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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.

Ministry Amidst a Crisis: COVID-19 and Ministering to and with the Young Church and their Families

This NFCYM all-access webinar presents the current state of the COVID-19 crisis as its being realized within our ministry field. We highlight some of the key issues, best practices, policies, and strategies that we are hearing from colleagues at the parish, diocesan, and national levels.

Presenting panel includes: Tom East (Center for Ministry Development), Ela Milewska (Archdiocese of New York), Jamie Kohler (NFCYM Board Member and parish youth ministry leader in the Archdiocese of Seattle) and Moderated by Charlotte McCorquodale (Ministry Training Source).

Special guest appearance: Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of USCCB

 

Resources for…

Ministering to Young People

Ministry During Crisis:

 

Tools & Resources for Virtual Ministry:

 

Messages of Hope:

 

Other:

Supporting Parents & Grandparents

Talking about COVID-19:

 

Prayer & Faith Formation at Home:

 

Activities & Schedules While Staying In:

Prayer

Watch Mass & Adoration

 

Other Prayers & Resources

 

Mental Health

Coping with Anxiety

 

Speaking to Children

Event Guidance
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)

Recursos en Español

Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – National Association of School Psychologists
Vive la Cuaresma en Familia – CRS Rice Bowl
50 Ideas y Recursos ESP – Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
Recursos para Padres y Familias – V Encuentro
Recursos para Niños – V Encuentro

 

Oración

Resources for Parishes and Priests

50 Creative Ideas for Parishes During COVID-19 – Diocese of Orange
Faith Response to Coronavirus and Pastoral Tools – The Pastoral Center
Resources to Use at Home – The Leadership Institute, Diocese of Bridgeport
Resources for Pastoral Juvenil, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and Campus Ministry English | Spanish – V Encuentro
Faith Formation Resources English | Spanish – V Encuentro

 

Online Gatherings

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