"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 face 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 where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.
— Pope Francis, Christus Vivat, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Young People and to the Entire People of God
The Eight Components of Youth Ministry
Youth ministry is more than programs and events. It is “the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people, and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community.” (A Vision of Youth Ministry, p. 6, quoted in RTV 1). To be most effective, this is a ministry to, with, by, and for young people that involves their families, their parish community, and the larger community. At the heart of ministry with young people is the presence of caring, supportive relationships where youth experience the Good News in the flesh.
A comprehensive approach to youth ministry utilizes the eight components identified in Renewing the Vision as a framework: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. These components guide our efforts in proclaiming the Good News, connecting young people with the faith community, and calling our young people to the challenge of discipleship.
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Big Questions and Catholic Scientists: A Science and Religion Fair for High School Students
February 5, 2022 (9:00am-3:30pm)
This day full of scientific presentations from the country’s premier Catholic scientists will take place at Mundelein Seminary. The Science and Religion Fair will feature a keynote lecture, and three “lightning rounds” where students will choose from 4 mini-lectures each round, whichever sparks their interest most, and a “reverse science fair” where students will have the chance to ask scientists questions one-on-one. There will also be opportunities for prayer. Learn more here.
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