Category Archive: Practical Tips

Jun 19

7 Social Media Secrets in Catholic Youth Ministry

Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

The goal of Catholic Youth Ministry is to help teens know and experience Christ. To do this we need to reach teens. But where are teens? Today many are on social media. Yet social media can seem daunting to those of us just a few years older. I figured I could offer some things that …

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Jun 13

100,000 Hail Marys for our 2 Popes

100,000 Hail Marys for both Popes

Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict need our help, our prayers. I thought, what a better way then to invoke Mary thousands of times for them. But there is no way for me to do that alone, so I’m asking you to help and tell all your friends too. You know how every so often, …

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May 02

Faith and Reason (Watch This Video)

Today one of the most difficult issues to describe to teens – or anybody else for that matter – is the relationship between faith and reason. I have heard a bunch of talks that were good but they were usually philosophical. I could never show them to teens, and I had trouble simplifying them. Then, …

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Apr 23

50 Shades of Distrust

In the past year, by selling about 70,000,000 copies, Fifty Shades of Grey became the #1 book of all time. I ask myself why? 2 unsatisfactory answers are usually given: people want to read smut, and the writing is good. Lurid literature has been around for years – Harlequin romances have been sold since the …

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Mar 01

31,742 #ThanksPontifex Tweets

ThanksPontifex Trends 8pm feb28

I want to write this small note to thanks everyone who helped to thank our Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI with #ThanksPontifex. Topsy tells me we sent out 31,742 messages with the #ThanksPontifex hashtag, with 3,971 right at the hour he ceased to be Pope. At that point, #ThanksPontifex was trending 3rd in the USA. Many people with …

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Feb 23

#ThanksPontifex Twitter Storm – February 28, 7:45 UPDATED x2!

Benedict XVI

Updates at the bottom! (last: 3pm February 25) Pope Benedict has taught each of how to love Jesus just a little more. By resigning he is showing us humility. Let’s show our gratitude by starting a Twitter Storm when he steps down. I need lots of participation, we need to send off thousands of Tweets to …

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Feb 08

3 Options Instead of Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America Emblem

Boy Scouts put off their decision. With all the pressure from within and without, they will probably allow openly homosexual scoutmasters and workers sooner or later. Girl guides allowed lesbians in a few years ago and now a relatively high part of their staff is lesbian.  (If you want the Girl Scout saga, including planned …

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Dec 13

Spice up the Youth Mass… With Latin!

One of the deepest needs teens have is to belong to something bigger than themselves. A soccer team is bigger than any individual member but it doesn’t last. They want to be part of the Church! This is one of the greatest things we can offer them: it both fulfills their needs and leads them heavenward. …

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Nov 11

We All Need Help

When I first started working in youth minstry, I felt overwhelmed. I knew where I wanted to go, but I lacked the tools. I wanted the teens to do service projects ontheir own but it seemd that I always needed to be present. I watned them to do dynamic stuff not just read a Gospel …

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