FEDERATION OF CATHOLIC YOUTH

The Youth Ministry of our Diocese sets out to:

 

  • Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our World today.
  • Draw young people to responsible participation in the life, Mission and work of the Catholic Faith Community.
  • Foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

The Federation of Catholic Youth (FCY) of the Diocese of Kumbo was officially created in 1984 by the first resident Bishop of Kumbo the Rt. Rev Mgr, Cornelius Fotem Esua. Its main objective was, the integral formation of the Young Person and of Young People so that they can be able to face life maturely and to cope with it in the light of the Christian values and principles.

 But before then, in 1983 he had appointed Rev. Fr Robert Tanto as the Diocesan Youth Chaplain of the Diocese of Kumbo. From the moment of its creation the FCY has been headed by seven Diocesan Youth Chaplains considering the fact that Fr Robert Tanto had had two tenures. These are: firstly was Fr. Robert Tanto from 1983 – 1990, secondly Late F Christopher Seka from 1990 – 1995, then Fr. Robert Tanto was appointed again form 1995 – 2001. After Fr. Robert was the turn of Fr. Daniel Ache from the year 2001 – 2007 followed by Fr. Evaristus Kiven 2007 – 2011, then Fr. Paul Verla 2011 – 2015 and presently we have Fr. Francline J. B. Dindzee 2015 – till date.

The inauguration of the Diocesan Youth Centre Kumbo which is situated in Tobin Parish and the head office of the Federation of Catholic Youth took place on Pentecost Sunday, May 26th 1996. A Delegation from Freiburg in Germany was present during the inauguration.

The very first Diocesan Youth Formation Team Members in 1983 was Rev. Fr, Robert Tanto and Rev. Sr, Anthonia Ayamba. When the Federation of Catholic Youth was created in 1984 the Team Members were Rev. Fr, Robert Tanto(Diocesan Youth Chaplain) and the other Team Members were Mr. Clement Mbunwe, Mr. Elais Bantar and Miss Winifred Biy and in 1985 Rev. Sr, Marcelline Yula came in as a new Team Member.The first seminarian on pastoral year to work with the FCY as a Team member was Mr. Zephyrinus Mbuh now Rev. Fr, Zephyrinus Mbuh. Miss Mary Hughes from the Diocese of Hexham & New Castle in England work as a Team Member from 1988 – 1990.

The Federation of Catholic Youth of the Diocese of Kumbo went in to partnership with that of the Diocese of Limburg(BDKJ) in 1996. This partnership later on became one between the two Dioceses in 1998. The Youth Volunteer programme between the FCY and BDKJ also started in 1996 with the first volunteer, Bernd Hattersheid from Limburg to Kumbo, and worked as a Youth Formation Team Member. In 1997 the first volunteer form Kumbo to Limburg, returned the visit. Since then Volunteers from the two Dioceses have been having exchange visits and serving where need be.

The first Diocesan Youth Camp took place at St. Augustine’s College Nso from 15th – 17th of August 1996. The most conspicuous aspect about this camp was that it had no theme. Mainly sporting affairs were discussed and the finals of the second Diocesan Sports Competition were played on August 17th 1996. About 700 youths participated in the events, but only about 300 stayed full time on campus. Participation fee was 300 FCFA per young person. It was during this camp that the very first attempt of constituting the Diocesan Youth Council was made.

Agents of the Youth Ministry in our Diocese are:

The Diocesan Youth Chaplain, The Diocesan Youth Formation team, Parish Youth Chaplains/Coordinators, Parish Youth Workers, Members of the Commission for Youth Apostolate, Parish Junior Youth Animators and Parish Youth Councilors.

Before the creation of the FCY, two Youth groups were already operating in the Dioceses, that is, the Young Christian Workers (YCW) which is considered the mother youth group for it was in operation first. It was started in the Diocese by Rev Fr. John Corkman a Mill Hill Missionary Priest. The Bongkishiri that was started by one of the pioneer Team Members Miss Winifred Biy as from November 6th 1978 was the other group. After the creation of the FCY IN 1984 other groups were created to add to these two. There was the Cadets of Mary that was started in Shisong Parish by one Rev. Sister and later on spread to the whole Diocese. Rev Fr, Robert Tanto organized the already exist members of the Altar Servers to become a group. He also started the Youth Christian Student’s (YCS) and the Youth Christian farmer’s (YCF) groups in the Diocese. Thus these were the main youth groups in existence, with four of them, YCW, YCS, Cadets of Mary and the Altar Servers still very much alive till date. Many more youth groups have come up mostly at the level of parishes.

When the FCY was created in 1984 its first office was behind the presbytery of the Kumbo Cathedral where the Kumbo Parish Youth Office is found presently. The idea of building a real campus of the Youth Centre which is situated at Bajin in Tobin Parish came from one Mill Hill Priest (whose only name the compiler got as Rev. Fr, Michael) during a diocesan Youth Retreat at the Kumbo Cathedral. Seeing the number of young people that were present he proposed that a centre for young people be created. Then Rev. Fr. Robert Tanto applied for some funding, acquired the land and bulldozed it before he was transferred. The second Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Rev. Fr, Christopher Seka of blessed memory started build the Administrative block and the hall and it was officially put in use in 1994. Late Fr. Seka also acquire some land to add the one that was already there. The young people of the Diocese contributed immensely for the building of their centre, e.g. the contributed only physically but also financially as each member of the YCW paid in the sum of 2.500FCFA. Rev. Fr. Daniel Ache applied for funding and constructed the hostels and the Chaplaincy section. It is worth noting that the funds for the building of the Diocesan Youth Centre came from many funders, e.g. the Youths, Dka Austria, Missio in Germany, Diocese of Bozen Brixen in Italy, Diocese of Limburg etc.

The FCY campus was transferred to a temporal site in 2011 at Bamkika-ay mission of the Kumbo Cathedral Parish the formal Diocesan Pastoral Centre site and is currently operating from there.

In line with its mission as a tool for evangelization, the Federation of Catholic Youth in the Diocese of Kumbo is charged with accompanying the proper spiritual, moral, physical, social, psychological, economic, cultural and intellectual growth of youth in all parishes of the diocese irrespective of their creed, sex or ethnic origin.

The members of the Diocesan Youth Formation Team work hand in glove with other agents of the youth ministry who are based in parishes and who live and interact on a day to day basis with youths. Through these agents ministering to youth especially in the most rural parts of the diocese is assured.

The youths are divided into two major groups: Junior and Senior youths. Junior Youths are those between 7 and 13 years while Senior Youth are those between 14 and 35 years. They are allowed to choose the group that best answers their needs from among the following:

  • Cadets of Mary Immaculate: a group dedicated to following the footsteps of the Virgin Mary. (Cf Handbook)
  • Altar Servers: dedicated to St. Stephen and serve at Mass. (Cf Handbook)
  • Young Christian Students (YCS): to bring Christ to the school milieu. (Cf Handbook)
  • Young Christian Workers (YCW): to bring Christ to the work environment.(Cf Handbook)

At each stage, formation material is tailored to meet the needs of each distinct group together with the pastoral vision of the diocese.

The general objective of youth ministry in our diocese is integral formation of young people throughout our diocese. This general objective is targeted by focusing on four goals and a threefold aim of youth ministry for our diocese.

Youth ministry fosters the complete personal and spiritual growth of each young person, acknowledging the specific needs of young people in our diocese.

Youth ministry calls young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today rooted in the living tradition of our church.

Youth ministry enables young people to participate fully in the life of the catholic community, recognizing the intrinsic value of youth and all that it has to offer to the church.

Youth ministry sends young people out as prophetic witnesses of Christ calling the world and the church to a renewal of faith, hope and love.

The aim of youth ministry is three fold: to build up and sustain a ministry that is self-ministering, self-propagating and self-reliant.

Diocesan Youth Council Meetings and Trainings: The Diocesan Youth Council is a structure for the purpose of participatory involvement of youth in their affairs, made up of two youths from each of the 28 parishes of the diocese. It usually holds three meetings a year.

Youth Agents’ Meetings and Trainings: These are members of the Diocesan Youth Formation Team, Parish Youth Chaplains/Coordinators who are either priests or religious, members of the parish youth apostolate commissions who are adults, parish youth workers and junior youth animators. The chairperson of the Diocesan Youth Council represents the youths at this gathering. They usually come together to make decisions concerning their service to the youths or to receive training to facilitate the discharge of their duties as youth agents. There are also three gatherings at this level in a year.

Outreach to parishes (Parish Youth Week Celebrations)

The Diocesan Youth Formation Team makes periodic visits to all parishes of the diocese. These visits aim at giving formation to the young and to follow up on previous activities. These are also opportunities to evaluate and give more formation to the youth agents, youth leaders and the youths. During these visits, the team also comes into direct contact with the various Christian communities of the different parishes of the Diocese. Such visits provide opportunities to sensitize parents and adults on their role in accompanying the youths. This has yielded a lot of fruit as more parents are beginning to affirm the youth in the parishes. These visits are usually made during weekends.

MONDAYs – THURSDAYs: Activities in all Mission Stations

Guidelines to Parish Youth Week Celebrations.

These are some of the expectations of the Diocesan Youth Formation Team with regard to the Parish Youth Week Celebrations. Do find ways of improving on the few expectations below in enriching our youth movement.

  • It is a special week when young people are made to be conscious of their special presence in the Church, with regard to the Provincial Pastoral Plan.
  • During this week, from Monday to Thursday, young people meet in their various Mission Stations to carry out activities that entails. It is not very much different from what the Youth Team has called Youth Enrichment Programmes.
  • We encourage devotion to Christ such as through corporal works of mercy or spiritual works of mercy. Clean-up campaigns are organized and carried out, public and peaceful march-by passes are organized to sensitize the general public on some ills that youths are exposed to.
  • They equally meet to make sporting exercises, act plays, dramas, sketches, jokes, fun time, compose and sing songs esp. On the theme of the Youth Year, watch a religious/spiritual film or documentary esp. on the life of a saint or study the Bible and organize Bible Quizzes and Debates, etc.
  • Youths are formed during this week with regard to the various Youth groups of the Federation of Catholic Youth.
  • Formation is equally prepared to meet the needs of the young people with regard to their age and difficult times and the threats to the Christian Moral values, esp. through the Mass Media.
  • It is a special week when the various Youth Movements in the Parish/Mission Station come together in a special way to examine themselves and evaluate themselves.
  • During this week they go out as individuals to talk to those who do not belong to their group or to any youth group at all to come to the fold and celebrate their Christian youthfulness. We think here of our brothers and sisters who are Okada riders, Tailors, young business people, mechanics, barbers, those learning any form of trade, all students, who do not belong to any group of the Youth Movement. Those below the age of 35. Tell them to belong that it is not just enough to come to Church.
  • It is a week whose activities are organized by the leaders of the various youth movements, the members of the Youth Apostolate Commission and the Youth Chaplains.
  • It is a time when parents are invited to the organized activities and they support their children and encourage them to grow in the faith.
  • All the priests should talk about this event before it comes and Endeavour to be present at it at least in a number of mission stations and at its culmination at the weekend.
  • During the weekend, that is, from Friday to Sunday, the members of the Diocesan Youth Formation Team visit the particular Parish celebrating the Parish Youth Week and meet all the young people of the parish in their numbers. They pray with them, listen to them, form them, encourage them, correct them and guide them.
  • It is a special time when the entire Parish supports the Federation of Catholic Youth financially.

 

 

This is how a Parish Youth Week Celebration can look like:

Sundays:       Launching of the Youth Week in Mission Stations & Youth singing in churches, Meetings, Quiz, Sports or socio-cultural activities or Benediction, etc, etc

Mondays:      Youth Gospel Sharing and Spiritual /Corporal Works of Mercy, etc, etc.

Tuesdays:      Talk/Formation, Human Investment, Preparation of Mission Presentation at Parish Level, socio-cultural activities, etc, etc

Wednesdays    2;30pm : Arrival of the Youth Team

                        3:00pm Arrival of the Youth

4:00pm Enlarged Meeting the PYC (Chaplain, Exco and Youth Apostolate) Disclosure of week’s programme: Deliberations, Adjustments and Amendments, other matters.

First encounter with the children present (Animation, talk) Closing etc

Thursdays:    Morning Prayer; Holy Mass; Visit to a HOMES/INDIVIDUAL-GROUP COUNSELING & EXERCISES. CONFLICT OF VALUES. (Meeting Uninvolved Youths) &Building Relationships with Young People

3:00pm Afternoon Session in the Church/hall with Chaplet of Divine Mercy – TRAUMA HEALING AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES

5:30pm  Evening Prayer and DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION & Departure

Fridays:          Morning Prayer; Holy Mass; CHARACTER TRAITS & BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS OR GOAL SETTING AND REORIENTATION OF ASPIRATIONS and Moral Instructions in all the Classes (where schools are operational)

3:00pm SPORTS & GAMES (Evangelization Through Sports & Trauma Relief)

THE WINDS AND CASUALTIES OF THE REVOLUTION: WAY FOREWARD

6:30pm  Evening Prayer, GUIDED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Supper

Film Show & EVANGELIZING YOUNG PEOPLE ONLINE.

Night Prayer and Rest.

Saturdays:     Morning Prayer/Rosary/ Holy Mass/Clean up.

8:30am Morning Session: Continuation/Written Assessment of the Session: SUBGROUP MEETINGS

10:00am Breakfast/Animation

10:30am General Youth Formation (JUNIOR & SENIOR YOUTHS) OR SEX EDUCATION (BOYS & GIRLS SEPARATELY) 12:00am Angelus & Workshops or Subgroup meeting

1:00pm Plenary/Liturgy Practice for Sunday, BIBLE QUIZ.

3:00 – 5:00pm Sports

6:00pm Holy Hour: Eucharistic Adoration and Collection of Prayer Intentions/Blessing of Sacramentals.

7:30pm Supper

8:30 – 10: 30pm Socio-Cultural Evening & RECREATION

            Sundays:       6:30am Holy Mass AWARD OF SOME PRIZES

9:30am Evaluation/Concluding Remarks in the Hall/ Church: TAKE HOME MESSAGE [Week’s Formation Rehearsals]

                                    10:30am Youth Team’s Departure

                                    Parish Youth Games or Youth Meetings

Diocesan Youth Camp: There is usually a youth camp at diocesan level in a year. This brings together the senior and junior youths to be given formation in one aspect of their lives. The one this year, for example, had the theme: “Camp of Body”. The youths were therefore given formation on how to take care of their bodies. Participants usually have activities like inputs, spiritual activities, sports, socio-cultural activities, debates, recreational activities like films, stagging; etc. A camp usually takes place for a period of five days.

World Youth Day celebrations: This begins on Friday of Holy Week and ends on Palm Sunday. The youths come together to present activities centred on the message of the Holy Father for World Youth Day. These activities are usually socio-cultural activities like music, traditional dances, recitations, and recreational activities, spiritual activities, etc. They listen to a reflection on the Pope’s message written and presented by one of them. The Bishop is always there to represent the Holy Father.

We equally have Diocesan Feasts and celebrations of the Lives of the Patron Saints of the various sub-groups and   John Paul II Feast day celebrations

Spiritual Activities

These include retreats like the one before the World Youth Day where youths meditate on the Pope’s message for World Youth Day. There are also Masses, penitential services, liturgy practice during celebrations, periods for confessions during World Youth Day and Camps.

 

ACTIVITIES OF DEPARTMENTS AT THE YOUTH CENTRE [THE TREASURE LAND OF OUR YOUTH MINISTRY]

The John Paul II Youth formation centre, Diocese of Kumbo is where the Federation of Catholic youth offices are found. There are many departments of formation and capacity building for youths at the centre. These include:

Departments for Capacity Building and formation:

The Computer Literacy Department: Offers training on computer literacy to youths with the basic qualification of being able to read and write. All youths are welcome without any racial or religious prejudices. A complete and up to date computer laboratory for young computer wizards and documentation services: Here we are able to Type; Print and Photocopy ; Work and Design on any computer programme, do Lamination and Spiral Binding, Snap photographs and Passports and print colour Photos. This department is currently a high demand for acquiring entrepreneurial skills.

The Arts Department:  This department trains young people in the following:

Serigraphy: Painting on T-shirts, Banners, Scarves, School Badges and a lot more.

Fine Arts: Paintings, portraits and sign Boards.

Calligraphy: The art of good handwriting for infants and adults. We organize calligraphy classes during Holidays and Weekends, to teach children how to produce good handwriting.

Gallery: We are organizing a gallery full of abstract paintings of various sizes.

Design and Décor: We design logos and produce beautiful interior decorative objects.

It not only represents you as you are in drawing and painting but does quality printing on Polo-Shirts and T-shirts, and fabrics like wrappers and placards, mufflers, carving of stamps, banners, batches, etc.  Sign boards. We are able to do draw and even build any catholic Calvary Representation in any Church in any part of the Diocese and even beyond.

Others artists in town could even come to us for supplies of Arts and design material and buy at affordable prices instead of going to Bamenda and beyond to buy such material.

The Tailoring/Dress Making Department: This department trains young people from around the diocese of Kumbo, mostly school drop outs. The youth center trains young people to be self-reliant. A standard tailoring and design department for sewing and for those learning how to sew. Marking machines and all tailoring equipment for all Fashion wears (for men and women) to make you cute and presentable.

What is more? All Church Prayer and Action groups’ uniforms: like CMA, Samba, YCW, Cadets, Altar Servers uniforms, Choirs uniforms, Graduation robes etc.

Music: there is an equipped musical department for training and rents to all occasions. A good and refined sound system for all sorts of occasions and celebrations, be they wake-keeps and funerals, weddings, birthday parties, memorials and anniversaries, graduations, etc. Enough speakers and Microphones. A Brass Band musical orchestral with players at your disposal.

Restaurant and Catering Department. Cutlery, and mattresses for rents for various occasions.

Pressure Car Wash service

Apprentices are warmly welcome in any field of specialty. And we have a standby generator to continue effective and efficient production and satisfaction of our customers in the face of constant power failure.

YOUTH APOSTOLATE COMMISSION

PREAMBLE  

            The pastoral care of youth must clearly be a part of the overall pastoral plan of dioceses and parishes, so that the young people will be enabled to discover very early on the value of the gift of self, an essential means for the person to reach maturity. (E.A, no.93)

AIM 

The integral Christian formation of youth is to be able to face life maturely and to cope with it in the light of the Christian values and principles.

COMPOSITION

Laity, Catechists, Religious, and Clergy appointed/elected.

-Appointed/elected men and women who are permanently resident in the communities concerned. They should be mature individuals in the faith, able to understand the young people and stand for them in the adult community, be interested in their growth, processed and realized that they are the church of today and tomorrow.

-Two youths, male and female appointed/elected to represent the youth in the commission at all levels.

ROLE                                                                  

-To challenge the young to take up great ideals in life especially great Christian ideals and above all the ideal of holiness

-To help youths develop a sense of respect for each other and unity among themselves.

-To ensure that youth activities are well planned carried out and coordinated

-To make the youth realize that each of them as an individual is an integral member of the Christian community to which he/she belongs.

-To make them realize that Pastoral Agents and Youth Animators can only accompany them, they cannot take over their lives. Therefore, they are to take up full responsibility for their lives.

-To make the adults to understand that the young people have their own share to contribute to the Church and Society.

-To help the young to develop integrally.

-To help the young people to take up their role in the Church and society through their different Youth groups.

-To help the young people to take up responsibilities in their immediate families since all youth Ministry is an extension of the Family Ministry.

-To encourage the non-associated youths to belong to youth groups.

METHOD    

  • Organize training of Youth Leader and Animators at all levels.
  • Ensure that Youth Celebrations are organized at all levels.
  • Organize at all levels , Formation Sessions and Spiritual Activities, e.g. Study sessions and Courses, Retreats, Recollections, Seminars, etc.
  • Organize counseling services for the youths at all levels.
  • Organize Social and Sporting Activities, e.g. games, Dances, Symposia, Debates, Youth Camps, Excursions, etc.

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE YOUTH PASTORAL MINISTRY ACCORDING TO THE PROVINCIAL PASTORAL PLAN IN KUMBO DIOCESE

Introduction

Every Youth movement is geared towards making the youths Mature, Responsible and Holy. The importance of any youth Movement is maturity, responsibility and Holiness. Bishop Esua Cornelius the first Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo during the official inauguration and dedication of the Diocesan Youth Formation Centre at Tobin, had this to say;

 

“Our Diocesan Youth Formation Centre, like all youth centres, is indeed a place where the young people should come to recreate and socialize themselves. But the magic word here is FORMATION, human and spiritual formation. The primary purpose of this Centre is to form our young people physically, intellectually, morally and spiritually. Here the formation that is given should lead them to discover and experience the many gifts and talents that God has given them, to deepen their faith and to become matured and committed Christians. It should enable them to assume their responsibilities in the Church and in Society. Here they should hear Jesus telling them as he told the Apostles “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me so am I sending you.”(Jn. 20:21). From here they are sent out into the world to transform it and make it a better place for themselves and for others to live in. From here they are sent out to their peers to tell them about the marvelous works of God and that life has a meaning and a purpose. They are to become apostles and prophets of life, of love, of justice and peace to their peers and to society in general. From here they should become aware of the fact that they are the Church both of today and of tomorrow, and that they should be committed Christians, witnesses of Jesus Christ and true evangelizers, first of themselves and then of others, through the example of their own lives.” P.4

Before the advent of the Pastoral Plan, youths were organized into various youth groups and membership was by the free choice of each young person. Thus, we had groups like the Young Christian Workers (Y.C.W), Young Christian Students (Y.C.S.), Young Christian Farmers (Y.C.F.), Cadets of Mary, Mass Servers, Bongkisheri, etc. These groups while remaining to be groups that the young people can choose to belong to, and try to achieve the objective of the youth ministry, need to be re-thought about and put in the context of the Pastoral Plan. The Pastoral Plan insists that the Pastoral care of youths must clearly be a part of the overall Pastoral plan of Dioceses and Parishes, so that the young people will be enabled to discover very early on, the value of the gift of self and essential means for the person to reach maturity. (E.A. NO. 93.) &(Pastoral Plan p.71.)

To implement the wish of the Pastoral plan and of the Church, Youths of every age need formation to achieve the above goal. This formation must take into consideration the ages of the youths; all the  youths and not only those who are in the Youth Associations. Thus, there is a need to categorize the youths into Junior and Senior Youth groups and give them the formation they need before they can join Youth Associations or even if they do not join these associations they would have already had the formation necessary for their ages. Junior Youths are from the ages of 0-13 years and Senior Youths from the ages of 14 to 35 years. This division helps the youth facilitators (appointed or elected) to form the youths in the  Catholic doctrine and tradition according to their ages – as individuals, through families, and SCCs to the Mission Station, Zones, Parish, Deanery and right to the Diocesan  and Provincial levels. Below is the Youth Pastoral Organigramme of Evangelization according to the Provincial Pastoral Plan.

 

Explanation of the Youth Pastoral Organigramme of Evangelization

Above is the diagrammatic representation of the Youth Pastoral Organigramme of Evangelization. The Organigramme is divided into three sections linked to one another, namely; the Ecclesiastical Circumscription (Church Area under consideration) – Area of Youth meeting, Formation and Youth Councils (where decisions about the youths at any level are taken by the youths themselves). The target of the Youth Organigramme is for the Individual Youth to grow in Maturity, Responsibility and Holiness. Talking from the Ecclesiastical Circumscription viewpoint, the individual who is the target comes from a family; a group of families form a SCC; a number of SCCs form the Mission Station; a number of Mission Stations form a zone, the number of zones make up the Parish, the number of parishes form a Deanery; a number of Deaneries make up a Diocese and a number of Dioceses make up a Province. Youth formation and decision making of and about the youths follows these different levels.

 

Since the ‘Magic Word’ about gathering the youths is Formation, the second column describes the meetings/formation of the Youths. The meetings of the youths have formation as the Central point of focus. At the Individual level each youth with all the formation he/she has received is called upon to use his/her initiative in whatever circumstance he/she may find himself/herself to be Mature, Responsible and Holy. In the family Youth meetings, the youths discuss what is going on in the family that concerns them and they try to take their own role in the family. At the SCCs the youths organize themselves for their meetings, chose their leaders and do Bible Sharing at the convenient time to them. At the SCC and Family levels all youths are expected to be present for the meetings and all the activities that involve the youths at these levels. From the Mission Station level to the Provincial Level, youth Meetings/Formation is given to the youth leaders who in turn come back to pass on the information to other youths in the SCCs. This empowers youths to evangelize their peers. To meet all youths from the Mission Station level until the Provincial level, the organization of Rallies, Youth Camps, Excursions, Sporting Activities, Debates, Symposia, Retreats, Recollections,BibleQuizzes etc. is highly recommended.

The third column describes theYouth Pastoral Councils. The explanation of these Councils is as follows;

Personal Youth Councils – At the level of the individual after receiving formation at all levels, he/she takes a decision about his or her life on how to behave as a young person here and now. Since a Council takes place between two persons he or she may consult friends, Parents or other persons to take a decision about his or her future. Above all he or she takes a final decision especially about his vocation and/or Profession with his or her God. This is the basic fruit of all the formation of the Youths at all levels.

Family Youth Councils – Youths here are expected to sit together, to take decisions about their involvement in their own families as youths and to evaluate how they have been taking up their roles as young people in the family. Those concerned at this level are all the young people of the particular Family.

SCC Youth Councils – The members of the SCC Youth Council are the Junior and Senior Youth Executive members in the SCC and the Youth Apostolate Members at this level and other youth facilitators/animators. Here reports are given on how the junior and Senior Youths are faring in the SCC. Decisions are taken by the youth Council at this level on how they want the youths to carry on their lives in the particular SCC.

Mission Station Youth Councils – This youth council is made up of the Executive of the Junior and Senior Youths at this level, two delegates (a boy and a girl) of each of the Association of Youths at this level, the two delegates of the Youth Apostolate Commission at this level and the facilitators/Animators at this level (Mission Station Youth Office). During the meetings each group gives a report, deliberations are done on the Youth Ministry at this level and decisions are taken on how the youth Ministry shall be carried out at this level.

Zonal Youth Councils – Parishes that are large are divided into zones. They can also organize the Youths at this level for easy Administration. The Youth Council at this level shall be made up of the Junior and Senior Youth Executive Members, two delegates per youth Association at the level of the zone, two delegates of the Youth Apostolate commission at this level and other facilitators/Animators at this level (Zonal Youth Office). Sharing through reports, deliberations which culminate in the decisions taken to promote the Youth ministry at this level are the main activities.

Parish Youth Councils – At this level the Council is made up of the Junior and Senior Youth Executive at the Parish level, two delegates of the Association of Youths ( a boy and a girl), two delegates of the Youth Apostolate Commission members, the Parish Youth Chaplin/Coordinator and other facilitators/animators at this level (Parish Youth Office). Through sharing of reports by each group and deliberations, decisions are taken to enhance the Youth Ministry at the Parish level.

Deanery Youth Councils – The members are made up of the Junior and Senior Youth Executive at the Deanery level, two delegates per Association at Deanery level, two Youth Apostolate Commission Members at Deanery level, the Deanery Youth Chaplain and other youth facilitators/animators at this level (Deanery Youth Office). And sharing through reports by the groups represented and deliberations made, decisions are taken about the Youth Ministry at this level.

Diocesan Youth Councils – The members are made up of the Junior and Senior Youth Executive members of the Diocese, two delegates per Association at the diocesan level, two Youth Apostolate Commission Members at Diocesan level, and other youth facilitators/animators at this level (Diocesan Youth Chaplain’s office).  And sharing through reports by the groups represented and deliberations made, decisions are taken about the Youth Ministry at this level.

Provincial Youth Council – The members are made up of the Junior and Senior Youth Executive members of the Province, two delegates per Association at the Provincial level, two Youth Apostolate Commission Members at Provincial level, and other youth facilitators/animators at this level (Provincial Youth Office). And sharing through reports by the groups represented and deliberations made, decisions are taken about the Youth Ministry at this level.

N.B. At the Pastoral Councils of the Church at each level (SCC Pastoral Council, Mission Station Pastoral Council etc.) the Youth Council is represented by two Youths (the Chairperson and the Secretary of the Youth Council) who joins the Youth Apostolate Commission to deliberate on the Youth affairs at this level, helping the commission to be aware of what is happening in the Junior and Senior Youth Groups and the Associations. On the other hand, the members of the YCW, YCS, Children of Mary and other Senior Youth groups are exalted to accept to be elected into commissions so that they can take up leadership positions in Church Councils and inject young blood into the Councils. The Youth Councils give the opportunity to the Youths to grow mature and responsible, in order to take up leadership positions in the larger community. In the Youth Councils therefore the Youths should be conscious of the fact that they are the Church of today and tomorrow. This is why they need to grow in the understanding of the Church and in Maturity and Responsibility.

Explanation of the Youth Administrative Organigramme of Evangelization

Above is the diagrammatic representation of the Youth Administrative Organigramme in the Diocese of Kumbo. According to the Pastoral Plan, the Pastoral care of Youth must be clearly part of the overall Pastoral Plan of the Dioceses and Parishes, so that young people will be enabled to discover very early on the value of the gift of self, an essential means for the Individual Youth to reach Maturity, Responsibility and Holiness. Pastoral Agents and Youth Animators are to accompany the youths to achieve this objective. To this the Youth Administrative Organigramme of Evangelization is the way the Youth Pastoral Agents and animators are invited to organize themselves  to accompany these Youths at all levels of the Pastoral Organigramme, so that they can do what the Pastoral Plan says as we have said above.

The Youth Administrative Organigramme as opposed to the Youth Pastoral Organigramme starts from the Provincial level coming down to the Individual Youth level, when we examine the Ecclesiastical Circumscription (i.e. the Church Areas in which the Youths are found). Taking the fact that in the Pastoral Plan, Youths are organized firstly, in the SCCs (according to their age groups – i.e. junior Youths (0-13 years) and the Senior Youths (14 -40 years) and in the different youth groups, the Pastoral Agents and Animators attached to these various divisions of the youths automatically become the guiding office personnel at the various levels of the Pastoral Organigramme. At each level of the organigramme therefore the Pastoral Agents attached to different youth groups together form the offices at that level and become the Youth Secretariat at that level – (meaning a group of offices looking after the youths at that level). In these offices the appointed Youth worker at any level in the name of the Youth Chaplain coordinates all these offices on a daily basis. The Main office in this whole arrangement is the Appointed Youth chaplain’s office at any level.

In the Mission Station, we have a Mission Station Youth Facilitator who works very much in collaboration with the Youth Worker/Youth Chaplain at the Parish level. (N.B. There could also be Zonal Youth coordinators for Parishes that are large and sub-divided into zones who work directly with the youth worker at the Parish level and collaborate with the Mission Station youth Facilitators of that zone to organize and accompany the youths of the zone).

At the SCC levels the Youth Secretariat is made of youth leaders’ homes, with the main office being the Youth animator’s House at the SCC and the Youth Animator is the chief Administrator. At the level of the Family, the Family Youth Secretariat is the family home, where the young people of the Family have their meetings on their life and their involvement in the family affairs. The main office is the Family Youth meeting room – where youth meetings are held. At this level the Chief Administrator is the Youth Adviser who may be the Parents or any responsible elder chosen by the youths of that family from extended family or the SCC. Finally, at the level of the individual Youth his/her secretariat is the individual youth personal environment. This means, all that the individual youth has in the world, wherever it may be found. The main office of the individual Youth is living the present moment. Every Youth should learn to live now, not yesterday or tomorrow. Every youth should learn from the past to live the present and then plan for the future. Finally, the chief administrator is a Mature, Responsible and Holy youth. This is what every youth organization looks forward to have from every youth who is in any youth movement and has undergone all the formation given to him/her.

Below therefore is the summary understanding of the organization and the implementation of the Youth Pastoral Ministry according to the Pastoral Plan in the Catholic Diocese of Kumbo.

The Summary Understanding of the Organization and the Implementation of the Youth Pastoral Ministry in Kumbo Diocese according to the Pastoral Plan

Youth Movement in the Parish

  1. Senior Youths – Young people from 13 to 35 years
  2. Junior Youths – Young people from 0 to 13 years
  3. Mass Servers – Young people who are of Service at the Altar
  4. Cadets of Mary – Young girls and boys who want to follow Mary in a special way from 0 to 13 years
  5. Senior Cadets – Young people who are in the Cadet group from 14 years and above
  6. Child of Mary – Adults who live perpetually the way of Mary
  7. YCS – Young people who are in Secondary, High School and Universities organized at Parish level according to their various schools
  8. YCW – Young people who are already workers

Meetings of Senior and Junior Youth Groups and Participants

1st Sundays of the Month – Meetings at the SCC levels – All youths both Senior and Junior separately

2nd Sundays of the Month – Bible Sharing – All youths both Senior and Junior separately

3rd Sundays of the Month – Meeting at the SCC levels and preparing for Mission Station meeting both Senior and Junior Youths separately

4th Sunday of the Month – Meetings of the executives of the SSCs at the Mission Station both Senior and Junior separately.N.B. All meetings start at 3p.m prompt. Each Parish could organize herself according to her situation.

Agenda of the Youth Meetings at the SCC Level for Junior and senior youths

  1. Opening prayers (Bible Meditation or Rosary Prayer)
  2. Roll Call
  3. Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
  4. Minutes of the last Meeting, correction and adoption
  5. Matters arising
  6. Animation
  7. Formation talk or discussion on any relevant and useful to the youth in the SCC
  8. Recommendations arrived at after the talk or discussion
  9. Animation
  10. Future projections
  11. Subscription (each person is 100frs for Senior youths and 50frs for Junior youths)
  12. Financial report
  13. Attendance at the meeting
  14. Date and place of the next meeting
  15. Closing remarks by the Chairperson, prayers and Refreshments if any (it is not a law to have refreshment always at this level)

 

Agenda for the Meeting of the Executives of the SCC every 4th Sunday of the Month for both Senior and Junior Youths (the mission station executive is chosen from the members of the executives of the SCC in that Mission Station)

  1. Opening Prayers (Bible Meditation or Rosary Prayer)
  2. Roll Call (the executive members of each SCC are Chairperson and Vice; Secretary and Vice; Financial Secretary and Vice and two animators for the junior youths)
  3. Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
  4. Minutes of the last meeting and Adoption of the minutes
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Animation
  7. Reports from SCC junior or senior youth group and deliberations
  8. Recommendations
  9. Future Projections
  10. Animation
  11. Subscription (see the amount in the write up)
  12. Financial Report
  13. Attendance at the meeting
  14. Date and place of next meeting
  15. Closing Remarks by Chairpersons, Prayers, and Refreshments

 

Agendas of Senior and Junior Youth meetings (at Zonal Level, every three months; at Parish level every four months; at Deanery Level every six months; at Diocesan level every year and may beat Provincial Level every year)

(This meeting is attended by all the Executives of all the Senior or Junior Youths of the mission Station at Zonal level where there are zones and a zonal executive is elected. The Zonal Executive members go to the Parish to elect the Parish Executive members where there are zones. If there are no zones, it is the mission station executive members who join to elect the Parish Executive; The Parish Executives join to elect the Deanery Executive and the Deanery Executive members join to elect the Diocesan Executive members and finally the Diocesan Executive members of the Senior and Junior youths join to elect the provincial executive since they are the executive members who attend these meetings)

  1. Opening Prayers (Bible Meditation or Rosary Prayer)
  2. Roll Call (the executive members of each Mission station/Zone are Chairperson and Vice; Secretary and Vice; Financial Secretary and Vice and two animators for the junior youths group.)
  3. Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
  4. Minutes of the last meeting and Adoption of the minutes
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Animation
  7. Reports from SCC junior or senior youth group and deliberations
  8. Recommendations
  9. Future Projections
  10. Animation
  11. Subscription (see the amount in the write up)
  12. Financial Report
  13. Attendance at the meeting
  14. Date and place of next meeting
  15. Closing remarks by chairperson, Prayers and Refreshments

Proposals of the Meetings of Sub-Groups at Mission Station, Zonal, Parish, Deanery, and Diocesan)

  1. Every Saturday as from 3 p.m – All Altar Servers meet in their mission Stations to prepare for Sunday and at zonal, Parish, Deanery and Diocesan levels according to their constitution and arrangement
  2. Every Second Sunday of the Month – Meeting of all YCW members in all the  Mission Station; and at zonal, Parish, Deanery, Diocesan and Provincial levels according to their constitution and arrangement
  3. Every 3rd Sunday of the Month – Meeting of all YCSers in the Mission Stations; and at Zonal, Parish, Deanery and Diocesan and may be, Provincial levels according to their constitution and arrangement
  4. Cadets of Mary – meet every Sunday after Holy Mass or Service in the Mission Station and at zonal, Parish, Deanery and Diocesan and may be, Provincial levels according to their constitution and arrangement

N.B. Agendas of their meetings depend on their particular groups  

COUNCILS

Agendas for the Youth Pastoral Councils at all levels and the Frequency of Meetings

Individual Youth Council – This is made up of a set of questions the individuals ask themselves  as often as need be; How is my relationship with my God, Parents, neighbor’s and other youths (my peers)? How do I want to see my life? What will I do to see my life the way I want to see it here and now? (This saying may guide the individual Youth; ‘If you know who you are and where you are going to, you could best judge what to do and how to do it.’ Then, the individual takes a resolution for action to be a converted, convinced and committed youth in the family, Church and society.

Family Youth Council – The young people of a particular family sit together to examine their life in their family: How are they involved in the growth of their families? What is their relationship with God, Parents, neighbors and their peers? Then they take resolutions for action in their families.

From the SCC to the Diocesan Level, the Agenda of the Youth Councils is as follows;

  1. Opening Prayers (Bible Meditation or Rosary Prayer)
  2. Roll Call
  3. Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
  4. Minutes of the last meeting and Adoption of the minutes
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Animation
  7. Reports from the SCCs or mission stations and the associated groups and deliberations
  8. Resolutions
  9. Future Projections
  10. Animation
  11. Subscription (see amount in the write up)
  12. Financial Report
  13. Attendance at the meeting
  14. Date and place of next meeting
  15. and place of the next meeting
  16. Closing remarks by chairperson, prayers and refreshments

 

  1. Youth Formation: Youth formation to be planned by the Youth Chaplain, Youth Worker, Youth Facilitators and Youth leaders Closing Remarks by Chairperson , prayers and Refreshments

 

Frequency of Youth Councils

Individual Youth Council – As often as need be.

Family Youth Council – As often as need be.

SCC Youth Council – Every Month

Mission Station Youth Council – Every Two months

Zonal Youth Council – Every three months

      Parish Youth Council – Every four months

Deanery Youth Council – Every six Months

Diocesan Youth Council – Twice a year

Membership: These meetings are made up of the Youth apostolate commission members elected from the various SCCs and leaders of the Youth groups and Associations at that particular level and animators and facilitators.

Job description: They follow up the activities of the Youths as outlined above with other youth facilitators.

Meetings:

SCC level – The members meet during and after every SCC Pastoral Council and as need be.

Mission Station level – The members meet during and after every Mission Station Pastoral Council and as need be.

Zonal Level – The members meet during and after every Zonal Pastoral Council and as need be

Parish Level – The members meet during and after every Parish pastoral Council Meeting and as need be.

Diocesan Level – The members meet during and after every Diocesan Pastoral Council and as need be

Agenda of Youth Apostolate commission Meetings at all levels

  1. Opening prayers (Bible Meditation or Rosary prayer)
  2. Welcome and Introduction
  3. Roll Call
  4. Minutes of the last meeting , correction and adoption
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Report from the commission members, Associated Youth groups at the particular level and deliberations
  7. Recommendations
  8. Projection for the future
  9. Attendance at the meeting
  10. Other Matters

Date as need be, taking into consideration the situation of the Youths in question

      Youth Formation Programs

  1. Meetings as outlined above
  2. Training of Youth leaders and facilitators at all levels as need be.
  3. Youth Rallies to be organized at Mission Station and Parish levels on particular themes of interest

Youth spiritual Programs

  1. Retreats  and Recollections to be organized from time to time especially before major Youth events
  2. Bible Sharing as organized.

Youth Social Activities

  1. Sporting Activities like football, handball games etc.
  2. Dances, Symposia, Debates, Youth Camps, Excursions, and cultural manifestations

N.B. This structure can be implemented from the SCC Level to the Diocesan Level and even to the Provincial Level of the Pastoral Organigramme.

Financing the Youth Pastoral Ministry

Since the Pastoral Care of the Youth must be part of the overall Pastoral Plan of the the Diocese, the Parishes, Mission Stations, SCCs, Families, they must budget for the financing of the Youth Pastoral Ministry. In this budgeting particular attention must be given to the remuneration of the Youth Worker, Animators and Facilitators especially with regards to their movements (transportation), Trainings/Seminars; Ordinary Youth meetings, Parish Youth Prayer sessions, Retreats and Recollections and the running of the Youth Secretariats at all levels.

At all levels of the Youth Pastoral and the Administrative organigrammes budgeting must be done by the Church and the Youths themselves, who need also to look for the finances to run their affairs as a sign of maturity and responsibility that they are expected to acquire. Each Pastoral Council must therefore set aside a particular amount of money/resource for the Youth Ministry every year, while the different Youth groups budget for themselves with a view to becoming self-reliant and sustainable, through the Implementation of the Money saving regenerating banks.

 

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

Many youths today are waiting to hear the Good News that is ours as Christ’s disciples. Youth in our Parishes long to grow spiritually and to belong to their family, Church and local community in meaningful ways. Parents of youth long to experience the Church as supportive of and caring about the same things they care about. They hope the Parish will offer ways for youth to be involved and to grow in their faith. Parents want to understand youth Ministry so that they can support and encourage their child’s participation.

            Parishes want to know how to include youth and how to pass on the faith to a new generation. Parish members want to see youth more involved, and are worried about the challenges that face today’s youth. They know that young people need support from their faith community – now more than ever. Diocesan and Parish Youth Ministry leaders are generous, passionate and busy people; they make sacrifices so that youth will have a community to belong to and a place to grow. They need ideas and plans for youth ministry activities – and strategies that really work. They are working towards a ministry that goes beyond just gathering groups of young people; they are working towards a ministry that makes connections between youth and the community.

            All these voices have something in common – a longing for a youth ministry that is inclusive, dynamic and flexible. In the midst of these crises, the Youth Ministry of our Diocese sets out to:

  • Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our World today.
  • Draw young people to responsible participation in the life, Mission and work of the Catholic Faith Community.
  • Foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

All are challenged to assist one another in making this goal come true for our youth Ministry especially in these difficult times.

            And we bow in humble gratitude to all and sundry who have done their utmost to further to the course of the Youth Ministry in our Mission Stations, Parishes, Deaneries and Diocese in the course of time, most especially this past Youth Year 2018/2019. We are thinking of the Priests, Religious Men and Women and our Major Seminarians on Pastoral Year and the last Apostolic Work of August 2019; we cannot be grateful enough to our Sister Diocese of Limburg in Germany who standing by us in many ways especially during these moments of difficulty in our Country and Diocese. We are most  grateful to the Young people themselves who in spite of the hardships and pains and losses and difficulties and distress and all, heed to our call and have done so this last year very dramatically even far more than we ever hoped or imagined. Blessed by God and we bless God for you, dear Young people because at the last World Youth Day (April 2019) and last Youth Camp of Hope (August, 2019), we proved indefatigable and turned up for the said activities in thousands in your respective Parishes. Thank you immensely. Let us keep the fire burning, let us keep the flag flying: Our Hope will not deceive us (Rom 5:5). Through these difficulties we shall get to the stars as every cloud has its silver lining. I wish to hereby present to you a copy of our Annual Calendar of Activities (Programme of activities for the Youth Year 2019/2020).

Our Theme is that which our Bishop has proposed for our Diocese this Pastoral Year: “Take Heart, Do not be Afraid, It is I” (Mtt 14:27). There could be no better words of consolation and re-assurance and hope and encouragement unto a suffering other than these. May we find strength in God to sail through the difficulties that have come our way. May those of you who for academic purposes and safety and survival and work pursuits have fled from home and are taking refuge away from home and the Diocese, find strength in God. He cannot deceive us, He cannot disappoint us and He cannot abandon us. He is truly with us in every situation. Come to think of it, He has assured us: “When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God.” (Isaiah 43:2,3).

            Each week and month has got a Formation Topic of them, which can be exploited for the benefit of our children and young people who no longer go to school. Joint formation can be given to the entire youth group, but endeavour to have some members of the community prepare these lessons or some apt topics weekly to discuss them as Junior or Senior Youths and as Boys or Girls, separately.

            We have also included in this programme, some of those International Days celebrated for betterment of peoples and nations. We judge that if we are enlightened on this theme and what is celebrated under the banner of such Days yearly, a lot will be promoted from point of view of Knowledge, Human and Cultural and Moral development.

May the guidelines we have given in this programme help us to keep the flame of our Youth Ministry brightly burning. See you in your Parishes as we of the Youth Formation Team shall endeavour to get to your Parishes and Pastoral Areas at the times stipulated when possible.

If the set time for Outreach and enrichment to your Parish or Area is not convenient, kindly let us know and we all, together see when best to reschedule it. God Bless you.

Gen. 21: 17 -18; Ex 2:6; Numbers 31: 49; Luke 15: 4, 8,20; Jn 6:12

The times in which we live and work are very difficult. It is a palpable fact that the current Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has compounded pre-existing vulnerabilities in Youths. Since 2016, the Socio-political instability, exacerbated/intensified by sporadic violence, has had a negative impact on the population, especially children and youth. And since November 2017, this has progressively translated into insecurity and armed violence with the escalation of tension and upsurge in hostilities between non-state armed groups and defence. Security forces have triggered humanitarian needs across the two English Speaking regions. The civilian population is displaced into the surrounding forests and villages and French Cameroon Towns. Multi-sectoral rapid assessments and our concrete daily experiences have revealed truly that sectoral priorities such as shelter, health, access to drinking water and sanitation, education, food, security (including livelihood) and protection of civilians are top-most.

The Youth Ministry has been on the alert and continues to be on the alert and is continuing to set out to stand besides all the Young persons who are in a way affected negatively by this crisis.

We must seek to improve the situation of youth in communities, Mission Stations and Parishes and the entire Diocese at large. They don’t have access to educational facilities due to insecurity and inaccessibility to school milieus caused by the civil crisis. This has caused adverse consequences on them; rendering them stranded and exposed to all forms of exploitation, inhuman treatment, harassment and other societal ills affecting the youth population. The youths form majority of the vulnerable population within the context of the crisis, there is great need for concerted efforts to be put in place in order to redress some of the problems faced by youths.

For over 3 years, young people are idling in the communities doing nothing, majority of them are exposed to moral delinquency (theft, drug addicts, teenage and unwanted pregnancies etc), radicalization (revenge, feel secured with guns, kidnapping and demanding of ransoms etc). Criminality is on the rise in most communities and many parents no longer have control over their children.

Many families are loose because they are separated, some children are surviving by themselves, on their own while parents are trying to make ends meet. Such children are lured into belligerent groups to become child soldiers, others are sexually harassed, meanwhile others are victims of some forms of trafficking and other related ills pertaining to youths. Crime-wave has sky-rocketed.

There is therefore, the urgent need to tackle the real causes of this problem and seek better ways of ameliorating the situation and contributing in solving the problem. The already worse situation could be worsened in the nearest of future.

We must seek therefore to educate and empower youth on livelihood mechanisms so that they grow up with acquired skills and good moral values in their homes and communities, thus, their behavior will improve positively.

It is incumbent on us to encourage and instil hope in youth so that the already despairing ones in their ranks can see the glimmer of hope even amidst the encircling gloom.

Accompaniment of youth in these moments must be our catch-word. By offering our counselling services and relief assistance in little and big ways, by supporting those wanting and opting to give up some deviant and addictive and radical tendencies and practices, we will be doing a lot for our youth.

We must aim at boasting their self-esteem and also contributing to reductions of crime wave, ignorance and illiteracy of the youths of our Diocese.

The young are saddled under the yoke of early and/or forced marriages, Gender inequalities and other related issues. Considering the fact that women and girls are considered as the weaker sex; considering the fact that some young girls cannot withstand the temptations and power of the other sex in the face of misery and adverse poverty when promised money and riches; considering the fact that some youths no longer have interest in formal education because of acts of sexuality and immorality; considering the fact that most young people are vulnerable and exposed to traffickers, (the rich in townships, employers of IDP house-helps, opportunists, the State military and Non-state armed groups, etc); all take advantage of the vulnerability of the young, especially girls and force them or lure them into acts that are detrimental to their being, thereby causing havoc to the entire society with ramifying consequences.

Some of the reasons for the above behaviors on the part of the young include: insecurity, lack of the means for survival, lack of the basic needs for daily survival, idleness, fear of the gun with the accompanying threats, etc. Perpetrators use their positions to impose their sexual desires and exploitative tendencies on the vulnerable young ones who fall within the indecisive age group.

Early sex is another real concern for the youth ministry. Most girls at the ages of 11-18years find themselves engaging in sexual activities as a result of idleness, no schools or facilities for learning and no platforms for informal learning where they could acquire knowledge and skills on self-resilience and also share their experiences for better appraisals by each. They are too lose and exposed to any form of exploitation be it sexual or physical (trafficking) and we fear the intensifying effects will be more disastrous if measures are not put in place to this effect. This is the cause of the many cases of Teenage pregnancies. Cohabitation is the order of the day in most communities.

Now, if the young ones are empowered with skills and knowledge on resilience, the negative effects of early marriage, teenage pregnancies and trafficking and they inculcate in their daily lives wherever they are, then Gender related issues and exploitation will be reduced in most communities. As such, the Youth Ministry would have contributed to the safety of her members both within and beyond the diocese.

We deeply sympathize with the many young people who, very recently, have had to assume serious roles such as heads of families, eking a living for themselves and their siblings in strange lands and territory, because their homes have been burnt down or because their parents have been chased away by military or the Non-state armed group for various reasons best known by the perpetrators. These children lack means of livelihood recovery, no opportunity to school or to learn a trade and no platforms for child friendly spaces that can help them feel belonging and accompanied.

Our observations only lead to sympathy on the plight of the vulnerable young ones suffering out there with little or no means of survival.  If wishes were horses that beggars could ride, the Youth Ministry would be with each and every young person in any great or little need to accompany him or her all through. If wishes were horses, the Youth Ministry would create Safe Spaces are created for these children and they feel belonging, then the chances of them becoming victims of all forms of violations will be reduced thereby ensuring security of the vulnerable youths and the society at large.

Join the Youth Formation Team and/or give them the chance therefore, this year 2019/2020 to do some proper sensitization, trainings and give assistance to youths and victims of the crisis based on human formation, pastoral formation and spiritual exercise that will give them a continuous solid and all round formation needed in the present society for an authentic societal life and youth ministry. In this light, peace building mechanisms will be enhanced within youths and Youth Groups.

Below is the Programme which the Youth Federation Formation Team Proposes. Kindly take note of the programme and ensure that you do your part and your best to cooperate in the formation and assistance to our children and Youth.

DATE/FORMATION THEME

VENUE

EVENT/ACTIVITY

PERSONS INVOLVED

 

NOVEMBER 2019

MONTH OF SELF-HEALING & RELAXATION: Walking with God

 

MON- SUN   

 28 Oct-   03 Novem.

MELIM & MELUF

 

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

MON- SUN

04-10

KITIWUM &

KIKAIKELAKI

Youth Enrichment

All Youths

 

MON- SUN

11-17

BAMKIKAAY & KUMBO

Youth Enrichment

All Youths

 

MON – SUN                 18 – 25

 

KIKAIKOM & SHISONG

Youth Enrichment

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

ALL YOUTHS

 Last Sunday (Birth day celebrations)

 

DECEMBER 2019

MONTH OF SUNSHINE & JOY: Created in God’s Love

 

MON-SUN

25 NOV. – 01 DEC. 1st Sunday of Advent

MBVE & KIYAN

Youth Enrichment Week

ALL YOUTHS

 

01 Dec. 2019

Partner Parishes

PARTNERSHIP DAY

All Parishioners

 

MON-SUN 2 – 8

2nd Sunday of Advent

08TH DEC.

TOBIN & SOP

Youth Enrichment Week

ALL YOUTHS

 

ALL PARISHES

CADET FEAST DAY

ALL CADETS WITH SUPPORT OF ALL YOUTHS

 

MON-SUN 9-15

3rd Sunday of Advent

NKAR & VEKOVI

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

Sunday 15

 

 

 

 

All Parishes

PARISH YOUTH COUNCIL [P.Y.C]

PYC EXCO, Zonal & Mission  Youth Council Excos, President & Secretaries of all Youth Groups at Parish Level & Chairperson and Secretary of the Parish Youth Apostolate Commission

 

16th Dec.   

 

Novena to St. Stephen Begins

All Altar Servers

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH Dec.

Youth Centre

Recollection/Christmas for Youth Team Members

YOUTH FORMATION TEAM &YOUTH CENTRE STAFF

 

MON-SUN 16-22

4TH Sunday of Advent

 

WAINAMAH &

JAKIRI

 

All Missions

Youth Enrichment Week

 

 

GENERAL MISSION YOUTH MEETING

All Youths

 

 

 

Mass Servers, Cadets, YCW, YCS, Youth for Life, &Youth Apostolate Comm. Members.

 

SUN 22

From Parishes

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BEGINS

YOUTH FORMATION TEAM MEMBERS

 

WEDNESDAY 25TH

All Parishes

CHRISTMAS & End of Novena to St. Stephen

ALL

 

WED 26th

Parish Levels

FEAST DAY OF ST. STEPHEN

All Altar Severs

 

SUNDAY 29TH

 

All Missions

End of Year Special thanks giving

 

All Youths

Last Sunday (Birth day celebrations)

 

JANUARY 2020

MONTH OF SELF-RELIANCE & PRAYER: Meeting Jesus

 

FRIDAY  3rd

Youth Centre

END OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

ALL YOUTH FORMATION TEAM MEMBERS

 

FRI-SUN 3-5

YOUTH CENTRE OR PASTORAL CENTRE

DIOCESAN YOUTH COUNCIL (DYC)

All Parish & Deanery Youth Presidents & Secretaries/All Diocesan Presidents & Secretaries of  YCW, YCS, Altar Servers, Cadets, etc

 

WED 08TH

Youth Centre OR PASTORAL CENTRE

Chaplains and Advisers Meeting

Same Members of Sept. 2018 DYC

 

MON-SUN 6-12

BINJU-NKAMBE  & NKAMBE TOWN

 

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

 

MON- SUN

13-19

BINSHUA & TABENKEN

 

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

MON- SUN

20-26

AKO &

MISAJE

Youth Enrichment

 

All Youths

 

 

26th  Last Sun of the Month

Birthday Celebrations

TRADITIONAL DANCE COMPETITIONS AND PRIZES

 

FRI, 31

All Missions

FEASTDAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO

Y.C.S FEAST DAY      

 ALL CATHOLIC YOUTHS

 

FEBRUARY 2020

MONTH OF LOVE & BEAUTY: Friendship with Jesus

 

MON 27 JAN-SUN 02 FEB

Songkolong/Bankim/ Magba/…/ Bafoussam 

Youth Enrichment Week with IDPs

All Youth All YOUTH I.D.Ps in Parts of Adamawa & West Regions

 

 
 

MON- SUN

3- 9

St John Bosco Youth Centre, Mankon

Missions

Youth Enrichment Week with IDPs

 

GENERAL MISSION YOUTH MEETING

All YOUTH I.D.Ps in BAMENDA CITY

 

 

Same as above

 

11TH FEB

 

 

 

BISHOP’S HOUSE

BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETINGS FOR DIOCESAN SERVICES

YOUTH FORMATION TEAM MEMBERS /YOUTH CENTRE STAFF

 

WED -SUN, 12-16

Thursday 14

BONABERI-DOUALA

Youth Enrichment Week with

All Youths I.D.Ps in Douala

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

ALL VALE’S

 

Sunday 16

 

 

 

 

All Parishes

PARISH YOUTH COUNCIL [P.Y.C]

PYC EXCO, Zonal & Mission  Youth Council Excos, President & Secretaries of all Youth Groups at Parish Level & Chairperson and Secretary of the Parish Youth Apostolate Commission

 

FRI 21- SUN 23

Parishes / Deaneries

BIBLE RALLIES & FASHION PARADE

All Youths

 

MON- SUN 17-23

 

Last Sun. of Month

Yaounde

Mvog-Ada

Youth Enrichment Week with IDPs

All Youths  I.D.Ps in Yaounde          

 

–          Birthday celebrations

 

 

MARCH 2020

MONTH OF SUFFERING & WILL-POWER: Healed By Jesus

 

MON- SUN

24 Feb-01 March

1st Sunday of Lent

DJOTTIN  &

 BUH

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

26TH Feb

All Parishes

ASH WEDNESDAY

All Youths (Day of Compulsory Fasting)

 

MON- SUN  02 – 08

2nd  Sun Lent

 

YOUTH CENTRE

COMPILATION OF MID-TERM REPORT ON SECOND PHASE OF PROJECT

ALL THE YOUTH FORMATION TEAM MEMBERS

 

Sun  08th            

ALL PARISHES

Y.C.W PARISH EXCO MEETING

All YCW members from all Missions

 

MON-SUN,09-15

3rd Sun of Lent

NKOR  &

ELAK-OKU

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

MON 16 – SUN 22

4TH Sunday of Lent

FRI 20-SUN 22

 

NGARUM  &

NDU

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 

ALL PARISHES

RETREAT IN PREPARATION FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY

ALL the YOUTHS to be part of the W.Y.D must go through the retreat

 

MON – SUN 23 – 29

5TH Sunday of Lent

MARCH 27TH

SABONGARI & NWA

Youth Enrichment Week

Last Sun of the Month

ALL YOUTHS

Birthday Celebrations (All Missions)

 

All Parishes

PARISH YOUTH PILGRIMAGES

All Youths taking active part

 

APRIL 2020

MONTH OFAWARENESS & OPTIMISM: Sharing our Faith with Friends

 

FRIDAY – PALM SUN 03 -05 APRIL

BISHOP IN…..

(KIKAIKELAKI ? & KITIWUM?)

35TH WORLD YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION

All Catholic Youths

 

MON-SUN 06-12

HOLY WEEK

ALL CATHOLIC YOUTHS

 

WED 08TH

CATHEDRAL

CHRISM MASS

ALL YOUTHS

 

THUR 09th

 

 

All Parishes

 

HOLY THURSDAY

 

FRI  10h

GOOD FRIDAY

Novena to Divine Mercy begins today

 

SAT 11th

HOLY SATURDAY

All Youths

 

SUN 12TH

EASTER SUNDAY

Active Participation by the Youths

 

THUR  16TH

CATHEDRAL

PRIESTLY ORDINATIONS

All Youths taking active part (Rev. Elvis Ngoran did Pastoral Year at the Youth Centre)

 

SUNDAY 19th

 

Divine Mercy Sunday                      

 

All Parishes

 

 

SUNDAY 26TH

 

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

 Last Sunday of the month

ALL PARISHES

Birthday Celebrations

 

MAY 2020

MONTH OF PRAYER & PATIENCE: Living as a Disciple Today

 

MON – SUN 27TH April -03rd May

4TH Sunday Of Easter

FRIDAY 1ST MAY

TATUM & NGONDZEN

Youth Enrichment Week

ALL YOUTHS

 

ALL PARISHES

FEASTDAY OF Y.C.W & SAINT  JOSEPH THE WORKER & LABOUR DAY

ALL MEMBERS OF THE YCW

 

   MON-SUN 04  -10

    5TH Sun of Easter

MBIAME & DZENG

Youth Enrichment Week

ALL YOUTHS

 

WED 6TH

 

Youth Centre

D.Y.C & Chaplains and Advisers Meeting – To Evaluate W.Y.D and Plan for Youth Camp

All Councillors

 

   MON – SUN 11-17    

    6TH  Sun of Easter

NDZEVRU & MELIM

Youth Enrichment Week

 

ALL YOUTHS

 

MON- SUN    18-24

7th Sunday of Easter

TUES 19-THURSD 21

 

THURSDAY 21

 

FRI -22

NJAVNYUY & MELUF

Youth Enrichment Week

 

All Youths

 

FOUMBAN

Staff Recollection & FIELD  OUTING

 ALL TEAM MEMBERS

 

PARISHES

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

PICNIC FOR ALL YOUTHS (Beginning of Novena to the Holy Spirit)

 

ALL PARISHES

PYC Exco meeting

 Same as in the last meeting

 

MON – SUN 25 – 31

Last Sunday

ALL PARISHES

PENTECOST WEEK

GENERAL MISSION YOUTH

Celebrating the HOLY  SPIRIT

 

Birthday Celebrations

 

JUNE 2020

MONTH OF TRUTH & FREEDOM: What would Jesus Do?

 

 

   MON-SUN, 1-7

HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY

MFUMTE

Youth Enrichment Week

All Youths

 
 

MON  – SUN 08 – 14

 

Sun.14

 

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

YOUTH CENTRE OR PASTORAL CENTRE

FORMATION OF ALL YOUTH APOSTOLATE COMMISSION MEMBERS & PARISH YOUTH WORKERS

Chairpersons & Secretaries of Youth Apostolate Commission at Parish and Deanery Levels

 

ALL MISSIONS

GENERAL MISSION YOUTH MEETING

All Youths: Mass Servers, Cadets, YCW, YCS, Youth for Life,  Youth Apostolate &Comm. Members

 

MON-SUN, 15-21

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 1

All Youths

 

MON-SUN 22-28

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 2

Last Sun –  Birthday Celebrations

 

JULY 2019

MONTH OF THE BIBLE & FAITH: What do you Believe?

 

MON-SUN 29 June -05 July

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 3

 

 

MON – SUN 06- 12

 

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 4

 

 

MON- SUN,  13-19

 

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 4

 

 

MON-SUN 20 -26

 

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 5

Last Sun of the Month Birthday Celebrations

 

 

PRIESTS’ RETREAT

 

FRI-SUN 31 JULY – 02ND  AUGUST

PARISHES

RETREAT IN VIEW OF THE CAMP

ALL  YOUTHS WHO WILL GO FOR THE CAMP

 

AUGUST 2019

MONTH OF MARY & THE LITURGY

 

MON – SUN, 03 -09

 

05TH – 11TH

SAC NSO OR INDIVIDUAL PARISHES

DIOCESAN YOUTH CAMP

ALL CATHOLIC YOUTHS

 

 

MON –SUN 10-16

 

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 6

 

 

MON –SUN

17-23

 

MANKON

BAPEC  17-23

 

Last Sun of the Month                      

Birthday Celebrations

 

 

MON – SUN 24 -30

MARIST BROTHERS’

TATUM

RETREAT OF YOUTH FORMATION TEAM

ALL YOUTH TEAM MEMBERS

 

 

 

ALL PARISHES

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 7

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

MONTH OF EDUCATION & FRESH BEGINNINGS

 

FRI-SUN 04TH  – 06TH (4-6)

JPIIYC

 

ALL PARISHES

-DYC Meeting/training

 

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR FOR YOUTH WEEK 8

Same as in other others

 

WEDNESDAY 9

JPIIYC

Chaplains/Advisers Meeting

Same as in others

 

S/N

PARISH

DATE

    1           

MELUF & MELIM

October 27 – Nov.03

    2           

KITIWUM & KIKAIKELAKI

November 04 – 10

    3           

BAMKIKAAY & KUMBO

November 11 – 17

    4           

SHISONG & KIKAIKOM

November 18 -24

    5           

MBVE & KIYAN

November 25 -1st Dec

    6           

TOBIN & SOP

December 02 – 08

    7           

NKAR & VEKOVI

December 09 – 15

    8           

WAINAMAH & JAKIRI

December 16 – 22

    9           

BINJI NKAMBE & NKAMBE-TOWN

January 05 – 12

  10         

BINSHUA & TABENKEN

January 13 – 19

  11         

AKO & MISAJE

January 20 – 26

  12         

I.D.P. YOUTHS BAMENDA

27th January – Feb. 02nd

  13         

I.D.P. YOUTHS ADAMAWA & WEST

February 03 – 09

  14         

I.D.P. YOUTHS LITTORAL

February 10 – 16

  15         

I.D.P. YOUTHS CENTRAL REGION

February 17 – 23

  16         

DJOTTIN &BUH

Feb. 24 – 01st March

  17         

NKOR & ELAK

March 09 – 15

  18         

NGARUM & NDU

March 16– 22

  19         

SABONGARI &NWA

March 23 – 29

  20         

KIKAIKELAKI & KITIWUM

April 3-5 (World Youth Day)

  21         

HOLY WEEK

APRIL 05- 12 (EASTER)

  22         

TATUM & NGONDZEN

April 27 – May 3

  23         

MBIAME & DZENG

May  04– 10

  24         

NDZEVRU  & MELIM

May 11 – 17

  25         

NJAVNYUY & MELUF

May 18 – 24

  26         

MFUMTE & KITIWUM

June 1-7

  27         

Retreat in Preparation for the Diocesan Youth Camp

July 31ST  – 02ND AUG.

  28         

DIOCESAN YOUTH CAMP

AUGUST 5 – 11

  29         

DYC – Youth Centre

September 4 – 6

  30         

Chaplains and Advisers’ Meeting

September 9

This is how a Parish Youth Week Celebration can look like:

Sundays:       Launching of the Youth Week in Mission Stations & Youth singing in churches, Meetings, Quiz, Sports or socio-cultural activities or Benediction, etc, etc

Mondays:      Youth Gospel Sharing and Spiritual /Corporal Works of Mercy, etc, etc.

Tuesdays:      Talk/Formation, Human Investment, Preparation of Mission Presentation at Parish Level, socio-cultural activities, etc, etc

Wednesdays    2;30pm : Arrival of the Youth Team

                        3:00pm Arrival of the Youth

4:00pm Enlarged Meeting the PYC (Chaplain, Exco and Youth Apostolate) Disclosure of week’s programme: Deliberations, Adjustments and Amendments, other matters.

First encounter with the children present (Animation, talk) Closing etc

Thursdays:    Morning Prayer; Holy Mass; Visit to a HOMES/INDIVIDUAL-GROUP COUNSELING & EXERCISES. CONFLICT OF VALUES. (Meeting Uninvolved Youths) &Building Relationships with Young People

3:00pm Afternoon Session in the Church/hall with Chaplet of Divine Mercy – TRAUMA HEALING AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES

5:30pm  Evening Prayer and DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION & Departure

Fridays:          Morning Prayer; Holy Mass; CHARACTER TRAITS & BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS OR GOAL SETTING AND REORIENTATION OF ASPIRATIONS and Moral Instructions in all the Classes (where schools are operational)

3:00pm SPORTS & GAMES (Evangelization Through Sports & Trauma Relief)

THE WINDS AND CASUALTIES OF THE REVOLUTION: WAY FOREWARD

6:30pm  Evening Prayer, GUIDED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Supper

Film Show & EVANGELIZING YOUNG PEOPLE ONLINE.

Night Prayer and Rest.

Saturdays:     Morning Prayer/Rosary/ Holy Mass/Clean up.

8:30am Morning Session: Continuation/Written Assessment of the Session: SUBGROUP MEETINGS

10:00am Breakfast/Animation

10:30am General Youth Formation (JUNIOR & SENIOR YOUTHS) OR SEX EDUCATION (BOYS & GIRLS SEPARATELY) 12:00am Angelus & Workshops or Subgroup meeting

1:00pm Plenary/Liturgy Practice for Sunday, BIBLE QUIZ.

3:00 – 5:00pm Sports

6:00pm Holy Hour: Eucharistic Adoration and Collection of Prayer Intentions/Blessing of Sacramentals.

7:30pm Supper

8:30 – 10: 30pm Socio-Cultural Evening & RECREATION

            Sundays:       6:30am Holy Mass AWARD OF SOME PRIZES

9:30am Evaluation/Concluding Remarks in the Hall/ Church: TAKE HOME MESSAGE [Week’s Formation Rehearsals]

                                    10:30am Youth Team’s Departure

                                    Parish Youth Games or Youth Meetings

A GUIDE FOR THE PROGRAMME OF AUTHENTIC INTEGRAL YOUTH FORMATION AND INTENSIVE CATECHESIS IN PARISHES OF THE DIOCESE OF KUMBO

 

WEEKS

PROPOSED TOPICS FOR FORMATION OF  JUNIOR & SENIOR YOUTHS SEPARATELY

PROPOSED TOPICS FOR FORMATION OF MALE & FEMALE YOUTHS or Senior & Junior youth as case may be

SEPARATELY

Oct 27–Nov3

Youths with a Passion (Passion-Driven Youth/Children).

YOUTH-FOR-LIFE PROGRAMME

Nov 04 – 10

Avenues to Make a Difference (You are the NOW of God!)

Characteristics of Puberty & Adolescence or Young Adults

Nov 11 – 17

Youth for Creativity & Innovation (The Digital Environment)

THE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR TEENS & YOUTH

Made in God’s Image & Likeness

Nov 18 -24

Looking and Making Use of Opportunities(Young People with Roots)

Love (Agape, Eros & Philia) & Relationships

Nov 25-1Dec

Creating Value

Love between Boys & Girls

Dec 02 – 08

Realizing the Lot in us (Many ways of Being Young)

Dignity of Human Life (A thirst for Life and Experience)

Dec 09 – 15

Goal Setting and Maximizing our Time (Dreams & Visions)

 

Dec 16 – 22

Being Result –Driven or Oriented (Taking Risks Together )

Chastity Education (Pre-Marital Chastity)

Jan 05 – 12

Changing your Future by Changing Mindset

Friendships

Jan 13 – 19

Finding Fulfilment (Desires, Hurts & Longings)

Love and Family

Jan 20 – 26

Role of the Storms in Life (Young People in a world of Crisis)

Sexuality & Fertility Awareness

27Jan – Feb 2

Burying the Hatchet, Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Youths Agents of Mercy)

Sensitization on Responsible Parenthood

Feb 03 – 09

Character Building (Ending every form of Abuse)

Artificial Contraception

Feb 10 – 16

Re-embellishing our Goals and Strives

Dating & Courtship

Feb 17 – 23

Deviant & Immoral Behaviour 

Choosing a Life-Partner

Feb24–1Mch

Peace-Building & Non-Violence (Young & Committed)

Sexuality & Spirituality

March 09– 15

Responsibility (Growth in Maturity)

Preparing for Marriage Vs Cohabitation

March 16– 22

Hard-work and the Secret of Success

Accompaniment

March 23– 29

Discipline and Perseverance (Courageous Missionaries)

Parent – Communication

April 3-5

Picking-Up the Broken Pieces

Dating and Courtship

April 05- 12

Greatness & Happiness

Contraception, Birth Control Pill: Side Effects and Alternatives 

Ap 27- May3

The Art of Asking the Right Questions

Being there for others.

May  04– 10

The Right Mentor and Role Model (the Accompaniment of Adults)

Purity Renewed

May 11 – 17

Creating a High-Performance Culture

How to Stay Pure

May 18 – 24

Fighting the Culture of Death

Sexually Transmitted Diseases & STD Testing

June 1-7

Managing Conflict

Homosexuality

July 3–2 Aug

Good Manners and Gentlemanliness (Do not allow yourself to be up-rooted)

Lesbianism

Aug 5 – 11

Career Orientation& Vocations in Life

A Dream of Dreams

Sept 4 – 6

Searching for the Lost (Always on Mission)

Pornography

 

Sept 9

Choices and Decision-Making

Masturbation

 

Managing Life’s Ups & Downs

Crisis Pregnancy

 

Handling Anger

Natural Family Planning

 

Helping Peers in Crisis

Abortion & Post-Abortion Help

Sources: AMONG OTHERS

  1. Catholic Bible (With Answers) or Catholic Youth Bible
  2. Catechism of the Catholic Church
  3. YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
  4. Christus Vivit (Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on Young People)

SOME INTERNATIONAL DAYS WORTH CELEBRATING IN OUR PARISHES

[With good and Educative Messages for Formation and Growth of Youth]

These are some international days currently observed generally. These are designated days to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of meaningful and better -living. Some of them have annual themes with messages and information that if well-exploited, can benefit societies and enlighten communities. We therefore call on Chaplains of Young People in PARISHES to pay particular attention to their celebrations for the growth and nourishment of all.

 

JANUARY

24 January       International Day of Education

FEBRUARY

4 February       World Cancer Day

11 February    International Day of Women and Girls in Science

20 February    World Day of Social Justice 

21 February    International Mother Language Day  

MARCH

1 March          Zero Discrimination Day

20 March        International Day of Happiness

21 March        World Poetry Day

21 March        World Down Syndrome Day 

22 March        World Water Day

24 March        World Tuberculosis Day 

24 March        International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Dignity of Victims

APRIL

6 April            International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

7 April             World Health Day 

21 April          World Creativity and Innovation Day

22 April          International Mother Earth Day

23 April          World Book and Copyright Day 

23 April          English Language Day

25 April          World Malaria Day

28 April          World Day for Safety and Health at Work

30 April          International Jazz Day

MAY

15 May           International Day of Families

16 May           International Day of Living Together in Peace

17 May           World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

20 May           World Bee Day

21 May           World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

31 May           World No-Tobacco Day

JUNE

12 June           World Day Against Child Labour

13 June           International Albinism Awareness Day

14 June           World Blood Donor Day

15 June           World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

16 June           Day of the African Child

17 June           World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

19 June           International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

20 June           World Refugee Day

21 Jun             International Day of Yoga

23 June           International Widows’ Day 

26 June           International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

26 June           United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 

27 June           Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

JULY

5 July              World Youth Skills Day

28 July                        World Hepatitis Day 

30 July                        International Day of Friendship 

30 July                        World Day against Trafficking in Persons 

AUGUST

 12 August      International Youth Day 

19 August       World Humanitarian Day

30 August       International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 

SEPTEMBER

5 Sept             International Day of Charity 

8 Sept                         International Literacy Day  

10 Sept           World Suicide Prevention Day

15 Sept           International Day of Democracy 

16 Sept           International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 

21 Sept           International Day of Peace

23 Sept           International Day of Sign Languages

26 Sept           International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons 

27 Sept           World Tourism Day

28 Sept           International Day for Universal Access to Information

28 Sept           World Rabies Day

30 Sept           International Translation Day

OCTOBER

1 Oct               International Day of Older Persons

1 Oct               World Habitat Day  (first Monday in October) 

2 Oct               International Day of Non-Violence

5 Oct               World Teachers’ Day

10 Oct             World Mental Health Day

11 Oct             International Day of the Girl Child

13 Oct             International Day for Disaster Reduction

15 Oct             International Day of Rural Women  

16 Oct            World Food Day

17 Oct             International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

20 Oct             (every five years, beginning in 2010)  World Statistics Day

24 Oct             World Development Information

27 Oct             World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

31 Oct             World Cities Day 

NOVEMBER

10 Nov                        World Science Day for Peace and Development

14 Nov                        World Diabetes Day

15 Nov                       World Philosophy Day (third Thursday in November)

16 Nov                        International Day for Tolerance

19 Nov                        World Toilet Day

20 Nov                        Africa Industrialization Day

20 Nov                        Universal Children’s Day

21 Nov                        World Television Day

 25 Nov           International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 

DECEMBER

1 Dec              World AIDS Day

2 Dec              International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 Dec              International Day of Persons with Disabilities

5 Dec              International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 

5 Dec              World Soil Day

9 Dec                International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

9 Dec             International Anti-Corruption Day 

10 Dec                       Human Rights Day

11 Dec                       International Mountain Day

12 Dec                        International Day of Neutrality

12 Dec                        International Universal Health Coverage Day

20 Dec                        International Human Solidarity Day 

 

PERIODS

THEME & INTENTIONS

SCRIPTURAL QUOTATIONS

NOVEMBER

You Must be Anointed with the Power of Praise!

Heb 13:15; Psalm 34: 8; Psalm 30:11-12

 

You Must Awake from Sleep!

1John 1:9-10; 2Peter 3:9, Hebrew 8:12; Psalm 66:18

DECEMBER

You Must Go Close to Elijah  and Adore the New Born King

1 Kings 18:8; Matthew 18:8, Jeremiah 51:20

 

The Glory of God moves with Power!

Isaiah 61:6; John 1:12; Colossians 2:9-10

JANUARY

You are Serving a Powerful and Mighty God

Exodus 14:14; 2Tim 2:15; Psalm 46:10; Psalm 16

 

You Must Refuse to be Cursed

Romans 8:1-2; Genesis 12:2-3; Galatians 3:13-14; Psalm 94

FEBRUARY

You Cannot be Defeated

Deuteronomy 28:7; Isaiah 54:17; Matthew 15:13; Psalm 2

 

You are Moving from Impossibility to Possibility

Jeremiah 32:27; Isaiah 43:18-19; 2Corinthians 6:1-2; Psalm 54

MARCH

Let the Holy Ghost, Break your Yoke(s)

Numbers 10: 35; Isaiah 10:27; John 10:10; Psalm 46

 

Let the Lord’s Blood speak for you

Exodus 12:13; Zechariah 9:11; Revelation 12:11; Psalm 52

APRIL

CHRISTUS VIVIT             Your season of celebration is Now.

Isaiah 60:1—2; Deuteronomy 28:12; Jeremiah 32:15; Psalm 124

 

You must be Decorated

Genesis 22:17; Deuteronomy 28:13; Isaiah 43:2; Psalm 103

MAY

The Devil has no place in Your Life

John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; Psalm 109

 

The Eyes of the Lord are on You

Isaiah 49:25; Nehemiah 8:10; Isaiah 64:14; 2Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 34:15; Psalm 59

JUNE

You are too Blessed for Failure

Leviticus 26:4; Nehemiah 2:20; Isaiah 61:7; Psalm 128

 

Your  Enemy(ies) shall be Disappointed

Isaiah 59:19; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Deuteronomy 28:7; Psalm 5

JULY

No More Evil Handovers

Isaiah 43:2; Nahum 1:12-13; Zechariah 8:7; Psalm 140

 

The Lord will Speak for You and will Fight for You.

Isaiah 55:8-11; Hebrews 4:12; Jeremiah 23:29; John 32-35; Psalm 107; Exodus 14:14 -14

AUGUST

Your Destiny must Shine Forth!

Isaiah 55:12; Deuteronomy 8:18; Ecclesiastes 5:19; Psalm 1

 

There is No More Delay in your Life!

Isaiah 8:18; Matthew 19:26; John 14:12; Psalm 71

SEPTEMBER

You shall Experience the Touch of the Master!

Acts 10:38; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 7:11-15; Psalm 11

OCTOBER

You are a Solution to a Problem and not a Problem to be solved

Luke 4: 18-10; 1 Tim 4:12

   
  1. Pray the Rosary 2. Read the Above Passages. 3. Pray the Stations of the Cross. 4. Make a good Sacramental confession. 4. Visit the Blessed Sacrament and/or Attend Holy Mass (if possible daily) and receive Holy Communion. 5. Mortify yourself Fast from 6:00am to 12: noon OR 3:00pm and end with Angelus Prayer or Chaplet of Divine Mercy 6. Give Alms or help a needy person! Praise God in song.

 

Bear in mind that a serious crisis has arrived at our thresholds. It is a crisis of Faith, orchestrated by a shallow foundation of catechesis laid by our neglect and indifference and passivity, especially at moments of the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, FHC & Confirmation). How much attention is paid to catechesis of children and youth at these moments? How many children and youths even know or are in touch with their God-parents? This current crisis is fanned and amplified by the toxic environment replete with various capricious religious beliefs and practices (from short-sighted Islam to myopic Sects and ephemeral Pentecostalism) and limping on its crutches of secularism and superstition. This crisis of faith is further fuelled by internal Church schemings and politicking and unhealthy strives and plots that can never queue up on God’s glory line. The prevailing Socio-Political crisis with its hydra-headed consequences has only unearth and unmasked the dragon that undermines time-tasted Church Principles and values and teaches, thus being the last stroke breaking the carmel’s back.

A certain particular attention paid to this Annual Calendar is a stitch in time. Faithfulness by any Parish Community in following this programme, especially its formation lesson, proposed, will salvage an unpleasant situation that is hibernating in the misty and foggy clouds.

The 2019/2020 Pastoral Week Celebration/Mini-Synod announces, through the Diocesan Laity Council, the Ruby Jubilee Celebration of our Diocese in 2022. May this Jubilee give us, the Youth Family, an opportunity to renew our spirits, kindle our faith, strengthen and sharpen our hope and vision and animate our love of God and our Church, in our Diocese, especially. May this Jubilee give to the Diocesan Youth Council, the Youth Formation Team and the entire Diocesan Youth Family, the opportunity to examine ourselves thoroughly in the light of the Challenges on the Ministry in our Local Church.

Rev. Fr Francline J.B. DINDZEE

[DIOCESAN YOUTH CHAPLAIN]