The Office of Youth Ministry wishes to minister to, with and for young people and guide them to an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Our youth have been given a life-long challenge that includes full involvement in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Church.
Believing that the most effective ministry to youth occurs at the parish level, we assist parishes and the adults called to lead our youth by offering programs, events and outreach to build and maintain a strong youth presence.
Upcoming Youth Events
High School Seniors – Keep our youth connected to the Catholic Church with the Newman Connection. Unfortunately, 80% of students stop practicing their faith at some point during college – together – we can change this. Get your Seniors registered (for free) with the Newman Connection before they graduate. Packets will arrive for pastors, youth ministers, and DREs in mid-March.
SAVE THE DATE – Middle School Fall Retreat – October 21-22 – Lake Forest Ranch – Macon, MS. This fall retreat will be open to those youth in 7-8th grades. NET Ministries will lead the overnight retreat. Details to come! Why NET Ministries?
Diocesan SEARCH Retreat – Fall 2017 – SEARCH is a unique retreat experience designed for youth in grades 11th & 12th who have a strong desire to deepen their faith and relationship with Christ. A retreat “for teens, led by teens” is an experience like none other; with a strong focus on vocations SEARCH engages youth in a special way and calls them to live out their Catholic faith in a bold, real, active and healthy way. Registration will open in September 2017. Please contact Abbey Schuhmann for more information. www.jacksonsearch.com
Abbey Youth Festival – March 17, 2018 – St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, Covington, LA. The Abbey Youth Festival is an apostolic service of Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College. It is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to experience a day of prayer and faith formation with an exposure to the Benedictine tradition. Its focus is evangelization and vocational discernment by means of Liturgy, prayer, worship, music and education appropriate for Catholic young people ages 13 and up! www.abbeyyouthfest.com
Opportunities and Events for Youth Ministers and Leaders
Diocese of Jackson Faith Formation and Pastoral Ministries Retreat/Workshop – June 4-8, 2017 – Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Louisville, MS. Open to any adult who works with children, youth or adults in pastoral ministry, youth ministry, religious education or adult faith formation. There will be a one-night retreat option, 4-day retreat, 4-day workshop or workshop/retreat combination. The theme of this year’s Retreat and Workshop is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Pastoral Ministries Workshop and Retreat Information and Registration 2017
Scouting – Refer questions and applications for scouting awards and medals to Abbey Schuhmann in the Office of Youth Ministry.
Diocesan Youth Indemnity/Permission Forms – 2017 – (click here for forms)
Form A – Parent/Guardian Continuing Consent Form and Liability Waiver
Form A only needs to be filled out one time and is considered valid until the participant graduates from high school. Ideally, this form is filled out upon entrance into 6th or 7th grade (depending on what grade your parish starts youth activities). This Form is required for any youth activity that occurs on or off your campus. Every youth participant (guests included) should have Form A on file at the parish. A copy of Form A should always travel with you anytime you are off-campus for an event; the original should always stay on file at the parish.
Form B – Annual Update
Form B is an annual update that follows Form A (for youth) and Form C (for adults). After initial completion of Forms A and C only Form B needs to be completed. If Form A is filled out this year, Form B will not be filled out until the following year and then only Form B until graduation.
Form E – Specific Event Request, Consent and Release
Consider Form E your “field trip permission form.” Form E is required for all youth who participate in any off-campus activities (whether it is a one hour activity or a week long activity); Form E is required for all youth participants (guests included). Form E will need to be filled out for each individual off-campus activity or event that is planned.
A copy of Form A should be carried with you to any off-campus activity and the original should remain on file at the parish. Form E should also travel with you for that specified event.
Form C – Adult Youth Ministry Leader/Chaperone Medical Release and Liability Form
Form C is the adult equivalent to Form A. All adults who lead or help with youth ministry programs should have Form C on file at the parish – this is a separate document from the Protection of Children training. Form C should be filled out by full-time staff, part-time staff and parent/adult volunteers who help with youth programming. Form C is valid for 6 years. Upon completion of Form C; adult leaders will only need to complete Form B, the annual update. A copy of Form C should travel with you anytime you are off-campus for an event; the original should always stay on file at the parish. Form C and Form A function the same.
MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) Report
Any adult who drives youth for events should complete an MVR Report from the Department of Public Safety before they drive for an event. Your Protection of Children Site Administrator will file this form at most parishes. This form is only necessary for adults who will be driving youth and it costs $11 to run the report. It is good for 3 years. Your Protection of Children site administrator needs to document the eApps database with the date of the MVR. The original MVR document should be retained at the parish office and attached to the original copy of the applicant’s POC application. MVR online report.
Protection of Children for Adults working with Youth
Any adult who works with youth needs to be trained in the Protection of Children Safe Environment program. After undergoing initial training, all adults will need to read the VIRTUS monthly bulletins to remain compliant in working with children/youth. For questions regarding the Protection of Children training, VIRTUS or Safe Environment questions – please contact Vickie Carollo in the Protection of Children Office – 601-969-1880.
Travel Guidelines for Youth Trips – (click here for the document; travel guidelines begin on page 46)
Youth Ministry Resources
Questions Contact: Abbey Schuhmann, Coordinator, Office of Youth Ministry 601-949-6934 or firstname.lastname@example.org