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You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.
~Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013

 


Igniting the Fire

Sep 10-11 · Chesterton

 


Diocesan Middle School YM Day
October 16, 2016 · Andrean HS

 


Young Adult
CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES

 


December 1-3, 2016
San Jose, CA

 

 
9:02am Mondays
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

The Diocese of Gary OYYA serves those who serve the young Catholic Church.

Vision Statement

Through collaboration with parish leaders and youth-serving organizations, the Diocese of Gary OYYA seeks to nurture the total personal and spiritual enrichment of our youth and young adults, and to call them to full participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community as portrayed by Jesus in the Gospels.


OYYA programs are funded in part by generous donations to the diocesan Catholic Services Appeal
THANK YOU for your gifts!


82 pilgrims traveled to Italy and Poland for an unforgettable World Youth Day pilgrimage in July. Visit the Diocesan OYYA website for links, including: photo gallery, news stories, etc.



Middle school youth from around the diocese will gather at the annual "Grásta Dé!" Middle School Youth Ministry Day. Make sure your parish is there! Grásta Dé! ("God's Grace") is Sun., Oct. 16 from 1-7pm at Andrean HS, Merrillville. Featuring youth-friendly music and presenters, food, dancing, Mass, and a powerful story about mercy you'll never forget!


The Igniting the Fire Lock-In returns to Northwest Indiana this September 10-11, hosted by St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton. An amazing overnight experience that involves and inspires middle school and high school youth in their faith, ITF features music, dancing and faith sharing, along with everything from prayer to pizza. ITF is a presentation of many parishes working together to create one of the most exciting youth ministry programs in Northwest Indiana in 2016! Youth leaders, contact the planning team to learn more about how you can bring a group of any size. Visit igniting-the-fire.org for complete details, including how to register.

ITF is a collaborative project of many youth ministry programs throughout the diocese, including: Holy Spirit, Winfield; Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville; Our Lady of Sorrows, South Haven; St. Ann, Gary; St. Mary, Crown Point; St. Matthias, Crown Point; St. Michael, Schererville; St. Patrick, Chesterton.


Christian Family Concert on the lake September 10: Come out to Cedar Lake for a free concert event in a beautiful setting on Saturday night, September 10, 5-9pm. It's the 5th annual Let Your Light Shine concert event. This year's headliner: nationally-acclaimed artist and St. John native PJ ANDERSON! Enjoy the sunset along the eastern shoreline of Cedar Lake. Open to youth, young adults, and families, the event features inspiring music, food vendors, new friends, laughter, and lots of fun. Bring your friends, bring the whole family, a blanket or a few lawn chairs, and enjoy a great night! Sponsored by several local Christian churches in the Cedar Lake area (including Holy Name Catholic Church). For more information, visit cedarlakeconcert.org .


Bishop Hying's online ECHO series: Youth ministry leaders, young adults, parents, any adult who has ever wanted to have a better grasp of "what the church teaches about," your bishop understands you are not alone! That's why Bishop Hying has spearheaded an effort to make you a more informed Catholic. Take a digital pilgrimage with Bishop Hying in the new online ECHO series, as he leads us through the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Spend time rediscovering your Catholic faith in this online video-based study series. Bishop Hying will offer a reflection on each chapter of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Click here to register. Participants will need to acquire a copy of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which is available online for free here. Print copies: USCCB   Amazon

 
ECHO PROMO from Ahava Productions on Vimeo.


"They are our greatest treasure and our hope for the future."
In his recently-promulgated Synod Pastoral Letter, Young Catholics are included by Bishop Hying as a key priority for the 2017 Diocesan Synod. As the process begins, I encourage everyone to read the letter and begin to answer the questions listed. Let’s embrace this Synod, because it has the power to transform the life of the Church at all levels in NW Indiana, and in particular youth and young adult ministry! Learn more

Empowering Teens for Synod 2017: Insights from the Diocese of Gary Youth Council  The DYC held a retreat day over the summer to discuss the Synod, and how to ensure that the voice of teens are heard. Read their insights here.

"Young people, as an integral part of Church, need to be part of the process," Bishop Donald Hying's weekly column for the Northwest Indiana Catholic, 7/3/16


♪ 'Do you know your way to' the best conference for Catholic YM?! In my opinion the single best formation experience for adult youth ministry leaders, the Nat’l Conf. on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM), is this Dec. 1-3 in San Jose, CA. NCCYM is the largest adult conference for Catholic youth ministry leaders in the country. It's three days of inspiring keynotes, challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, critical networking, extensive resources, and good-hearted entertainment. It’s time to begin planning and budgeting for 2016! Click here


 

 

Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults
Kevin Driscoll, Coordinator 
(Email)
9292 Broadway · Merrillville, IN 46410 · 219-769-9292

Proud to be an affiliated diocese of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry