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Easter is 50 days

The Easter Season
March 27-May 15, 2016

This year, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, March 27. On Easter Sunday, Christ our light re-enters the world. The lighting of the paschal candle and the proclamation of “Alleluia” symbolize the light of Christ entering back into the world after the forty days of Lent. There are fifty days of Easter concluding on Pentecost Sunday. See:

Mission, Vision, Values

NFCYM Adopts New Mission, Vision, Values Statements

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting in Chicago, The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry approved and adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. These statements are now published in full on this website.

International Day of Families

Amoris Laetitia and the International Day of Families

Pope Francis has released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. And in May, a day celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families (1994). Many people celebrate the International Day of Families by hosting workshops, seminars, lectures, and more!
Resources on the Family:

World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day

Fair Trade organizations have a commitment to ensuring that international trading is fair and equal for all parties involved. The World Fair Trade Organization is an agent for change that is seeking to eradicate poverty by finding a sustainable solution. The object of World Fair Trade Day is to raise awareness of the mission of the World Fair Trade Organization. Consider hosting an event on World Fair Trade Day like a “Fair Trade Only Meal,” in which all the food used to prepare food was in compliance with fair trade.
Fair Trade Resources and Information:

World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day is an awareness day for “the world’s most solvable problem.” It serves as a call for communities to come together and talk about the problem of hunger in our world.

News from NFCYM and Beyond

Recent news and/or updates to the website include:

For more information, see the full News page.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Lay Ecclesial Ministry

The mission of the church cannot be completed without the faithful work of its lay ministers. Is Christ calling you to lead his church in this capacity? Check out the certification process on the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ministers website ( and these resources:

Strong Catholic Families/Fortaleciendo en la Fe
What's NFCYM's Most Popular Training In-Service?

Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth—and the transliterated program, Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe—have come to over 60 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada.

Learn more about them.

Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si
Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si

A collection of resources can be found in our “Catechesis for Current Events.”

Also, be sure to check out NFCYM’s website, “Care for Creation, Care for the Poor” at


Links will open the conference website

National Catholic Youth Conference

Called • Llamados
Indianapolis: November 16-18, 2017

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

Connect in Christ
San Jose: December 1-3, 2016

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