This resource was created by the Office of Youth Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington in order to help parishes incorporate catechesis into their comprehensive youth ministry programs in accord with the guidelines of the USCCB.The original version is a text-based curriculum for use within a weekly youth ministry program and covers all material that should be taught to young people during their high school years. Recently we have created a “video version” for each of these topics with the aim of fostering small group discussions in a variety of youth ministry settings.
Each session in the original version contains reference to national and diocesan guidelines, citations from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, opening and closing prayers, games and icebreakers, a sample talk, and related media links to music, movies, and websites. For more details about what is contained in each session, click here.
There are two categories of sessions. The “catechetical nights” teach a particular doctrine. The “issue nights” address common cultural issues that teens may face and may be inserted at any point into the curriculum. Click the image below to view a summary of the four-year curriculum.
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Journey to Emmaus follows a spiral curriculum, revisiting each doctrinal element over the course of eight semesters. The systematic nature of the curriculum is strengthened by each session’s reference to the “Golden Threads.” These are the foundational reality of our faith to which this doctrine is tied. Click here for more information.
The original version is password protected and may be provided to parishes in the Diocese of Arlington free of charge. Leaders outside the diocese can purchase access to the original version by contacting April Hjelstrom or calling 703-841-2559. Click here to preview a session.
Statistics show that very few young people will ever set foot in a typical “youth group.” Therefore we created a version of our curriculum to help leaders in a variety of settings engage youth in discussions about aspects of the faith. For example, a coach after sports practice or a scouting leader as part of their meeting could use this resource to more intentionally discuss the faith with young people.
Leaders should review the session before using it with young people. Volunteers are encouraged to dialogue with their Coordinator of Youth Ministry about how to interact with youth, talk about the faith, and whether a specific doctrine, issue, or question in a session is well-suited for the context in which they serve. This is especially important with regard to Issue Nights, some of which should only be used with written parental permission and/or are not appropriate to discuss before high school.
Check out the video below for an introduction to this resource.
The video version is free of charge to anybody that wants to use it. Click the “video version” buttons below to get started.
Download the PDF version of the semester materials by clicking one of the bulleted links below or click one of the “Video Version” buttons to download the discussion with video material links.
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