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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Youth Ministry Models & Methods

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Ministering with Parents and Families

  • Vibrant Faith at Home – a group of ministry leaders who care most about helping experience God’s presence in the world through coaching, training, and projects.
  • Loyola Press Sunday Connection – a guide to Sunday readings by Loyola Press
  • Loyola Press Family Prayers – a collection of family prayers by Loyola Press
  • OSV Lifelong Catechesis – an organization dedicated to serve the church through providing catechetical resources based in the reflection and study of Sacred Scripture for members of the faith community
  • Growing Up Catholic – parish resources that coaches and empowers parents to form their own children in faith
  • At Home with our Faith – a newsletter that offers creative ideas and tested strategies for parents to hand on a living faith to their children, while deepening their own faith in the process
  • Parent Further – a helpful guide to developmental overview of different age groups
  • Fathers for Good – a website by the Knights of Columbus that provides helpful resources for all men


Forming Youth: Adolescent Catechesis/Confirmation

  • Catholic Youth Bible – A bible designed for young people to enter in, be nourished and be transformed.
  • The Catholic Faith Handbook – An understandable and down-to-earth book to all things Catholic, whether you are brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time.
  • Dynamic Catholic – An organization dedicated to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
  • Cultivation Ministries – A not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing  disciple-making, Catholic youth ministry through training resources.


Gathering Youth: Models and Methods


Praying with Youth: Prayer Services, Liturgy, Adoration

  • Loyola Press – A website full of traditional Catholic prayers, 3-minute retreats, daily inspirations, Ignatian Spirituality, Arts and Fatih, Liturgical Calendars, and much more
  • Franciscan Media – A website dedicated to spreading the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis which includes: minute meditations and the saint of the day
  • Sacred Space – A website that provides daily prayers and practices through Ignatian Spirituality
  • Five Loaves – A ministry that provides methods, online resources and event opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal
  • Vision Vocation Network – Comprehensive resources for those seeking information on Catholic religious vocations and men’s and women’s religious communities.
  • WorshipNow – A hymnal that is a powerhouse of prayerful, spirit-filled songs that will inspire men and women to enter into full and active participation at Mass.


Service and Social Justice

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Youth Ministry Resources – A small pamphlet by the USCCB that contains essential resources for social justice
  • CRS Education – An asset that provides a deeper look into the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world with prayers and programs
  • CRS Resource – A collection of ministry tools for prayer, formation and action with a global perspective
  • Catholic Climate Covenant – An organization that inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor
  • Just Faith Ministries – A ministry that invites and prepares people of faith for the life-changing and world-changing call of the Gospel to help heal the world
  • Living Water International – An organization commissioned to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
  • Food Fast – An initiative by CRS that connects the tradition of Catholic fasting with global hunger
  • Poverty USA – An initiative by CCHD that looks to solve the problem of poverty in the USA
  • Catholic Volunteer Network – An organization that fosters and promotes volunteer service opportunities
  • Discover Your Neighbor – This website by Maryknoll provides material to engage youth with a culture of Missionary Discipleship as agents of faith, love, and service

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