For Youth Ministry Parents

Take to heart these words which I command you today.  Keep repeating them to your children.  Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up”

Deut. 6:6,7.

Partnering with Parents

Please take a moment and ask yourself, “What do I want for my children?”  If the answer involved faith, hope, love, joy, goodness, decency, success, protection, strength, maturity, blessings, virtue, character, or happiness – then we should talk.

Let’s begin our conversation by remembering together that parenting hasn’t gotten easier, it’s gotten harder.  We firmly believe in our parents.  We know you are trying hard to be the best parents you can be and to raise your children to be the best they can be.  We recognize it is difficult, and we want to help.  Raising faith-filled children is important to you, and it is important to us.  Giving your children the sort of faith that will stick with them their whole lives begins at home, in living as disciples of Jesus Christ together.  You might be looking at me (through your computer screen) like I’m crazy, thinking, “I don’t have enough time!” or “I just don’t see how we can do it,” or “Why should we even care?”  The life of faith isn’t one more “extra-curricular” to which you have to shuttle the kids, instead it infuses every aspect of our lives with its qualities – helping us to be better parents, and helping them be better children.  Helping us to be better athletes, better sportsmen and women.  Helping us to be better students and leaders and role models in our communities.  Helping us to be better at our jobs and in our lives.  Discipleship doesn’t start at church, it starts at home.  It is the key to having all those things we want for our children (and let’s face it, for ourselves, too).  And it doesn’t have to stop anywhere.  So my next question for you is…

 

How can we help you?

Grow closer to God?

Love your Neighbor?

Share your Faith?

Navigate parenting a teenager?

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Grow with God.

What would you say if I told you that God has empowered you with His own power, like the Apostles, to build up His Kingdom with signs and wonders and special gifts?  More importantly, what would you do?  We want to help you discover your spiritual gifts.  The Holy Spirit wants to give you many gifts.  It’s up to you to choose to open them!

Where do you see yourself?

Do you trust Jesus, the Church, or a Christian person or group?

Are you curious about Jesus, the one called Christ?

Are you open to whatever God may have in store for you?

Are you actively seeking a relationship with God in His Son, Jesus?

Are you an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ, ready to lower your nets?

Dante, Hell, and an Ice Storm

In Dante’s Inferno Satan is imprisoned in the lowest circle of Hell. This part of Hell is not conceived of as filled with fire and brimstone, but as a prison of darkness and cold. Satan’s sins according to Dante are pride and treachery – and he is...
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The Silent Saint

Let’s talk for a moment about today. Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. A Solemnity is a special type of feast day, typically reserved to events revolving around Jesus’ life or for members of His family. They are holy days essentially equivalent in rank...
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St. Valentine

Tomorrow is the unofficial feast of St. Valentine. Why unofficial? Because in the most recent calendar created for celebrating the Saints’ feasts removed Valentine due to there being so little known about him. Instead, we celebrate Sts. Cyril and Methodius on...
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Cathedra

So two days ago we celebrated the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. I figure this is an odd enough sounding feast that we should probably talk about it a little. Why are we celebrating a chair? The chair of St. Peter, or “cathedra,” is the specific place...
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The Name of Jesus

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Let’s think about this for a moment. Paul in Philippians says that because of His humility and obedience to God the Father, Jesus has been greatly exalted, that His name is above every other name, and that at...
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Share your Faith.

We are looking for parents who want to share their gifts and faith with teens through developing relationships and mentoring them as they navigate young adulthood.  All teens needs people in their lives who will be witnesses for Jesus Christ.  Will you practice your baptismal calling and join us?

Do you love the satisfaction of a job well done, or the feeling of accomplishment from putting something together and seeing everything fall into place just right?  Are you good at organizing and delegating tasks – once you have a clear idea of what needs to be accomplished?  Well we really want your help!

Are you an ideas person – someone to whom inspiration comes easily but maybe the follow through is another issue?  Do other people tend to become excited when you share your ideas, and want to start working on them, too?  There’s room for you, my friend!  Come see how you can help!

Are you unsure of your ability to talk to young people or connect with them?  Do you still feel like God is prompting you to do something for them?  There are many ways to exercise your spiritual gifts and baptismal calling in ministry for teens!

Love your Neighbor.

“The family is the school of all mercies, and the beginning of the Beatitudes.”

We are putting together a team of prayerful adults who commit to praying for a group of our teens at least once a day, every day.  This is a hugely important aspect of ministry, so if you are ready to exercise a spiritual work of mercy for our teens this one’s for you!

What are we doing to serve our neighbors?

What can we do to serve our neighbors?

Whatever you want! Got an idea? Let us know!

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Resources for Parents

We live in a fast paced, high tech, constantly moving world where the days seem shorter and our schedules always seem to be full. This is very true for teenagers. Between school, extracurricular activities, sports, jobs, church events, and time spent hanging out with friends it may seem like teens are never at home. The truth, however, is that teens spend more time at home than anyplace else. It is also true that teens consistently list their parents as the most important influences in their lives. What does all this mean? Youth Ministry starts at home and with families. This page is designed to offer parents encouragement, support, and resources to help positively influence the faith lives of our young Catholic Church.

Email us at davolvym@diodav.org to be added to the youth ministry parent email list and calling tree to stay informed on all of our happenings in youth ministry.

Links and Resources for Parents

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CPYU.ORGAt a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.
CatholicCulture.orgThis website helps readers cope with the full range of spiritual, moral, political, social, cultural, and ecclesiastical challenges with which sincere Catholics must daily contend in every aspect of their lives—including the family, the inner life of the Church, education, the workplace, public policy, and the interplay between faith and culture.
For Your MarriageThis excellent website designed by the United States Conference of Catholic of Bishops is designed to strengthen and support marriage.
Parent FurtherThis is a parenting website created by the Search Institute. It offers answers to your “need-to-know-right-now” questions and provides you with an understanding of what it takes to raise successful kids who will become healthy, responsible, and caring adults.
Catholic ParentsThis website supports parents to ensure authentic teaching of our Catholic Faith.
Chastity.comParents can use this website when teaching their youth that romance without regret does exist. It's hard enough to talk about sex with teenagers, it's even harder when trying to talk about sex and Catholicism. Use this resource to help you approach your teen on topics such as dating, sex, abortion, contraceptives, pornography and much more.
Sacramental Prep - Special NeedsUse this link to view faith formation materials provided for individuals with special needs.