Christus Vivit 230: A “Popular” Youth Ministry

What comes to mind when you see or hear the term, “popular” youth ministry?” I suspect we are not talking about something dumbed down. Remember to check the whole document on this link at the Vatican site.

A “popular” youth ministry

230. In addition to the ordinary, well-planned pastoral ministry that parishes and movements carry out, it is also important to allow room for a “popular” youth ministry, with a different style, schedule, pace and method. Broader and more flexible, it goes out to those places where real young people are active, and fosters the natural leadership qualities and the charisms sown by the Holy Spirit. It tries to avoid imposing obstacles, rules, controls and obligatory structures on these young believers who are natural leaders in their neighborhoods and in other settings. We need only to accompany and encourage them, trusting a little more in the genius of the Holy Spirit, who acts as he wills.

This is in keeping with the effective ministry approach of people today as well as saints of the past. Wait for people to come to us, to come to church? It could be a long wait. It’s not a surprise that the Holy Father’s term, accompaniment, makes an appearance here. Any comments?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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