The E&C Messenger | September 2017

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In this issue:

  1. Youth ministry summer recap
  2. Catechetical Sunday
  3. Cor Jesu: dates, locations, and an explanation
  4. Discipleship Day 2017: general info and new speaker announcement!
  5. Meetings for DREs and YMs
  6. Upcoming events

Youth ministry summer recap

What a summer! Here are a few photos from some of the diocesan summer youth ministry events:

Diocesan pilgrims on the Rome Youth Pilgrimage walk through the busy streets of Rome.

Totus Tuus missionary Jessie Griebel teaches students about salvation history.

Tug-o-War at Camp Greatness - Middle School.

Check the youth ministry website for more photos to come!

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday is September 17. The theme for this year is "Living as Missionary Disciples." Check out the USCCB's webpage for materials and more information.

Cor Jesu

The dates and locations have been set for this academic year's Cor Jesu events! They are as follows:

September 22 - Cathedral, New Ulm
November 4 - St. Mary, Arlington
December 10 - St. Michael, Milroy
February 10 - St. Clotilde, Green Valley
March 17 - St. Andrew, Granite Falls
June 1 - Cathedral, New Ulm (w/ Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus team!)

What is Cor Jesu...and why? Cor Jesu is essentially adoration. The presider starts exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reading from Scripture, a short reflection on said reading, and then intermittent periods of silence and music fill the rest of the time while Confessions are offered. All of this in a candle-lit setting (so exquisitely prepared by members of the Diocesan Youth Council). Afterwards, everyone gathers for refreshments, conversation, and games. For those who have hosted retreats or brought youth to various youth ministry events where adoration is available, you'll know that when asked what their favorite part of the event was, the answer is almost always "adoration." The fact of the matter is that people need time before their Lord and Cor Jesu provides that opportunity; they are exposed to silence and yet are given a way to sing their heart out to Jesus. It is free of charge and requires no registration (what more could you ask for!?). If someone hasn't been to Mass in a while, Cor Jesu is a "non-confrontational" way to invite someone to church since it's not Mass and can be explained as "a time to pray and sing some songs" or maybe just "a peaceful time to reflect on life." Find a location near you and bring a crowd! Or, like some youth do, make an hour and 40 minute drive just to adore Jesus!
2017-18 Cor Jesu Flyer

Discipleship Day 2017

You should have received a flyer and registration form from Cindy regarding Discipleship Day 2017 (formerly called Faith Formation Day). Discipleship Day will be held at St. Catherine's in Redwood Falls and will start with Holy Mass at 8:30 AM. See the flyer below for more information. Invite your whole religious education team and all those who are involved in evangelization in your parish!

New speaker! Deacon Mike McKeown will be presenting during the 2 PM breakout session on Evangelization in the Parish: Discipleship and Adult Faith Formation. Deacon Mike has a plethora of experience not only in parish-based small groups and evangelization teams, but also in evangelization in the secular world. He will be presenting on the need for evangelization and adult faith formation in the parish and how to practically address those needs. Click the button below for an updated flyer with Deacon Mike's presentation, which was not able to be published on the original flyer sent out in the parish mailing.
Discipleship Day 2017 Flyer

Meetings for DREs and YMs

Some of you have been asking about the Gathers meetings and whether they will continue. There will be regional meetings starting this Fall for those who work in religious education, youth ministry, and adult faith formation. Deacon Mike (team lead for adult faith formation) will be accompanying me and we would love to talk about the happenings in your parishes, answer any questions you may have, and provide an opportunity for networking and good conversation.Thank you for your patience as we reorganize here at the diocesan offices and look for ways to best serve those who work so hard in the parishes. Invitations to regional meetings are forthcoming and I'm excited to see how the Lord is working in your lives and in your parishes!

Upcoming diocesan events:

September 17: Catechetical Sunday
September 22: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
September 23: V Encuentro | St. Pius X, Glencoe
September 30: Discipleship Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 4: Children's Holy Fieldtrip | Cathedral, New Ulm
October 9: School's Faith Formation Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 13: Fatima Rosary Procession w/ Bishop LeVoir | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
November 4: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | May 2017 | Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia!

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In this issue:

  1. Creating a space for conversation, part II
  2. Pray for our pilgrims going to Rome!
  3. Diocesan Youth Council applications available!
  4. NET - 2017 dates still available
  5. Diocesan summer camp postcards
  6. PROGRAM ALERT: "13 Reasons Why"
  7. May 6 Cor Jesu - cancelled
  8. 2017 Discipleship Day
  9. Have a blessed summer!

Creating a space for conversation, part II

In our last issue, we discussed the importance of starting a conversation with youth and that as simple as that may seem, that really is the starting point of evangelization. It only makes sense: if you want to spread the Gospel, you have to actually talk to people. Granted we often times think we can avoid that step, and boy are we guilty of it in youth ministry! But let's face it: it's easier to bring in a big name speaker who's "dynamic" and funny to talk about Jesus than boring old me. So, we give them a microphone and a soapbox and they do their thing.

But then they leave.

I would argue that as much as we hail speaker-circuit Catholics as the experts of evangelization, they really have the easy job. They come in, do their speech (which they love giving), answer some questions, and then leave. But who's going to follow up with those who heard the talk? Who's going to be there for them as they learn the ways of Christian discipleship? And who's going to have to figure out how to create that "space" were discipleship can then happen?

You.

Yes, you. The one who works on the parish level. I would say that there are a few things that need to happen in order to ensure there is a place for conversations with youth to happen (and remember, those conversations are the simple first step toward conversion and discipleship). I'm just going to list three of them for now and then we'll go from there.

1) Pray. Yep, I just did that. I'm going to be "that guy." You know, the one who tells you after a long rant about how bad your life is to just "pray." But really, if you plan to take a position in a parish as some sort of leader, you need to have a steady prayer life. Actually, if you're baptized, you need to have a steady prayer life. My challenge: at least 15 minutes every day of prayer. We won't go into what that looks like. For now, just do it.

2) Talk to people. I know, this sounds ridiculous, but as per March's issue, you should know the importance of this skill by now. I'm not good at it, and few are, but as Christians we need to develop the skill of striking up a conversation. Whether it be after Mass or at the gas station, you never know where those conversations might lead you. Or rather, you never know where the Holy Spirit might lead you!

3) Involve a priest. The priest is the spiritual father of the flock, and any apostolic endeavor you undertake should be with some sort of guidance or involvement from your parish priest. This is crucial, because spiritually speaking, by recognizing the authority of the priest, we are working within the hierarchy (literally, "sacred order") Christ established. The Holy Spirit loves structure, believe it or not, and when we work within that structure He often blesses our endeavors in ways we'd never imagine. Priests, I would encourage you to be involved in your youth group or youth events. The youth are a part of your flock just as much as anyone else, and in the same way that children love to see their dads involved in their lives, so too do the youth of your parish love to see you involved as well.

This should lay the groundwork leading up to really getting that ball rolling in terms of youth evangelization. Perhaps you're already seeing the direction this is going, but if not, stay tuned for part III.

Pray for our pilgrims going to Rome!


On June 10, 13 youth and their chaperones will gather in New Ulm to prepare for their pilgrimage to Rome from June 11-21. They will see sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II, Assisi, Siena, and the great myriad of religious sites in the Eternal City. Please, in your charity, say a prayer for the pilgrims. I look forward to sharing photos from the pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Diocesan Youth Council applications available!

If you know any youth who would be interested in joining a team of faithful teens who help to host Cor Jesu, "invite-a-friend" days, and most importantly who desire to grow in their relationship with Christ, please click the button below and download an application. The DYC is also a great opportunity for youth to find like-minded Catholics who will inspire them to greater holiness. Visit www.dnu.org/diocesan-youth-council for more information.
DYC Application

NET - 2017 dates still available

The NET Team will be available for nine retreat days between the dates of October 20-31. If you are interested in hosting a NET retreat in the Fall of 2017,click the blue button below to download the attached request form and send it to Cindy Blickem by June 14. Date requests are granted on a first come, first- served basis.
NET Request Form

Diocesan summer camp postcards

You should have received six postcards (three for each camp) in the mail. These are useful to hand out to youth you think may be interested in camp. I've already given out about 30 extra postcards and Cindy and I are more than happy to mail you more if you need them! Below is information for each camp.

Camp Beloved


July 22-26
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-12
$140

Camp Greatness


Middle School
July 27-30
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-8
$105

High School
July 31-August 4
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 9-12
$175

PROGRAM ALERT: "13 Reasons Why"

The National Catholic Educational Association recently sent out an email alerting those involved in evangelization and catechesis about Netflix's edgy new show, "13 Reasons Why." The show is based on a fictional character named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind "13 reasons why" she did so. The material is heavy, yet aimed at adolescents, so it is important to stay informed. Click HERE to view the email, which includes more information and resources to properly address the issue.

May 6 Cor Jesu - cancelled

The Cor Jesu scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at St. Aloysius in Olivia has been cancelled. The June 2 Cor Jesu at Cathedral is still on, however, and will feature Bishop LeVoir as presider!

2017 Discipleship Day

Formerly called Faith Formation Day, Discipleship Day will be held on September 30, 2017. Sean Innerst will be speaking on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. An announcement was sent out in the UPDATE and a "save the date" will be sent in the next parish mailing. Stay tuned for more information!

Have a blessed summer!

This will be the last issue of The YM Newsletter for the 2016-2017 academic year. Thank you for all the good work you do! I look forward to working alongside many of you over the summer and to gather together in September. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you need anything over the summer and don't forget to glance at the "Upcoming events" below. May God bless our summer programming and apostolic endeavors!

Upcoming events:

June 2: Cor Jesu | Cathedral | New Ulm
June 11-21: Rome Youth Pilgrimage
July 22-26: Camp Beloved | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
July 27-30: Camp Greatness - Middle School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
July 31 - August 4: Camp Greatness - High School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake | Sleepy Eye
August 5-7: TEC #266 | Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Winsted
September 30: Discipleship Day | TBD
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | March 2017 | "...for us did fast and pray..."

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In this issue:

  1. Creating a space for conversation
  2. Totus Tuus - Summer 2017 dates!
  3. NET - 2017 dates now available!
  4. Diocesan summer camps!
  5. Catholics at the Capitol
  6. Local event: Marshall "Super Sunday"

Creating a space for conversation

To pick up where we left off a few issues ago - and using what we've learned along the way - we'll continue to explore the basics of evangelizing youth. We've established this much: as simple as it may seem, in order to really evangelize (some call it discipleship, some call it outreach, some call it counselling, etc.) we need to talk to a person. It sounds simple, but the reality is that it's not always. Other than the fact that we can get nervous, feel awkward, or think we'll say dumb things, much of the time we don't really have an opportunity to talk to youth. If we do, it's likely about "business": making sure they turned in their permission form, asking out of the blue if they would like to attend a youth event, chastising them for misbehaving in a certain situation, etc.

Unfortunately, in the course of a day, the majority of modern youth's time is spent listening to other people's message for them (teachers, music, TV, etc.); a message that is not likely the message of Jesus Christ. If we consider that in a given week (and assuming at least a good number of Catholic youth don't go to Mass on Sunday), Wednesday is THE ONLY time they hear anything from the Church! We all know this, but let's really stop and consider it for a moment: we get one chance per week to evangelize youth, to really show them that the Church cares about them and that God loves them, and it is only for about an hour and a half. And what do we do with that time? We'll leave that up to every soul who reads this (probably about five) to answer.

We cannot underestimate the power of a simple conversation with one youth. While they (really, all of us) are inundated with people who really just want something from them, a conversation that doesn't seek to serve any purpose other than to know the other person can have a tremendous effect on one's life. How often do we hear of fallen-away Catholics who join evangelical Protestant churches because they felt welcomed there, literally because someone talked to them? I don't know what happened to Catholics (although I have plenty of theories on the matter); we used to be the best at evangelizing. "We need to be more like the Protestants!" some would say. I disagree, we just need to be Catholic, and part of being Catholic is being good humans, and part of being good humans is talking to people. Very few leave the Church because of doctrine, but many leave because of neglect.

So, in the case of youth, Wednesday night is more than just catechesis (which, of course, is essential to the Christian life): it is the probably the single greatest influence on their experience of the Church.  While we need to teach Catholic youth how to live for the Lord, we also need to pay attention to them in a real way and in a different way than the rest of the world. Really - and Jesus shows us this model - they need to see a friend in every Catholic they know. This can be difficult in the present model; I can't tell you how many nights I walked away from teaching Religious Education class thinking I did more damage than good because I spent the majority of the class (necessarily) scolding them. The reality is that it is very difficult to find "space" to have meaningful conversations with youth; we have to be intentional about creating those spaces.

Wednesday night is a great place to start: how do we structure our short time with youth every week to ensure that they have a positive experience of the Church? We are trying to teach complex doctrine to people who don't even know if they believe in God! Modern man, by and large, listens with his heart, not his head. Even those "evangelical atheists" who hide behind their lofty, false philosophy are more often than not choosing atheism for non-intellectual reasons. I digress.

Where else can we make a space for conversation? Obviously, youth groups are a good way to make this happen. It can be as simple as getting together once a week and reading the Sunday's Gospel and discussing it. Even just getting together for the sake of fellowship is a place to start. This maybe seems too simple, but it is helpful to provide something that fits into the framework of a youth's life: they hang out and talk with their friends, why not hang out and talk with good, Catholic role models? If we're afraid that "deep" conversations won't happen and cut to the heart of youth and inspire conversion within weeks, we need to remember that these things take time...and that's okay! Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Schoenstatt movement, discussed at length this idea of an "organic" spiritual growth in youth. Basically, if we start to push them too hard, we can actually end up with a "seed in rocky soil" situation. It takes a good balance of water, sunlight, and fertile soil to make a seed grow well and into a mature plant, and for every plant that process takes more or less time. So it is with youth (or any other group we evangelize, for that matter).

Lastly, I would like to address a trap that we can sometimes fall into in the field of youth ministry: becoming too event-focused. While there is certainly a place for events in the grand scheme of youth ministry, it has to come after a relationship is built with a person. Smaller events (shameless plug: Cor Jesu) are easy to invite youth to as a small step past just the relationship-building stage, because there is minimal commitment and cost. Jumping right to larger events is a little more difficult and possibly not as effective (keep in mind this is a blanket statement has obviously has exceptions): what context do youth have in their lives for these experiences if no one has really walked with them and shown them the Christian life at all? What happens is that we become door-to-door salesmen, constantly peddling products that don't fit into someone's current lifestyle.

To conclude, the first step in analyzing how we're evangelizing youth is to ask: what are the spaces I currently have where youth can have conversations with a caring Catholic and how can I create more opportunities for that to happen? Again, this may seem too simple; we desire them to grasp the tenets of the Faith in one sitting, or have a tear-laden conversion before the Blessed Sacrament in one moment, but Jesus shows us that it takes time to foster real relationships. Remember that he did not simply walk into the Apostles' lives and say "Follow me" out of the blue. When he approached Simon Peter and Andrew, or the sons of Zebedee, he had already been traveling around Galilee, teaching and talking to those who would listen. It was only then, after presumably a number of encounters and conversations with these men, that he approached them and said "Follow me." And because they had come to know him through these previous interactions, it was the logical next step in their life to follow him, not a sudden moment that somehow convicted them to completely dedicate their lives to a cause they knew almost nothing about. Here's something crazy to reflect on: imagine the moment Jesus first approached Simon Peter, or Andrew, or any of the others. What did that look like? Did he look into their eyes and convict their wills to submit to his authority? Possibly; he is God...but they have free will. Did he immediately start expounding on the Torah and how he is the fulfillment of it? He did do that, so it is possible. I guess we don't know, because it's not recorded, but one thing we can be fairly certain of is that that first encounter probably looked pretty simple. Jesus probably did something we've all done, too: he started a conversation. We don't need to know what it was about. It could have been about how the fishing was that day, or about the recent happenings around Galilee, or maybe he went right into matters of faith and morals. We don't know, but it started somehow, and that's the key. 

We're not Jesus, but we are Christian, and if we are to be like our Master, then we need to imitate his ways. Starting a conversation for the sake of (perhaps eventually) spreading the Gospel would be a great place to start. But first, we need to make a space where this can happen. Both in our lives by making sure that we are not afraid to approach youth, and in our parish structure by making sure that there are opportunities that lend themselves well to conversation-starting - not necessarily conversion-starting - moments.

Okay, good Catholic, now go talk to people!

Totus Tuus - Summer 2017 dates


Six parishes/AFCs have been invited to pilot our very first summer of Totus Tuus, a summer catechetical program for youth. The dates and locations are as follows:

June 4-9 - St. Mary, Sleepy Eye (Divine Mercy AFC)
June 11-16 - St. Edward, Minneota (Good Teacher AFC)
June 18-23 - St. Andrew, Granite Falls (Holy Family AFC)
June 25-30 - St. Francis, Benson (St. Isidore the Farmer AFC)
July 9-14 - St. Anne, Wabasso (Light of the World AFC)
July 16-21 - St. Mary/Cathedral, New Ulm (Holy Cross AFC)

If you would like to check the program out, feel free to stop by any of these locations over the summer. Also, feel free to contact these parishes if you have youth who would be interested in attending Totus Tuus, but are not a part of one of these AFCs.

NET - 2017 dates now available!

The NET Team will be available for nine retreat days between the dates of October 20-31. If you are interested in hosting a NET retreat in the Fall of 2017,click the blue button below to download the attached request form and send it to Cindy Blickem by June 14. Date requests are granted on a first come, first- served basis.
NET Request Form

Diocesan summer camps!

Our increasingly popular summer camps are on the horizon! They have a fresh new look, but are the same great camps. We also added a middle school boys' camp! Registration opens March 20th. Click the pictures for more information.

Camp Beloved


July 22-26
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-12
$140

Camp Greatness


Middle School
July 27-30
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 6-8
$105

High School
July 31-August 4
Schoenstatt, Sleepy Eye
Grades 9-12
$175

Catholics at the Capitol


Bishop LeVoir is encouraging all Catholics in the Diocese of New Ulm to make a trip to the capitol on March 9 in order to make our voice heard in the public square. Youth are especially invited to attend! Click the image above for more information.

Local event: Marshall "Super Sunday"

In the "Upcoming events" bar, click the link to see details for Holy Redeemer's upcoming youth event. If you have any events you'd like others to know about, let me know and I can publish it on the diocesan website and in this newsletter!

Upcoming events:

March 4: Quinceanera Retreat | St. Pius X | Glencoe
March 6: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 9: Catholics at the Capitol
March 20: Camp registration opens!
March 23: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine | Redwood Falls
March 31: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde | Green Valley
April 1-3: TEC | Cathedral of the Holy Trinity | New Ulm
April 6: Chrism Mass | Sacred Heart | Murdock
May 6: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew | Granite Falls
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | February 2017 | "...mine eyes have seen Thy salvation..."

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In this issue:

  1. Jim Beckman's talk on discipleship
  2. Guest post by Matthew Edens: "Go and make disciples of all nations"
  3. Broom Tree Retreat 2017
  4. Regional youth ministry meetings
  5. Upcoming events

Jim Beckman's talk on discipleship

Hopefully you were able to listen to the talk I linked to last week. You can find it here:  https://theliturgicalinstitute.podbean.com/e/liturgys-vital-role-in-discipleship-ministry-with-teenagers-mr-jim-beckman/. Matthew's post below is a good reflection on many of the points Mr. Beckman makes in terms of what it means to "walk with youth" and will be a continuation on past posts about youth evangelization (or "discipleship" as it is often called).

"Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:10)

Knowing is half the battle, right? The state of our youth: 6 in 10 are leaving the Church, they are “spiritual but not religious,” they feel faith and science are incompatible, the technology influence (individualization, secularization, can easily find other sources to support their erroneous ideas), and they are drifting from authority structures in general.

Where do we even begin? With Jesus! Remember when God tried to speak to us only using other humans? I don’t either, because it was over 2000 years ago…but I read about it! It didn’t go so well, so Jesus came to personally walk with us Himself.  He went out of his way to get to know us, to encourage, to mentor, to show us how to live for God and to one day be with Him.  Just as we ourselves have been mentored, discipled, and taught the Faith, we must do the same for others.  As Pope Francis said recently, “Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.” As much as we might be comfortable just speaking at large groups of young people, we know that’s not what changed our lives, so it probably won’t change theirs. We must walk with them, as Jesus did the Apostles.

How does one do this? You look at the youth (or anyone, really), and you love them! It’s not a checklist, but here are some ideas to start: learn their names, ask about (and remember!) their activities and interests, be genuine, pray for them, don’t lecture but listen, sit on the same level, be consistent. Over time, you will find to raise relevant faith questions, and because they know you as not just a teacher, but a witness, they will listen.  Find time to expose them to beauty.

I recently experienced a great example of how to reach young people this way with the Broom Tree Retreat. While there were great talks throughout the weekend, the real fruit came from conversations around meals, a game of pool, or the camaraderie formed by making a 10 foot snowman. I had just met most of the students, but by the end of the weekend, I saw great respect and joy in the eyes of these young people that I worked with, simply by doing what I listed above. I know it’s not me, but Jesus working through me, and for that, I am thankful! The 28 students were shown examples of how to love, taught about how to better recognize Jesus in their lives, were shown the beauty of the liturgy and adoration, and are now continuing to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their parishes. All for the greater glory of God!

Matthew Edens is the youth ministry coordinator for Holy Cross AFC (New Ulm, Searles, Lafayette, and St. George). He moved to New Ulm in August after working with youth for 4 1/2 years at St. Francis in Rochester, MN. He was also very involved in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center in Winona for 5 years.

Broom Tree Retreat 2017

From January 27-29, 28 youth from around the Diocese attended the “Broom Tree Retreat” at the Broom Tree Youth and Family Camp in Irene, SD. The retreat was a pilot program for 2017 and is designed for (high school) youth who desire to deepen their relationship with the Lord. This year’s theme was “I have called you friends…” The retreat went superbly well and featured daily Mass and adoration, talks on the spiritual life, games, opportunities for Confession and spiritual direction, small group discussion, and lots of time to pray. Here are some of the youth with Thomas the snowman (he was born on St. Thomas Aquinas' feast day). If you are interested in bringing a group of youth next year, please feel free to contact me with questions.

Regional youth ministry meetings

I look forward to meeting with many of you in February and March! Please keep an eye on your inbox for more details on our regional youth ministry meetings.

Upcoming events:

February 11: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew | Granite Falls
February 13: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 6: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 23: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine | Redwood Falls
March 31: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde | Green Valley
April 1-3: TEC | Cathedral of the Holy Trinity | New Ulm
April 6: Chrism Mass | Sacred Heart | Murdock
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | January 2017 | "I come from Heaven"

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In this issue:

  1. Walking and talking with youth - a resource
  2. Cor Jesu is moving to the West side!
  3. NCYC update
  4. Upcoming events

Walking and talking with youth - a resource

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Fatima apparition (hence the banner image). Our Lady spoke to the three children at Fatima - "I come from Heaven" - and captured the attention of the world. This year, we will be hearing much about Our Lady of Fatima.

Last month we spoke about the importance of engaging in conversation with youth. Often, we tend to avoid it because, well, starting a conversation can be a challenge sometimes. But in order to walk with people (in this case, youth), just as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, we need to actually talk to them. Next month, I'll speak more about how to create an environment where these conversations can happen, but first I want to provide a resource for this idea of "walking (and talking) with youth." It is a talk from Jim Beckman and was given at a conference I attended. As you listen, ask yourself the question: "How are the youth in Mr. Beckman's stories being brought closer to Christ?" I realize that he is the founder of a program, so Disclaimer Number One: I am not promoting this program. Disclaimer Number Two: I realize the "youth conference" he refers to is a specific youth conference and I am also not using this talk to promote that conference. Again, focus on the question above as you listen to the talk and that will guide your reflection on the matter.
If the audio player above does not work, click here.

Cor Jesu is moving to the West side!

The next few dates for Cor Jesu will be taking place (generally) on the West side of the Diocese:

February 11 - St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 31 - St. Clotilde, Green Valley
May 6 - St. Aloysius, Olivia

Plan a trip! Or, simply mention it to youth and adults; many come to Cor Jesu of their own volition. It's free and you don't need to sign up! Visit www.dnu.org/cor-jesu for more information.

NCYC update

Thank you for your patience regarding NCYC 2017. If you have not responded to our email regarding the interest indicator (whether or not you are taking a group), please do so ASAP. Hotel requests have been (finally) made available and parishes/AFCs will be given access to this soon.

Upcoming events:

January 14: TEC Retreat | Holy Redeemer Catholic School | Marshall
January 21: 9 Days for Life
January 22: March for Life | MN Capitol
January 27: Broom Tree Retreat | Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp | Irene, SD
February 11: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew | Granite Falls
February 13: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 6: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 23: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine | Redwood Falls
March 31: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde | Green Valley
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | December 2016 | O Come, Desire of Nations

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In this issue:

  1. The Incarnation and awkward conversations
  2. Discipleship training opportunity
  3. Rome Youth Pilgrimage 2017
  4. NCYC
  5. Upcoming events

"Take my yoke upon you..."

So you're at a youth gathering of some sort. You planned the retreat, scheduled the youth group, coordinated the fundraising; whatever it may be, you made it happen. But now you're here, and when the rubber meets the road, what are you going to do? You're the one in your parish who has been designated to "do youth ministry," after all. Just admit it: sometimes, it's terrifying to have to talk to youth. They're so young and...well...you're so old (I speak for myself, of course)! You have nothing in common! What are they're likes and dislikes? How can you relate? You still say awkward phrases from the early 2000s! What if you say one and they find out that you're not as hip and relevant as you thought you were!? The fact of the matter is, though: it is your responsibility (really, it's everyone's, but that's a topic for another time) to talk to them.
 

"...and learn from me;..."

What did Jesus do to relate to us? He dwelt among us. I mean, yes, he did a lot while he dwelt among us, but one of the simplest and most profound things he did while among us (and still does, really) was talk to people. Now, we're not God, and I doubt many of us have the gift of reading souls, so I wouldn't recommend guessing the sins of the youth and calling them out on it. But there's something very holy in small talk, in getting to know someone. If it's good, who are we to say that Jesus didn't do it? Yes, he already knows us, but he wants us to share our thoughts with him.

 

"...for I am gentle and lowly in heart,..."

So what's the best way to talk to youth? Humbly. You just do it. Just like you would with anyone else. Sure, it might be awkward, but every conversation with anyone has that potential. It's easy, as one who "works behind the scenes" to make youth events happen, to simply think our work is done after that point. But everyone, and especially our young people, desire real relationships with people who care. You are that person.
 

"...and you will find rest for your souls."

So this season of Advent, as we anticipate and contemplate the Incarnation, take courage and step out of your comfort level. Be confident, but be humble. There comes a great peace and consolation in talking with youth and listening to them. Enjoy that moment this Advent.

May God bless your Advent and have a merry Christmas! Know of my prayers for you all.

PS. It's okay to sit back and enjoy the show sometimes. Let the Holy Spirit guide your conversations and when to have them. Just remember the above reflection for when you get the prompting.

 

Discipleship training opportunity

Eric Gallagher (my counterpart from Sioux Falls) is offering an online "course" in discipleship. In the constant trial, error, ebb and flow of programs, Eric offers a new approach and I think he has a lot to share. It may be worth checking out. Click HERE for more information. Please let me know if you decide to take these courses, as I would be interested in walking with you as you do.

Rome Youth Pilgrimage 2017


In June of 2017, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will be co-sponsoring a pilgrimage to Rome with the Office of Vocations. This is a pilot program and after initial invitations, a few spots are still available for young women and a handful of spots are available for young men. If you know of any young men or women in 11th or 12th Grade who would be interested in such a trip, please contact me for more information. A page will be created soon at the diocesan youth ministry page, so stay tuned!

NCYC 2017

In case you have not been made aware of the plans for NCYC in 2017, please click HERE to view the letter that was sent out in the last UPDATE and also sent out to those who work in youth ministry in their parishes. Some of you have expressed interest in certain helpful resources for coordinating your trip and Cindy and I will do our best to provide these things in a timely manner. Thank you!

Upcoming events:

December 3: Cor Jesu | St. Boniface | Stewart
December 11: Advent Prayer Service | St. Michael | Morgan
December 12: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
January 7: Cor Jesu | Cathedral | New Ulm
January 9: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
February 11: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew | Granite Falls
February 13: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | November 2016 | Memento mori

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In this issue:

  1. "Remember death" - reflections on November
  2. YM survey follow-up
  3. Upcoming events

"Remember death"

November is an interesting month. For one, it seems to be neither fall nor winter. The weather (especially this year) can be refreshingly warm or uncomfortably cold...in the same day. At the beginning of the month, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints (yay, saints!), only to be followed by All Souls (oh dang, people die, let's pray for them). Toward the end of the month we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which, like the back to back feasts of All Saints and All Souls, evokes feelings of both joy and holy fear: we celebrate our great and glorious King and wait in tense anticipation of his coming. On the one hand, a feeling of relief: he rules, he's got this, the end. On the other hand, a feeling of suspense: he rules, I don't feel ready, the end is near.

This election cycle, I think, has had a similar tone. As Catholics, we feel the confidence in knowing that while political structures come and go, the Kingdom of God carries on with a victorious King. But at the same time, there is this unsettling feeling of everything coming crashing down. It's real. It's okay to acknowledge it. I feel it and I've had many conversations with others about it. It is a feeling common to Catholics - we are ever-waiting for that glorious yet terrible Day of Judgment - but one that never seems comfortably familiar. That's good, though. It reminds us that all things pass: summer, the leaves on the trees, kingdoms, this world, our very lives.

"Memento mori" - we "remember death" in November. It's not something we like to think about. But on a day such as this, we can find comfort in knowing that while voting is crucially important, we are citizens of a Kingdom that never ends.

Many of you will meet with a youth group on Wednesday night, and if not a youth group, youth at religious education classes. The election will come up. Regardless of the outcome, how do we use it as a teaching moment? Perhaps by a discussion on what it means to be Christian, and whence comes our hope. Bishop LeVoir's prayer intention this month is to pray for the souls in Purgatory. Let us dwell on the hope that Christ gives us, and also give hope to our brothers and sisters who have gone before us.

Regional youth ministry meetings!

Thank you to those of you who completed the youth ministry meeting survey (for those who did not, it is still active here). What a response! After much consideration, it seems that regional youth ministry meetings would be ideal. This will provide flexibility in terms of time, location, and topic. The format will be informal and will likely include hot beverages at a local cafe. I will be contacting those involved in youth ministry in your region in the coming month to pick a time, date, and location. I look forward to hearing how things are going in your neck of the woods!

Upcoming events:

November 12: Closing of the Holy Door | Schoenstatt | Sleepy Eye
November 20: Mass and Closing of the Holy Door | Cathedral | New Ulm
December 3: Cor Jesu | St. Boniface | Stewart
December 11: Advent Prayer Service | St. Michael | Morgan
December 12: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
January 7: Cor Jesu | Cathedral | New Ulm
January 9: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
more events...
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The YM Newsletter | October 2016 | "This is not a moment for business..."

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In this issue:

  1. YM meeting survey - last chance
  2. NET in the DNU
  3. Cor Jesu surprise
  4. "This is not a moment for business..." (video)
  5. Upcoming events

Youth ministry meetings

Let's get the conversation started about youth ministry in the Diocese of New Ulm! In order to make these meetings worthwhile and convenient, please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking the button below (unless you already did). Last chance!
Take the Survey

Meet NET Team #10!

NET Team #10 will arrive the Diocese of New Ulm on October 22. Say a prayer for these young missionaries as they begin their work to evangelize the youth of the Diocese.

Cor Jesu - October 21

October is the Month of the Rosary! The next Cor Jesu will be held at St. Mary, Help of Christians in Sleepy Eye. Watch the video below to see how the Rosary, October, and Help of Christians all have a connection.

To celebrate the month of the Rosary, everyone will receive a free glow-in-the-dark rosary of their own. We will be reciting (and singing) the Holy Rosary in a candle-lit church during adoration with confessions available. We'll also sing some contemporary praise songs to Jesus. Is there a better way to spend a Friday night during MEA? No. No, there's not. So invite all youth to Cor Jesu on October 21!
Downloadable Cor Jesu Promo Flyer

Why is October the Month of the Rosary?

Click the video below to find out. Particularly in today's society, Church history is an important topic, since much of what students learn in their secular history books is legitimately anti-Catholic, revisionist history. Receptivity to the Faith is often influenced by preconceived ideas of what the Faith is, and these preconceived ideas are often influenced by what people hear about the Faith, and what people often hear about the Faith is usually given to them by someone who does not love the Church. So, again: Church history is important.

 

Epic: A Journey Through Church History. The Battle of Lepanto.
Click the image to view the video

Upcoming events:

October 10: Gather Meeting | Olivia
October 21: Cor Jesu | Sleepy Eye | w/ recitation of Holy Rosary!
October 22: NET arrives in Diocese
November 7: Gather Meeting | Olivia
November 19-21: TEC Retreat | Bird Island
December 3: Cor Jesu | Stewart
more events...

The YM Newsletter | September 2016 | Hi there!

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Hi there!

This is the first issue of "The YM Newsletter" (pretty original name, huh?). The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up to date on youth ministry happenings within the Diocese of New Ulm and up to speed in the world of youth ministry, so hopefully you feel up to snuff with your work in youth ministry. The newsletter may change according to the needs of those it serves, but will always do so with the intention of being lighthearted (because we could use a little positivity once in a while), concise, and helpful. Thank you for all the good you do in youth ministry and may God bless your every endeavor!

In this issue:

  1. YM survey
  2. D-Camp follow up
  3. NET dates still available
  4. Upcoming events

Surveys are fun!

Ever wonder what others are doing around the Diocese in terms of youth ministry? Ever want to just talk about the joys, the struggles, and the day-to-day of youth ministry? Well, you're not alone; others do, too. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry would like to host the conversation. Click the button below to start the process.
Yay survey!

Camp is fun, too!

Another great year of the Young Women's Discipleship Camp! The theme this year was "Beloved." Here are (most of) the campers! A huge thank you to our camp directors: Srs. Regina Marie and Magdalena. Another huge thanks to our young adult counselors: Carolyn Conlon, Bethany Seifert, and Emily Schumacher.
See more "Beloved" photos here.
The guys from the Young Men's Discipleship Camp. Big thanks to Frs. Matt Wiering and Craig Timmerman, our seminarians (Ray, Nathan, John, Evan, Tanner, and Troy), Samuel Goedtke, and Jason Corby (assistant camp director). The theme this year was "Fearless" and the boys definitely proved themselves to be so.
See more "Fearless" photos here.

NET in the DNU

There are still two open dates for a NET retreat: October 25 and November 1. Email Cindy to book either of these dates: cblickem@dnu.org

Upcoming events:

September 17: Cor Jesu | New Ulm
September 24: Faith Formation Day | New Ulm
October 10: Gather Meeting | Olivia
October 21: Cor Jesu | Sleepy Eye | w/ recitation of Holy Rosary!
October 22: NET arrives in Diocese
more events...