Catholic Curriculum – Youth Ministry

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September Week 1 Community Opening Ceremonies
To facilitate team building, and establish the beginning of something new, exciting and based on relationships.  This will be an opportunity to get to know each other, and possibly new students that haven’t been to anything yet.  This is an outreach event likely to bring new students and a chance to make new friends.
September Week 2 Teach Discipleship (the calling)
To provide an understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Why did the disciples leave their life to follow a stranger?  What was the mission they were called to when Jesus asked them to follow him?  How are you called to be a disciple of Jesus and what does that look like?  How have you been invited to become a disciple of Jesus?
September Week 3 Teach Made for this
To explore How we are created in the image and likeness of God- Created for greatness and purpose.  We are made to be disciples, and are sinners in great need of a savior.  We have value just being a creation of God.  We all have gifts we should be using for Him – no gift is better – but we all have a different role to play in  the part of a greater plan.
October week 1 Prayer Brothers Keeper/Dignity
Because each one of us has dignity, we should care for one another, protect one another, support and encourage one another.  We can have a personal relationship with Jesus, but to be Christian means to be in community with others.  Highlight of the beatitudes as a primary focus in our prayer.  How are others in need, and what can we do to provide support?
October week 2 Teach Trinity
Who is the trinity, and how are the 3 persons/1 God in relationship?  To understand how the trinity operates in unity as 1 God, yet 3 separate persons in our everyday life – where can we recognize the 3 persons and how do we interact with them?
October Week 3 Teach Hearing  and Responding
Discuss where, how, why and what God calls us to, and how we can and should actively respond to that call.  How are we listening and be attentive to that call?  What are some ways we know it’s God and not something/someone else trying to influence us?  What does it actually mean to discern the will of God, and to surrender our own?
October Week 4 Community Fear Factor
A fun community building night that provides a spoof of the tv show “Fear Factor”.  Teambuilding challenges  that may be gross, surprising or funny!  This night will help students get to know one another in a fun way and interact with laughter.  This is an outreach event likely to bring new students and a chance to make new friends.
November Week 1 Teach Vocations/Sainthood
To take a deeper look at the lives of the saints.  To understand how they were called just like everyone, but they chose to respond with passion, persistence and perseverance.  What does the church teach about sainthood, and how are we called to be saints
November week 2 Prayer Creed – I believe! 
A walk through of the Creed – to understand what we actually believe as Catholics, and how we can better share with others what we believe.  When was the creed written, who was it written by, and how long has it existed?  What do the words actually mean?
November Week 3 Service Local Service Project
To participate as a group in a local service project, grow in relationship, and practice corporal
November Week 4 BREAK
December Week 1 Teach Advent People
Discover how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus better than we ever have before.  Refocus on the coming of Jesus, not just the coming of presents and holiday busyness.

Slow down-anticipate, participate and celebrate

December Week 2 Prayer Rosary/Divine Mercy
To learn how the rosary and divine mercy chaplet came about, why we pray them, what benefit it brings and how it brings us closer to Jesus.  Spending time actually praying these prayer forms.
December Week 3 Community Christmas Party
Community building night that builds around the theme of Christmas.  This is an outreach event likely to bring new students and a chance to make new friends.
January Week 1 Community Spring Kickoff – In Home
Give students a chance to get back in the swing of a new year, make some resolutions and re-engage in their parish community
January Week 2 Teach Jesus Divine
Explore the divinity of Jesus, Christology, and signs he was not only fully human, but fully divine.  Look into the miraculous moments of Jesus and the response of the apostles.
January Week 3 Teach Sacramentals & Devotions
Explore different sacramentals of the church – statues, medals, rosaries, holy water, prayer cards, scapulars, and much more.  Allow students to bring their own devotions or sacramentals from home, or explain different traditions of their family.  NOTE:  You may want to pre-order a bunch of catholic sacramentals:  Rosaries, medals, scapulars, prayer cards, etc.
January Week 4 Prayer Prayer Stations
To provide an atmosphere where students can learn several new prayer styles
February Week 1 Teach Grace & Sacraments  
To develop an understanding of what grace is, how we can receive it, what it does for us, and how it changes us and others.  To better understand  the Sacraments and how they affect us, particularly in the dispensing of grace.
February Week 2 Community Mardi Gras Party  
A community building night focused around fat Tuesday, and the kickoff of Lent
February Week 3 Teach Lent 101  
Discover the meaning of lent, how we can go deeper, and begin preparing our hearts and souls for the death and resurrection of our lord at Easter.
February Week 4 Teach Relationships Guys/Girls  
This event will divide the girls and guys to have some deep gender specific discussion about relationships.  What do good healthy relationships look like?  Who are our models of relationships?  What are our hopes and goals of a relationship?
March Week 1 Teach Morality  
Discuss major moral topics and issues that young people today deal with, particularly with our choices of drinking, drugs, 10 commandments, self harm and other common areas of sin.
March Week 2 Prayer Light/Dark + Stations  
Help young people discover how Christ has overcome darkness and can’t conquer evil  any time we ask.  We’ll teach the Stations of the cross, and end the night in prayer through the stations.
March Week 3 Teach The Eucharist  
Dive into the mystery of the Eucharist.  Students will understand how and why we should be reverent at mass as well as what the church actually teaches about this sacrament.  Students will learn how to better defend Churches beliefs on the Eucharist.
March Week 4 Prayer Adoration & Confession
To teach young people how to adore the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
March Week 5 BREAK  
 
April Week 1 Community Post Easter Party + Divine Mercy
A community building night celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and  to learn how  to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Students will also learn about St. Faustina and the year of Mercy.