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Your Help Is Needed!
We have many seniors graduating, please help to keep these young people connected to their faith on their college campuses.

Dear Friends,
Last year was the first time we, as a Diocese, participated in the Newman Connection. Between the Catholic Schools and the Youth Ministry Groups we collected, 2,194 student names that were forwarded to the Campus Ministers on the colleges that were named. It really is a simple process for us to take part in. I ask that you please take some time at your next meeting and complete the attached form for your graduating students. For the most part, he format for a school's e-mail is pretty much the same - they all use the name of the student and just add @and the school's name. When I receive your list, I will forward it to the Newman Connection who then sends it directly to the college Campus Minister. The Campus Minister then sends a "Welcome" to the student, inviting them to be part of the Catholic Campus Ministry of the College and the Newman Club. Will all students avail themselves of this? I wish I could say yes, but at least we are giving them the opportunity to know about how to connect to their College CCM. I have seen, first-hand, how being part of the Catholic Community on college has made a big difference in the lives of our young church. As we all know, a college campus is not always conducive to "doing the right thing"... our young people need to know that they have somewhere to go, where they can continue to grow in their faith with other young people. So, please help by filling out this form and returning it to me by June 1. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know -

Thank you so much for your help and support,

Learn more about the Newman Connection - let's help our young people stay connected! Newman Connection

Please complete the attached form and either e-mail me at or fax at 516-594-0064.
Student File

marianne sheridan
diocese of rockville centre
516-678-5800, ext. 615 

World Youth Day - Krakow 2016

WYD 2016July 24, 2016-August 1, 2016

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy"

(Mt 5:7)

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual
gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith. Since
that time, World Youth Day (WYD) has been a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically
celebrated every three years in a different country. The next World Youth Day will be celebrated in
Krakow, Poland from July 24, 2016-August 1, 2016!

WYD is open to all youth and young adults who want to take part in a spiritual encounter with their
contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This pilgrimage is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. WYD is a unique way to deepen one's faith and to grow closer to Christ through prayer and sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share
The same interests and ambitions. During the week of World Youth Day, there will be a complete cultural agenda in addition to the events with the Pope. Once released, the main events of Krakow 2016 will
be posted under the official World Youth Day site at

Join us on our World Youth Day pilgrimage experience this awakening and rejuvenation of faith that is not just a day or a week, but an ongoing journey!

To register for World Youth Day with the Diocese, please go to If you are not registering with a particular group, please join the Diocesan Group for College and Young Adults.


Pilgrimage, Days in the Diocese 

WYD Pilgrimage tour, Terms and Conditions 

WYD Waiver for Minors (For youth participants under 18 traveling without parent) 

Please feel free to contact the Marianne Sheridan, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Phone: 516-678-5800, ext. 615 e-mail:

World Youth Day - 2016 Official Prayer

God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman. We entrust to you, in a special way young people of every language, people and nation: guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy. Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt, hope to those who are discouraged, love to those who feel indifferent, forgiveness to those who have done wrong and joy to those who are unhappy. Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.

YM Training - August 23-24, 2016

Cure of Ars Parish Center
2323 Merrick Road, Merrick
8:30 to 3:30 each day - half hour for lunch
There is no cost for this workshop

Only those who have completed SafeTalk will be able to register for ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is the second part of the SafeTalk training. ASIST is an intensive program that requires two days of training - you must attend both days.

Workshop includes:

• Presentations and guidance from two certified trainers
• A scientifically proven intervention model
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• Group discussions
• Skills practice and development
• A balance of challenge and safety

To learn more about ASIST ...ASIST

If you would like to register for ASIST, please e-mail no later than June 15th.

If you are interested in taking the 2-1/2 Hour SafeTalk prerequisite training, please let me know. We can run a workshop in late June or early July for SafeTalk. Please contact me by June 1st so that I can arrange to schedule this workshop. If there is an interest for this training, I will definitely set it up. I will contact those who show an interest to get a date on the calendar. To learn more about SafeTalk ... flyer

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry ("NCCYM") 

What a great opportunity to be with Youth Ministers from our Diocese, to meet other Youth Ministers from across the country and to be "re-energized" and learn more about the Ministry we love! A group of Youth Ministers and myself went down to Orlando in 2013 and had a great time! Hoping to get a group together again this December. Several youth ministers have already registered ... don't wait until the last minute, there are discounts now for registration!  

>>> For more information and to register, please visit: nccym  


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"The Poor have much to teach you .... You have much to learn from them. ... St. Vincent de Paul

midnight run

Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.

Pope Francis

This past year, the young people from our parish youth groups, high schools, college and young adult groups, took Pope Francis words to heart and participated in 28 Midnight Runs. What is a Midnight Run? It's the opportunity to allow the Christ that each of us holds inside to meet the Christ in another. By serving the poor, we become one with them as Jesus did. Through these Jesus Runs groups bring food, clothing, conversation and hope to those who are materially poor. These Jesus runs help us to bring the Church out to the streets as we embrace those whose only experience of Church may be through the eyes an hands of those who serve them.

If you are interested in either participating in one of these runs, have your group do a sock, hoodie or backpack drive or make toiletry bags please contact Marianne Sheridan at I would be happy to do o presentation for your group and to help you organize your own run. 
Thank you for all you are doing in your youth groups to encourage our young people to be aware of the needs of others.  

YouthLeader Workshop Print E-mail

Thursday, June 26 - Sunday, June 29, 2014
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, NY
For High School Students
(entering 10th through 12th grades)


YouthLeader is a Program sponsored by the Center of Ministry Development (CMD) and is designed to empower our youth with interpersonal and communication skills necessary in the development of youth leaders. Over the past several years, the cost for the 5-day YouthLeader Program was up to $495 per person. Although a great program, the cost was definitely leaving some groups out. Keeping that in mind, we have changed the venue of the Workshop and CMD has developed a 4-day Program for our Diocese. This change will still include all of the important elements of this program, for one day less and at a cost of $215 less per person. I am hoping at the reduced cost, more groups will choose to participate. It is a great way of not only developing the leadership in your own youth groups, but also the leadership of the larger church. I realize that many of you have your own leadership training. However, what makes this program different is that it allows teens from all over Long Island to work, pray and laugh together as they learn the skills necessary for leadership. They get out of their "comfort" zone and are challenged to meet new people, have new experiences and to grow in their faith.

This 4-day Training will cost $280 per person. This fee includes all materials, meals, accommodations, a YouthLeader t-shirt and a wealth of hands on knowledge to take back to their group.

If you are interested in participating in this Training, please
return the following >>> registration form <<<
no later than February 1, 2014
Please click here for >>> flyer <<<

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Mission Statement

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is committed to empowering and inspiring our young people to live whole lives as disciples of Christ in a loving and welcoming community, rooted in the joys and traditions of the Catholic faith. The Youth Ministry Apostolate seeks to transform the lives of our youth through a personal Encounter with Christ, which will lead to a life of holiness and prayer, service and social justice. Diocesan Youth Ministry endeavors to create opportunities for young people to develop a relationship with the God who loves them, with the support of other youth who embrace the same Church and values.


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