October is the month when the Archdiocese introduces teens to the many opportunities to minister in the Church. The youth "are encouraged to read the Epistle, chant and sing in the choir, assist in church school, and give sermons approved by the priest," explains Department of Youth Chairman The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura.
Another way teens can get involved in their parishes is to participate in the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals. This year’s theme, selected by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Mark 11:17)
- Learn more about Special Olympics and the Awareness Day on October 16. 
- Visit the Department of Youth , and read Fr. Joseph Purpura's essay, "Youth Ministry: Connecting Learning with Living in the Kingdom" 
- Read Bishop John's reflection, "Who is the Enemy?" 
- Visit the Festivals website  to learn more about the Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical youth programs