This is a national strategy approved by the episcopal conference to promote a culture of vocation throughout the country. This strategy is being carried out through a number of projects. One such project is entitled Called Beyond with training and resources for a parish that wants to celebrate a local vocations week.
Alpha course is a first announce methodology for teenagers and students that comes from the Anglican Church and now is in over the world. 5 years ago we discovered it and during this years we have used with the students in the university and in the high school, with lots of fruits in the team and in the youth. We could present our experience in 2 schools where the students and the Alpha course with university students in the night.
In Poznan we find the strength to build a community around the altar. The church has long figured out that attend Mass on Sunday is the most important. Therefore, we do not invent new forms, but together we pray and gather in the church, and there are born initiatives and ideas. We want everyone in the community was responsible for something. One for reading, one for the service, another for candles and incense. The others can help create a charity and care for the sick and elderly. Everyone does something and why we feel the joy of being useful.
Today at the Mass comes from 500 to 1,000 people. People know each other, communicate to each other with joy the sign of peace, therefore, the Mass is true.
That’s what we hear we are trying to realize that the Church was not closed, but in order to experience in everyday life, on the street. We feel joy that what we hear and what we pray for becomes reality.
Spartakiada Zimowa is a name of nationwide polish competitions organised by Catholic Youth Association. Every year a different slogan is chosen, in 2016 year it was a quotation of saint Pierre George Frassati: „to live – not to vegetate”. It was not only about promoting healthy role of sports. Organizers also wanted to convince youth, that other activities, work, charity are really valuable activities as well.
Every year competitions are free of charge and participants can choose one or more from several category: skiing, snowboarding or „ride on just anything”, and in the last one both individuals and groups can participate – in this category creativity (not time) matters. 2016’s winners built an egg-vehicle, as an metaphor of life. During competitions there are also some games and quizes for spectactors.
Everything happens thanks to God and volunteers. A lot of helping hands from Catholic Youth Association take part in this modern evangelism connected with sport. Weather also seems to be on our side – few days before competitions there were six degrees Celsius, in a day before competitions the snow had fallen.
Pursuing the Year of Consecrated Life (November 30, 2014 – February 2, 2015), here is a video clip “the Call”. This short film wants to be a pedagogical tool produced by the French Religious Conference in partnership with the French national service for vocations (SNEJV). The objectives are several : provoke an interpellation and a first reflexion, engaging debates and propositions. This video does not say everything. It is neither an illustration nor an instruction. It was experienced within groups of high school students and young people, and with adults working as youth ministry or vocation service members.
With adults, the video will enable exchanges and debates towards a joint culture of young and vocation ministry.
With young people, the video could be projected either to begin a meeting or at the end of a meeting and used as a synthesis, or during a vigil prayer in a more contemplative moment.
This video, conceived to be a tool integrated in a possible activity, could also find its place in a larger project integrated in a vocation ministry developing a call and interpellation culture.
The questioning, developed into 4 steps related to one another, will help the leader in animating the group.
Centro francescano della pastorale giovanile-vocazionale „Tre Compagni” della Provincia dei Frati Minori di Katowice in Polonia offre l’accompagnamento ed informazione sulle possibilità di fare un cammino di fede nello spirito di San Francesco e di Santa Chiara d’Assisi. La proposta e’ dedicata ai giovani (adolescenti e giovani adulti) sia quelli vicini alla Chiesa sia quelli già un po’ lontani dalla communità ecclesiale. Accanto alla formazione dei giovani si offre un iter formativo ad altri agenti di pastorale giovanile (laici, frati, suore, sacerdoti, chierici, catechisti, leader dei vari gruppi e movimenti). Per la realizzazione di questi scopi si utilizzano varie metodologie pedagogiche dell’accompagnamento qualificato, concentrandosi sulla presenza tra i giovani e con i giovani, attraverso vari incontri di preghiera, formazione, pellegrinaggi, divertimento etc. Uno spazio specifico viene dedicato al processo del discernimento vocazionale. Aiutiamo a scegliere la propria vocazione alla vita e alla santità mostrando il valore e significato di ogni tipo di vocazione alla vita nella famiglia, alla vita consacrata, al sacerdozio. In questo caso ci serviamo del nostro programma: „Sette passi del discernimento vocazionale” . Le nostre attività si possono seguire tramite il servizio di media sociali.
The worldwide study on “Youth cultures in catholic universities” conducted by the Federation in 2013 covered over 17,000 students in 55 universities from 35 countries in the world and revealed, among others, that students perceive the university as a course provider allowing them to prepare mainly for their professional lives. A consequence of this so-narrow image of a Catholic university is that the influence of Catholic ideals as well as the university campus minister on students is incredibly tiny.
Aware that some inspiring models of campus minister can be found among Catholic universities around the world and that thorough attention has to be paid to this issue, IFCU is about to launch a project aiming at creating an ambiance that nurtures the inner ethical and spiritual dimensions in students from Catholic universities where the “customer-provider” vision prevails in a great manner. IFCU wishes to contribute to the formation of holistic human beings that care for society and for their fellows.
Guiding, in accordance with the intentions of its Founder Baden-Powell, leads young people to become the artisans of their own development, and its methods stimulate the maturity of the individual and of communities. It is because of this that Catholics recognize the values of the Gospel in the fundamentally liberating education propounded by the Guide method.
I.C.C.G. is a call from the Church to live a life of communion, to deepen Faith and to share Christian experience.
– it participates in the life of the Universal Church, particularly as an International Catholic Organization (I.C.O.) by offering its own experiences and receiving those of others;
– it ensures that the world of young people is represented within the Church;
– it participates in the evolution and deepening of the spiritual values of Guiding through the dialogue between Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers.
Abram – school of charity and mission – is an annual program which helps the youth to choose Christ in the Church and so to grow in their Christian missionary call in the contemporary world according to the graces given to the Emmanuel Community.
The weekly program contains 4 pillars: prayer, formation, mission and friendship. Each week the participants experience the praise and silent adoration, a Catechetical talk, sharing time in small groups and a time of snack. The weekly program is interrupted by different kinds of evening missionary activities or weekend retreats. Finally, every participant is personally accompanied by a team member of another member of the Emmanuel Community.
One of the ways of accompanying young people by diocesan church in Poznan is running catholic schools. Students get integral upbringing including spiritual, intellectual and physical formation. We desire to indicate them how to be a Christian and how to believe in Jesus in today’s world.
The school organization is based on creating good relationship between a student and a master. It can be realized both on teachers-students basis and individuals-Jesus one, as we believe it is Jesus who is the greatest Master of all.
The school’s mission is also to cooperate with families the students come from as we strongly believe they should not replace them but support families .
Catholic schools emphasize not only the educational dimension but pedagogical one. “For the true education aims at formation of the human person in the pursuit of his ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which, as man, he is a member, and in whose obligation, as an adult, he will share” (Declaration on christian education Gravissimum educationis, 1). So the aim of such a school is not only to prepare young people to take up tasks in their adult life but at the same time to orient them on the ultimate aim which is salvation.