"Congregations that succeed in nurturing the faith of young people tend to demonstrate certain key characteristics. What are the top characteristics of a healthy youth ministry?"
Oregon Catholic Press offers excellent suggestions for choosing music that suits a multigeneration parish.
Oregon Catholic Press offers suggestions for introducing new music in the Sunday liturgy as a way of helping parish communities grow! These are great tips for introducing music that is welcoming to young people and new and established parishioners.
Over 300 young people representing countries from around the world, gathered in Rome in March to discuss the upcoming Synod of Bishops "Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment". Australia's representative, Angela Markas, addressed the meeting on the first day. The young representatives provided insight into the lives of young people across the globe, their challenges and hopes for the world. They also provided recommendations for the Synod of Bishops in October.
The representatives also produced a document (which included the input of over 15,000 young people on Facebook). Click here to read the document.
Last month new research about why young people are leaving the Church was released in the US. One of the co-authors of the report "Going, Going, Gone", John Vitek, was in Australia and presented the research at the Australian Catholic Youth and Youth Ministry Research Seminar. While the research was focused on American youth, there are many similarities with the Australian Church.
Last month we kicked off the Year of Youth in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. We didn't do it with a gigantic youth festival, concert or rally. Instead, we gathered leaders from the Catholic Church in parishes, school, communities, agencies and other sectors to learn about the Year of Youth and the realities facing young people in South Australia. The 135 participants in attendance reflected on what they heard, conversed, and began taking steps to make responsive plans in their own contexts.