CYM News 11-14-11

News from Around:It’s NCYC advanced press week: WASHINGTON, DC – Mark Hart Bob McCarty of the NFCYM and Don McNabb of he CYF-USA talk with Danielle Bean of the Faith and Family podcast. Listen in here.

ALBANY, NY — High school senior Allison Deutschman knows dozens of Catholic teens preparing for confirmation – but only about five of them attend Mass weekly.One way to change that, she hopes, is by attending the National Catholic Youth Conference next week.  Read more from the Evangelist

MESA, AZ – Mark Hart is delivering a keynote address, as well as conducting various talks and workshops, at the NCYC, which is expected to draw 25,000 Catholic youth to Indianapolis the weekend of Nov. 18. Read more from the National Catholic Regiister

Days away from departure for NCYC (for senior high schoolers) and the news wires bring tales of middle school events:

MERRILLVILLE, IN – Ask young people how they see God’s grave and they’ll mention their parent, firmeds, other youth and adults, and the simple things in life. The Diocese of Gary held their fifth annual Grásta Dé middle school retreat with 300 youth and adults from 20 parishes. Oddwalk and Sal Solo were there. Read more from the Northwest Indiana Catholic.

MARQUETTE, MI – The amount of Catholics attending Sunday mass nationwide is on the decline. A new survey of American Catholics reports attendance has fallen from 64% to 50% in the last 10 years. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette says their youth attendance at events like Saturday’s “See the See” rally remains steady.  Read more from Fox TV 6 Upper Michigan’s Source 

News from ‘Round Here:Monday started off quietly and peacefully.  A new pace for a new week.  Did simple little tasks like re-file most of the stuff that is on my computer screen desktop and ship out an posting for Had a great wrap-up call with Tony regarding reBuildmyChurch.organd shot notes off to him. We hope to have announcement about a rebroadcast of the November 3 e-conference as well as out next steps very soon.Division staff is always the morning task on Tuesday.  today it was one-on-one supervision.  We are all getting better about have loving but more direct talks with one another.  The rest of the day was a flurry of NCYC details.i

Wednesday was a day of video-editing, NCYC prepping, weekend retreat planning, and other desk tasks. In the evening, I Photo0006designed 5 banners to rotate in the above area – an over due task. Oh, and it was a beautiful moon-rise that night. 

Department (code named E-Ream) meetings are Thursdays… as are bi-weekly e-newsletters. That took up a bunch of time and i keep pushing along on NCYC stuff.

The excitement on Friday was that the banner rotation went live on the blog. Cool. In the office, I was editing videos for the department, still working NCYC stuff, and structuring my blog queue.  (It looks like I might be featuring skype conversations in the new year!) The weekend brought along a parish LifeTeen core team retreat, a date (was God reading my subconscious in last Sunday’s prayer?), outlet shopping for my annual “conference sneakers,” video editing completion, and football.  Unfortunately, the Ravens lost again playing down to the level of a losing team

All in all, the week lived up to a a ratcheting-down of the season leading into NCYC and then a vacation.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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