The Beatles were a small obscure band to which Paul McCartney belonged before he partnered with Kanye West. Anyway, back in the day, the Beatles had a little song called Eight Days a Week, a reference that they were working so hard, they were working eight days a week.
Always seemed like a potential theme song for youth ministers to me. We are starting here a weekly series to serve you over your eight days with eight sets of notes and links for your information and formation. Here goes:
- Presentations given by Pope Francis’ at Asian Youth Day include the 8/15 Meeting with Youth and 8/17 Closing Mass -great for some “pull quotes” for your ministry. Speaking of the Pope’s trip to South Korea, here is a mini-poster remembrance from that event. (click to enlarge, right click on larger image to download/ save image as…)
- Speaking of images, here on the Project YM site, Fr. Matthew Schnieder offers recommendations for the top 12 catholic instagrammers you should be following.
- Looking to get a good start on the new year of youth ministry? Chris Wesley offers 3 action steps to start the year right while Jenn D’Angelo-Lucovic has programmatic suggestions for a back to school bash. Meanwhile, Loyola Press has a prayer for the start of the school year that you can pass along to families. Beloit College once again offers their Mindset List which reminds us of the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of our present students Of course, we are starting off in the shadows of Ferguson, so here are some suggestions regarding that catechetical challenge.
- Mentioning Miley Cyrus and MTV’s Video Music Awards usually might not have been a good idea… until Sunday, when she sent a homeless young man to accept an award on her behalf. If you have not caught this yet, it certainly has “teachable moment” written all over it.
- Speaking of relationships, on the Project YM site, you will find an essay regarding the Apostle Paul and the young people connected towards his ministry. Are these models which we are rightly or unfortunately emulating?
- This week, we commemorate St. Monica on Wednesday and on Thursday, St. Augustine. Never forget the power of a parent’s influence and prayer.
- Chris Martin challenges us to not allow our own comforts sports to do damage to our ministry. It is a theme that echoes Pope Francis’ encouragement to preach a Gospel which “touches their daily lives, when it runs down like the oil of Aaron to the edges of reality, when it brings light to moments of extreme darkness, to the “outskirts” where people of faith are most exposed to the onslaught of those who want to tear down their faith.” Where are we willfully blind, travelling in extreme darkness?
- Always remember, God Ain’t got nothing but love, babe (for those that do youth ministry) eight days a week.