Sacraments of Healing
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is for the middle school youth to come to a greater understanding of what the Sacraments of Healing are and why they are so important. Not only will they learn how each Sacrament is administered, they will also understand the power of Jesus as the Divine Physician and the inner workings of grace in these Sacraments.
About this night
This Edge Night focuses on the two Sacraments Healing — Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Jesus desires to heal us both physically and spiritually, and He communicates this to us through these Sacraments.
The night begins with a game involving soap bowling. The Proclaim focuses on understanding the two Sacraments of Healing and God’s desire to be our Divine Physician. In small groups, the middle school youth will discuss the talk and write letters to parishioners who are sick or dying. The night will end with a funny skit and a recap of the night with encouragement for the youth to take time for the Sacraments of Healing, especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Before The Night
Talk to your parish staff and get the names of any parishioners who are sick or dying and have requested prayers. The youth will be writing cards of encouragement for them in the midst of their suffering during their Break activity. Ask parents to donate blank cards and envelopes for this activity. Also, create the prayer cards to hand out at the end of the night with the times for Reconciliation at your parish.
God desires to heal us all physically and spiritually. The image of Jesus Christ as the Divine Physician reminds us of His love and desire to heal us. This week at Edge we looked at the Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. These two Sacraments grant us grace to live fully in God’s love, rooting us more firmly in His loving mercy. Here are some questions to discuss with your youth:
- If Jesus desires to heal us, how is He able to do this? Which Sacraments heal us? How?
- When should we plan to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family at the parish? (Make sure to give the parents the times for Reconciliation at your parish.)
Using a few chairs and a desk set up the room too look like a waiting room at a doctor’s office. Have some tables with magazines and maybe a few fake plants.
• 10 bottles of soap
• Twine or any type of string
• Painter’s or masking tape
• Large bucket
• Pens or pencils
• Paper or blank cards
• Construction paper
• Markers or crayons
• Desk chair
• Fake plants
• Coffee table
• Trash can
• Blank cards and envelopes
• Prayer card with Reconciliation times
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