Diocesan Pastoral Council - Saturday, May 27 & June 24, 2017
AM Presentation: Communications
"Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea, facing into the deep with the same passion that has governed the ship of the Church for two thousand years. We want to qualify ourselves by living in the digital world with a believer's heart, helping to give a soul to the Internet's incessant flow of communications." Pope Benedict XVI
- Powerpoint Presentation
- Text (notes) to accompany presentation - upon request only.
3. Group Discussion:
PM Presentation: Comprehensive Youth Ministry
"Youth ministry is the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community."
USCCB, Renewing the Vision, p.1
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
- Power Point Prensentation
- Suggested resources*
- Renewing the Vision - A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. USCCB
- Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry, Tom East
- The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry - Fundamentals, Theory, and Practice, Robert J. McCarty, DMin
- Youth at Worship, CCCB
*Some of these resources are available at the Diocesan Resource Library in September 2017.
1 Corinthians 3: 7-11
A Future Not Our Own
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.