Info and reflection from the Office of Youth Ministry for
October 11, 2017.
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Have you registered to Starting Smart: Introduction to Youth Ministry???

Are you new to your ministry? Does your parish have a new youth minister? Is your new associate doing youth ministry?

Starting Smart will cover topics such as: foundations of effective ministry with young people, engaging today's generation, strategic visioning and planning for effective youth ministry, critical professional guidelines for ministry with young people, and other important topics to help you "Start Smart" in your ministry with young people.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Where: St. Joseph's Seminary
Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch and materials)

For more information, contact or call (914) 367-8284

Register to Starting Smart

Save the Date for Youth Ministry Team Training Session 2!

The follow-up to Starting Smart, session 2 of the DOMUS team training will happen on November 4 for Rockland and Manhattan Regions. Come with your YM team for further development and growth. Topics will include: evangelization and relational ministry.  Register here.

Interested in hosting a group of WYD pilgrims in NY?

The Office of Youth Ministry is receiving requests from international groups travelling to Panama for WYD and hoping to make a detour in NY. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to welcome our Christian brothers and sisters from around the world and give them a place to stay, contact
Daniel. Floor space is sufficient, option of providing ideas for sights and trips to NYC to your pilgrims.

World Youth Day Panama
We Need Your Input

The Archdiocese of New York is excited to participate in World Youth Day in 2019! This WYD the Cardinal is requiring all those who are participating to register through the Archdiocese. Because of the unusual scheduling of the 2019 WYD, the Archdiocese will be offering two options for participation: a full seven-night WYD experience and an intensive four-night WYD experience. To aid in making reservations and scheduling, could you take the following brief survey? This survey will NOT register you officially for WYD participation but will help the archdiocese in its planning.

Take Survey
Pope Francis wants to hear
from young people!

To prepare for the upcoming international Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment," the Holy Father wants online feedback  (change the language on the right hand corner of the screen) from all youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, from around the world, regardless of how active they are in the practice of the faith. Please help Pope Francis Hear their voice by sharing the link with your young people.  The online survey is open until November 30, 2017.  The results of the online survey will be part of the international listening process that will help Pope Francis and the world's bishops better understand the realities, hopes, and concerns of youth and young adults in preparation for the 2018 Synod.

Are you interested in using LifeTeen (9-12 grade) or Edge (6-8 grade) for your parish youth ministry program? LifeTeen has provided a special opportunity for parishes in the Archdiocese that would include free and discounted training and resources. This opportunity is for parishes not currently using LifeTeen in their communities. Please contact Cynthia Psencik for more details. 

Nominate a Young Peacebuilder for 2018!
Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY), a regional chapter of International Peace Movement, is pleased to invite you to help us celebrate the good work of young people who are making their world a better, more peaceful place. Do you know a young person of high school age who's actions help promote peace either at home or abroad? Nominate them for the Maloof Family Peacebuilder Award. For more information about nominating a young person, click here.

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has great speakers from around the nation leading webinar on hot-topics in youth ministry. Best of all, the are FREE. These one-hour formational events are a member service offered free of charge to all ministry leaders and volunteers. All webinars are recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to all registered so be sure to register whether or not you are able to attend the live presentation.

Next Webinar:  November 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
Going, Going, Gone… the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics
Presenters: Bob McCarty, Frank Mercadante and Br. Armand Alcazar
Click here to register

Visit the NFCYM Webinar Library for previously recorded events

Did you know that today is the 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)? In honor of the silver anniversary of this great resource for so many of us, we have asked one of our youth ministers to contribute to this week's reflection and reading. Brandon Morel, an Idente Missionary writes about "Creating Catechetical Moments in Youth Ministry." Here is a teaser:

It was a Sunday morning, and my wife had gotten up to make a big breakfast. On our table we had, eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit and the only thing for me to wait on was for the coffee pot to finish. It was at this time that my 8-year old son Christian randomly begins to ask questions about death...  Read the full reflection.

You can also read practical ways to navigate the CCC
Watch: Check out and share with your teens one of these videos on VCat (Video Catechism)
Pray: A Catechist's Prayer
Live: Just like Brandon mentioned in his reflection, choose two teens and their families whom you will create a "catechetical moment" with in the next week.
Youth Events and Programs in Your Area!

Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries
Oct 13-15    Family & Friends Service Retreat
Nov 10-12   Boys’ Day By Day Agape 

More information and registration

The Encounter NYC

October 20th, 2017, St. Dominic Church, Bronx
Special Guest: Father Jesús Fernández-Hernández (President of the Idente Missionaries).
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins at 7PM with guided meditation and praise and worship music. Confessions will be available.

Youth Retreat: Looking for your Treasure led by The Piarist Seminarians
Saturday, October 28, 8:30am- 5pm, St. Helena's Church, Bronx
Call 718-892-3232 for more information.

Unplugged Youth Rally
November 18, 2017, 9am-6pm, Sacred Heart Church, Bayside, NY

For more information and to register

Pallotine Teenage Federation
Nov 17-19  IMPACT Retreat for youth 8th-12th Grade
Dec 1-3      56th Annual PTAF Conference

More information and registration.

Fearless Retreats
December 8-10--Kennedy HS, Somers, NY
Fearless Retreats is a three-day retreat experience for youth 8th-12th grade. 
More information and registration.

Salesian Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Salesian Youth Leadership Retreat 
January 12-14, 2018
A three-day retreat experience for high-school age young people. 
More information and registration.

Don't miss out on the Sheen Center's Justice Film Festival this Friday through Sunday! They have an impressive line-up of inspirational films "featuring stories of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in both issues and geography." For more information check out their site.
Learn your Catholic Faith with these New Online Courses

The Archdiocese of New York and Fordham University are partnering to bring you new online courses that will help you understand and live your Catholic Faith.  These courses are mainly intended for those involved in parish leadership or ministry.  However, they are open to all who are interested in learning more about their faith.

September 11 - October 20: 
Introduction to Catholicism; Understanding the Creed; Understanding Holy Scripture

October 23 - December 4: 
Introduction to Catholicism; Understanding the Creed; Understanding Holy Scripture; Catholic Social Teaching

Fore more information and to register visit the
Office of Adult Faith Formation.
Opportunities from the Catechetical Office

The Catechetical Office has some great opportunities for you to grow in your faith and ministry skills. Here is just a taste of some of the things coming up!

NY Catholic Bible School 
Do you want to intensively explore the Scriptures and be part of a reflective learning community? NY Catholic Bible School is open to anyone who wants to engage in serious study of the Bible. Go to the website for more information. 

The 2017 Catechetical Forums
The Catechetical Forums are fantastic days filled with engaging workshops, meaningful prayer, and a joyous community! Click to learn more. 
October 14, 2017
Cardinal Spellman H.S., Bronx
October 28, 2017
Sacred Heart Parish, Monroe
OYM NY Minute Update

Do you have something exciting you want to share on the NY minute? Do you have a youth event coming up that you want to announce? Do you want your youth ministry to be highlighted? Email Daniel to be included in the next NY Minute.

Upcoming Events from the Office of Youth Ministry

October 21st, 2017            Starting Smart: Introduction to Youth Ministry
November 4, 2017             Youth Ministry Team Training Rockland & Manhattan Regions
November 16-18, 2017      National Catholic Youth Conference, Indianapolis, IN

The Office of Youth Ministry is funded by the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal.

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