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les December 3, 2013
Proudly, NFCYM meets the Standards of Excellence set forth by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation) has approved the certification standards and procedures of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry as a member of the Alliance for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers for Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana and Youth Ministry Leader including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana through 2018. The USCCB Subcommittee national office is located at 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202-541-3154). For more information go to: www.usccb.org/ certification.
- Join Pope Francis' call to pray for the end of hunger, December 10, noon your time. (12/3/13)
- NCYC 2013 Evaluation Link Open until January 2: Let us know how NCYC was for you and how the session speakers and performers did. Your feedback is important in making 2015 even better. Complete your online evaluation by January 2, 2014. (11/25/13)
- NCYC Lost and Found Items: Items that were not claimed after the conference have been forwarded to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. To inquire about lost items, or to claim items, send an email to: NCYCLost&Found@archindy.org. Items must be claimed prior to December 15, 2013. (11/26/13)
- NCYC Audio Recordings of Sessions Now Available: Order Audio Download Bundles of NCYC talks (select the NCYC category). If you ordered a USB flash drive with recorded talks at NCYC but didn’t pick it up, send an e-mail to Sales@LCEmedia.com with your name, mailing address, receipt number, and the type of flash drive you ordered (it’s listed on your receipt). (11/25/13)
- Our hearts and prayers go out to victims of the cyclone in the Philippines. Please support relief efforts as you are able. Catholic Relief Services is leading the way in the efforts on behalf of the church. (11/12/13)
- The most recent "Tuesday at 2" webinar featuring Don McCrabb discussing "Lumen Fidei—The Implications of Pope Francis' Encyclical for Youth and Young Adult Ministry" is now available for viewing on the Training Services webpage (10/22/13)
- Professional Development Opportunity to Study in Rome! Youth, young adult, and lay ecclesial ministry leaders are invited to consider joining a study trip in May 2014. Download the promotional flyer, or visit the website, for more information. (9/16/13)
- The NFCYM Board of Directors Releases Letter to NFCYM Members on recent serious misrepresentations of the NFCYM and our executive director concerning our work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA). Read the Letter (257 KB) (7/25/13)
- Promotional videos for the Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth and Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe initiatives are now available for view and to download. (7/16/13)
NEW Resource for Youth Ministry Leaders!
Affirming Life: Our Response to God's Love
Vol. 5, Living and Loving Our Catholic Faith Series, NFCYM
Understanding the dignity of being created in the divine image is the impetus that forms in us a deep respect for all human life and that propels us to safeguard it with the utmost zeal and paramount care. Affirming human life, however, should not be reduced to a single issue or narrow political stance. Rather, the church’s teaching on the primacy of life among our inalienable human rights is at the heart of our greatest expression of charity both to God, who is the Author of Life, as well as to our neighbor, for whom we selflessly lay down our life.
In many ways, it forms the human movements of all of our interpersonal and social relationships. From abortion to euthanasia, to poverty and immigration, to war and the death penalty, life issues impact people at every age, ethnicity, and socio-economic level. Affirming Life: Our Response to God’s Love takes a comprehensive approach to teaching youth about the significant issues threatening the life of the least among us.
- A Special Appendix section also provides preparation materials for those attending the March for Life in Washington.
- Purchase through the NFCYM Online Store
- Prayer Cards are available too!
Remember NACYML Members Receive a 10% Discount on Items Found in NFCYM's Online Store. See Members' Only page for discount code.
Excellence in Resources for Youth Ministry Leaders
Competencies for Volunteers Serving in Youth Ministry Supporting Roles
Developed by NACYML
Recently released, Competencies for Volunteers Serving in Youth Ministry Supporting Roles, provides practical help for youth ministry leaders as they invite, prepare, and lead volunteers for youth ministry. It presents a nationally applicable framework of competencies for youth ministry volunteers. It is our hope that this resource will help youth ministry leaders and their volunteers build a culture of competence for comprehensive youth ministry.
The Volunteer Competencies are for people who serve in essential ministry roles, but are not responsible for the overall coordination and leadership of the ministry. Examples of such roles include, but are not limited to: chaperone, driver, catechist, fundraising coordinator, core team member.
Living and Loving our Catholic Faith, Volume 4
Sacraments: Celebrations of Grace
Uncover with young people the wealth of our sacramental tradition through Sacraments: Celebrations of Grace (in volume 4 of the Living and Loving Our Catholic Faith series). Highlights include:
- A primer for adult leaders on The Universe as Sacrament by Dr. Anastasia Wendlinder, assistant professor of Religious Studies/Graduate Program co-director, Gonzaga University
- Celebrating Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, by Dr. Nancy Thompson, director of Program and Diocesan Relations and Janice Benton, executive director National Catholic Partnership on Disability.
- An Examination on Conscience PowerPoint
- Videos from Busted Halo, one on each sacraments
- Divided into three chapters: Initiation, Service, and Healing, Sacraments: Celebrations of Grace enables adult leaders to teach youth about the meaning of the seven sacraments and their relevance for today.
Partnering with Parents to Bring Home the Faith
The Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth initiative and resources are designed to motivate:
- parents to embrace the idea of living as a domestic church
- parishes/schools to engage, support and equip parents to transmit the faith to their children.
Parents of teenagers and "tweens" will find this short volume full of helpful tips and practical recommendations on how to support and guide their son or daughter through their adolescent years.