Life Teen (High School)
“One million Catholics will be Confirmed in the United States this year: 85% of them will eventually stop attending Sunday Mass.” (www.dynamiccatholic.com) This statistic is astonishing. The future of our faith is in the hands of our youth and the source and summit of this faith comes from the Mass! We need to encourage Catholics to be Eucharist centered! We need to encourage Catholics to inspire the youth! We need something to engage these teens…
In a 2010 survey conducted by the USCCB, we found that 49% of U.S. vocations to the priesthood participated in Life Teen. This is an incredible number considering that Life Teen and Edge are only implemented in 8.3% of U.S. parishes. (Core Member Handbook, Life Teen)
How do we lead teens into a relationship with Our Lord? How do we teach teens to appreciate our beautiful faith? Life Teen answers these questions.
What is Life Teen?
Life Teen is an international Catholic movement with one mission:leading teens closer to Christ! It is a place where they can build community with other teens in the parish while cultivating a personal relationship with our Lord. The Coordinators and CORE team are committed to creating a safe, fun, engaging and spiritually stimulating environment for any high school teenager who wants or needs to build a better understanding of their faith.Life Teen is designed to inspire a Eucharistic spirituality and offers an inviting environment that makes all of the teens feel welcome.
Who is Life Teen for?
Life Teen is for all high school teenagers: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Is there a curriculum for Life Teen?
Yes. Life Teen follows a curriculum designed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Through 9 different semester themes, it covers all of the essential teachings of the Catholic faith.
Who runs Life Teen?
Because of it’s unique dynamic, Life Teen is comprised of a CORE group of adults. There is not one “teacher” because it is not a “class”. This team consists of a Coordinator and a group of dedicated volunteers and active Catholics. Life Teen CORE members assume the role of “relational minister”. This is a way that we can follow the model of Christ by teaching through relationships.
What is relational ministry?
Relational ministry reflects the model that Christ showed us. This model encourages the CORE to pray for the teens by name and getting to know the teens’ interests and values. This also involves challenging teens to go deeper in their faith. Most importantly, as relational ministers, we are responsible for creating a comfortable place for teens to talk about God.
When is Life Teen?
Life Teen begins Sunday with the 12 noon mass and is followed by the Life Teen session in the parish Family Center.
How can I help?
We would appreciate any kind of prayer devotion for the success of Life Teen here at St. John Neumann! It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to be fruitful with this ministry. If you are interested in using your time, talents, or treasure to help this ministry, please contact the Coordinator of Life Teen, (210) 654-1643.
We thank you for all of your support. To learn more about Life Teen, visit their website at www.lifeteen.com.
“The youth are the hope of the Church.” –Blessed John Paul the Great
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