Getting Started in Youth Ministry
Getting Stated in Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago is a process intended to equip and train Parish Youth Ministry Leadership Teams in the effort of renewing or getting their youth ministry programs started.
The parish Pastor nominates a potential Parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry to help the Archdiocesan Facilitator organize this process with the Parish Youth Ministry Leadership Team.
One of the goals of Catholic Youth Ministry stated in Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, (USCCB 1997) is “to invite young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.” We are proud to share the Archdiocese of Chicago has formed an Archdiocesan Pastoral Youth Council (APYC), an advisory board to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich. The APYC is comprised of three youth representatives from each Vicariate and three representatives from the Polish Community. The council meets four times a year to discuss questions posed by the Cardinal around youth and culture, time for spiritual growth and to learn about events taking place within the Archdiocese.
Applications for the 2017-18 APYC are now available. High school students entering their Freshman, Sophomore or Junior years are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by May 1, 2018. Please contact Anna Dudek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.543.8107 if you have additional questions.
APYC 2017-18 Application (PDF)
Both our Archdiocesan staff along with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry have received requests from local communities throughout the country to organize a middle school-aged event to promote continuous encounters with Christ. In October 2016, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted the first annual Holy Fire, which was designed around the baptismal call to witnessing our faith and an opportunity for our young Church to reflect more deeply on the gifts of the Holy Spirit they will receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Why is Holy Fire Great?
Holy Fire hosts sixth to ninth grade students from parish Religious Education programs and Catholic Schools together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, chaperones and pastors. As community youth comes together, they are challenged to participate in activities centered around prayer, witness and joy that perpetuate the concept of becoming missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. Ultimately, Holy Fire helps young people to see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.
At the 2016 event, hosted at the UIC Pavilion from October 14-16, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich offered words of welcome and encouragement and led a reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and Declan Weir Productions (DWP) also provided world-class production, music and international speakers.
For the event schedule, to purchase tickets, and more click here.
For Additional Information
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis
The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation, and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.
NCYC is open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic. Many youth participants are leaders in their local parishes, schools, and/or diocese, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith. Click here to learn more and to register.
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“Totus Tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.” Thus begins the episcopal motto of the late Holy Father, John Paul II: “I am totally yours, and all that I have is yours.” With these words, John Paul II inspired and continues to inspire men and women from all over the world to entrust their lives completely to Jesus Christ through the Virgin Mary. Mary’s total devotion to the will of the Father is the model for Totus Tuus, as it seeks to respond to John Paul II’s urgent call for a “New Evangelization.” We hope to instill these virtues in the young people.
The Mission of Totus Tuus is to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for conversion, and a personal renewal within the context of a stronger prayer life. Through evangelization and catechesis, Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to the sacrifices and blessings of the various Christian vocations. For more information. (Link)
The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Committee on Scouting serves youth and adults in the over 200 Scouting units in parishes in Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois. The Cub Scout program serves boys in first through fifth grade. The Boy Scout program serves boys in grades six through the twelfth. The Venture program is targeted at high school and college age young men and women 14-20.
The Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Committee on is dedicated to promoting "Duty to God" at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, (NCCS), an advisory Organization to the Boy Scouts of America. We are part of Region 7 which includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin of the NCCS. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) operates under the auspices of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and NCCS has a long tradition of cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America dating to 1937. For more information (Link)
For information on how to order Catholic Youth medals click here.