Strong Catholic Families:
Strong Catholic Youth
Parent Session & Leader In-service
Apr 28, 29 · St. John
National Catholic Youth Conf.
Nov. 16-19, 2017, Indianapolis
NCYC Pilgrimage walk at Shrine of
May 21 · 3:30p
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!
Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth comes to
Diocese of Gary: The research on faith and the
family cannot be clearer: Parents matter…a lot! That’s
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, April
28, 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 April 29 to examine
effective family ministry strategies. Parents and parish
leaders alike can visit
strongcatholicfamiliesdg.org to RSVP. Please RSVP
on or before April 21. Questions, contact Kevin
Driscoll 219-769-9292 x229.
to you, your families, and those you serve!
TAPT XXIX-2017: Thank you to everyone who made TAPT XXIX a great encounter
with Christ! TAPTsters and team members, visit
garytapt.com for links to take the online evaluation, and to see the
official photo gallery to re-live the weekend!
2017 National Catholic
Youth Conference is back in Indianapolis, Nov.
16-19, and OYYA is leading the biennial diocesan
delegation of parish/school groups. Teens, parents:
contact your youth ministry leader to make sure your
parish is attending! Group Leaders (and prospective group leaders),
if you are interested in receiving information, visit
ncyc2017.com, and contact Kev to make sure
you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.
ministry for College-aged
young Catholics: COLLEGIATE CATHOLICS, you are invited to a new monthly gathering on the
first Thursday of each month, where you can explore your faith and
connect with others. Featuring food, friends, witness, faith
exploration, inspiration, and prayer, it might be just what you need
to keep Christ at the center of your hectic life.
collegiatecatholics.org to learn
are our greatest treasure and our hope for the
In his 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