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 the 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.
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.
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