What is Youth Ministry?
Youth Ministry is the response of the Christian Community to the needs of the young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community. (Renewing the Vision; A framework for Catholic Youth Ministry 1997 by the USCCB)
The Goals of Youth Ministry are:
- EMPOWERMENT - To help young people live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
- PARTICIPATION - To invite youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
- GROWTH - To encourage the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
At St. Benedict Parish we seek to achieve these goals in a variety of ways including service, community building and prayer
Service~ St. Benedict Youth ministry offers regular service opportunities for the young people of our parish. We serve because it is our positive response to our call to be disciples of Jesus. We serve in a variety of ways with the hope to create a more just world. Whether we serve in our community or throughout our world, through action or advocacy, we serve because we are followers of Christ.
Community Building~ As we build community we build confidence and empower young people to turn their faith into action. Community building aides in confidence when we find like -minded people who we can grow in faith with.
Prayer~ through experiences of prayer with our community of faith and individually, we grow in our spiritual relationship with God. "God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” ~ Mother Teresa
Ms. Kim McMillan is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Benedict Parish. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-588-6484
Kim started at St. Benedict Parish in 2016 but has been sharing her faith with young people for over 20 years. She believes strongly that effective youth ministry engages young people in the practices of faith. Youth Ministry is about reaching out to form relationships with the young people in the community and advocating for their ability to use their unique gifts within the community.
From December 2017 until April 2018 Youth Ministry has Been Busy
NCYC November 2018
Called~ Llamados We are Each Called by Name
“I just never thought about the fact that God loves me but from the time I started listening to the speaker tonight, I started thinking about it. I started thinking that maybe God does love me and if He does, it changes the way I see everything.” An encounter and experience of Faith that changes the way a person sees themself. This is what NCYC can do when a heart is open to hearing the Good News.
People may ask, “What’s the benefit to attending the National Catholic Youth Conference for a young person?” I think the biggest benefit is the experience of faith the young people have. Actually, it isn’t just an experience of faith for the young people; it impacts every person there, even the adults! No other experience of faith gathers 22,000 practicing High School aged Catholics like the National Catholic Youth Conference. The number of young people like themselves that they encounter, offers them the opportunity to see their life and their faith, from a new perspective. And just maybe, that new perspective leads them into a stronger relationship with Jesus and a better understanding of Our Father’s Love. If you were to talk with any of our young people that attended and ask them about the moment when they realized how seeing 22,000 young people walking around Indianapolis would affect them, I think you would be surprised at their answer. We arrived in Indianapolis Thursday evening in time to have dinner with the other attendees from Chicago. I think during this hour of arriving in downtown Indy was the moment when they realized the magnitude of this celebration of faith. We heard several speakers share their reflection about being “Called” in faith and what that looked like for each of them. Each of the speakers challenged our group’s thoughts and encouraged them to BE the difference in our world. If each of these young people shared what they experience with just one other person, it would cause a ripple of change in our world. I know our group of participants wondered why we don’t always behave like we did in Indianapolis. If everyone was supportive and kind and enthusiastic and welcoming we could change the world. We know what happened in Indianapolis can’t stay there, it wasn’t Vegas. Please continue to hold our parish young people and all those who had this experience of Faith in prayer. We know they can make a difference in our world; they just need the Holy Spirit and a little courage to do it!
We are grateful to all who supported our attendance this year through prayers and monetary support. Thank you to the Holy Name Society for sending two of our parish teens. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. ~ Kim McMillan
OCTOBER 2017 FRIGHT WALK was a Scary Success!!
Thank You To All Our Participants, Parents and Guests!!!
Resources for Prayer
In the first 12 minutes our Pope shares his hope for Young people. An Absolutely moving response.
Imagine the Possibilities ~Youth Ministry at St. Ben’s