CYT MISSION STATEMENT
The Catholic Youth Team (CYT) assists the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Christchurch to connect with the young people of our Diocese, sharing the Gospel with them and journeying with them; preparing, teaching and empowering them for Mission as Disciples of Jesus Christ.
CYT is a ministry to the young people of the Diocese of Christchurch and serves on behalf of the Bishop of Christchurch to provide training and support for local youth ministries and retreats and other dynamic events for the youth and young adults of our region.
CYT was established in 1984 with the vision, dedication and hard work of many supporters including Father Mark Moesbergen who appointed as the first Youth Chaplain and Kevin Cawley who was the original Youth Coordinator. Sister Kath Rushton joined Fr Mark and Kevin in the early days. CYT has been blessed by the wonderful ongoing support and investment of our Bishops over the years as well as many fantastic staff and volunteers.
From the earliest days the priorities for CYT were to outreach to the Catholic Youth in the Diocese, support Parish Youth Groups and connecting with young people from outside the Catholic Community. Some of the initial years of the Ministry included a Tour of the rock-musical, ‘Godspell’ and the launch of many new Youth Groups througout the region as well as the establishment of some key events such as Leadership training days, Antioch weekends and Sports night.
The Ministries current vision and Ministry strongly reflects and builds on those initial priorities and many of those original events continue in some form today.
KEY ASPECTS OF OUR MINISTRY
Below is a brief description of the four key aspects of CYT’s Ministry.
LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY
Just as our Diocese is just a small part of the Universal Church so CYT is part of that much greater body. CYT supports and is supported by other organisations not just in our Diocese but also Youth Ministry organisations and movements throughout New Zealand and other parts of the World. Our staff are representatives on the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Council for Young People and our young people are encouraged and supported to participate in National and international events for Young people.
Our model for youth ministry aims to reflect the New Zealand Bishops documents ‘Tu Kahikatea’, a Framework for Catholic Ministry with Young People in Aotearoa New Zealand Comprehensive Ministry. Our Youth Workers and Volunteers abide by the Standards for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry (Hikoi Tahi) and the National Safegaurding guidelines.