2nd Seeking the Light retreat for college
students & young adults
Jan 7 ∑ Calumet College, Whiting
Strong Catholic Families:
Strong Catholic Youth
Parent Session & Leader In-service
Jan. 27, 28 ∑ St. John
CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Young adult walking pilgrimage to Spain's Camino de Santiago
July 30-August 7, 2017
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry
The Diocese of Gary OYYA serves those who serve the young Catholic Church.
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!
ye the way of the Lord! The Advent season is a time of preparation that
directs our hearts and minds to Christís second coming at the end of time and
also to the anniversary of the Lordís birth on Christmas. Help young people
journey toward the birth of Christ- OYYA has compiled a list of (mostly free)
Advent-themed resources for you to incorporate into your programs with youth.
Includes prayer services, activity suggestions, videos and more. Advent
is back: Twelve young adults have made the Diocese of Gary one of their
stops on a nine month tour of the country. NET Ministries (NET stands for
National Evangelization Teams) is headquartered in St. Paul, MN. Youth from
seventeen diocesan parishes and Catholic schools in Whiting, Griffith, St. John,
Hammond, La Porte, Munster, Merrillville, Portage, Lake Station, Schererville,
Michigan City, and South Haven will experience NET retreats during the visit.
Let's pray for the team and the young people they'll serve this week! Read more
in the press release: https://is.gd/netpr
Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth comes to
Diocese of Gary: The research on faith and the family
cannot be clearer: Parents matterÖa lot! Thatís why the Diocese of Gary
Office for Youth & Young Adults invites you to learn more about how the
Strong Catholic Familes: Strong Catholic Youth initiative can help parishes
and schools better engage families in the life of the Church. Parents are
invited to a free session that will explore the challenges and blessings of
Catholic parenting today. It will be Friday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at St. John
the Evangelist Church in St. John. Parish leaders are invited to bring a small
team and attend both the Friday parent session and a training/in-service
Saturday morning Jan. 28 to examine effective family ministry strategies.
Parents and parish leaders alike can visit
to RSVP. Please RSVP on or before Jan. 20. Questions, contact Kevin Driscoll
play, "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day," is a one woman show
about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day spent 47 years
caring for the poor and leading the Catholic Church to a more active concern for
the needy in U.S. society. This dramatic portrait, featuring Still Point
Founder/Artistic Director Lisa Wagner-Carollo, follows Dorothy Day from her days
as a 17 year old Greenwich Village bohemian through her later years as a
tireless champion of social justice. The play will take place on Thursday,
December 8, 7-8:00 pm, at Bishop Noll Institute. Tickets are a $10 donation. All
proceeds will benefit services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary. Tickets
can be purchased at the door, or to reserve tickets in advance, please contact
Stephanie Miller at 219-886-3549 or
Presented by Catholic Charities to the youth and young adult community.
TAPT XXIX-2017 Team Applications
coming soon: For
current H.S. teens that have previously attended a TAPT, the
application process for team selection (Peer Ministers and OATS Team
members) has begun! You may
complete the app online or print it out & mail it. Deadline for
applications is mid-January. Complete information about serving on the
leadership team, including formation dates and job descriptions can be
found at the website. Click here to apply.
Adult Retreat Day Jan. 7: Bishop Hying invites college students and young
adults to join him for "Seeking the Light," a retreat day Jan. 7 at Calumet
College in Whiting. Bishop Hying will lead participants through a variety of
faith experiences centered around the Epiphany, bringing to life its meaning in
our lives today. Retreat begins 9am Jan. 7 and ends appr. 7p with optional
social until 9p. Cost: $35, includes meals. Consider giving this retreat as a
Christmas gift! Deadline: Dec. 21. Register/info:
THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE 'THE WAY' A
GREAT DAY TO KICKOFF OUR PILGRIMAGE TO NCYC!
Group Leaders (and prospective group leaders): If you missed the NCYC Info Mtg.
Breakfast on November 1 and are interested in receiving information about the
2017 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit
ncyc2017.com, and contact Kev to make sure
you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.
are our greatest treasure and our hope for the
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. Letís 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!
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