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Youth ministry participants from Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach enjoy a break during a retreat Jan. 29, 2022, at Emmanuel Parish in Delray Beach. Holy Name is one of the parishes working with the diocese and Andy Baker to improve ministry to the young church.

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Adult mentors work with Holy Name of Jesus teens during the retreat that is part of the Alpha program.

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The logo for Diocesan Services Appeal

Editors Note: This new monthly series looks at the many programs that are financially supported by the Diocesan Services Appeal in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Donations to the DSA stay local, financing 47 Catholic initiatives within our five counties. The funding protects the most vulnerable among us, from the unborn child to the elderly, provides food for those who are hungry, sustains our Catholic schools, supports seminarians preparing for the priesthood and much more. The first installment in the series explores youth ministry.

PALM BEACH GARDENS | Faced with the challenge of figuring out how to reverse the exodus of young people from the church, Catholic leaders are exploring new models of ministry. A centerpiece of their efforts “is to recognize that the young church is not the future, but the church of today, and they need us now — today, more than ever,” said Andy Baker, youth and young adult ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Palm Beach.        

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