#WhyWeMarch

I began to think that maybe I’d keep quiet about the March for Life and be pro-life on a smaller scale. Have a holy hour to pray for an end to abortion. Show “October Baby.” Keep it simple and — most importantly — indoors. Then Blair joined our parish. A sophomore who had attended the March for Life with her Catholic school the year before she moved to Florida, she was glad to hear I had also attended.

Empty.

I sat on the floor of my college apartment and started crying. I was an assistant youth minister at the time but was working full-time to fill in for the youth ministry coordinator as she was out on maternity leave. The other assistant youth minister and I spent the past […]

Advice for Your New Year’s Goals

During this week in which we celebrate the new year, I often begin to ponder over the events of the past year and maybe you do too. How did another year go by? What went well? What did not go so well? What will the upcoming months bring? We begin to […]

He is Near: A Free Video and Small Group Guide for Advent

Editor’s Note: For use as a small group reflection, read the first couple paragraphs aloud, then watch the video and discuss the questions, ending your time by either reading the prayer together, or having one person read the prayer to the group. Who would the Holy Family be in our […]

The One Advent I Almost Quit Youth Ministry

When I entered youth ministry as a volunteer, I thought it was amazing. In hindsight, I think I realize why I thought that: I had a set group of teenagers that I ministered to every single week I never was around on Monday morning to hear about what was broken […]

Self-Care 101 for Youth Ministers

Sometimes in ministry you need to make time for yourself. Self-care is important for balance in Youth Ministry. Before you start implementing rules in your life for self-care, you need to start with time management. Creating a work calendar will help keep you organized and hold you accountable to your […]

The Teens in Front of You

Let us not forget that Life Teen is a relationship-centered ministry. As youth leaders, we should always be engaging in relationships with teens and encouraging them to a deeper relationship with Christ. Don’t miss out on the teens in front of you!

The Joy of Life

One of my absolute favorite movies is Life is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni as a humorous, joyful, hopeful husband and father through one of the history’s darkest times, the Holocaust. When I found out that this movie was Saint John Paul II’s favorite movie, it made total sense. The young […]