Youth Ministry E-VINE (Sept. 19, 2019)

In this issue:

You are probably aware that there have been a number of transitions among the Office of Religious Education (ORE) staff over the past several months. At City of Saints, many of you had the opportunity to meet our new Director, Sr. Rosalia Meza, who took the helm of the ORE at the beginning of July. To get to know her a bit better, we encourage you to read this Angelus News article introducing her to the Archdiocese!

Katie and Kelly

Youth Ministry E-VINE (June 28, 2019)

A Letter from Fr. Chris

Dear Catechists and Parish Catechetical Leaders in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: “The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” - Romans 5:5b.

As you may have heard, I am transitioning from my role as Director of the Office of Religious Education (ORE) and returning to parish ministry. Archbishop Gomez has appointed me as the Administrator of St. John Chrysostom in Inglewood beginning 1 July 2019.

It has been a blessing and great pleasure to serve you as Director of the ORE over the last four years. Together with my time as an Adult Faith Coordinator, my 6 years in Catechesis have been very rewarding. I am grateful to have led a team committed to forming and accompanying our catechists and parish catechetical leaders throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I am proud to have collaborated on the vision of ORE’s large-scale events – the Religious Education Congress (RECongress), Regional Congresses, and City of Saints Teen Conference – providing many of our sisters and brothers unique opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ.

During my time as Director, our office also coordinated the Fifth Encuentro (V Encuentro) process, an initiative of the U.S. Bishops, which sought to form missionary disciples and energized thousands of our ministry leaders to reach out to the peripheries. Most recently, I have been working with the Regional Coordinators to develop and implement a training program for parish catechetical leaders called Luminary. It will make its pilot run beginning in August and I hope that many of you can take advantage of this wonderful offering.

In the course of the last few weeks, I have been working alongside the new Director of the ORE, Sr. Rosalia Meza, VDMF to ensure a smooth transition in ORE programs and events. Please join me in warmly welcoming her and praying for her as she assumes this leadership role and gets to know you better in the coming months. Know that you are in my prayers and I shall continue to support catechetical and evangelization efforts in the ADLA to the best of my ability. I shall leave you with this reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Pope Francis:

Fr. Christopher Bazyouros
Office of Religious Education

Youth Ministry E-VINE (May 15, 2019)

Exciting News!
The Youth Ministry Division is excited to share the announcement that Victoria Radleigh Smith has accepted a position with below from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) as their Director of Mission Integration. Victoria Radleigh Smith's last day serving in the Youth Ministry Division was last Friday, May 10, and she began her new role with NCCL today. We are grateful to Victoria for her dedicated service to the Archdiocese, and look forward to working with her in her new role. Join us in wishing Victoria all the best in her new ministry!

Katie and Kelly

Youth Ministry E-VINE (October 29, 2019)

Youth Day Recruitment Day
As in year's past, young people are invited to consider sharing their gifts in one of the following ways:

All young people must register for Youth Day Recruitment Day in advance. Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2019 from 9:00am - 2:00pm at St. Monica's Parish in Santa Monica (701 California Ave, Santa Monica)

Other Opportunities at Youth Day
Not able to participate in Youth Day Recruitment Day? Consider assisting in one of the following ways:

As a reminder, young people participating in these roles will need to be accompanied by an Adult Chaperone.

Youth Ministry E-VINE (October 3, 2019)

Youth Day Recruitment Day
As in year's past, young people are invited to share their gifts at Youth Day in one of the following ways:

All interested young people must register for Youth Day Recruitment Day in advance. Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2019 from 9-2 at St. Monica's Parish in Santa Monica.

Youth Ministry E-VINE (September 28, 2019)


What's New This Year?

Changes to Registration 
Youth Day is held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Cost is $40 per participant with special discount pricing of $35 being extended through February 28, 2019. Groups can register online or by mail. When registering for Youth Day, groups will be asked to provide basic contact information for their group, such as parish/school name, group leader contact information, and the names of their chaperones. Groups will also need to select their preferred track.

This year, groups will NOT be asked to submit the names of young people. Instead, they will simply purchase a number of youth badges. In keeping with our policy of having 1 adult for every 10 young people, groups will be able to purchase up to 10 youth badges for every chaperone name they enter. This means a group that has 4 chaperones will be eligible to purchase up to 40 youth badges. A group with 6 chaperones will be eligible to purchase up to 60 youth badges. Please keep in mind that 2 chaperones will be required for the first group of 10 young people. For more information regarding Chaperone and Safe Environment Policies, please click here

Groups will also NOT be asked to select their workshops in advance. All workshops will be selected at Youth Day. 

Changes to Workshops
Each participant will experience two workshops at Youth Day. These workshops will be presented on a variety of topics by nationally acclaimed experts in the field of Youth Ministry. 

Workshop rooms will be set with either theater seating (traditional), round tables or an open floor plan to allow for greater engagement. 

Workshops will no longer be selected in advance. Instead, groups will be able to select workshops on site at Youth Day. This will allow young people the freedom to select workshops and speakers that best suit their needs and interests. Providing that young people are chaperoned at all times, larger groups are welcome to split their group into smaller groups that attend different workshops.

Room capacities will be larger to ensure that as many young people as possible are able to attend their preferred workshop. In the event that a room reaches capacity, groups will be directed to select another workshop.  
Changes to Schedule
Youth Day will continue to feature a two-Track system. Both Tracks will experience a General Session in the Arena (which includes a keynote, liturgy, music and rally) as well as two workshops in the Convention Center. 

Youth Day will now feature a staggered start and end time. Whether your group prefers to arrive early or beat the crowd and avoid traffic, we have an option for you.

7:30 am Doors Open 7:30 am Doors Open
8:00 am Arena General Session 8:15 am Workshop 1
11:30 am Lunch 9:45 am Workshop 2
12:45 pm Workshop 1 10:45 am Lunch
2:15 pm Workshop 2 12:00 noon Arena General Session
3:15 pm Dismissal 3:30 pm Dismissal

We have eliminated the Opening and Closing Sessions (previously held in Hall B), which allows for a greater passing period between Workshop 1 and Workshop 2. 

Changes to Programming Locations
All Youth Day programming will take place in ACC North (the new Convention Center expansion) or in the Arena. This means that workshops, Sacred Space, Youth Day exhibits, and all other activities will be on either the first (Level 100) or second floor (Level 200) of ACC North. 

Keeping all workshops in close proximity to one another will help ensure that your group will have time to select another workshop in the event that your preferred workshop selection is full. This will also allow groups the chance to focus more on the events of the day and worry less about having to move their group across the Convention Center. 

Lunch options will continue to be accessible throughout the Convention Center and on the Grand Plaza. 

Youth Day Recruitment Day
As in year's past, young people are invited to consider sharing their gifts in one of the following ways: 

All interested young people must register for Youth Day Recruitment Day in advance. Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2019 from 9-2 at St. Monica's Parish in Santa Monica. 
Register for Recruitment Day

The Youth Ministry Division E-VINE is an email reminder/notice of important information in the field of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Questions? Contact Katie Zeigler at,

Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Youth Ministrty Division

Katie Zeigler  213-637-7617

Kelly McLoughlin  805-682-5500

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