Ministry Day 2019
Workshop B22: “Christ is Alive with (and for) our Teens and Young Adults”
Cindee Case, MAPS, Director
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Youngstown
Find links to Christus Vivit, the Final Document of the Synod, the Preparatory document, and numerous articles from through the three-year process at:
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry also had a series of blog-posts about the process including findings of our diocesan surveys, find them posted at:
Christus Vivit Contents:
Chapter 1: What Does the Word of God Have to Say about Young People?
Who are some of the young people you recall are mentioned in Scripture?
(Exploring the young people Pope Francis highlighted....)
Chapter 2: Jesus, Ever Young
A Church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum. How then will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people? (§ 41)
Chapter 3: You are the “NOW” of God
we cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. They are its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it. (#64) … Each young person’s heart should thus be considered “holy ground”, a bearer of seeds of divine life (§67)
Chapter 4: A Great Message for all Young People
The very first truth I would tell each of you is this: “God loves you”. It makes no difference whether you have already heard it or not. I want to remind you of it. God loves you. Never doubt this, whatever may happen to you in life. At every moment, you are infinitely loved. (§112)
For him, you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands. (§115)
Christ, out of love, sacrificed himself completely in order to save you. His outstretched arms on the cross are the most telling sign that he is a friend who is willing to stop at nothing (§ 118)
Finally, there is a third truth, inseparable from the second: Christ is alive! We need to keep reminding ourselves of this, because we can risk seeing Jesus Christ simply as a fine model from the distant past, as a memory, as someone who saved us two thousand years ago. (§ 124)
In these three truths – God loves you; Christ is your Savior; he is alive – we see God the Father and Jesus. Wherever the Father and the Son are, there too is the Holy Spirit. He is the one who quietly opens hearts to receive that message. He keeps alive our hope of salvation, and he will help you grow in joy if you are open to his working. The Holy Spirit fills the heart of the risen Christ and then flows over into your lives. When you receive the Spirit, he draws you ever more deeply into the heart of Christ, so that you can grow in his love, his life and his power. (§130)
Chapter 5: Paths of Youth
Keep following your hopes and dreams. But be careful about one temptation that can hold us back. It is anxiety. Anxiety can work against us by making us give up whenever we do not see instant results. Our best dreams are only attained through hope, patience and commitment, and not in haste. At the same time, we should not be hesitant, afraid to take chances or make mistakes. Avoid the paralysis of the living dead, who have no life because they are afraid to take risks, to make mistakes or to persevere in their commitments. Even if you make mistakes, you can always get up and start over, for no one has the right to rob you of hope. (§ 142)
Friendship is one of life’s gifts and a grace from God. Through our friends, the Lord refines us and leads us to maturity. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are also a reflection of the Lord’s love, his gentle and consoling presence in our lives. The experience of friendship teaches us to be open, understanding and caring towards others, to come out of our own comfortable isolation and to share our lives with others. (§ 151)
But I would also remind you that you won’t become holy and find fulfilment by copying others. Imitating the Saints does not mean copying their lifestyle and their way of living holiness… You have to discover who you are and develop your own way of being holy (§162)
Don’t stand aloof, but immerse yourselves in the reality of life, as Jesus did”. Above all, in one way or another, fight for the common good, serve the poor, be protagonists of the revolution of charity and service, capable of resisting the pathologies of consumerism and superficial individualism. (§174)
Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. That is how the Lord goes out to meet everyone. (§ 177)
Chapter 6: Young People with Roots
If we journey together, young and old, we can be firmly rooted in the present, and from here, revisit the past and look to the future. To revisit the past in order to learn from history and heal old wounds that at times still trouble us. To look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies and enable hope to blossom. Together, we can learn from one another, warm hearts, inspire minds with the light of the Gospel, and lend new strength to our hands. (§ 199)
Chapter 7: Youth Ministry
(reminder, ages 16 – 29 were surveyed, so he means teens and young adults)
requires two courses of action: outreach and growth (§209).
A mentor should therefore nurture the seeds of faith in young people, without expecting to immediately see the fruits of the work of the Holy Spirit. This role is not and cannot be limited to priests and consecrated life, but the laity should also be empowered to take on such a role. All such mentors should benefit from being well-formed, and engage in ongoing formation. (§ 246)
Chapter 8: Vocation
The word “vocation” can be understood in a broad sense as a calling from God…that everything in our lives can become a way of responding to the Lord, who has a wonderful plan for us. (§ 248)
Chapter 9: Discernment
I would remind you of the most important question of all. “So often in life, we waste time asking ourselves: ‘Who am I?’ You can keep asking ‘Who am I?’ for the rest of your lives. But the real question is: ‘For whom am I?’” Of course, you are for God. But he has decided that you should also be for others, and he has given you many qualities, inclinations, gifts, and charisms that are not for you, but to share with those around you. (§ 286)
Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, “attracted by the fact of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive at where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.( § 299)
Learn more about the timeline of the Synod and process towards Christus Vivit at the
Dinner and Presentation on November 4th
and learn more about the practical implications of the document during
the In-Service Day on November 5th.
(See flier in your Ministry Day folder or contact the OY&YAM for more.
It is also posted on the office Synod on Youth webpage.)
Last week, I had the honor or representing our diocese at the Annual Membership Meeting of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. This is nothing new as I have done so since I became the Director of the OY&YAM, as did the previous directors. What was new and exciting this year though was having Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who serves as the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (i.e. like the Vatican Ambassador.)
He kindly took time to thank all of us that work with young people in America.
He shared the excitement he had during the October Synod of Bishops on the theme of "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment" as well as the recent World Youth Day events in Panama.
He encouraged us all to reflect on the well known Emmaus story,
focusing on "recognizing, interpreting and choosing" especially as we journey with young people discerning God's call for their lives.
We must continue to bear witness to the Good News.
We must take time to listen to and really hear young people.
And to help them hear the voice of God.
And to encourage the young people to choose to engage in a personal relationship with God,
while walking with our faith community.
Archbishop Pierre promised to communicate our best wishes as youth workers on the USA back to Pope Francis, along with our prayers. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless us all as the follow up work of the Synod continues through our relationships, witness, listening and accompanying of the young people!
The Diocesan offices of Evangelization and Lay Ministry, Continuing Education of Priests, Permanent Diaconate, Pro-Life, Marriage and Family, Religious Education and Youth & Young Adult Ministry, with a grant from Catholic Extension, sponsored two days of "Innovation Labs" on April 25 and 26.
Over one hundred parents leaders participated in these workshop days that included instruction and suggestions by John Roberto. John is the President of Lifelong Faith Associates and consultant to churches and national organizations. He conducts workshops and teaches courses on faith formation. John has authored and co-authored numerous publications. He was the creator and project coordinator of the Generations of Faith project (which brought him to the diocese of Youngstown a few times in the past), and he is the founder and first director of the Center for (Youth) Ministry Development. He is a visionary, popular speaker, and more importantly here, an innovator!
Day one focused on "Digitally Enabled Faith Formation" which discussed tools, methods and resources for outreach to all generations. Parish leaders were then challenged to create ways to utilize them in their faith formation efforts. It was exciting to hear how a few parishes are already taking advantage of free and inexpensive platforms for spreading the Good News digitally, and to see what new ideas were beginning to form!
Day two focused on placing "Families at the Center of Faith Formation" which encourages parish leaders to design and implement strategies to create new and enhanced programming that engages families at home, in the community and even at home!
These workshops will be followed up with two webinar discussions to provide further ideas and resources as the parishes move forward with the plans. One will take place in about 6 - 8 from now, and the second will be about two months later.
This means an exciting spring and summer of planning for our parish leaders, and the diocesan offices that support them! I am sure you will begin to see some small changes soon, with new programs, activities, or ways of doing things soon to follow!
For those leaders that participated,
I would love to read about some of your insights and ideas
in the comments below.
Readers, look for additional information following the webinar-meetings!
Keep these parish leaders in your prayers as they discern the best ways to integrate this information to be of service best for your community!
And, if you would like to see additional photos from the Innovation Labs, visit the
"Event Pictures" page of this website:
Youth Ministry Update
The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Informing adults who minister to, by, with and for high school teens
in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
Cindee Case, Director
In this Edition:
> Faithful Citizenship Workshops next week
> DYC'16 Invitation period (Registration deadline October 19)
> Deadline for March for Life Youth Rally Ticket Requests
> Young Adult Activities
> 2017 events for which to plan ahead
If you did NOT receive a postcard from my office in the mail recently, then we do not have you in the diocesan database as a contact for youth ministry for your parish..... be sure to talk with your DRE or Pastor about updating the personnel report if you SHOULD be a primary contact for youth ministry there!
A copy is attached to this email FYI.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
There are only a few days left to register online for the upcoming Faithful Citizenship sessions on Wednesday, September 21st
(pick 1 - 4 p.m. in Canfield or 6 - 9 p.m. in Canton) -
click the link below or call 330-744-8451 ext. 302.
All interested in the political process and our Catholic faith are invited.
While the events are FREE, we do request preregistration to provide adequate materials and refreshments. Thank you!
“Mercy Begins with Me” DYC’16
Invitation Period now,
Registration period early October
As you should already be aware from a previous YM E-Update, participating in the Day of Prayer and Preparation, reading the September Communique' and/or receiving a phone call from one of the planning team members:
all the Diocesan Youth Convention 2016 Registration materials have been posted online at:
September is time to invite your high school teens and adult chaperones to participate (and maybe hold a fundraiser to help offset costs?)
Then in early October, you should be collected completed registration forms and payment so that you can check them for accuracy, make copies and send the originals on to the diocese before October 19th!
The planning team had a conference call with Ben Walther from OCP Spirit and Song who is excited to kick off the day with us at St. Michael in Canton, and Bishop Murry will end the say with us during a Conversation period and Closing Mass. In between, there will be ten workshop options from which to select and dozens of inter-active stations. We will also feature Mr. Mike's pasta dinner again (gluten-free for those who need.) Participants will each receive a string backpack, water bottle and convention materials. All this for only the cost of one day and $25. (Requests for financial assistance are due to the OY&YAM by next Friday.)
THANK YOU, group leaders, for helping organize a delegation from your faith community.... it is appreciated and hopefully you will see fruits of the effort born back in your communities after the DYC experience!
If you will be going to the Paul J Kim presentations at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on October 2 and your have your registrations ready, you can turn them in at the OY&YAM info table there ;-)
The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family did a direct mailing to all parishes earlier this month with the information and request form for those wishing to get tickets for the March For Life Youth Rally in Washington, D.C.
Note; the deadline is September 30th.
If you have misplaced the information, you can find it posted at:
National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM)
December 1 - 3, 2016
in San Jose, CA
This brief video will give you a small overview of the conference:
It is time for YOU to take time to nourish your our mind, heart and spirit as you learn new skills or ideas to bring back to your parish, Catholic school or Catholic agency.
Find out more at:
We currently have a male from our diocese seeking a roommate for the conference.... let me know if you are going!
There will also be pre-conferences,
including the National Young Adult Ministry Leadership Forum.
Activities for Young Adults
are posted on a virtual calendar.
Please help us inform Catholics in their 20s and 30s of this:
They can "subscribe" which will email weekly noticed of upcoming events like Theology on Tap, Spirits and Spirituality, Marked by Faith and area retreats and conferences.
And please email all the pertinent info for any event you have for young adults around the diocese and I would be happy to share it on the Up To Calendar!
Planning ahead in 2017:
* Youth Ministers Epiphany Party
celebration, prayer and merriment for adults serving in youth ministries (spouses also welcome)
Friday, January 6, 2017
@ Cindee's house in Canfield
RSVP for the address, and share what side dish or dessert you'd like to bring to share....and if you will bring a wrapped White Elephant for the gift exchange game!
* Course 2: Cultivating a Culture of Encounter for Adolescents through Evangelization, Catechesis, and Faith Community
This course examines how to invite young people to faith and encounter by examining the processes and methods of evangelization and catechesis, as well as, the development of community among youth, their families, and the parish faith community. Register by December 16, 2016, if possible, due to Christmas break.
2A-Fundamentals of Evangelization and Catechesis with Adolescents
Orientation week –January 2 – 8, 2017
Course work: January 9 - 30
Assignment due by February 6.
2B - Forming a Consequential Faith in Adolescents
Prerequisite: Course 2A or precious program M4 and M6.
Course work: February 6 – February 27, 2017
Assignment due by March 6
* Mass for Life
Sunday, January 22
Look for more information to come from the Office of Pro-life, Marriage and Family
* Eagle of the Cross Nomination Deadlines
Mail by Wednesday, February 15 or deliver to the OY&YAM by the 17th.
If you know an outstanding upperclassman that you would like to nominate for the annual Eagle of the Cross award, be sure to write up a form in January or early February. While only a few will be selected, all nominees receive a certificate and letter so they will know that you identified their giftedness and Christian leadership abilities!
* CMD National Workshop Series: Generation Z
Tuesday, Marcy 7
Location TBA, but mark your calendars now for a day of learning and discussion with a staffer of the Center for Ministry Development.
* NCYC Packet Pick Up
For group leaders to the National Catholic Youth Conference in
Indianapolis, November 16 - 19. Two options,
immediately following the CMD workshop on March 7
and after the Office of Religious Education In-Service Day on March 23
Additional information will then be posted to the office webpages.
Did You Know?
The monthly Diocese of Youngstown newsletter, The Communique'
is posted on the diocesan website for your convenience?
Be sure to bookmark the page so you can always find great info from
the Chancery and diocesan offices....
so many opportunities and resources!
Best wishes for a beautiful weekend
Happy Catechetical Sunday
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.