Catholic Youth & Family Day at Six Flags New England – Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. The day will begin with a mass in the picnic grove celebrated by the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski. Special discounted tickets will be available for this event. More information is forthcoming. The flyer is available here.
NET Ministries – NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 150 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with NET. NET will offer retreats in the diocese October 3-10, 2017.Learn more about NET ministries here (netusa.org)
Youth Rally and Mass for Life –The Youth Rally and Mass for Life occurs in conjunction with the annual National March for Life held on (or near) the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision making abortion legal in this country. The Rally strives to encourage the youth participating in the National March for Life in their witness as disciples of Christ and promoters of the Gospel of Life. The next Rally will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018. A limited number of free tickets are available by calling 413-452-0677. http://youthrallyandmassforlife.org/
Souper Bowl of Caring – A creative way to engage youth in service takes place every year on the weekend of the Super Bowl. Register your parish and enlist your youth to collect money after the weekend masses on or before February 3-4, 2018 for a local soup kitchen, food pantry or social service agency of your choice. All proceeds go directly to that charity. souperbowl.org.
XLT Westfield – XLT is a form of Eucharistic Adoration that involves a time of Praise and Worship Music, followed by a speaker who will share their faith, and then ending with a time of adoration in the presence of the Eucharist. It is held on the last Monday of the month at St. Mary’s, Westfield – click here for St. Mary’s website.
National Catholic Youth Conference – NCYC is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for over 20,000 Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. It consists of engaging keynotes and workshops, music, an interactive exhibit area, and so much more. It will be held on November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. An information meeting for adult leaders will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. Elizabeth, Ludlow. For more information, please call Gina at 413-452-0677.
National Catholic Conference on Youth Ministry – NCCYM is the largest conference in the country for adults who minister to and with Catholic youth. Join thousands of your colleagues—youth and campus ministers, religious education leaders, clergy and religious, young adult ministers, performers, artists and volunteers—for three days of inspiring keynotes, challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, extensive networking, hundreds of resource exhibits, and good-hearted entertainment. The next conference will be held on December 6-8, 2018in Tampa, FL.
National March for Life – Please note: Due to the Presidential Inauguration next January, the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018.
World Youth DayPanama 2019 – An international gathering begun by Saint Pope John Paul II held every 2-3 years to bring all the youth and young adults together in one place with the Holy Father. The next international World Youth Day celebration will take place in Panama on January 22-27, 2019. Details regarding the celebration and the diocesan pilgrimage to Panama are forthcoming. Watch this promotional video to learn more about this amazing experience.