Be Not Afraid:
Engaging Youth in
Liturgy
2009 Diocese of
Youngstown
LITURGY DAY
With Cindee Case
Opening Prayer
O God of everlasting goodness, be with us at this
hour of promise.
You have called us to consider the young...
Components of Comprehensive
Youth Ministry
to, by, with and for youth:
 Advocacy
 Catechesis
 Community life
 Evang...
“The ministry of prayer and worship
 CELEBRATES and DEEPENS the young
people’s relationship with Jesus Christ by bestowal...
Quick side note on Engaging
Parents:
“Parents are the most influential agents of
catechesis for their children. They have ...
“…the best social predictor,
although not a guarantee,
of what the religious and spiritual
lives of youth will look like i...
CSL key points:
• Paschal Mystery (#6)
• Source and Summit (#10)
• Involvement (#14, 48)
• Public and communal (#26)
• Sim...
From Age to Age: The Challenge of Worship
with Adolescents -- Principles for Vibrant
Worship with Adolescents
• Vibrant Wo...
 Vibrant Worship with
Adolescents Attends to the
Diversity of Ages and Cultures
in the Assembly
 Vibrant Worship with
Ad...
 Vibrant Worship Includes
Effective Preaching of the Word
 Vibrant Worship Has
a Youthful Spirit in Music &
Song
Diocese of Youngstown teens
favorite Church songs…..
(2005, not 1985)
• Be Not Afraid
• City of God
• Here I am, Lord
• On...
Symbols and Actions
 
 Vibrant Worship Has an 
Interactive and 
Communal Dimension
Vibrant Worship Has an 
Interactive an...
Opportunities for Engagement
• Lectors
• Cantors
• Choir members
• Ushers/Greeters
• Musicians
•Sacristan assistants
•Chur...
The keys First,
• Invite
• Encourage
• Affirm
Then
• Train
• Mentor
• support
“In our in-depth interviews with U.S.
teenagers, we also found the vast majority
of them to be incredibly inarticulate
abo...
Four Movements of Formal
Prayer/Structure of Liturgy
1. Call to Prayer, Gathering
2. The Word, reading
3. Respond, ritual
...
What are you thinking?
• HOW DO YOU ALREADY ENGAGE YOUTH
IN YOUR MINISTRY SETTING
• What “One Thing” can you – will you do...
Ideas to share/borrow:
• Let me know if I can
• answer any questions
• after this session…
Cindee Case
Director
Office of Youth & Young Adult Min...
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  1. 1. Be Not Afraid: Engaging Youth in Liturgy 2009 Diocese of Youngstown LITURGY DAY With Cindee Case
  2. 2. Opening Prayer O God of everlasting goodness, be with us at this hour of promise. You have called us to consider the younger members of our communities when we assemble for worship in your name. Renew in us a sense of awe in your presence, manifested in the sacramental life of our parishes. Just as your Son gathered his disciples in the upper room, So may we be gathered to give praise and honor to your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  3. 3. Components of Comprehensive Youth Ministry to, by, with and for youth:  Advocacy  Catechesis  Community life  Evangelization  Justice and Service  Leadership Development  Pastoral Care , and  Prayer and Worship
  4. 4. “The ministry of prayer and worship  CELEBRATES and DEEPENS the young people’s relationship with Jesus Christ by bestowal of grace, communal prayer and liturgical experiences;  It AWAKENS their awareness of the spirit at work in their lives;  It INCORPORATES young people more fully into the sacramental life of the Church, especially Eucharist;  It NURTURES the personal prayer of young people; It FOSTERS family rituals and prayer
  5. 5. Quick side note on Engaging Parents: “Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for their children. They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators, or catechists.” (National Directory for Catechesis, p. 23)
  6. 6. “…the best social predictor, although not a guarantee, of what the religious and spiritual lives of youth will look like is what the religious and spiritual lives of their parents do look like.” Soul Searching, p. 261
  7. 7. CSL key points: • Paschal Mystery (#6) • Source and Summit (#10) • Involvement (#14, 48) • Public and communal (#26) • Simple (#34) • Inclusive and Representative (#37, 38)
  8. 8. From Age to Age: The Challenge of Worship with Adolescents -- Principles for Vibrant Worship with Adolescents • Vibrant Worship with Adolescents Celebrates Their Involvement in the Church’s Life and Mission • Vibrant Worship with Adolescents Invites and Accepts Their Authentic Participation
  9. 9.  Vibrant Worship with Adolescents Attends to the Diversity of Ages and Cultures in the Assembly  Vibrant Worship with Adolescents Roots and Fosters Their Personal Prayer Relationship with God
  10. 10.  Vibrant Worship Includes Effective Preaching of the Word  Vibrant Worship Has a Youthful Spirit in Music & Song
  11. 11. Diocese of Youngstown teens favorite Church songs….. (2005, not 1985) • Be Not Afraid • City of God • Here I am, Lord • On Eagles Wings
  12. 12. Symbols and Actions    Vibrant Worship Has an  Interactive and  Communal Dimension Vibrant Worship Has an  Interactive and  Communal Dimension Vibrant Worship Has an  Interactive and 
  13. 13. Opportunities for Engagement • Lectors • Cantors • Choir members • Ushers/Greeters • Musicians •Sacristan assistants •Church cleaning •Gift bearers • Servers •E.M.E. (over 16) •Environment •Liturgical committee
  14. 14. The keys First, • Invite • Encourage • Affirm Then • Train • Mentor • support
  15. 15. “In our in-depth interviews with U.S. teenagers, we also found the vast majority of them to be incredibly inarticulate about their faith, their religious beliefs and practices, and its meaning or place in their lives” (Soul Searching, p. 131)… “Catholic teenagers also tended to be particularly inarticulate about their faith” (ibid., p. 132).
  16. 16. Four Movements of Formal Prayer/Structure of Liturgy 1. Call to Prayer, Gathering 2. The Word, reading 3. Respond, ritual 4. Blessings, Sending Forth
  17. 17. What are you thinking? • HOW DO YOU ALREADY ENGAGE YOUTH IN YOUR MINISTRY SETTING • What “One Thing” can you – will you do – to better engage youth in Liturgy?
  18. 18. Ideas to share/borrow:
  19. 19. • Let me know if I can • answer any questions • after this session… Cindee Case Director Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry 144 W. Wood St, Youngstown OH 44503 330.744.8451 Ccase@youngstowndiocese.org

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