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Venerable Pauline Jaricot Patch

A new Model of Faith patch—Venerable Pauline Jaricot—is available to encourage youth in grades K-12 to explore missionary discipleship in the Catholic Church. Download the requirements now and help your youth learn to care more for all of God's children through prayer and actions. The patch may be purchased from the NFCYM online store.

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National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

Registration for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry is open. This year's theme is Connect in Christ/Únete á Christo and the conference location is San José, California.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy Patch

Jubilee Year of Mercy patchWe now offer a special 2016 Year of Mercy patch to encourage youth in grades K-12 to explore some of the wonderful aspects of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.

Download the requirements now and help your youth actively participate in this Jubilee Year. Patch may be purchased from the NFCYM online store. (Patch artwork is courtesy of the Diocese of Lexington.)

God Is Love

God Is Love bookCheck out the newest religious recognition program from NFCYM! The God Is Love recognition is designed for children in grades K-1, providing a wonderful complement to religious formation in the home, parish, Catholic school, and troop. The God Is Love workbook and prayer card—sold as a single card or set of 25—are now available from the NFCYM online store.

God Is Love medal and patch

A medal and patch also accompany this award. Only diocesan authorized personnel may purchase these items. Contact your authorized purchaser for more information.

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In the Month of September

National Courtesy Month

kindnessTreat others as you would like to be treated. Say thank you and please, be considerate of other people’s personal space, and commit random acts of kindness to brighten someone’s day. This month let us take the time to exhibit greater patience, kindness, and respect to one another.

 


Pope Francis Speaks to the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouts)

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Kathy Carver, NFCYM Associate Director, meets Pope Francis (click for full-size image).Kathy Carver represented NFCYM at the meeting of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (Girl Scouting) in Rome, June 24-30, 2015, as a part of the US Delegation that included Diane Flanagan, the Region 10 representative to NCCGSCF, and GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez. The certain highlight of the meeting was the private audience with Pope Francis held on June 26 (Catholic News Service account).

The International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG) celebrated its 50th anniversary during this meeting. The ICCG is a network within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). The ICCG is a formally recognized movement under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The theme of the meeting was to “Live as a guide the joy of the Gospel.” All participants were asked to read and reflect upon Evangelii Gaudium prior to their arrival at the meeting.

Pope Francis with the entire gathering (click for full-size image).To the two hundred thirty participants from over forty countries the Pope said, “Inasmuch as Catholic leaders, you also have the opportunity to make the explicit proclamation of Christ resound, who gives joy and light to the world, within the World Association of Guides and Scouts. Here you find head-guides of all cultures and religions. I hope that it will be the occasion of a sincere and true dialogue among you, in respect of the convictions of each one, and in the serene affirmation of your faith and of your Catholic identity.”

As a part of the private audience, NFCYM submitted a letter to Pope Francis and gave him a copy of NFCYM’s resource, Caring for Creation Caring for the Poor.

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USCCB Posts Q&A Resources about GSUSA and about Catholic Scouting

The USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY) has been in dialogue with GSUSA over the last year. The purpose of this dialogue has been to gather information and to further mutual understanding, with a goal of providing considerations and guidance to bishops, pastors, youth leaders, and parents. Ultimately, diocesan bishops will utilize the information as they see fit within their particular diocese. Find the materials online.

NFCYM strongly supports Catholic Girl Scouting and the use of Catholic religious recognition programs as a means to evangelize and catechize girls in Scouting programs. In 2012, the NFCYM Board of Directors approved Principles for Cooperative Partnerships to assist NFCYM and others in partnering with secular organizations.



 

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Who Can Use the Religious Recognition Programs?

Did you know that anyone can use the religious recognition programs? The programs are administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire but the books are not just for members of those two organizations. We are aware that participants from the following organizations use our books: Girl Scouts USA, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Little Flowers, Frontier Girls, and Quest Clubs. However, if you have a Scouting program that is not listed and are looking for ways to enrich the faith of your youth participants, feel free to use these workbooks. Schools and parishes are also welcome to use the materials in their faith formation programs.

Catholic Church and GSUSA Patch

Catholic Church and GSUSA PatchThe requirements for this patch help girls celebrate the relationship between the Catholic Church and Girl Scouting by encouraging them to explore the rich traditions of the Catholic faith and inspiring them to become stronger members of their Catholic community.

Download the requirements and start earning today. Purchase your patch here.

I Live My Faith

I Live My Faith The completely revised I Live My Faith program for children in grades 4-6, is structured on the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the themes (chapters) of: Belief, Sacraments, Catholic Christian Living, and Prayer. Each theme provides a variety of opportunities for young people to explore the Catholic faith including art, technology, research, drama, and prayer. The booklet includes a guide for adults.

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NEW: Women in Scripture and Models of Faith Patch Series

The Catholic Identity Patches continue with the addition of the following patches.

Women in Scripture

  • Mary Magdalene PatchRuth and Naomi
  • Mary Magdalene

Models of Faith

  • Pope John XXIII
  • Saint Gianna Molla
  • Saint Juan Diego
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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