NCYC Group Ldr. Info Mtg. & Breakfast
Saturday Nov. 1, 9-11am
Top Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens, presented by the Diocesan Youth Council
YACC is now
CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES
World Youth Day 2016
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!
October is Respect Life Month: Many of you have made pro-life activities
(Life Chain along Ridge Road in Highland, Munster and Lansing on the first
Sunday of October is an example) part of your programming for the month of
October, which the USCCB recognizes as Respect Life month. Check out free
resources available from the USCCB:
Pancake Breakfast: Free pancakes
& info! The largest regular gathering of Catholic teens in the USA returns to
Indy in Nov., 2015, and if you’ve even considered taking two teens or fifty, the
place to be is the NCYC Group Ldr. Info Mtg. & Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 1,
9-11am at OLC, Merrillville. If you are even considering attending NCYC, I
strongly recommend attending this mtg.! (If you can’t make it, consider sending
a representative.) The key to taking a big group next fall is to start making
plans now! I will pass along all info I know, as well as some insights on
fundraising and integrating NCYC into your existing ministry strategies. Even if
you've led groups to NCYC 2011 and/or 2013, we are changing the way we charge
for NCYC which will impact your planning, so you'll want to know the details!
RSVP appreciated. Info:
About 350 middle school youth and their leaders from an estimated 30 parishes around the diocese gathered at
Andrean High School for the annual Grásta
Dé! Middle School Youth Ministry Day Sun., Oct. 19
Click here for the photo gallery, newspaper article and more!
Ministry & Halloween: Halloween has become such a part of the U.S. pop
culture landscape- especially for youth, obviously- that we often cannot ignore
it. We've heard about the evils of Halloween, but is there a way to embrace the
fun of Halloween while remaining true to the faith?
Yes, with the help of some good resources!
to all who made the first-ever Nun Run 5K & Penguin Waddle 1 Mile Fun Run
a great day! It was a fun day of fellowship, and the proceeds went to a great
cause: the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home and Holy Innocents Center in East
Chicago. Learn more about what the sisters do there by
visiting their website here, and be sure to check out
the photo gallery from the
Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens:
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
DIOCESAN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM:
Parish, school and diocesan ministry leaders are invited to attend a
Leadership Symposium on Saturday, October 4th at Our Lady of
Consolation from 8:30am-12:30pm. The theme of the symposium is "Pope
Francis Calls Us to Mission and Evangelization: Who Will Answer?"
The format allows for an engaging exchange of ideas and insights
from both our presenter, Fr. Robin Ryan, and the event participants.
Bishop Melczek will provide a reflection and call to action. Pope
Francis wrote, "Try to be a church that finds new roads...and go to
those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are
indifferent." As leaders, how will we respond? A presentation of the
diocesan offices of Parish Pastoral Councils and Hispanic Ministry,
anyone in ministry leadership will benefit from attending. Symposium
is free, but you must RSVP by registering online. To register, visit
World Youth Day 2016: Due to overwhelming response, we have to officially
close our pilgrimage. We will have 80 pilgrims in 2016! Based on our current
prime hotel locations in Krakow and Rome, we are making this decision to ensure
the best experience possible for those who have submitted deposits. The diocese
will provide consultation should you wish to travel to WYD apart from the OYYA
pilgrimage, or you could request to be added to a waiting list, should others
withdraw. For those who are going click here
for updated WYD info.
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 dgyoungadult.com!