We would like to invite you to follow new social media profiles dedicated to youth and young adults in the Diocese of Brooklyn!
We will post actual information about youth & young adults ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn, events, and invitations from your parishes, interesting spiritual activities, Church teaching for youth, etc.
You are invited to create content for these profiles too!
Do you want to share an invitation? Do you want to share a relation? Do you want to help as a volunteer? Just send an e-mail: email@example.com
(If you want to be a volunteer, you have to be 18+)
Children are gifts to parents, communities, and society. The children who participate in Sunday religious instructions at St. Catherine of Genoa parish are, indeed, special gifts to our parish. We cherish our gifts and work hard to nourish their minds and teach them the Catholic faith with their parents’ help.
The month of March marked exactly one year since we transformed religious education classes from in-person classes to online instruction in our parish. In the beginning, it was a struggle for some catechists and the families they serve, but together we smoothed out the rough waves and sailed ahead. When the new semester began in September last year, our DRE, Parents, Catechists, and the Pastor worked together through a variety of workshops to make the 2020/2021 school year a success. One of the highlights of our new school year was the parent workshops.
In December 2020, the fifth and sixth-grade students and their parents came together to discuss Friendship and Bullying: Healthy Relationships. Last month, February 2021, the catechists, students, and parents came together again to discuss Digital Discipleship: Safe and healthy habits in online environments. Brenda Henry-Offor, one of the devoted Catechists, facilitated these two events. Parents welcomed the open forum sessions where they felt free to discuss various ideas and issues relating to the topics discussed. Students felt comfortable sharing and discussing their thoughts, fears, and other relevant issues. It was truly encouraging to watch parents discussing these topics with their children. One of the most significant outcomes of the workshops is that parents felt supported when their children accepted the guidance in the workshop that they were trying to impart at home about online safety. On both occasions, parents and students reported that they found the workshops helpful and informative. We are looking forward to future workshops using the same in-person format.
Above is a glimpse of the attendees at the second workshop with a discussion about Digital Discipleship. As cold as it was on that day in February, some parents and the children managed to attend. We had fifteen (15) attendees at the second workshop, bearing in mind that there are eleven (11) 6th Graders and five (5) 5th Graders in our Religious Education Program. Twenty-four (24) people participated in the first workshop. We give thanks to the Almighty for all His mercies!
In unity with the Local Organizing Committee Lisbon 2023, every 23rd of the month will be an occasion to pray for World Youth Day in Lisbon. We have started our spiritual preparation on 23 rd April, at San Damiano Mission, 21 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn.
The Catholic Community Shalom was a host of this meeting. In Rome members of this Community looks after the Cross and the Icon of Holy Mary “Salus Populi Romani” – symbols of WYD.
We were praying together for our spiritual preparation, for all young people from the Diocese of Brooklyn who will participate, and for all people who are preparing this meeting.
The next prayer will take place at San Damiano Mission on 23rd May. Time will be posted on our social media profiles:
More information about WYD Lisbon you can find here: https://www.lisboa2023.org/en/about
If you need any further information, have an idea, wish to share your experience about WYD – please do not hesitate to contact me:
Rev. Emil Parafiniuk: firstname.lastname@example.org