PISCATAWAY – The Diocese of Metuchen will host a workshop for those who minister to Catholic young adults on Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane.
With the theme “Building Bridges to Young Adults,” the program is intended to be a resource for parish leaders who are interested in updating their programs and strategies to become more responsive to young adults – those in their 20s and 30s, single and married – and who want to better support their young adult leaders-in-training. The day will include a blend of formation and information with the opportunity for small-group work, prayer and theological reflection.
Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with the Center for Ministry Development, the program is designed to engage participants while exploring the needs, issues and gifts of today’s young singles and couples with the goal of making them integral members of the faith community.
“Contrary to popular perception, not all young adults are disengaged,” said Javier W. Bustamante, diocesan director, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “In fact, data shows that about one-third of young adults continue to be connected to a faith community.”
Bustamante points to those people in the pews who are coming to Mass on their own, entering and exiting quietly: college-age parishioners, young professionals, newly engaged or newly married, parents of young children, and even young migrants looking for a place to feel at home. “They are our untapped resource. We must reach out to them and become partners of their journeys.”
“As Catholics, we need to reconsider who our young adults are, find out their needs, and make our parishes responsive and welcoming to them – walking with them through their sorrows and celebrating in their joys,” Bustamante added.
Participants will learn what the latest research reveals about Catholic young adults and discover new ways to connect young adults with Jesus, the Church, the Church’s mission and a community of peers. Other topics include: evangelization strategies; assessment tools; outreach; the power of invitation; and setting young adults up for success.
The workshop is open to all whose ministries impact young adults, especially pastors, deacons, parish staff and volunteers involved in youth and young adult ministry, religious education, sacramental preparation, liturgy and music ministry as well as those who are on an RCIA, adult faith formation, parish leadership or evangelization team.
The cost is $20 per person and includes morning refreshments and a light lunch. Group discounts are available. For more information or to register for this event, visit the diocesan website http://diometuchen.org/yyam, call 1-732-562-1990 ext. 1635 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.