Young Adult Community

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"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you." Saint John Paul II

We are dedicated to engaging our young adults ages 18-35 by providing venues for them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and live out their Catholic faith through social, spiritual, and service opportunities.  Though this group is diverse -- ranging from college students to early career professionals to young families -- there are shared experiences and common goals.  We want to use our God-given talents, interests, and energy to connect with others, inspire one another, and build each other up as we make our earthly journey and strive to follow the light of Christ.  In this season of life that brings multiple transitions and a healthy dose of uncertainty, sharing in the membership of a Catholic tradition with deep roots and universality, finding fellowship in a peer community of shared values and familiar struggles, and being commissioned with the hands-on, real-life task of being missionary disciples is comforting and empowering.

If you are interested in being part of this community or have an idea to grow this ministry, please contact Kate McGrath via email or at 781-598-4313 x224.

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College Student Faith Care Package

"I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name..." (Isaiah 49:15b-16 NAB). We taught our children that through the sacraments, they became members of our faith family.  So now that they're young adults in college, let's show them!  

Let’s keep our college-age children “in the loop” and “in our prayers” while away at school.  Fill out a form, and we’ll periodically send them prayers for midterms and finals, helpful faith-based articles, seasonal plug-in activities, and every college student's lifeline...SNACKS! For more information or to volunteer to help grow this ministry, contact Kate McGrath.


Resources

Here's a helpful list of online resources for college students.

The Newman Connection is organization sponsoring Catholic college ministry. The resources available are not just for college student, but for all young adults.

Focus Conferences (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) are national conferences and events that give students from all over the country the chance to come together by the thousands to learn about the Catholic faith, experience genuine fellowship, and unite as members of the Body of Christ.

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Director of Youth and the Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, is known for his YouTube videos offering Catholic perspectives of contemporary societal issues:
https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-presents/fr-mike-schmitz/

Ave Spotlight is a podcast from Ave Maria Press that considers timely issues from a faith perspective. Hosts Katie Prejean McGrady and Chenele Shaw talk with special guests about culture, current events, and all things Catholic. 

Real Life Catholic is a website by Chris Stefanick hosting many resources for engaging and growing your Catholic faith.

Boston University Catholic Center offers bible studies, retreats, service opportunities, a women's group and a men's group, and opportunities for young professionals to socialize, pray, and network.

Blessed is She is a website created by and focused on Catholic women who desire a deeper and more meaningful prayer life and a community with which to share it.

Jesuitical is a podcast from America Media hosted by two young, hip and lay editors: Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis. It brings together Catholic life and pop culture and talks about it. Each episode brings Catholic news, an interview with a guest, and ends with the Jesuit practice of examining their consolations and desolations.  Not everyone they interview is Catholic, but the interviewers approach their conversations with a Catholic lens.

Here's a tactile, active way to engage in Scriptural text with colored pencils:
https://www.catholicmom.com/articles/2020/01/27/tech-talk-studying-the-bible-with-colored-pencils-and-ipads/

Catholic Creatives is a movement of Catholic designers, filmmakers, photographers, creative thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, and others working to bring the gospel to the world in fresh, beautiful ways.

New Catholic Generation YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsKwXPRyjFpX6nWRLssluvA

Young Catholic Professionals YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPYxJByM2VNo4z-lv1IoBHw

Fr. Casey Cole, OFM is a Franciscan friar, Catholic priest, writer, and blogger. He runs his own online blog and YouTube channel called Breaking in the Habit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcdVPVsJRxAVKq4vY0NYeg

Verso Ministries specializes in creating and hosting pilgrimages so people can connect with the sacred by visiting holy places and contemplating how we see God along our journeys.

 

“The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people’s hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love.” Saint John Paul II, Denver 1993