In the autistic community, there has long been a debate about how to refer to ourselves. Historicaly, medical professionals have often preferred “people with autism” while most of us prefer “autistic.” I personally – like the vast majority of autistics […]Read more
Category: Youth Ministry
The #1 Secret to Reverse Parish Closings
We need to look at how the church is changing for good and bad and move all of it towards the good. I noted a few things in regard to parish closings: Some dioceses are facing a serious issue with […]Read more
12 Students Reveal What It’s Like Being Catholic in School These Days
Schools are where the next generation is formed. Sometimes, negative things happen there but there is so much positive going on as well. I wanted to know how being Catholic positively affected students’ lives, so I asked them. I offered […]Read more
This blog is moving
A few months ago, I heard about this great new initiative to combine a bunch of Catholic youth ministry blogs under one roof. Well the launch was Thursday November 7th, yesterday. I usually blog once a week near the beginning […]Read more
Are Publicly-Funded Catholic Schools a Good Thing?
How often do we wish that Catholic schools got funding like public schools? How often do we see parents struggle to pay for a Catholic education? There are a few places that Catholic schools are publicly funded. Now I want […]Read more
Youth Group Member = Missionary???
This Sunday is mission Sunday. You probably didn’t remember that. Don’t worry, I didn’t either but someone reminded me. Would you call the kids in your youth group missionaries? Most of us wouldn’t. But do you strive for them to […]Read more
12 Things a Catholic Youth Minister Can NEVER Say
Here’s my top 12 list of things we can’t say in Catholic youth ministry. I hope it’s enjoyable and informative. 12. I never learned that in theology Of course you didn’t. If you think that you will learn every practical […]Read more
Francis’s Interview and the Kerygma
I’ve decided I won’t read any more commentaries on Pope Francis’ big interview with Fr Antonio Spadaro, SJ. I read the interview and a few commentaries. Now people just try to use the interview to beat their ideological opponents with […]Read more
Is Youth Ministry a Problem?
Over at Bad Catholic, Marc recently wrote about “The Problem With Youth Ministry.” His basic argument is true: a part-time underpaid gimmicky youth minister can’t replace the authority of parents forming their kids. Bravo, bravo! However, I think he makes […]Read more
“Xtreme” gender differences
Lightening Reaction Xtreme is a different type of game. Two to four players grab a metal handle out of a plastic base and one presses a button on the base to begin. Spooky music plays while the light flashes red. […]Read more