Enter most CCD classes and what do you see. Heads bobbing, boredom, abstract ideas, memorizing the Ten Commandments, lists of Old Testament figures, and a tons of don’ts. But what is our faith? A living relationship with Jesus Christ! […]Read more
Pray for the Priests Being Ordained Now!
At the moment this is posted, the ordination mass of 44 new priests with the Legionaries of Christ will beginning in Rome. (I am there as this was written a few days ago with delayed publishing.) Mass begins at 9:30 […]Read more
Spice up the Youth Mass… With Latin!
One of the deepest needs teens have is to belong to something bigger than themselves. A soccer team is bigger than any individual member but it doesn’t last. They want to be part of the Church! This is one of the […]Read more
The Shocking Joy of the Resurrection
How often we have so much experience and it makes us dull to reality. Christ’s resurrection should be a complete surprise but it often leaves us dull. How much faith John must have had that “He saw and he believed.” […]Read more
Why Did God Made Moms?
A friend sent me this note about why God made mothers. I think it is appropriate. Some of the younger kids we deal with in youth ministry probably still think these things. And hey, it´s a good laugh. Answers given by […]Read more
Vocations Aren’t Rocket Science
Life Teen’s fundraising slogan this year is “Vocations Start Here.” They are rightly proud that in a 2010 study 30% of seminarians said Life Teen helped them discern and 49% had attended some Life Teen event. At the same time, […]Read more
Who Am I?
Who am I? When I started with youth ministry I asked, “What do I do?” However as I spend more time doing it, that seems inadequate. There are many things to do but is that all? Is it enough to […]Read more
Experiences that Change the Heart
Teens are searching for something to fill their heart. As I continue at the ECyD Advisor’s course in Madrid, Wednesday was dedicated to this question. What can fill a teen’s heart? Or better, who can? The first thing we realize […]Read more
How do we look at teens?
This week I have the grace of being part of the ECyD Advisors’ Course in Madrid. The first two days have been dedicated to the way we look at teens. Instead of a program, what we want to do is […]Read more
We All Need Help
When I first started working in youth minstry, I felt overwhelmed. I knew where I wanted to go, but I lacked the tools. I wanted the teens to do service projects ontheir own but it seemd that I always needed […]Read more