Good afternoon youth ministry representatives,

A few updates on youth and young adult ministry from the chancery:

Jr. High Discipleship Retreat

Save the date!!! The 2019 retreat weekend will be MARCH 8-10 at the LANDER COMMUNITY CENTER and we will be lodging at “The Inn At Lander”. I will have more details in early November, but I wanted to make everyone aware of the date and location. If you personally do not handle the ministry with Jr. High students at your parish, please pass this information along to your DRE or whoever serves this population at your church.

Ride for the Brand

Registration is open! Please encourage your high school youth to begin registering NOW! They have until October 31st, but there will probably be some prizes to reward those who register early. Just sayin’. 😉 Please let me know if there are any glitches with the registration page.

Later today I hope to send out an email to parents of youth who participated last year and the 8th graders who attended the Discipleship Retreat this spring. Please let me know if you need anything to help promote this retreat in your parish.

NCYC 2019

Save the date for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, IN November 21-23, 2019. I will be sending out a survey very soon to gauge interest in attending. Pleas start thinking and praying about the possibility of helping your parish coordinate a pilgrimage to this great national event. Unlike last year, this time we will have ample time to plan and fundraise.

Young Adult Ski Retreat Weekend

Fr. Brian Hess will be leading a weekend retreat incorporating a day of skiing, snowboarding, or hanging out in Red Lodge. More details to come, but please save the date on your parish calendars: January 11-13, 2019

NCCYM

If you are planning on attending NCCYM and did not receive my email from earlier today, please let me know ASAP.

As always, please keep me posted if there are any resources that you need or anything that I can do to support you in your ministry! I will likely be sending out at least one more email update prior to Ride for the Brand, but I hope to see all of you there! Thank you!

 

Maria Ward
Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries
Diocese of Cheyenne
PO Box 1468
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 638-1530 office









We are finally ready to open registration for the 2019 Italy pilgrimage! Thank you so much for your patience throughout this process. Registration will officially open tomorrow, July 12th!

I will be emailing the registration material (attached to this email) all of the parents who completed the online interest form. We only had 25 people complete the interest form, so we currently have room to accept more than just the folks who indicated interest last month. I will also send out a bulletin announcement to all of the parish secretaries to include for the next few weeks. The registration material will also be available on the Diocese of Cheyenne webpage.

As a friendly reminder, here are the criteria for attending:

The youth:

-must be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2018-2019 school year.

-must be at least 16 years old by June 14, 2019.

-must be a practicing Catholic.

-must understand this pilgrimage will include substantial walking, up to 10 miles per day.

-must be willing, as well as physically and mentally capable, or participating in this level of strenuous and prolonged activity.

-must attend with a parent or have approval by Maria Ward to attend under the supervision of an approved chaperone.

The parent/guardian:

-must be a practicing Catholic.

-has or is willing to complete Safe Environment training, a background check, and potentially a defensive driving certification no later than November 2018.

-must understand this pilgrimage will include substantial walking, up to 10 miles per day.

-must be willing, as well as physically and mentally capable, or participating in this level of strenuous and prolonged activity.

-must be willing to help serve in a chaperone capacity for other youth attending the pilgrimage if requested by one of the pilgrimage hosts (examples would be if the group divides up for lunch, in an emergency situation, etc.).

 

For adults who wish to attend, but do not have children attending the pilgrimage need to contact Maria for approval. Since the pilgrimage is so limited, as few non-parent chaperones as feasible will be approved so that more spaces can be occupied by youth.

In order to register, complete the attached form and mail it with a $300 deposit to: Diocese of Cheyenne

Attn.: Maria Ward

PO BOX 1468

Cheyenne, WY 82003

 

If you or any of the participating families have any questions, please let me know.

 

Thank you,

Maria Ward

Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries

Diocese of Cheyenne

PO Box 1468

Cheyenne, WY 82003

(307) 638-1530 office






YOUTH MINISTRY INFO FROM THE DIOCESE OF CHEYENNE
 

Hello youth ministers, parish leaders, and Italy pilgrimage hopefuls,

Many people have been contacting me requesting information regarding the pilgrimage to Italy. Due to the large number of people who have expressed interest, Bishop Steven and I need discern if we should adjust the plan for this pilgrimage or potentially create additional screening tools/criteria for attending. I’ve attached the itinerary and pricing as it currently stands for you to review. Please know this is subject to change at any time particularly prior to registration opening.

Originally Bishop Steven envisioned only taking one bus throughout Italy meaning that we would be limited to only 45 registration spaces. If we have substantially more people who want to attend, we can look into a second bus, but it could also impact the pricing since the religious houses where we are staying cannot accommodate many more people. We obviously don’t want to turn down a lot of people, but we also want the group size to be comfortable and the price as low as possible. In order to make this decision, we need more information!

Please have parents with youth who are planning on registering complete this interest form so that I can get a firm number. After Bishop Steven and I can review the number of people interested, we can contact Faith Journeys and make an informed decision about how to proceed. I will then directly contact the parents who completed the forms with the information regarding how and when formal registration will take place. Everyone planning on attending the pilgrimage must complete this form by Sunday, June 24 at 11:59pm. https://form.jotform.com/81624654339159. I will get this link added to the Diocese of Cheyenne website as well, but it will not happen until next week.

If you or any of the parents have any questions, please contact me!

Thank you,

Maria Ward
Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries
Diocese of Cheyenne
PO Box 1468
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 638-1530 office


 

Dear priests, deacons, and youth ministers,

I’m excited to officially announce the dates and venues for Ride for the Brand 2018!

Please save the date for the Diocese of Cheyenne annual high school youth retreat “Ride for the Brand” on November 17-18, 2018 at the Days Inn Hot Springs Convention Center and St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis, Wyoming!

Here’s a timeline of what to expect in the coming months regarding this event:

ASAP -- announce the speaker(s) as soon as the contract is finalized!

August 15 – send out promotional materials with details such as cost and schedule

September 1 – online registration opens

October 26 – registration closes

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

Maria Ward
Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries
Diocese of Cheyenne
PO Box 1468
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 638-1530 office



 


Hello priests, deacons, and youth ministers,

Happy Easter! Here a quick update on Diocese of Cheyenne youth ministry happenings.

One Bread One Cup (OBOC)

The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation has generously provided a grant to the Diocese of Cheyenne to cover $400 towards the registration cost of youth and chaperones to attend one of the four sessions of OBOC this summer. Currently, only 4 parishes from the Diocese are registered and are taking a total of 44 people. This means that I still have funding for 11 more people to receive the $400 off their registration. If you would like more information, please contact me ASAP. Each parish gets to pick which of the four sessions works best for their group and is then responsible for coordinating travel; however, I am more than happy to assist with this process and team up Wyoming groups who are attending the same session. It’s not too late to make this happen! http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/youth/summer-conferences/

Italy Pilgrimage with Bishop Steven

Bishop Steven and I are working diligently with Faith Journeys to create a custom pilgrimage to Italy. Once we finalize the itinerary, I will have a confirmed price as well as marketing materials to share with you. Here is some preliminary information that will hopefully allow you to at least drum up interest before the summer months.

  1. Dates will be June 14-24, 2019
  2. Youth participation in this pilgrimage will be limited to those who will graduate from high school in 2019, 2020, or 2021 AND are at least 16 years old by the day of departure
  3. Each youth participant will be strongly encouraged to be accompanied on the pilgrimage by one of his or her parents or guardians who is at least . If they cannot attend, registration will be dependent on chaperone availability.
  4. Space will be limited to only 45 participants
  5. An estimate of the cost would be between $4,800 and $5,000 per person; however this is not finalized yet.

‘Ride for the Brand’ Diocesan High School Retreat Weekend

Pending facility and speaker confirmation, Ride for the Brand will hopefully happen on November 17 & 18, 2018. I applied for a grant from the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation and will hear the outcome by the end of July. I hope to have all of the finalized information and marketing material to you by the end of August.

The Newman Connection

Every parish should have received a packet of information from The Newman Connection that included student contact information cards. Participating in this program is free and it enables campus ministers to reach out to Catholic freshmen to get them connected with Newman Center activities. To use this great program, all you need to do is: 1) have your graduating seniors fill out the student contact information card with as much information as possible 2) have a parish representative fill out the ambassador information card 3) return the cards in the provided envelope. The sooner you can do this, the earlier the information will be available to campus ministers to begin outreach. Please let me know if you need more cards or have further questions.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Webpage Update

Please take a minute to check to confirm that the information currently listed for your parish on the Diocese of Cheyenne youth ministry page is correct. http://www.dioceseofcheyenne.org/youth.html If you have revisions, please send them to me ASAP. Also, if you have a youth ministry website that you would like for us to provide a link to, please send me that information as well.

Resource Reminder

The NFCYM produces free webinar trainings each month which cover a variety of topics related to youth ministry. If you register for the webinar, but cannot attend the live event, you will be sent a link to the recorded webinar. Check out the upcoming sessions here: http://www.nfcym.org/webinars/.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything that I can provide to better support you and your ministry.

Thank you,

Maria Ward
Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries
Diocese of Cheyenne
PO Box 1468
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 638-1530 x110 office

 


Nurturing the faith of teens and young adults is an important part of our pastoral ministry. Many of our parishes have vibrant youth ministries already underway and others are beginning new endeavors. The Newman Center at the University of Wyoming provides exceptional pastoral care to our young adults attending school there. Efforts are being made to increase our presence at some of the junior colleges throughout the state as well. Instilling a deep faith and providing a solid moral foundation for young Catholics is a priority in our youth ministry endeavors.

If you need more information, contact Maria Ward, Assistant Director of Pastoral Minsitries, at mward@dioceseofcheyenne.org

Renewing the Vision

"Renewing the Vision is a call to make ministry with adolescents a concern for the entire church community, especially for leaders in parishes, schools, and dioceses. The Holy Father has emphasized repeatedly the importance of young people and ministry with them. His words at World Youth Day 1995 called the Church to become the 'traveling companion of young people.'"
-Most Reverend G. Patrick Ziemann, Committee on the Laity, USCCB

The Diocese of Cheyenne encourages all youth ministry programs to implement and promote the eight components of Comprehensive Youth Ministry as defined by the USCCB in the Renewing the Vision Document. They are:
* Advocacy
* Catechesis
* Community Life
* Evangelization
* Justice and Service
* Leadership Development
* Pastoral Care
* Prayer and Worship

In addition to the eight components Renewing the Vision has three goals for youth ministry programs. They are:
1. Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
2. To draw young people to the responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
3. To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

Click here to view the entire document 
You can also purchase copies of this document through the USCCB or many of the online book retailers.

 
 
 
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