The Diocese of Manchester, Youth Ministry, helps young people to know Christ and deepen their faith.
Through prayer, professional development, and youth events we integrate young people into the life, mission, and work of the Catholic community.
We are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and guided by Scripture and Tradition.
The Longest Liturgical Season in the Catholic Church
In western Christianity, the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday.
The Catholic Church refers to the period from Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday as the Octave of Easter (8 days). It is an especially joyful time. Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave Day of Easter.
The Easter Season continues from Divine Mercy Sunday through Pentecost Sunday, sharing a full seven weeks of Easter Sunday!
Here are some creative ways for teens to continue their Easter Season Celebration.
For Teens, Family & Youth Ministers
Lectio Divina for the Easter Season
How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
How might you help your youth explore the themes of Pentecost and metaphors for the movement of the Spirit?
Here are a few simple ideas to get you thinking:
- Balloons - Invite youth to blow up red balloons, but don't tie them. Use sharpies to write prayers on the balloons or perhaps gifts of the Spirit that they possess or that they see in the group. On cue, have everyone release their balloons and enjoy the moment of mayhem as they fly all over the room. Invite them to reflect on how this might be like the movement of God's Spirit.
- Paper airplanes - Invite youth to make their favorite paper airplanes and then go outdoors and let them fly! Reflect on how the different styles and flight paths of the airplanes can be like the diversity of gifts we possess and the way the Spirit works through them.
- Music - Invite youth into a moment of unplanned and unpredictable spontaneous music-making. If you have hand bells or chimes, give each person one and have them begin to ring, working together until the sounds blend into something harmonious. Reflect on how this is like allowing the Spirit to work through the diversity of the gifts we have to share. (If you don't have bells on hand, get really creative and head to the church kitchen and grab pots, pans, wooden spoons, etc.).
- Wind - Cut strips of fabric and invite youth to use markers to decorate them with words and images representing the gifts that help them participate in Gods' mission of love and peace. Next, tie the strips of cloth to the grill on the front of a box fan and turn it on. As your new kinetic sculpture flutters away, reflect on how it represents the themes of Pentecost.
- Trust walk - Try an old fashioned trust walk by pairing up youth. One is blindfolded and leads the other on a random walk and then they switch places and walk back. Reflect on the experience and what it would mean for us to just trust the movement of God's Spirit in the work of the Church.
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Resources for Building Comprehensive Youth Ministry
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis
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