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Office of Youth Ministry

Office Description:
The Office of Youth seeks to provide leadership, guidance, and support to parishes as they develop youth ministry programs.

Margaret McHugh is also a member of the Vocation Team for the Diocese of New Ulm with her responsibilities being Vocation Awareness.

Upcoming Youth Events

Featuring Catholic songwriters Steve Angrisano and Amanda Vernon

Questions? Contact Cindy Blickem in the Office of Youth Ministry: 507-359-2966.

Diocesan Youth Council

Applications Open

Click here for an application.

The Diocesan Youth Council is open to high school students, grades 10 to 12, in the Diocese of New Ulm. The council's purpose is to help spread the Gospel by sharing Jesus’ love, by growing in our faith, and by sharing that faith with others.

Council members attend monthly meetings from August to May, help plan and implement the Senior High Rally and Junior High Festival, participate in a retreat, and help out with the diocesan young men's and young women's summer camps.

If you want to be a part of the council for the 2014-2015 year, please apply fill out an application form by May 16, 2014 and send to Margaret McHugh (1400 6th Street North, New Ulm, MN 56073).

In 2014-15 we will need 10 new members for the council. Our goal is to have two youth for each of the six regions in the diocese. Even if there are no vacancies on the council for your region at this time, there are three at-large positions, so we encourage you to apply and to go through the process with us on Friday, June 6 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at the Parish of St. Aloysius in Olivia (302 South 10th Street).


NET in Diocese of New Ulm

October 20-30, 2014

A NET team will be in the Diocese of New Ulm October 20-30, 2014. If interested in having a NET team this fall, please fill out request form and return to Office of Youth Ministry by June 13. Or, just contact the Office of Youth Ministry by June 13.

Please know that the NET team is already scheduled October 26 and that the team members generally take Mondays off.

For more information, contact Cindy Blickem in the Office of Youth Ministry: 507-233-5325, Fax: 507-354-3667, cblickem@dnu.org.

WHO: All DREs and youth ministers in the Diocese of New Ulm

WHAT: Annual Spring Fling gathering. Focus on Mary, the Mother of God

WHERE: Max's Grill, Olivia

WHEN: May 12, 2014

Click here for a flyer

For more information, contact Cindy Blickem in the Offices of Religious Education and of Youth Ministry, 507-359-2966.

Confession Resources

Resources for “How to Avoid Confusion and Chaos in the Confession Line" (from January 2014 edition of Gatherings Reflections)

1. "I Thirst" meditation

2. Lenten penance service

3. Stations of the Cross handout

4. Questions to accompany "In Christ Alone" YouTube video

5. How Must We Forgive? Gospel reading

6. Scripture passages to look up and read on the Passion of Jesus

7. Seven Last Words guided meditation

8. Seven Pillars of the Catholic Church, by Matthew Kelly - Contemplation

9. Activity for "Jimmy and the White Lie"

10. Lyrics for Ray Boltz's song, "The Hammer"

11. "Radio" DVD activity

Recommended Web Sites

McHugh's top two programs for youth ministry

1. YDisciple by the Augustine Institute, for youth ministers

2. LifeTeen for middle school- and high school-aged youth

Youth organizations and programs

Catholic Heart Work Camp

NET Ministries

Partnership For Youth

Riverbend TEC (Together Encounter Christ) retreats

Squires Circle sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, for young men


Resources for learning about the Catholic faith

The Christophers

ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) for women and young women

Great Adventure Time Line for Teens by Ascension Press

The Keys and the Sword Teen Bible Study by Ascension Press

LifeTeen for middle school- and high school-aged youth

The Lion and the Lamb Teen Bible Study by Ascension Press

"The Mass Explained" App for iPad

T3 Teen Timeline Bible Study by Ascension Press

Theology of the Body for Teens (middle school and high School edition) by Ascension Press

That Catholic Show videos (Humorous yet Relevant: Who Knew Catholics Could Be So Fun) Watch at http://www.thatcatholicshow.newevangelizers.com/category/videos)


Resources for youth ministers

YDisciple by the Augustine Institute



Gatherings - Reflections

A monthly newsletter published by the New Ulm diocesan Offices of Youth Ministry and Religious Education

Archived issues of Gatherings * Reflections

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