Parents are the heart and soul of youth ministry. Without your support and guidance youth ministry on any level does not work. During your child's Baptism, you proclaimed to the entire church that you would be the first and best teachers of faith in your child's life. With your example, our youth today even though influenced greatly by so many negative things, can truly develop a lasting relationship with our Lord and the Church He gave us to guide our lives. First and foremost I want to encourage you to have an active prayer life, daily, and as much as possible let it be known to your youth. Second GO TO MASS EVERY SUNDAY, without exception. A recent study found that no matter what the denomination, a youth will have the same percentage of Mass/Church attendance as their parents. As parents you want to give your youth only the best, it's in your nature as parents, we also know that those youth who are involved in their faith are not only likely to have a greater self esteem but much more likely to succeed in life. Give your youth the advantage by your example, by being involved in your faith and sharing that faith with your youth. Don't be afraid to talk with them or pray with them. If you need suggestions, feel free to ask! With your support and example your youth will gain a relationship with Christ and the Catholic faith that will be with them and guide them in times when you are not by their side. I want to encourage you, if you have a passion for your faith and sharing it, look in the How to help section.
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