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Ongoing Ministerial Development & Resources: Culture Issues

OLFF staff curated examples of webinars, articles, and books that may be helpful to those serving as catechetical or youth ministry leaders in parishes. Click on another topic to access the page of related resources:

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Title Summary Source Shortened Url (if available)
Covid19 Resources from NCPD webpage Tips and curated links to resources on dealing with mental health and disabilites during the pandemic Nat'l Catholic Partnership on Disabilities
5 Keys to Leading through Coronavirus Uncertainty pdf Checklist of 5 things a team needs from a leader to deal with the anxiety of uncertainty and build resilience during the pandemic meQuilibrium
Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom article Tips and controls for creating and maintaining a safe virtual learning environment when using Zoon (other platforms have similar controls) Zoom
Ministry Amidst a Crisis: Covid 19 and Ministering to the Young Church and their Families Ministry leaders discuss the feelings surrounding Covid 19, what has changed about ministry and how to keep ministering effectively to the young Church and families NFCYM
Steps and Strategies for Online Ministry Several ministry leaders discuss how ministry has changed in light of Covid 19, when to use which platform, and how to protect the safety of minors.  NFCYM
Accompanying Families with Teenagers while Social Distancing webinar Catholic and licensed counselor, Roy Petifils, offerss insights and tips for accompanying teens NFCYM
The Coronovirus and Sitting Quietly Alone video Bishop Robert Barron describes this time semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room Word on Fire
FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources pdf Guidance and links to resources realted to student privacy and virtual learning U.S. Department of Education
Moving Faith Formation Online Toolkit web resource hub John Roberto and an ecumenical group of Christian educators offer tools, tips, and models for moving Faith Formation online Vibrant Faith
Till We Meet Again: How to conduct a small group online webinar Best practices and suggestions for how to conduct a virtual small group Renew International

Tips for staying home amid coronavirus fears article Sister Mary Catharine Perry offers tips for make the most of social distancing, learned through her life as cloistered nun Dominican nun Advanced Publishers-New Jersey
Zoom Meetings: Best practices on how to conduct, facilitate, and host webinar Experience and learn best practices for hosting Zoom meetings that create community and sacred space Virginia Theological Seminary

Culture or Timely Issues

Title Summary Source Shortened Url (if available)
7 Signs Your Child is a Porn Addict webpage List of seven observable actions or behaviors that may indicate someone has an addiction to pornography Integrity Restored
Beyond Screen Time webinar Talks about how to utilize social media safely and wisely to promote youth ministry events. Introduces different social media platforms as well as highlight features of each. E-formation
Bruises on the Inside: The Changing Landscape of Bullying webinar Roy Petitfils talks about the epidemic of bullying, warning signs of both the bullied, bullies and bystander and offers questions to ask to all those involved in the bullying epidemic.  NFCYM


Catholic Guide to End of Life Issues webpage Explanation of Church Teaching on Advance Directives, Euthanasia, and Physician Assisted Suicide National Catholic Bioethics Center
Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography USCCB statement Statement from the U.S. bishops shows a collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today and guidelines for local responses USCCB
High Anxiety: Unlocking the Effects of Stress and Anxiety in the Lives of Youth and Young Adults webinar Anxiety is common amongst youth and young adults today.  This webinar offers some of the causes of anxiety, the spiritual effects, and how we as ministers can help to lessen fear and anxiety in the youth and young adults we serve. NFCYM


How to Talk to a Friend Who's Had an Abortion article Offers suggestions for how respond to the person's needs and in ways that bring her or him closer to healing and restoring hope about the future
Integrity Restored website Education, encouragement, and resources that empower people to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and help prevent pornography addiction in our children
Life Matters to the end of our days bulletin article "Facts of Faith" highlights Church teachings and appropriate moral responses related Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and People in PVS (Persistent Vegetative State) USCCB

Media Mindfulness: Educating teens about faith and media book

Media Mindfulness book cover

Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP and Sister Gretchen Hailer, RHSM describe an inquiry based strategy to ask questions of the media and decide what to do with a media message in light of our faith. Include resources and examples. St Mary's Press (available through Pauline Books and media)
Media Mindfulness Part One: questioning the media and growing in faith blog post First in a series of six posts inwhich Sr Hosea Ruppretch describes an inquiry based strategy "Media Mindfulness" that gives us a way to ask questions of the media and decide what to do with a media message in light of our faith. This strategy is helpful for all people of faith, but especially for parents and catechists who help children live as faithful disciples in today’s world. Pauline Centers for Media Studies