Studies indicate that the effects of consumerism and the entertainment media often encourage a culture of isolation among the youth. Unlike the framework of the Youth Ministry in past decades, the new comprehensive approach is not a single program or recipe for the ministry. It provides a way for integrating adolescents and their families into the total life and mission of the Church, recognizing that the whole community is responsible for this ministry
Following the guidelines of both the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Orlando, and considering the new approach, newly revived Youth Ministry of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church aims to promote the goals of the Church faith ministry. All resources of the faith community in the parish will be maximized and utilized: the parishioners and the various ministries and programs, all for the growth and development of the adolescents.
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- To draw young people to active responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community (family and parish).
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Components of a Comprehensive Youth Ministry
* Age-specific programs for young and older adolescents (13 to 18 years of age)
* Family-centered programs for the entire family: parents, foster parents, grandparents raising children, and adolescents
* Inter-generational parish programs
* Community-wide programs
* A balanced mix of programs, activities, and strategies that address the following eight components of comprehensive ministry: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice, leadership, pastoral care, and prayer and worship
* Small group programs and small ecclesial community experiences
* Home-based programs, activities, and resources
* One-on-one mentoring programs and activities
* Independent or self-directed programs
* A variety of scheduling options and program settings to respond to the reality of the busy lives and commitments of adolescents and their families
* Use of current technology to facilitate communication in program development and implementation