Youth Ministers

High Schoolers & Sexual Identity: Formation or Confusion

Catholic counselor, Cathi Fisher, LCSW, and Fertility Care Practitioner, Loree Lippsmeyer, MSW, will explore the formation of healthy sexual identity in our youth – with an emphasis on teens – in light of our Catholic faith, mental health science and popular culture. The talk will begin by laying the Theology of the Body as a foundation for sexual moral formation that is both true and easily grasped by teens. To that faith foundation, the stages of healthy, normal psychosocial development from adolescence to young adulthood will be added.

Stranger No More: Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst

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“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.” Pope FrancisThis workshop looks at the global migration trends and the Church’s response to human suffering around the world and in the United States and will provide practical tools for teaching about global solidarity.  

Stranger No More: Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst

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“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.” Pope FrancisThis workshop looks at the global migration trends and the Church’s response to human suffering around the world and in the United States and will provide practical tools for teaching about global solidarity.Ken Preston from Catholic Relief Services and Genevieve Levy from Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program will provide practical resources for

They're Everywhere... Except at Church: Accompanying Young Adults "Nones"

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Statistics say it loud and clear. Young adults between the ages of 18-24 are leaving the church in droves. That's a fact. Yet there has never been a greater opportunity and hope for the church. Why? Because many of the young adults who are leaving the church are deeply longing for an encounter with the risen Christ. Who is the face of Christ? His disciples; the community of faith; the Church. The Church has always survived its darkest moments and thrived with renewed vigor because of the transformation of unbelievers.

RCIA: It Starts in the Heart

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St. Augustine of Hippo once said ““Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” Despite this, most inquirers come seeking understanding first. In this workshop we will explore how we move with them from head to heart, from an intellectual investigation of the faith to a lived experience of God.

It Takes a Parish to Raise Saints

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You may have heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child". The same is true for youth ministry - "it takes a parish community to raise a saint." Gone are the days of just having a youth group meeting on a Sunday night. Effective youth ministry demands more. Renewing the Vision, a USCCB document, provides a framework for a comprehensive approach to youth ministry that integrates young people into the whole parish and is inclusive of all members and ministries of the community. Let's come together as a parish community and raise young saints together.

Confirmation: Graduation or Commencement?

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One of the greatest challenges the Church faces with her young people is how to keep them active in their faith after receiving Confirmation.    In this workshop we will explore possible ways of developing relationship with the church that gives the sacrament its purpose and meaning; introducing recipients to a new beginning in their faith life, not a graduation from it.

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