Youth Ministry Resources

Youth Conferences and Retreats
  • Camp Holy Cross – Offers two week-long summer camps for both middle and high school youth. campholycross.org
  • National Catholic Youth Conference – Bi-annual conference for high school youth. Join with 23,000 youth from across the country for a three-day experience packed with amazing speakers, presentations and music. The next conference will be held on November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis. For more information, please check out www.ncyc.info
  • New Spirit Retreats and Summer Camps – Offers parish retreats along with two week-long summer camps for middle school and high school youth at Camp Holy Cross in Goshen. – www.newspiritinc.org
  • Notre Dame Vision – Is a series of summer conferences for high school students held at the University of Notre Dame. Participants find the opportunity through one of these conferences to recognize their gifts and understand how God is calling them in their lives. The purpose of Vision is to help young people to know God’s presence in their lives and to respond to that presence through daily choices and lifelong discipleship. More information can be found at www.vision.nd.edu
  • One Bread, One Cup – A five-day liturgical leadership conference focusing on the Word, Sacrament and Mission of the Roman Catholic Church for high school youth groups and their campus and youth ministers. http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/summer-conferences/
  • Steubenville East High School Youth Conference – Three-day conference for high school youth held at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on July 15-17, 2016. Registration is full. For more information, please check out http://lifeteen.com/events/steubenville-east-2/
Mission Trips and Service Learning Opportunities
  • Just Five Days – Just5Days is a five-day experience of service, hands-on learning activities, prayer and liturgy, and community building designed for groups of middle school youth and their adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools. There is even a host site within our Diocese at St. Elizabeth, Ludlow. For more information, please check out https://www.cmdnet.org/j5d
  • Young Neighbors in Action – Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible. For more information, please check out https://www.cmdnet.org/ynia-home
  • Catholic Heart Work Camp – CHWC provides parish youth groups, teens and adult leaders service opportunities to restore homes and HEARTS, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, bring joy to the elderly and disabled and offer assistance while partnering with social agencies. http://heartworkcamp.com/
National Membership Organizations
  • National Conference for Catechetical Leadership – The NCCL has been a leader in Catholic religious education in the United States since 1967. It is dedicated to bringing the teaching ministry of Jesus to every Catholic child, youth and adult. – http://nccl.org/
  • National Association for Lay Ministry – A professional organization that supports, educates and advocates for lay ministers and promotes the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church. – http://www.nalm.org/
  • National Catholic Educational Association – NCEA is a voluntary association of Catholic school educators and institutions. – http://ncea.org/
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry – Broad, internationally recognized leadership alliance for Catholic Youth Ministry – http://www.nfcym.org/
Catechetical Resources
Adult Leader Formation and Enrichment Opportunities
Youth Serving Organizations
Research Studies
Key Youth Ministry Documents
A Vision of Youth Ministry, United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), 1976
Catechesi Tradendae, Pope John Paul II, 1979
From Age to Age: The Challenge of Worship with Adolescents, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), 1997
General Catechetical Directory, Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, 1971
General Directory for Catechesis, Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, 1997
National Directory for Catechesis, USCCB, 2005
National Study on Youth and Religion: Analysis of the Population of Catholic Teenagers and Their Parents, McCorquodale, Shepp, and Sterten, 2004
Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1997
Sharing the Light of Faith: National Catechetical Directory for Catholics of the United States, USCCB, 1979
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, 2005
Stewardship and Teenagers: The Challenge of Being a Disciple, USCCB, 2007
The Challenge of Adolescent Catechesis: Maturing in Faith, NFCYM, 1986
The Challenge of Catholic Youth Evangelization: Called to be Witnesses and Storytellers, NFCYM, 1983
Respect Life Resources
  • Save the Storks – Is a pro-life ministry that provides local pregnancy centers with what they call a “Stork bus.” It’s a Mercedes Sprinter that has been converted into a mobile ultrasound unit and it lets a pregnancy center meet abortion-vulnerable women right where they are – in inner cities, on college and high school campuses, and even directly in front of abortion clinics. Each bus is staffed with an ultrasound tech and a counselor who are there to love women in difficult situations and to offer them the opportunity to see their child and to hear its heartbeat for free before making that decision. Just as importantly, if a woman chooses to go through with her abortion, that bus will still be there when she comes out and there will still be two women there, waiting to pray with her, to love her, and to let her know that, even in her pain, she is still a child of God and loved more than she could ever fathom. On January 22nd, 2017 they are inviting thousands of youth groups around the country to put on a talent show at their church. Every single person has God-given gifts that are unique to them – woven into the very fabric of who they are from the moment they were conceived – and, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, they want to take an evening to rejoice in that. At the end of the night, audiences will have the chance to commit on a one time or monthly basis to donate to Save the Storks and help put more of these life saving buses on the road. They hope that the evening will be a fun, purpose-filled night for the youth, but there are also some pretty cool prizes. Participating youth groups can be entered to win free concerts from Matt Maher, Sarah Kroger, 7eventh Time Down, John Tibbs, and more. You can get more information at iamsavethestorks.com.
  • Catholic Mobilizing Network – Works in close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and living the mission of the Congregation of St. Joseph, The Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s pro-life teaching and prepares Catholics for informed involvement in the public debate to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. The Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. They offer free prayer and education resources along with ways to advocate for restorative justice. You can get more information and resources at http://catholicsmobilizing.org/
  • USCCB Respect Life Program 2016-2017 – NEW materials are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of the human person, and therefore the gift of every person’s life. Materials are developed for use in parishes, schools, and faith-based ministries, but are also suitable for individual use. The program begins anew each October (Respect Life Month) and continues through the following September. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/index.cfm
  • USCCB 9 Days for Life – From January 21-28, 2017 join in a special novena for life and utilize social media to show how you respect life. Download the 9 Days for Life app in the App Store or on Google Play. http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm
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