The Great YOUCAT Giveaway!
When was the last time you looked in a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? The Catechism does a great job of helping to explain the breadth of our Catholic faith. In 2011, the church responded to a need for young people to engage with the teachings of the Catechism. Enter YOUCAT, the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. The YOUCAT is an ‘accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith”, written as a dialogue.
Bishop Peter very kindly donated 1000 YOUCATs for us to give to young people in the Northampton Diocese, completely free of charge. We are hoping that parishes will take this opportunity and think of new ways of using the YOUCATS in their teenage formation. If you don't currently have a teenage programme, there's a number of ways you can get started with the YOUCAT.
Some parishes have said that they will use their YOUCATs with their altar-servers. The servers come 10 minutes earlier than usual and each week, they dip in to their catechisms and learn something new. Others have said they want to start a discussion group where young people come together to learn from each other and their
catechisms. This can be quite informal, a pizza evening with some discussion topics. Or why not follow a more
structured programme? The NYMO team have put together an 8 session program called ‘Trek’ that works through the YOUCAT with games, activities, discussion questions and prayers. Could young people in your parish form a study group and meet once a month to do some activities, socialize and learn about their faith? Click here to find out more.
And if you would like NYMO to to help train volunteers to run a teenage formation programme, get in touch with Steve.
To find out more about how your parish can get hold of YOUCATs download the application form here.
N.B. Unfortunately individuals cannot apply by themselves. Parishes must apply on their behalf.
We look forward to hearing from you!