When we started this weekly series, we referenced that old Beatles’ song Eight Days a Week under the thought that youth ministers work so hard it is like working eight days a week. (which after living the life for a few months in two parishes is soooo true!) This is designed to serve you over the 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.)
- The Partnership for Adolescent Catechsis has released a draft of a national document entitled: “The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis”. Constructive comments are being solicited over the next three weeks using these instructions.
- Forbes recently released a listing of meaningful careers… And, yup, youth ministry tied atop the list. An analysis.
- Rather than bemoan the disconnection of some families, we must be creative in finding opportunities for ministry among them. Lauri Przybysz offers her thoughts on Families Evangelizing Families, A Spirituality of Accompaniment.
- Jim Beckman recently presented on “Liturgy’s Vital Role in Discipleship Ministry with Teenagers” http://liturgycatechesisshallkiss.blogspot.com/2015/04/notes-from-liturgical-catechesis-and_56.html
- Our cover image this week joins into tomorrow’s commemoration of Earth Day and we continue the theme as we share a poster from Catholic Relief Services.
- Netflix has just released a whole season of episodes featuring Marvel superhero Daredevil. US Catholic reports that it is violent and mature, but also distinctively Catholic. Meanwhile, a reminder that we all have Superpowers.
- Just celebrated Confirmation in one of my parishes and Eucharist is less than two weeks away in the other, so this is not a slow season… I’m developing many (possibly too many) plans (including rest, I’m not a superhero.) Jared Kirkwood has notes on finding motivation during slump seasons.
- Please know that you are our heroes and sheroes and that we ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week