Important for youth ministries to minister to student youths too

Our hearts’ deepest longing is for God and Truth. In this day and age, too many hearts are preoccupied with the distractions of the world.

Sep 25, 2014

By Paul Simon Julianose
Why are dynamic youth and young adult groups needed?
1) Our hearts’ deepest longing is for God and Truth. In this day and age, too many hearts are preoccupied with the distractions of the world. We need to break through with the life-giving message of Jesus. Young people need to spend less time in the world and more time contemplating the things of God. Truth leads to sanity and clear thinking. We need to bring people to a deeper love of the Truth.

2) Young people are casualties in this cultural war. The casualties are increasing. We need more spiritual paramedics. Youth and young adult groups are these paramedics.

3) A strong youth or young adult group can relieve some of the pressure young people face. This pressure includes the pursuit of studies,material success and sexual temptations.

4) A strong youth or young adult group offers Catholics an alternative to the lures of other faiths, including some cults. Gospel Hall is an example.

5) We’ve lost too many young people due to poor catechesis. Young people need an inviting place to hear the clear Catholic message.

6) Parishes need to reach out to these groups with more expansive youth and young adult programs. Youths represent 37 per cent of the parish. Where is the future Church going to be if the majority of young people stop practicing their faith? (EWTN Library)

In certain Dioceses, Deaneries and Parishes, student youths are more often than not, neglected. The focus of youth ministries and offices are more towards the working young adults. This can prove costly if it remains this way. As mentioned in no.5 above, young people need an inviting place to hear the Catholic message. Student Youths face a lot of temptations such as pornography, gangs, smoking, drinking, bullying and even temptations to join other denominations which seem inviting, create the ‘club atmosphere’ where everyone feels welcome.

Some cathecists these days fail to really provide this ‘inviting’ feeling. As for those cathecists who do, they are still insufficient. Student youths also need to get together, they need each other, they need to re-instill the joy of REAL relationships and not social media.

Cathecism time is not enough. A great place to start is youth ministries at church. Let’s save the souls of these youths before it is too late.

It is the responsibility of the Authorities of the Diocese, Deaneries and Parishes to see to this matter. So, this I gently remind you for your own good, Thank you in advance, for taking the necessary steps to direct Youth Ministries toward student youths as well.

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