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The mission of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

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COVID-19

NFCYM recognizes these are uncharted waters. During this time, we are ALL called to minister to young people and each other. We are here to assist you in light of the changes brought about by COVID-19.

Coping with Crisis: Webinars and Discussions

NFCYM is continuously holding new webinars and discussion series to bring everyone together during these difficult times to support one another and share ideas.
Below are links to upcoming events and a link to view previous session recordings.

 

Resources for…

Ministering to Young People

Events for Teens:

Free Ministry Resources:

 

Ministry During Crisis:

Virtual Ministry & Event Guidance
See “Tools and Tips for Working & Ministering Remotely” for virtual platform guidance

Virtual Ministry Resources

 

Event Guidance

Supporting Parents & Grandparents

Talking about COVID-19:

 

Prayer & Faith Formation at Home:

 

Activities & Schedules While Staying In:

Prayer

Live Stream Masses

 

Adoration

 

Live Prayer Sessions

 

Resources for Virtual Mass

 

Holy Week Resources

 

Prayers for Pandemic

 

Other Prayer Resources

 

Holy Week at Home (New!)

 

Recursos en Español

 

Other Resources

 

Mental Health

Coping with Anxiety

 

Speaking to Children

About COVID-19 & Best Practices

Stop the spread.

Even if you are not particularly concerned about the risk to yourself or your own family, these tactics will protect others who may be more vulnerable. Many of us will carry the virus before having any symptoms (and may never develop any).

  • Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Sing the refrain to Michael Joncas’ song “On Eagle’s Wings” (“And he will raise you up…”) while you wash.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Follow the guidance of local officials.
  • Stay home if you become ill.

Don’t take what you don’t need.

Hoarding worsens the situation, and can lead to more infections and more impacts for the most vulnerable.

  • Leave the masks to others. Masks only make sense for health care workers and those who are infected. They are not guaranteed to prevent transmission anyway.
  • Do not overbuy supplies. Retailers are being wiped out of disinfectants and other supplies, leaving some who most need them without. Be prepared, but be thoughtful and reasonable.

Advocate for the vulnerable and targeted.

• Have compassion for those most at risk. Stand up for those who need the most help and make sure they are being cared for, without judgment.
• Fight racism. Discrimination against those with Asian background only hurts the situation.

Proactively love your neighbor!

• Check in on isolated or vulnerable neighbors and offer to help with specific tasks such as shopping, child or pet care, cleaning, etc.
• If you are in a position of power, use that power for the good of all. Allow workers to work from home or take time off, limit large gatherings, follow government guidance, etc.
• Thank those on the front lines who are protecting us, such as health care workers, police, firefighters. Be gentle and kind with them.
• Pray for all those affected by the crisis.

from A Faith Response to the Coronavirus (English) (Spanish)

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Other

Recursos en Español

NFCYM supports those who accompany young people – that’s YOU!

Now, more than ever, we are all called to walk with our young Church. NFCYM is focused on connecting our community, now and in the future, through opportunities to unite, be formed, and gain access to relevant resources.

We are excited to offer opportunities, like these resources, as a courtesy in these difficult times. With support from people like you, NFCYM can continue to provide critical resources to help accompany young people to encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

 

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