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Youth Ministry

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.

Lenten Resources for Youth Ministers and Families

Lent ReadingSuggested Reading for Lent

Loyola Press:

Sacred Space for Lent 2018

Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey

Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey Through the Stations of the Cross

The Act of Lent – Preparation, Prayer and Daily Activities for Youth & Young Adults by David Mead

Together In His Footsteps: A Family Lenten Booklet” by Michelle Van Loon


Youth Ministry Activities

Ave Maria Press Engaging Faith blog

Guide youth through one of these Lenten guided reflections and ask them to journal their experience.

The Transfiguration

Anointing at Bethany

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

Peter Denies Jesus

Parable of the Prodigal Son

Operation Rice Bowl


Ideas for Fasting:

  • Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and spend a few minutes praying for the needs of others.
  • Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and donate $1 to your Operation Rice Bowl box.
  • Think about someone you are angry with or who has hurt you. Ask God for the courage to forgive and pray for that person each day. Think about one thing that is good about them.

Ideas for Praying:

  • Participate in Ash Wednesday services with your family.
  • Participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
  • Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.
  • Pray for teens and families who are homeless, and think about ways you and your family might help them.
  • Read the story of the Last Supper of Jesus in chapter 13 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-15

Ideas for Serving/Almsgiving:

  • Together with your family, spend time serving others during Lent. Work at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Visit elderly people who are in nursing homes or are shut-ins.
  • Bring food or clothing to the parish or community food pantry, food bank, or homeless shelter
  • Go through your closet and find some clothes in good shape to give away to other teens who are in need of clothes.
  • Write a letter or create a card for someone who is sick or might be lonely.
  • Buy a can of food to give to a food bank or homeless shelter.

A Beginners Guide to Adoration

Don’t Fast from Resources This Lent

Ave Marie Press: Scriptural Way of the Cross for Teens

Saint Mary’s Press: Lenten Nails: A Reflection Exercise for Lent

Visit our Lent page for more resources

News & Events

Center for Ministry Development Summer Programs

Resources for Building Comprehensive Youth Ministry

St. Mary’s Press

The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry

Catholic Youth Ministry – The Essential Documents

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Renewing the Vision (A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry)

Order the book: Renewing the Vision

The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis
(Partnership with USCCB, NFCYM, NCEA, and NCCL)

The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis

Organizations That Provide Support to Youth Ministry

National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Center for Ministry Development (CMD)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Related Links

Youth Ministry Mission

Campus Ministry - High School

Catholic Relief Services

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry and the Church (USCCB)