Diocesan Middle School YM Day
October 15 · Andrean HS
National Catholic Youth Conf.
Nov. 16-19, 2017, Indianapolis
WYD 2018 Pilgrimage
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!
and young adults factor prominently in Synod
Youth and young adults were mentioned frequently
on Synod Saturday. While “Young Catholics” was its own
category, youth and young adults were mentioned in other
ecclesial areas, as well. The faithful greatly values
ministry with youth & young adults. Affirmed and
challenged, OYYA is ready for what's next.
HERE to read Bishop Hying's official Synod document
CLICK HERE to view the
results from the Synod, youth and young adult
initiatives and strategies that will be prioritized for
parishes and the diocese in the future.
Ministry Deanery Formation for 2017-18 is Synod
Implementation & Formation:
This coming academic year
(September 2017-May 2018), OYYA will continue hosting
the deanery gatherings, but they will take on an added
importance: Synod Implementation and Formation.
Click here to
Over 360 middle schoolers from 22 groups representing
over 30 Catholic parishes attended Grásta Dé! 2017!
Thanks to all who attended, and thanks to all adult
leaders and parents who worked so hard to bring this
opportunity to young people!
NWI Times article
BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY: Please note that as
of 7/1/17, the Diocese of Gary enacted a new policy on
background checks. ANYONE that works with
youth—regardless of when they were last background
checked—will be required to submit to a NEW background
check using the new system. Contact your parish's safe
environment contact person to ensure compliance.
Youth Day 2019: The Diocese of Gary is working
collaboratively with the Office of Intercultural
Ministries to send pilgrims to Panama for the next World
Youth Day, held in January, 2019. If you or anyone you
know is interested in attending and/or taking a group,
contact Kevin Driscoll to be added to a list of persons
interested in future WYD info. The minimum age for
pilgrims is 16 (at the time of pilgrimage). Young adults
are especially invited (while “youth” in U.S. language
is often associated with adolescents, it is more
commonly used to identify college/20-somethings
Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens:
Through careful deliberation in the winter/spring of
2017, 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. The document will be
sent to youth ministry leaders and Bishop Hying. You can
read it/download it online here:
most-recent NWIC column, 'Missionary discipleship to be
embraced by youth, young adult ministries ': The new
USCCB Living as Missionary Disciples document
draws a connection between the church’s missions of
evangelization and social justice. Synod results tell us
we should, too
2017 National Catholic
Youth Conference is back in Indianapolis, Nov.
16-19, and OYYA is leading the biennial diocesan
delegation of parish/school groups. The Diocese of Gary
will send a record number of delegates to NCYC 2017!
Nearly 290 are currently registered, with room for more!
ncyc2017.com, and contact Kev for more
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