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Resources for Youth Ministers during the Covid-19 Crisis



"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11


Resources for Youth Ministry

linkCelebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary


downloadProvisions for Informed Consent for Temporary Youth Group Participation via Telecommuting (COVID-19) (PDF)

This document is for parishes that do not currently include a telecommunication agreement in their faith formation/youth group registration form.


linkBest Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom


downloadWe Are the Light of the World: An Online Confirmation Retreat


linkThe National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is opening up their usually members-only resource page for everyone to use for free. You can find a plethora of resources that can help you navigate these times of uncertainty in ministry and in life. Scroll down all the way to the bottom to see all the resources and free live webinars for ministry leaders.


linkProject YM

Project YM held weekly live session for youth around the nation.  Click here to watch one or all of the eight sessions with access to its corresponding guide for free. Hear from great speakers like Katie Prejean, Fr. Agustino Torres, Jason Evert and more!


linkGreater – Online Confirmation Retreat by Project YM and Ablaze Ministries


linkSteubenville Youth Conferences: Catholic conferences to bring high-schoolers into a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ


linkFamily Bible Challenge

The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport provides this challenge for families to encounter Scripture and encounter Christ.


linkVirtual Field Trips from Freedom Homeschooling


linkStrong Catholic Families: Resources for ministry leaders and parents to help develop strong Catholic families from the NFCYM


downloadWe Live Our Faith: Online Retreats for Confirmation Programs for Sadlier Subscribers


linkMental Health Resources from V Encuentro



Resources from Life Teen

linkThe Global Life Night Experience: Every Sunday experience a Life Teen gathering at 4 PM CST on YouTube


linkLectio Live: A YouTube livestream updated every Wednesday at 5:00 PM, discussing and praying with the upcoming Sunday Mass readings


linkSummit Teaching Videos: Every Monday a new “Summit” teaching video is published, which unpacks the next Sunday's Mass readings. It can be used for online group discussion


link“Summit” resources to accompany the teaching video (for Life Teen Subscribers)


Resources from the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference

linkKeynote speech by Sr. Bethany Madonna (33 mins.) (YouTube)


linkKeynote speech by Mark Hart on keeping the faith (22 mins.) (YouTube)


linkAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament with music, prayer and silence (40 mins.) (YouTube)


Resources from Formed (For Parish Subscribers)

linkAnima for Youth: Three Video Episodes with handouts for leaders, parents, and teens


linkY-Disciple Confirmation: Videos including handouts for leaders, parents, and participants

YDisciple: Confirmation is designed to follow a thorough catechesis using Creed (10 sessions) and Living the Creed (10 sessions).


linkY-Disciple FORMED: Toolbox for adults and teaching resources for teens for small groups

A toolbox of training resources for adults and teaching resources for teens specifically designed with small groups in mind.


linkFORMED: Excellent Catholic Content to watch, read, and listen to FREE for 40 days

You, your family, and Catholics around the world are invited to join us in embracing our faith at home. Right now, our Augustine Institute FORMED team is offering a complimentary 40-day subscription so millions of Catholics can watch, read, and listen to Catholic content.


Documents from the Vatican

downloadStrong in the Face of Tribulation: A Sure Support in Time of Trial, (Updated April 19, 2020) (PDF)


Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation/Confession as of 05/19/2020

Reconciliation/Confessions

In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, General Absolution is not approved at this time. As long as churches can remain open, priests can hear confessions in the church or by appointment, following the requisite sanitation procedures and social distancing guidelines, to include the use of masks.

Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism may take place in parishes at the discretion of the pastor so long as social distancing and sanitation procedures are followed, to include the use of masks.

First Communion

First Communion for children may be celebrated at the discretion of the pastor and according to the requisite sanitation and social distancing procedures, to include the use of masks.

Confirmation

For all adolescent students prepared for Confirmation and for baptized, Catholic adults who have already received first Communion and have been prepared for Confirmation: According to correspondence sent to all pastors earlier this month by Archbishop Gustavo, a date is to be set by each parish for Confirmation. This date is to be between June 16, 2020 and August 31, 2020. The requisite sanitation and social distancing procedures are to be followed, to include the use of masks. When the date has been set (only one if at all possible), please inform  Linda Ramirez at the Office of the Archbishop at of (1) the date and time of the celebration as well as (2) the full name - and saint’s name - of all of the confirmation candidates by June 15, 2020. This date presupposes that the pastors who will be transferring to another parish on July 1, 2020, will set the date prior to leaving the parish so that the incoming pastor has the information. Once the Archbishop’s Office has received this information, the Archbishop will issue a specific rescript giving each pastor faculties to confirm those adolescents and adults on the submitted list on the specific date the pastor has identified for his parish. If assistance is needed in planning the Confirmation mass, please contact Grace Rodriguez in the Office for Liturgy and Pastoral Care.

Please be aware that as of very recently, the Archdiocese has been informed that there are pending instructions from Rome regarding anointing at the Confirmation celebration. This information will be communicated to pastors and pastoral ministers as soon as possible.


Recommendations for Parish Activities (Outside of Mass & other Liturgies) as of 05/19/2020

The principles of social distancing remain in effect for the foreseeable future. This includes wearing masks, maintaining a six-foot radial distance from other people who are not members of one’s household, and holding meetings in spaces large enough to allow for such distancing.

If organizational or ministry meetings can occur on-line, then this practice should continue whenever possible.

Priests, other parish ministers, staff, or volunteers who meet with individuals should be careful to wear masks and maintain a six-foot distance. Confessions, spiritual direction, or pastoral counselling should be conducted in a place that allows for such distancing, yet maintaining privacy.

All in-person meetings must follow social distancing protocols. Parish staff should wear masks at work and maintain the six-foot radial distancing.

Regular parish formation such as religious education, RCIA, Scripture study, youth ministry, etc. may take place following social distancing and sanitation guidelines, to include the use of masks.

With regard to a restart of any food service parish ministry, any and all food preparers must wear masks, gloves and strictly follow all sanitation and food safety procedures. Food should be served in individual covered containers/wrappers and picked up by recipients for “take out.” This applies to all activities and fundraisers involving food, such as breakfast tacos, bake sales, plate sales, etc.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.


First Communion Resources

downloadFirst Eucharist Retreat Resources


downloadVirtual First Communion Retreat from Our Sunday Visitor