Saturday, Feb. 5, will be a very important day for youth ministry and for those who are concerned with the needs of the youth of the Archdiocese. On that day, the Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) Council will have its first official meeting at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
With the guidance and support of Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, Mrs. Kathleen Alonzo, director of CYM, and Ms. Cynthia Martinez, assistant director, have been working with the Catholic Youth Ministry Advisory Board to lay the groundwork for this meeting for more than three years. These two women and their colleagues know the value of planning and collaborating because youth ministry is as complex and multi-faceted as youth themselves. One or two people cannot do this. It takes teamwork.
The purpose of the Catholic Youth Ministry Council is to facilitate the planning, coordination and implementation of youth ministry programs, events and resources throughout the Archdiocese. It will be composed of three representatives from each of our 19 vicariates, chosen by their vicars. Additionally, there will be a local component to encourage effective youth ministry in each vicariate.
We often slip into the habit of thinking of young people as the future of the Catholic Church. Actually, they are the present of the Church. They have so many gifts to bring today, not just tomorrow. And the more opportunities they have to share their gifts, the greater their contribution to the life of the Church becomes. It is up to us to make sure they have those opportunities.
See keep our catechetical leaders and all the members of the Catholic Ministry Council in your prayers this Saturday as they meet. By the way, if you are interested in participating locally in your vicariate, you can contact Kathleen Alonzo through the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office.
And be sure to visit Catholic Youth Ministry beginning next week to follow the progress of this very big initiative.