Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Cross and Altar

This week at Life Night we will be discussing the Mass as a sacrifice. The idea of sacrifice is often lost in a postmodern worldview, and because of this many teenagers struggle to understand the Mass.

Tonight we will begin with the teens making an "offering" so the Life Night can begin. We will watch a video documenting how some Catholics around the world have lived and celebrated Mass under the threat of arrest and persecution. The Teens will be challenged to question what would make a person risk so much for the Mass. We will talk about the reality of Mass as a sacrifice, and the teens will have an opportunity to pray about the sacrifices they experience in their lives before the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration.

During the week, I would encourage you to discuss with your teens the reality of sacrifice and the areas that you have needed to make sacrifices for your children. Ask them how sacrifice can make us free, and ask how your family can cultivate an attitude of sacrifice, especially for others.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

4Liters

This Life Night has been designed to prepare teenagers for Dig Deep’s 4Liters Challenge. It educates
teenagers on the water crisis that the world faces, and the reality of water usage and quality in most parts of the world. It then calls teenagers to respond in prayer and in action, both during the Life Night and by taking the 4Liter challenge sometime in the month after they have attended the Life Night.

The Life Night begins with a small group brainstorming session for all of the ways that they use water during the day. The teens will then be further challenged to estimate how many liters of water they use for each of these activities. This provides a transition into the teaching portion of the Life Night, which will educate teenagers on the water crisis and help them understand that our response to this crisis is a requirement of our faith in Christ. Teenagers will then have an opportunity to discuss the teaching and reflect on Sacred Scripture during small group discussion. The Life Night closes with prayers of petition for all those who serve people who live without clean water, and for all those affected by a water crisis. Finally, teenagers are challenged to action through the 4 Liters challenge.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Be My Valentine

The Life Night for this week will be a simple Valentine’s Day social. We will briefly discuss why we celebrate Valentine’s Day and our call to the virtue of charity. We will watch the movie Lady and the Tramp and play a few games.

The following are a few discussion questions for home:


  •  What does love mean to you?
  •  Who is someone that is hard for you to love? Why?
  •  How can we increase the virtue of charity at home?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pray The Vote

This week in Life Teen the teens will be discussing the need for involvement in public life. This night will give teens practical ways to integrate their faith into public life and how to make decision on important issues. This particular lesson is especially fitting as we just had the mid-term elections this last week. It is important for teens to know they have a role in public life starting now, not just when they reach voting age.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Are You Cereal?

The majority of our night this week will be sacking the cinnamon rolls for our sales this weekend. Speaking of which have you signed up to help sell or serve them?

After we are done with this most fun task of bagging up the frozen rolls. We are going to enjoy an evening of social activities surrounding ... you guessed it... Cereal!

Goofy games and fun had by all!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Emmanuel

This week at Life Night we will be discussing the Incarnation of Christ and His hypostatic union - the reality that Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine. The mystery of the Incarnation is a crucial Truth for our faith; it is the moment that the prophets had foretold and all of creation had been waiting for. It is the historical moment when God visited humanity and became like us in all things except sin. We will be challenging the teens to contemplate this mystery and make changes in their lives to reflect it. Because Christ took on our humanity, it also means that He understands our human emotions, what it means to suffer, and even what it means to die. Because of this, God intimately knows our condition and the joys and pains we endure in our humanity. this thought is not only comforting, but it demonstrates what an incredible God we serve. This week, take time in your own prayer life to reflect on the birth narratives in the Bible (Matthew 1:18-25 or Luke 2:1-20) and discern where you need to grown in your relationship with Christ. Consider doing this as a family or with your teenage son or daughter sometime this week.

Here is a 20 minute video (sorry not the best quality) that I put together on the subjects of the Incarnation and Hypostatic Union.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hope

This week in life teen we are going to be talking about hope. Where we can find it, why we should have it, and how even in the darkest of times we must seek it. While this particular "Issue Night" is meant to be used to deal with a tragedy in our parish or local community. We are going to take a broader look at the topic of hope as we are all of dealing with our own personal struggles.

If you or your family is dealing with a tragedy please know that our Youth Ministry Core Team, and well as Fr. Harris and myself are here for you even if it is just to listen.

Blessings this day and always!

~Jamie