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les May 21, 2013
Proudly, NFCYM meets the Standards of Excellence set forth by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
NFCYM will be changing the host for its Domain Name records on the evening of May 16, 2013. This may cause a disruption in the nfcym.org and related websites as well as mail to @nfcym.org addresses. Email that is disrupted will NOT be delivered to the intended recipient. If mail to a staff contact is refused, please re-send after that weekend. We expect that everything will be back to normal by Monday morning, May 20, 2013, if not sooner. Thank you for your understanding.
- Congratulations to our very own Bob and Maggie McCarty, recipients of NCCL's 2013 Catechetical Award! (Read the press release.)
- Congrats to GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez on receiving the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award and to all the boy and girl scouts who were presented awards by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
- Check out this next webinar opportunity, a World Youth Day informational webinar for leaders, on May 23.
- NFCYM joins Catholics around the world in welcoming Pope Francis. We celebrate his “yes” to this call and to his ministry characterized by service, humility, advocacy for the poor, prayerfulness, and simplicity. The young people in the USA join with the universal church in prayer for blessings upon his pontificate. May the Lord deeply bless Pope Francis as he assumes his profound spiritual and ministerial responsibilities. And may the young Catholic Church be graced by his leadership and his wisdom.
- Please see the sidebar on the right for a listing of resources relating to recent shootings throughout the country.
- Check out our links to resources for the Year of Faith. Now includes a bilingual resource from Institute Fe Y Vida. (update 10/24/12)
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.