EightDays 040714

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. 11119803_10153250064286108_9179138701551780261_nWorn out by all the activity of Holy Week (which may have seemed like more than eight days?) Consider: Do I know how to rest by accepting the love, gratitude and affection which I receive from God’s faithful people? Or, once my pastoral work is done, do I seek more refined relaxations, not those of the poor but those provided by a consumerist society? Is the Holy Spirit truly “rest in times of weariness” for me, or is he just someone who keeps me busy? With these questions, Pope Francis, addressed a Chrism mass gathering of priests of tiredness in pastoral ministry…. a message applicable to all of us. 
  2. Going to workcamps, conferences, or  leadership  training this summer?  Take Pope Francis with you…. Well. if that can’t happen, then have Flat  Francis tag along for your pictures.
  3. Our poster comes from CatholicTV.com, while our banner image above comes from here.
  4. Here’s an inforgraphic with explanation regarding  loads of detail regarding the impact of technology and faith.
  5. Research indicates hat young adults in their 20s who were heavy marijuana smokers in their teenage years scored 18% worse on long-term memory tests.
  6. And, now, a moment to defend some of  values related to  “attractional ministry
  7. If you  build it, they will come.  another moment related to “attractional ministry” but also an Field of Dreams celebration of the start of  baseball season.
  8. As we start both the Easter season and the baseball season, know that are prayers are with you each time you field a play and come to bat…  because we ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week…

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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