best possible external scaffolds—networks of caring
relationships of family, school, peers, and other adults—while young
people are developing their internal psychological and spiritual
backbone—their values, life skills, commitments, and moral compass.
The church fulfills this third goal of youth ministry by...
Enabling young people to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
Actively supporting positive youth development and fostering healthy
values and life skills.
Supporting families of young people by providing resources,
programs, and services.
Providing opportunities to experience and express caring, service,
and compassion for others.
information, please contact
Confirmation/Youth Ministry Coordinator at:
or phone 818.986.8234