Youth Ministry

It is essential that we, as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.

~Pope Francis, Letter from Pope Francis to the People of God
August 20, 2018

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Directives for Returning to In-Person Gatherings

Please click here for information about returning to in-person catechesis this fall. Click here for Directivies for Return to In Person Faith Formation and click here to access the template for completing your parish action plan if you are choosing to gather children in person.


Save the Date for this Upcoming Virtual Workshop!

Supporting the Spiritual and Faith Needs of Youth During This Time Of COVID…and Beyond

This presentation is interactive and will help guide us in supporting the social emotional spiritual needs of our kids. This workshop will be facilitated by Faith Vos Winkel, MSW, Confirmation Coordinator, Saint Patrick - Saint Anthony (SPSA), Hartford.
Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Faith will share some of the tools that she is utilizing with Confirmande at SPSA.
 
Objectives/Goals:
  • Discussion on what families are juggling.
  • What kids have lost these many months.
  • Tools to engage youth in a virtual environment.
  • Supporting emotional needs during the pandemic.
  • Practical tips for meditation, prayer, music, and fun in the virtual world. 

Click here to join the meeting, or you can dial in using your phone by calling +1 (872) 240-3212. Please use access code: 240-385-685.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org.


Upcoming Event: Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group

The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. 

All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!

We especially invite all those who work with young people.

If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish,” you are welcome too! 

Due to some recent changes within the structure of the OEEC, will will have to postpone these groups until early 2012. Please feel free to continue to register, we will send an email out to you as soon as we set the dates.  They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, but we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping. 

Those dates are as follows: 

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young
  • Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality
  • Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment
  • Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response
  • Theme 5 – The Gospel Message
  • Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry
  • Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations
  • Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership
  • Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment
  • Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission

TWe will be using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)

We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us! We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us! If you have any qestions, please contact us


Please find links to various digital youth conferences and events:

Coronavirus Resources for Youth Ministers

Below is a list of resources that we hope you can use during these uncertain times. If you know of a resource that you would like to add to our list, please let us know. 


Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation? 

Click the links below for resources for: 

...  Catholic School Teachers
...  Coronavirus-Specific Issues
Families, Children, and Teens at Home 
Everyone (Prayers, Libraries, etc.) 
...  Parish Catechetical Leaders
RCIA Teams

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Other Resources for Young People:

Resources for Youth Ministers & all those who work with young people:

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Youth Protection Resources


Rooting Youth in Service

Rooting Youth in Service is an interactive guide for engaging youth in meaningful service learning opportunities. This includes theological foundations, best practices and guidelines for organizing, implementing and following through with these projects. To download this guide, click here.


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For more information contact:

Kelly Henderschedt