Called By God
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is that the middle school youth will come to a better understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. They will learn about the path to ordination, understand their parish clergy better, and begin to pray about their own vocation.
About this night
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is a “Sacrament at the Service of Communion” and towards the salvation of others. This night will introduce the youth to the ordination of a man to the diaconate, priesthood, and episcopacy. When Jesus appeared to the apostles after the Resurrection, He gave them the authority to continue the ministry of the priesthood – to offer sacrifice, to preach, and to grant forgiveness of sins. This ministry has been passed on from the apostles to the bishops with the authority to ordain men to the priesthood through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. At a Life Teen training convention, a priest shared the following: “I didn’t become a priest because I couldn’t get married. I became a priest because I felt the Lord calling me to serve the Catholic Church through the priesthood.”
The night begins with a small group game that allows the youth to see their priests and deacons in a human light. The teaching of the night will break open the message of this Sacrament, followed by an opportunity for a priest or deacon to share with the youth the joys of their service to the Church. The youth will have a unique opportunity to express their appreciation for their priests by writing letters or making cards. The conclusion of the night will allow the middle school youth to pray for their own vocation, as well as for vocations to Holy Orders for people in their parish.
Before The Night
Ask your parish clergy to be present for the night. Also, get with them beforehand to prepare the “Name that Clergy” game to be used for the Gather portion of the night. If possible, invite the priest(s) to offer the witness talk during the evening.
Tonight we covered the Sacrament of Holy Orders. As we wind down this semester, this important sacrament reminds us that it is a service to the Church and to God’s people – you and me! Without men who are answering the call to serve, we would not have the Eucharist, be forgiven of our sins in Reconciliation, or be anointed when sick. We encourage you to keep open the possibility of your son or daughter who may have a vocation to the service of the Church. Pray with and for your son about his possible vocation to serve as a deacon, priest, or religious brother; pray with your daughter about a vocation to serve as a religious sister.
Here are a few questions to ask your child:
- What did you learn tonight about Holy Orders?
- Why does someone want to become a priest or deacon?
- Why can’t girls become priests?
- Are you open to the idea of becoming a priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister if God were to ask you?
At the front of the room, create a Church scene. Be sure to include an altar, candles, podium, crucifix, etc. Have symbols that represent the priesthood (stole, alb) draped in an area. Have a picture of the Holy Father, your local bishop, and pictures of your parish priest(s) on the walls.
• Lined paper or construction paper
• Handout A (page 69)
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