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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 and Information 2018-2019 


Diocesan SEARCH Retreat – November 9-11, 2018 at Camp Wesley Pines, Gallman, MS.  SEARCH is a unique retreat experience Cross-JerusalemCrossdesigned 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 is now closed for the Fall Search Retreat.  Our next Search Retreat will be March 1-3, 2019.  Registration will open Winter 2018.

Holy Fire – Nashville – Saturday, December 1, 2018.  

Holy Fire is a Catholic Middle School Conference sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.  It will be held at the Diocese of Nashville Pastoral Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to a one-day experience of dynamic speakers, music, and the sacrament of the eucharist like they have never before experienced. At Holy Fire, young people will be called to embrace their baptism and engage wtih the relevant and powerful gospel of Jesus.  For details and registration information visit the Holy Fire website.  

Diocese of Jackson Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) – February 1-3, 2019 – Vicksburg Convention Center.  “Faith, Hope, Love” – DCYC is open to youth in grades 9-12.  This conference-style, totally Catholic event will feature keynote presentations from Brian Butler and music by Catholic worship artists, Greg and Lizzy Boudreaux.  The conference will also feature interactive games, activities, small groups, breakout sessions, prayer, music, reconciliation and closing mass with Bishop Kopacz!  Save the date and make plans to join us!  Registration is now open; check with your parish youth minister for more details or contact Abbey Schuhmann in the DiocesanYouth Office.  DCYC promo flyer 2019.   


Diocesan SEARCH Retreat – March 1-3, 2019 at Camp Wesley Pines, Gallman, MS.  SEARCH is a unique retreat experience Cross-JerusalemCrossdesigned 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 Winter 2018.  Visit our Search website for more details.

 Abbey Youth Festival – March 23, 2019 – 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 grades 8 and up! For more information visit www.abbeyyouthfest.com  Registration will open early 2019.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat – March 30-31, 2019 – Lake Forest Ranch, Macon, MS. This retreat is offered for those youth in grades 11 & 12th preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Registration will open early 2019.  Contact Fran Lavelle for more information Fran.Lavelle@jacksondiocese.org

Opportunities and Information for Youth Ministers and Leaders 2018-2019


National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) – December 6-8, 2018 – Tampa, FL – Join with over 2,000 youth leaders from across the country to learn, network and celebrate Catholic Youth Ministry with the top youth ministry leaders of today.  Scholarships are available for this conference.  Registration is now open. Visit the conference website for more details and registration information. 

Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference – January 10-12, 2019 – Kenner, LA

“Go Forth: That All May Be One”.  The GCFFC is a regional conference open to all adults involved in parish ministry and Catholic education.  Registration will open Fall 2018.  Visit the website for details on registration, speakers, schedule, hotel information, etc. 



Diocese of Jackson Faith Formation and Pastoral Ministries Retreat/Workshop – June 3-6, 2019 – 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.  Registration will open Spring 2019.

Letters to a Bishop:  The Journey to Confirmation – Fran Lavelle, Director for the Department of Faith Formation has been working on developing a Confirmation Preparation Program for the Diocese that includes the curriculum from the Catechist Companion.  This Confirmation program includes nine sessions that can be adapted to suit the individual needs of your parish.  The title of the program is, “Letters to a Bishop: The Journey to Confirmation.”   Use of this program is not mandatory.  It has been developed and is being provided to assist those parishes who want to use it. If you chose to use it, we would like to get your feedback at the end of the academic year.  This is a flexible program that can be adjusted and modified to best meet the needs of our parishes. To request a PDF version of the program please contact Fran

Lavelle – Fran.Lavelle@jacksondiocese.org

Scouting – Refer questions and applications for scouting awards and medals to Abbey Schuhmann in the Office of Youth Ministry.

Boy Scouts – National Catholic Committee on Scouting  

Girl Scouts – National Catholic Committee for GS and CF USA   

Diocesan Youth Indemnity/Permission Forms – 2018 – (click here for forms)

Diocesan Youth Indemnity/Permission Forms in Spanish –  Permiso en espanol – Diocesis de Jackson  – (click here for forms in Spanish)

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.

Incident Reporting Form for Accidents/Injuries  

This form should be filled out completely as soon as possible after any accident/injury occurs.  It is best to complete this form while all the details, including conditions and witnesses are still fresh in your mind.  Keep this form on file at the parish.  Please also send a copy of the form to the Department of Faith Formation. Click here for Incident Reporting Form.  Click here for form in Spanish – Diocesis de Jackson – Reporte de accidentes o lesiones Formato 

Travel Guidelines for Youth Trips   (click here for the document; travel guidelines begin on page 46) 

Lay Suitability Form  

This form should be used when bringing in a speaker, musician, or other type of talent to exercise lay public ministry at a parish or school sponsored event.  This is in regard to a paid person or volunteer.  Lay Suitability Form  

Youth Ministry Resources 

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Our Sunday Visitor 

Center for Ministry Development


Ascension  Press

Ascension Presents

Outside Da Box

Newman Connection  

The Vatican    

Catholic Answers on the Radio                                                                                     

Catholic Jukebox

St. Mary’s Press

GIA Publications  

Questions Contact: Abbey Schuhmann, Coordinator, Office of Youth Ministry 601-949-6934 or abbey.schuhmann@jacksondiocese.org