Youth Ministry Leader Resources


Accompanying Young People During Covid-19

In an effort to help our parishes navigate Youth Ministry in this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have assembled an UPDATED copy of  “Accompanying Young People During Covid-19”,  a resource guide for parishes carrying out Youth Ministry for the Fall of 2021.   This resource was first distrubuted in the Fall of 2020.

Download your copy by clicking the button below.  Copies of the the Appendix Documents are listed below.   Spanish Translations of the Permission Slips are below as well. 

Download your UPDATED copy of “Accompanying Young People During Covid-19”


Appendix D Consentimiento para redes sociales y otras plataformas ( WORD) ( PDF)

Appendix E Lista de verificación para jóvenes antes de una reunión ( WORD) ( PDF)

Appendix F Participante de Covid Rider ( WORD) ( PDF)

Appendix G Voluntario Covid Rider ( WORD) ( PDF)

Appendix H Ejemplo de carta de caso positivo ( WORD) ( PDF)

Appendix I Ejemplo de carta Contacto cercano ( WORD) ( PDF)

Covid-19 Information and Links

The Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry will continue to take direction from Cardinal Tobin as to the daily operations of our Office and the St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center.

National Federation for Catholic Youtn Ministry (NFCYM) COVID-19 Resource page | Página de Recursos por NFCYM
Resource Page that contains resources on ministering to young people, prayer, supporting parents and more!

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops 
Statements and information from the USCCB

Catholic Current
A page full of reources from the USCCB

CDC Guidance to Faith Based Organizations
The Center for Disease Control has issued guidance to Faith and Community Based Centers to aid you in implementing best practices

State of NJ Official Covid19 Information Hub
Live upates from the Governors Office and information on restrictions and more

Prayer that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has asked us to pray during the pandemic of the Coronavirus 

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide,
so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trail, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

  • “Restoring Hope” is a four-part webinar series focusing on the pastoral care of young people and families in these uncertain times. This series will help ministry leaders understand their role in providing pastoral care and accompanying young people and their families through the numerous life stressors, mental and physical health issues and the rising anxieties that have arisen in this year of COVID.Click Here to Learn More and RegisterRestoring Hope – Session 1: A Pastoral Examination of the Mental Health Impact Upon Teens and Families in 2020
    Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM ETRestoring Hope – Session 2: Teens and Chemicals – A Concerning Combination
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM ETRestoring Hope – Session 3: The Hidden Cries of Young People
    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM ETRestoring Hope – Session 4: Mental Wellness Resources for Ministry Leaders
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
Pastoral Care Resources

From Cardinal Tobin
Five Reasons We Turn to Mary in Times of Crisis
5 Razones Por Las Que Acudimos a María en Tiempos de Crisis
Spiritual Closeness in a Time of Social Distancing
Cercanía Espiritual en un Tiempo de Distanciamiento Social

Life as we knew it changed in an instant. Youth and adults are trying to cope with these sudden changes, everyone in their own unique way. Talking about our feelings doesn’t have to be difficult.
Link to Video .. “Lets Talk… Processing Feelings”
Discussion Guide: Let’s talk…Processing Feelings
Helping Youth Cope – Delay of Sacraments and More
Celebrating From a Safe Distance

Social Distancing Heightens Loneliness in Young People
The Springtide Institute recently did a survey that showed social distancing “provokes fear and uncertainty, leading to increased levels of isolation, loneliness, and anxiety”. To read more about how trusted adults should be reaching out to young people, visit the article here.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI has put together on their website resources pertaining to mental illness in light of the Covid pandemic

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA website

Resources from the Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC) For Youth
How TLC Can Help

Daily Self Care Question Sheet

TLC Colation County Contacts and Resource Phone Numbers

Crisis/ Pastoral Care
Article on Looking to find a Therapist during the Covid-19 pandemic

Ministry to Parents Article
Article on Keeping Your Family Safe Online

Lifeteen’s “Unthinkable” Booklet
A guide to crisis response and pastoral care.

Tips for Supporting Grieving Teens

Complicated Grief

Dealing with the Death of a Young Person

Youth Meeting on Crisis from  Lifeteen – “When its Dark”
Blessing for Youth Meeting “When its Dark”

Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders
Author: Roy Petitfils

Less pizza, more phone calls; Youth Ministry after Covid -19
An interesting article

For Clergy and Religious
Saint Luke Institute (SLI) has created a new National Helpline for Clergy and Religious.
Additionally, SLI is creating new weekly videos, and making available (free of charge) resources from our extensive library to assist clergy, religious, and lay people manage the stress and anxiety related to the Covid-10 pandemic from both a mental and spiritual health perspective
Learn more here in their press release

Graduation and Milestones in light of Covid -19
“Reinventing Graduation” … ways to reinvision Graduation during a pandemic

“Cancelled Proms and Graduations” … a Lifeteen Blog Post meant for Teens

“Celebrating Milestones” a resource from NFCYM

The John Giannuzzi Youth Ministry Resource Library

Located at the St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center is a great treasure for all those that walk with the young church.

The Library has a small conference table, a TV with a DVD player, a computer station with a printer and a room full of resources that you can sit and read through or that you can borrow for a short period of time.

We have materials from publishers such as St. Mary’s Press, Life Teen,  the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Youth Specialties, St. Ignatius Press and Ascension Press.

Currently the Library is divided up into sections of Prayer/ Worship, Retreats, Meeting help, Confirmation, General Youth Ministry, Skits, Icebreakers, Ministry Programming/ administration, Hispanic Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, DVD’s, reference material, and manuals.

We have also added some history to the library with some old pictures we came across of the facility as it looked in the early 1950’s, and 60’s.

We encourage you to stop by and visit!   The Library is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.  If you would like to visit in the evening we can make arrangements.  

To schedule an appotinment to visit the Library please contact Rich Donovan at or 201-998-0088 ext 4150.

A special THANK YOU to the generous donation from Mr John Giannuzzi that helped us to be able to provide this resoruce to Youth Ministry Leaders.

Questions? Contact Us

Tom Conboy

Director, Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
201-998-0088 ext 4146


Rich Donovan

Associate Director, Office for Youth & Young Adult Minisrtry
201-998-0088 ext 4150