Additional Activity Ideas
Call to Holiness
Every month highlight a lifestyle in the parish, school, or organization. How does marriage reflect the baptismal call to holiness? How does single life promote the gospel life? How does being a lay missioner witness to the world?
Have pictures of local people and what they do, their reflections, interview them and write up their responses as an article for the diocesan paper and/or newsletter. Have a parish bulletin board featuring local vocations and update regularly.
The family is the primary church. We often forget the important role family plays in faith development. Encourage parents, remind them to pray as a family, discuss faith issues at the supper table, challenge one another on how we live the Gospel life. Hold family rituals that promote the faith i.e., Advent wreath, rice bowl in Lent, novenas, home altars, blessings, read the Christmas story before opening gifts, watch movies together such as Romero, The Mission, Entertaining Angels, Roses in December and discuss them.
Identify people who you feel live their faith in authentic ways and share about them in your group. Invite them to your gathering and ask them to tell you what motivates them, helped them make their choices. i.e. The person who cares for a shut-in or Alzheimer's victim, the local activist in social justice issues, the teen who volunteers for the mission trip every summer, etc.
Find people who were called by God to serve. Who were they? What were they called to do? What was their answer initially? How did that change? Who are people being called today? To what are they being called?
Identify discernment retreats available in the diocese or region and inform young people about these opportunities.