Dear friends in ministry,
As you may already be aware, The Catholic Register newspaper is recruiting for next year's Youth Speak News mentorship program. We are looking for aspiring young writers. ages 16 to 25, who would be interested in working with media professionals in Catholic media to hone their media and communications skills.
Because we aim to have a broad cross-section of youth writers from across the country, I would like to extend our YSN program application deadline for your candidates. We would love to be able to have all parts of the Canadian Catholic community, so please extend our invite to your youth ministry. If you have a candidate that you would like to recommend, please have their applications sent to us by July 27th.
For more information, you can also visit our recruitment page here at: http://catholicregister.org/ysn/ysn-application
Again, the extended deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015.
Thank you very much for your continued support,
Jean Ko Din
Youth Speak News editor
The Catholic Register
(416) 934-3410 ext. 403
What you've always wanted, and more!
Finally, we're able to unveil the courses for summer seminar's growing Enrichment Stream! We're sorry for the delay, but we're very excited about who we have joining us this year! Check out the course overviews and the instructors, and register online today!
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Dear Youth Minister Leaders,
Greetings of peace and joy in the Risen Christ!
It is with pleasure that I invite you to the Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers 2014 Summer Training Seminars. It will be held on Saturday, July 19 till Friday July 25 at Queen's House of Retreats in picturesque Saskatoon and with our Diocese co-hosting the event!
This year, Summer Sem will be offering the following courses towards the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies ---Foundations in Ministry Leadership, Skills in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Care of Youth. Our facilitators will be Andrew Bartley and Anne Walsh, skilled and highly qualified to train adults in the field of Catholic Leadership.
Enrichment Courses will be offered for the second year in a row as well (Details being finalized this week).
If you needed some more convincing, watch our new promo video, and share it!
My name is Deanna Beaudoin, I am a Parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry and have been working in full time ministry for nearly 6 years. It's my pleasure to endorse WCACYM's Summer Seminar.
When I first walked through the doors at Queens house three summers ago I had no idea how incredibly the formation I was about to receive would completely change my entire career. I came on the misconception that this was to be "some kind of youth ministry training" and half way through the first day I got my first glimpse of the professionalism possible in ministry that I hadn't even known existed.
Here are eight comprehensive and intensive courses that lay out the foundation, framework and Christocentric heart of Youth Ministry. I came hoping for some sort of direction that I might take back to my parish and left with a sound understanding of a theologically based, comprehensive and holistic model of Ministry.
Aside from the professionalism I encountered, there was so much more. WCACYM is much more than a puzzling acronym - it's a family of like minded yet completely individually gifted people passionate about building the kingdom of God. Whether we are part time, full time, or volunteers - it's widely embraced that we are ALL part of the fabric of ministry and working together greatly impacts our ability to affect change.
I've never felt more embraced, encouraged or empowered in a professional setting than my time spent at Summer Seminar.
It's my pleasure to share with you my experience which has been nothing short revolutionary.
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies™ is a ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth.
This program is designed for adults involved professionally or as volunteers with younger (10-14) or older (14-19) adolescents in a parish or school setting. The potential audience for the program includes: coordinators of youth ministry, directors of religious education, youth ministry volunteer leaders, junior high leaders, high school campus ministers, teachers, clergy, university students and seminarians. Individual weekends are also helpful for leaders who specialize in particular ministries. For example, the Justice and Service course can serve leaders involved in social justice ministries.
The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. Courses in the first year cover youth ministry principles and practice, and leadership theory, processes, and skills. The second year focuses on fostering the faith growth of youth through evangelization and catechesis, prayer and worship, justice and service, and pastoral care.
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies™ includes eight courses. Each course consists of fourteen hours of instruction provided in two days. These courses are being offered in a week-long format in the course of three summers. Summer courses on weekdays meet from 9 AM to 5 PM each day.
The Certificate program is utilized in a number of ways:
A Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is awarded by the sponsoring institution (WCACYM), the Redemptorists of English Speaking Canada and the Center for Ministry Development to students who participate in all eight courses and complete the certificate assignments for each course
Learn more about WCACYM's Summer Seminar program which offers the CCYMS courses.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
St. Patrick and Holy Family Parishes are in need of a highly-motivated and confident coordinator of Youth Ministry.
The successful candidate for this position will have:
· Personal Catholic Faith conviction and active participation in a Catholic Parish
· Good organizational skills
· Self-motivation to work flexible hours with a minimum supervision
· Good communication skills
· Commitment to the teaching and practices of the Catholic Faith
· Education and/or experience in youth ministry
· Great love for young people
Specific tasks for this position:
· Continue to develop youth ministry at St. Patrick and Holy Family
· Encourage and assist those engaged in youth ministry in the parishes and schools
· Work with three level of youth: elementary, junior and high schools
For further information, contact Holy Family Parish, Medicine Hat, Alberta 403-527-6933
Candidates are invited to submit a resume before May 31, 2013 by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is our survey for the AG in Winnipeg. If you went we'd appreciate it if you could give us your feedback!
Also, this is an open call to anyone with photos, videos, or who wants to write a guest blog post about their experience to please submit them to Core! Email then to email@example.com
Hello WCACYM Members (past & new) & AG2013 participants!
Peace be with you & Happy New Year!
We are now 8 days away from our Annual Gathering! Are you excited? We are! There are some important/urgent details we need to address before the start of the Annual Gathering and our Annual General Meeting. Please be patient and take 6 minutes to read!
1) If you haven't done so already, please register for the AG. We are almost over 50 beautiful souls coming to join us! We look forward to seeing all of you at our Annual Gathering, especially as we celebrate 25 years of WCACYM!
2) If you are a past member of wcacym, make sure you are registered and renew your membership today. Please visit our newly-refreshed website (www.wcacym.ca) and register/renew online. We need your voice as we vision the next 25 years!
3) If you are a past member and eligible to vote, you need to be registered as a member and at least indicate that your membership fee is in-transit or paid by January 15, 2013 in order for you to be eligible to vote at this year's AGM. If you are not able to attend the AGM, then you must assign a proxy for your vote and notify us of who your proxy is. (If you need clarification on this point, do not hesitate to ask us).
We look forward to seeing you there to help us celebrate our faith and our call to serve as agents of evangelization to the youth.
Erwin Fung, Secretary - WCACYM Core
By: Jeannette Manser
Hello!! This is Jeannette Manser reporting on the NCCYM. You might be asking yourself ... what the heck is that? Well, just like WCACYM will be celebrating their 25th year of being the Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers in January at our annual AGM, the states have their National Catholic Conference for Youth Ministry Bi-annually. 7 of us Canadians represented, and 4 of us were WCACYM's finest!
Myself: Jeannette Manser - Alberta, Erin Kinsella - Manitoba, Clay Imoo - British Columbia and Deanna Beaudoin-British Columbia!
The NCCYM was held this year in Orlando Florida at a beautiful hotel and conference center in Disneyworld Resorts - The Dolphin! With shuttles and boat rides and monorails away from Disneyworld's theme parks, we were able to enjoy our stay quite well.
It is amazing to see how alive and active our catholic faith is all over North America. And how inspiring and affirming it is to be with other youth ministers that are totally the same way as you!
Thurs. Nov. 29th was our first day at the conference with opening liturgy followed by a session by Bob McCarty and his wife, who are really the hands and feet of making this conference possible.
After Deanna, Erin and I enjoyed dinner in Downtown Disney, we headed back to the conference center for Opening Ceremonies and a flash mob practice!!! Yes, that's right, I said Flash Mob practice. The MC's for NCCYM were a hilarious duo - Jesse Manibusan and Judy Mcdonald! (They're famous Catholic Super stars!!!)
On Friday morning as we had our opening praise and worship session, all of us involved in this massive flash mob stationed ourselves throughout the room ready to go before our morning speaker! It was wonderful!! I along with Erin, Deanna and Clay, were with all these famous Catholic Youth Ministry people!! I felt pretty special!!
Each day, we had opportunties to attend 2 break-out sessions on various topics in youth ministry. For example, on Friday I chose to attend Multimedia in your office, and Athletics - Renewing the Vision. On Saturday - 10 techniques in music prayer ministry, and Campus and High School ministry. They were all fantastic!! Each morning we would have praise and worship, a speaker, and then after lunch we would have Mass followed by a speaker.
The evenings varied. Thursday was opening ceremonies and speaker, kind of like a rally. Friday night was the Youth Extravaganza showcasing some of those famous Catholic Super stars leading skits and songs about ministry, which really helped everyone there appreciate what we do and laugh about what we sometimes have to deal with on a regular basis. On Sunday night, we had our final mass which was the 1st day of advent, and awards for youth ministry efforts were given out. This made me think, we should really do this for WCACYM - have awards for those really fostering the faith in young people in western canada and be recognized.
Couple of other bonuses to the weekend was the fact that there was a resource expo hall filled with many catholic organizations, missions, orders, clubs, and resources for us to check out. There was also a stage with various catholic performers featured as well! It was a great place to network and gain new ideas for ministry!
The Upper Room Adoration chapel was a place I spent saturday afternoon in during the conference. It was beautiful with different types of art to look at and reflect on. A prayer intention candle table, adoration and the sacrament of reconciliation. I loved the fact that we had the opportunity to just go there and spend time with Jesus whenever we wanted!
I love the fact that we all have a chance in the evenings to socialize and visit with one another. And of course with being in Disneyworld, Downtown Disney was our destination for dinner or late night snacks. Deanna, Erin and I stayed an extra day, and decided on Universal Studios as the theme park we wanted to go to. What a great last day! So much fun!
Anyhow, I am truly blessed as a youth minister that I can take these opportunities to attend such amazing places and gain so much wonderful knowledge of my ministry and to be affirmed in what I'm doing. It certainly has helped me truly re-charge and come back to my school ready to go!
I hope to see you all in Winnipeg! Thank-you for all that you do to bring young people to God! You ARE making a difference and Jesus is smilling down on you!! Thank-you!!
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Notre Dame Highschool
Red Deer Catholic Schools