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Youth Ministry

The Church NEEDS you,
your enthusiasm, your creativity
and the joy that is so characteristic of YOU.

~Pope Francis

Global Celebration for Young People

Pope Francis, calling for a renewal of the celebration of youth in the local churches, announced that beginning in 2021 he would “transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. The centre of the celebration remains the Mystery of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Man, as Saint John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, always emphasized.”

The next Global Celebration of Young People takes place on: Sunday, November 21, 2021. For more information, visit the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) website. 

St. John Paul II instituted World Youth Day in 1985 as a way to help young people feel truly cared for by the Church. This international celebration was traditionally held every three years in a different country with the participation of the Holy Father. The ordinary celebration of this event, on the other hand, takes place annually at the local level of the Church. Palm Sunday was the original day that this local celebration was to occur, however Pope Francis has asked Catholic Churches around the world to renew their celebration of youth on Christ the King Sunday (November 21, 2021) as a way to help connect younger generations with “the Mystery of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of Man” (Homily, Nov. 22, 2020)

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has created “Pastoral Guidelines for the Celebration of World Youth Day in the Particular Churches” as a way to inspire ideas for this local celebration in the parishes. 

National Youth Ministry Conference (NCYC) 

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to
encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship. The conference this year will be held on November 18 - 21, 2021 and this year, there will be three options to participate:
  • In-Person in Indianapolis
  • Virtual Participation
  • Streaming Participation
For details visit the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) informational page for NCYC. Please email us if you are interested.

Youth Protection Resources

 

Rooting Youth in Service

Rooting Youth in Service is an interactive guide for engaging youth in meaningful service learning

opportunities. This includes theological foundations, best practices and guidelines for organizing, implementing and following through with these projects. To download this guide, click here.

For more information contact: 

Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation
Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org