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“may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thes 23

Advent Resources


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Winter Retreat for YM Leaders
Jan. 30-31, 2015 · Hammond


Young Adult


World Youth Day 2016





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!

Prepare ye the way of the Lord! The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s 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 Resources link

2014 OYYA Year in Review: Before we flip the calendar and take on a new year of challenges and opportunities, take a look back at some memorable moments for the Office for Youth & Young Adults in 2014.

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YDisciple rep: Everitt Fritz was at OLC in Merrillville on December 10th, talking about a different approach to youth ministry. If you missed it, we captured the presentation on video (appr. 90 mins). Watch and hear Everett share his passion for a program that has transformed youth ministry in communities across the United States. Click here for link to video

TAPT XXVII-2015 Team Applications are now being accepted: 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! Applications are now available online. You may complete the app online or print it out & mail it. Deadline for applications is January 16. Complete information about serving on the leadership team, including formation dates and job descriptions can be found at the website. Click here for info and to apply

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 2015 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

Top Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens:  Through careful deliberation in the winter/spring of 2014, the DYC created this document in hopes of accurately portraying the greatest challenges teens face in our society.  This list reflects the opinions and ideas of the teens represented by the members of the Council who represent churches throughout Northwest Indiana.  DYC reps hope parish leaders use this list as a tool to open dialogue with youth.  Read it here

Retreat for Youth Ministry Leaders: Our ministry is BEST when the Spirit of Christ is burning HOT! But unless you keep stoking a fire, it burns out. This all-too-brief overnight retreat for youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Gary is meant to stoke that fire! Join your brother and sister youth ministers for a LONG-overdue overnight retreat for JUST youth ministers, Friday, January 30 - Saturday, January 31 at the Spiritual Life Center, Hammond. There will be time to pray and time to play. Time to laugh, time to relax, time to learn about who we are and why we do what we do. click here for more info

Young Adult CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES: The Young Adults for Catholic Charities Planning Team recently announced a name change: Diocese of Gary Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministries (or "COM" for short). Same great people, same great mission- to gather together for fun and to live out our faith by serving others. Except now, in addition to serving Catholic Charities, we can serve other great agencies doing great work in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Visit the new!


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

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