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Children and Youth Ministry

When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

February 22, AD2018 1 Comment
When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

Technology is everywhere. These days, one is aware of the unfortunate scenario of individuals sitting around a table, eyes buried in cell phones and other electronic devices. There is the occasional glance upwards, followed by a few words spoken. But, these moments quickly turn back to isolated experiences of happiness and glee. Having been a […]

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“To Bring People to Jesus”: Interview with Fr. Larry Richards

February 1, AD2018 0 Comments
“To Bring People to Jesus”: Interview with Fr. Larry Richards

At the very beginning of the new year, over 8,000 attendees, most of them young people from across the country, gathered together in downtown Chicago for the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) SLS18 evangelization training conference. One of the featured speakers at the event was Fr. Larry Richards, the founder of the Reason For […]

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Leaving Behind A Legacy

October 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Leaving Behind A Legacy

Dying is not a popular topic for discussion. But considering that everyone who dies leaves some kind of legacy behind, maybe we should at least all think about death a little bit more. Have you ever stopped to consider that one day you will die? That you’ll no longer be in the land of the […]

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Faith Formation Classes: Can You Afford to Not Send Your Children to CCD?

October 1, AD2017 9 Comments
Faith Formation Classes: Can You Afford to Not Send Your Children to CCD?

School, both government mandated and Catholic faith formation through CCD classes, is now in session. In America, children wake up, get ready for the day, and head out the door. They wait for the big yellow school bus to take them to several hours of learning and socializing. After school, children’s days are filled with […]

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How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

September 16, AD2017 3 Comments
How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as […]

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

August 21, AD2017 10 Comments
From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

Diana (pronounce Dee-ahna) sat in the passenger seat as I was driving. Her three kids were in the back seat looking out the windows quietly. Diana was equally quiet as we had only met the day before, and it was only by chance that I was asked to give her and her family a ride […]

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Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

July 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

For parents of small children, summer vacation only means one thing — a non-stop set of demands for activities. I don’t know about the other parents out there, but these days, every time I accidentally glance at the calendar, I get a shot of nerves. Yes, there are exciting places to go, wonderful things to see […]

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Our Dynamic YOUths are Hungry for Christ

June 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Our Dynamic YOUths are Hungry for Christ

When I began my new job as a youth minister last year, I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with youth ministry. I did have the opportunity to teach several summer programs to teens in my previous job, as a librarian, But apart from that, I was flying somewhat blind. When it came to […]

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A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

June 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

We all have a moment in our lives when our innocence is lost, when we come to see that the world is sometimes a dangerous and fearful place. The sad reality is that we live in a culture of fear and personal pain that is the result of sin and selfishness. As a Catholic youth […]

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Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood: Are the Cookies Finally Crumbling?

January 15, AD2014 32 Comments
Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood: Are the Cookies Finally Crumbling?

They come to your door, or stand outside Wal-Mart, fresh faced, smiling little girls, selling their cookies. It’s an image as American as apple pie, yet the Girl Scout (GS) cookies may finally be crumbling. Not because of anything the girls have done, but because leadership has colluded with the devil’s handmaids. For many years now, faithful […]

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