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Youth Ministry 101


Youth Ministry seeks to help youth:

  • develop a personal relationship with Jesus
  • participate in the Church
  • integrate Catholic values
  • apply Catholic faith to daily life
  • commit to the Catholic faith for life
  • live the moral and theological virtues
  • develop Biblical and doctrinal literacy
  • develop personal spirituality and prayer life
  • participate in the sacraments
  • work for justice and defend human dignity
  • serve those in need, and foster social change
  • become healers, reconcilers and peacemakers
  • develop respect for differences
  • overcome prejudices
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • integrate Catholic sexual values
  • develop a positive self-image
  • grow in life skills
  • discern their vocation
  • share gifts

(Summarized fromRTV 16-18)1


Ways That Everyone Can Support Youth:

  • Greet and be pleasant to young people whenever you meet them.
  • Consistently pray for youth and youth ministry efforts, and let them know you are praying for them.
  • Seek and find opportunities to affirm youth and let them know they are valued and cared about. Thank youth for being present and participating in parish life. Acknowledge and affirm their efforts both within the parish and beyond.
  • Take time to get to know the youth and families who live near you and who you encounter on a regular basis. Ask them to tell and/or teach you about the things that interest them (e.g., sports, music, hobbies, computers and the Internet.)
  • Get involved as a volunteer in programs for youth at church or in the community as your schedule permits, perhaps working on a limited or seasonal basis.
  • Become an "ambassador" for youth by encouraging the adults you encounter to view youth in positive ways. Actively help other adults to understand the needs and gifts of youth. Help them respond to the challenges youth face today.
  • When you see youth doing good work let them know it, and let their supervisors and parents know as well.
  • Support families with youth by offering to help with transportation, childcare for younger children, homework, overnight supervision, or as an emergency contact.
  • Make contacts to create opportunities for youth in the businesses and organizations to which you belong (youth part-time summer employment, service projects, learning opportunities, mentor programs, etc.).
  • Support the leaders who are working in ministry with youth. Help with support roles, such as helping to keep track of mailing lists, budgets or transportation coordination. Provide childcare or other assistance that helps the leaders to provide programs for youth.




Jason Spoolstra
Director of Youth Ministry

Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis

Melissa Loza
Administrative Assistant


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