Eight Days 020315

Like in the Beatles’ song Eight Days a Week, youth ministers work so hard it is like working eight days a week. Here continues a weekly series to serve you over your next eight days with eight notes for your information and formation. Pass these along in your e-newsletters (and offer Project YM a little love in the process, please.

  1. Hey, it’s February… Your attention is drawn in million different ways.  Focus! Narrow your path!
  2. Meanwhile, draw young people’s attention to Life Teen’s list of 102 things to give up for Lent.  I’m seriously considering #52, 53, and 54. Pray for me. (See Romans 8:26)
  3. Furthermore, draw parents attention the NPR’s recent interview regarding Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains
  4. How can we help young people in discernment? Denise Gorss of Loyola Press reminds us that even Jesus experienced discernment as an adolescent.
  5. PaulMikiAnd the teenage Jesus would probably have appreciated Chris Wesley’s sensibility regarding balancing fun and discipleship
  6. In anticipation of Friday, our poster commemorates the memorial of the first Japanese Martyrs, St. Paul Miki and his companions. Learn more about them here.  Meanwhile the cover photo above is meant to encourage you to shut out the noise and focus!
  7. Next Sunday would be the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, and, because of the example of her life has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
  8. Needless to say, we are focusing our thoughts and prayers for you and your ministries as we ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week. 
Photo Credits:  Cover    Poster

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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