Fr Christian Fini OMI, Empowering Young People: Catholic Youth Ministry. $24.95. Garrett Publishing.
If we are truly the body of Christ with many parts, we have an obligation to include young people because the church community...is incomplete without them, says Fr Christian Fini.
“The young people around us are a gift of the church, not just as the keepers of our beliefs and traditions, but also our calling to live the values of the gospels. Yet reaching the hearts and minds of these people and keeping them engaged and involved is not always easy.
"This book will ultimately challenge every Catholic community to welcome young people and to work with them so that they will shape the community and claim it as their own, for the present and for the future.
“The invitation to actively participate is the greatest gift that we can offer young people, together with a healthy understanding of what a human being is and a care for that human being, a healthy place where they encounter Jesus Christ.
Christian Fini is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate based in Melbourne. In his new book we are told that the challenge of every parish community is to find ways to engage young people and to give them a community of which they can be a part.
It examines and guides anyone charged with drawing and keeping young people involved in our great Catholic communities, education system and parishes. It includes topics such as developing a vision and planning for youth ministry as a part of living out our faith.
Empowering Young People: Catholic Youth Ministry (Garrett Publishing)