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IMPORTANT NOTE: Inclusion on this list does not indicate any form of endorsement or approval; rather, it is a crowd-sourced collection of those resources that are known within and used by those active in the field of Catholic young adult ministry across the country. All hyperlinks worked at the time of publication. We cannot guarantee that they will work at a future time.
If the USCCB Ad-Hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry (NATYAM) can assist in any way, please contact them at email@example.com. They are happy to help.
The recording of the initial National Young Adult Ministry Web Meet-Up (on Thursday, March 19, 2020) via Zoom and the link to this Google document of resources can be found here: http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/usccb-and-lim-young-adult-videos
A national, searchable, crowdsourced database of parishes, dioceses, universities, etc. live streaming Mass, created by young adults
Special Webinar on COVID-19: https://tinyurl.com/wclqhqo
NFCYM Young Adult Ministry Network on FB
Resources to help keep you physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Allow this time to challenge you to become a stronger, more caring community.
“Spiritual Triage for Trying Times: Finding Nourishment for the Soul”: https://stm.seattleu.edu/spiritual-triage/
Be Not Afraid Conference: https://tinyurl.com/sr7oz4
Includes USCCB President Abp. Jose Gomez’ Prayer for COVID-19
Lent and Easter: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/lenten-resources.html
Prayer & Catechesis: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/prayer--catechesis.html
CRS Stations of the Cross: https://tinyurl.com/uowx47
The webpage has a list of resources for virtual evangelization
Psalms for comfort and support in hard times
(Ps 4, 5, 9, 16, 18, 22, 23, 27, 30, 34, 40, 43, 46, 55, 56, 61, 77, 86, 91, 94, 116, 119, 139)
Read Psalm 23: http://usccb.org/bible/psalms/23/
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...”
Mt 11:28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Mt 6:25-34 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? … But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.”
In particular read again CV chapter 4 on the great message for everyone:
God loves you, Jesus saves you, Christ is alive!
A few selections that are appropriate during this crisis moment:
CV 109: If you are young in years but feel weak, weary, or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. WIth him, hope never fails.
CV 110: Yet let me also remind you that, when we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence, the snares and temptations of the devil, and the selfishness of the world. ...we can grow too isolated, lose our sense of reality and inner clarity, and easily succumb. ...for whenever you are united, you have marvelous strength. Whenever you are enthused about life in common, you are capable of great sacrifices for others and for the community. Isolation, on the other hand, saps our strength and exposes us to the worst evils of our time.
CV 115: For (God), you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for your are the work of his hands. That is why he is concerned about you and looks to you with affection.
CV 127-128: Because he lives, there can be no doubt that goodness will have the upper hand in your life and that all our struggles will prove worthwhile… If we hold fast to him, we will have life, and be protected from the threats of death and violence that may assail us in life. Every other solution will prove inadequate and temporary. It may be helpful for a time, but once again we will find ourselves exposed and abandoned before the storms of life. With Jesus, on the other hand, our hearts experience a security that is firmly rooted and enduring.
CV 167: As an African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of fraternity (community).
CV 174: Continue to fight apathy and to offer a Christian response to the social and political troubles emerging in different parts of the world. I ask you to build the future, to work for a better world… Above all, in one way or another, fight for the common good, serve the poor, be protagonists of the revolution of charity and service…
CV 177: Do not be afraid to go and bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away and most indifferent. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. He invites us to be fearless missionaries..
Use this FREE opportunity to learn more about Scripture, Tradition, and all the richness of our faith. Follow this link: https://instituteofcatholicculture.org/events
https://www.bostoncatholic.org/virtualretreat (Archdiocese of Boston)
When a group gets too big, we use Zoom breakout rooms, so we can have small group conversations: Sign up here
Stuck at Home “praylist”
Liturgy of the Hours, Readings, Prayers
Read how Pope Francis describes for the young the three great truths that lie at the heart of our faith.
Understand how the love that moved Christ to die for us in the Cross has transformed the world and is still transforming it to this very day.
Special COVID-19 prayers and blessings amoung other resources
Weekly homily videos
Updates, webinars, masses
Catholic News Updates
Great for hosting webinars
Great for hosting webinars, staff meetings, online gattherings, etc.
Great for keeping in touch with your young adults in a more personal way
Great for keeping in touch with your young adults in a more personal way
Can be used for video chatting or direct messaging
Great for keeping up with your young adults in a more personal way through short videos
Email and ttextitng for churches
Instant messaging platform
Have a movie night with your young adults
Send cards to your young adults in the mail, encourage them to do the same with their elderly loved ones and others
Have your parish split up the list of the senior citizens and their addresses and have young adults write notes to them and send in the mail.
Call or email (or socially network with) your parents and grandparents, relatives, and any friends who may feel isolated, living alone, or who may be susceptible to the coronavirus to provide a kind word, to see what help they need, or to provide your love and support in these challenging days.
Virtual Liturgy of the Hours and Lenten reflections online with small groups
If you are asked to telework, find a routine and pace that allows for the most productivity, yet does not overwhelm you. Be sure to distance your personal and professional lives at your new “home office.”
Tips for Working from Home (from Microsoft): https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/work-remotely
Have compassion for those most at risk and advocate for vulnerable populations in society (the elderly, those in poverty, homeless persons, persons with disabilities, those already sick or hospitalized, those with compromised immune systems, among others)
During Lent, take time on Fridays to pray the Stations of the Cross on your own or with your immediate family or household (or online with friends or colleagues), connecting your struggles with isolation with Jesus’ solitude in carrying his cross to Calvary
Take time to watch a movie about the life of Christ and spend time reflecting on this image of Jesus and what it can teach you about your faith and your life
If you are in a supervisor role in any way, be compassionate and understanding with your employees; allow work from home, as you are able; ensure a living wage for your employees and be conscious of the fragile nature of the economy on those in your care
Fight against discrimination, especially towards Asian-Pacific Islander individuals and communities, during this crisis moment
Create a prayer space in your home and teach young adults how to do likewise
Staying connected: Group Me App
Young Adults want to help - organize ways for them to drop off food to food banks and other places, helps alleviate some of their anxiety
Partner with S. Vincent DePaul for anyone who needs groceries or prescriptions delivered, young adults partner up with an elderly member of the parish and help (same person delivering their items
Go give blood
All parish staff make personal phone calls to check in on homebound and all parishioners
Have some non-COVID-19 ways of reaching out, light-hearted ways to give people a brain break like video the Young Adult Talent Show Competition!
Have your young adult team take turns posting in social media (prayers, videos, uplifting posts, etc.)
Host a virtual retreat day through any video platform. Ask the retreat leader to give their reflections, offer “homework” for in between the reflections, maybe livestream Mass or adoration through the day, and provide a space for people to discuss in small groups through the day.
Create a resource for young adults to engage with Holy Week from home.
Offer “Happy Hours” for young adults to connect virtually for community and faith sharing.
Create a listing of Churches that are open for private prayer, adorations and drive through reconciliation.
Have young adults deliver food from the food bank to those who need it and have them reflect on why we serve as Catholics.
Organize a gratitude letter writing campaign to service providers - social workers, doctors, nursing staff, etc who are working overtime throughout this time
Blessed is She: https://blessedisshe.net/
Catholic Men’s Conference: https://tinyurl.com/usjjfn
V Encuentro: https://vencuentro.org/parent-and-family-resources/
Consider this online mental health support resource (from Shine): https://www.virusanxiety.com/
Be conscious of your mental health during this time of great anxiety. Be kind to yourself, be calm, and be patient with yourself and others.
The New Republic Article: Against Productivity in a Pandemic
Catholic Apostolate Center Self-Care Resources: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/self-care.html
Sojourners: Coping with Anxiety in a Pandemic By J. Dana Trent
20 Tips for Working From Home
Leading Remotely: What Managers Need to Keep Teams Engaged
Response resources for leaders
Best Practices for Hosting a Digital Event
Donate canned goods to your local food bank
Donate blood to the blood bank
Know how to sew? Make surgical masks to help with the shortage. Ask friends and family to donate materials!
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