Igniting the Fire
Sep 10-11 · Chesterton
Diocesan Middle School YM Day
October 16, 2016 · Andrean HS
CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES
December 1-3, 2016
San Jose, CA
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!
pilgrims traveled to Italy and Poland for
an unforgettable World Youth Day pilgrimage
Visit the Diocesan OYYA website for
links, including: photo gallery, news
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
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
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.
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
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
ECHO PROMO from Ahava Productions on Vimeo.
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. 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!
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
you know your way to' the best conference for Catholic
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!