Full, Active, Conscious
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is to teach the middle school youth the necessity of full, active, and conscious participation at Mass. The night will include a brief overview of the Mass, emphasize Christ’s true presence at Mass, and give the youth the tools and encouragement they need to fully enter into the Mass every time they attend.
About this night
The Constitution on Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II tells us that “all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations” and that “such participation […] is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.” This night breaks open the beauty and richness of the Catholic Mass for our young people. Middle school youth today have many things grabbing their attention — friends, school, media, the newest app, etc. This night will give them the time and opportunity to intentionally focus on the Mass. It will enhance their understanding of the ways in which we encounter God’s true presence in the Eucharist, and how grace and life flows from this source and summit of our faith.
The Edge Night starts with a fun, interactive trivia relay game that will challenge the small group teams to see how much they know about certain aspects of the Mass. The Proclaim will give a brief overview of the parts of the Mass and explain how we encounter Christ in the Mass. The teaching will also challenge the youth to understand why Mass is essential to their faith and how they can and should participate fully. The Break of the night gives the youth the opportunity to reflect upon and rate their participation in specific aspects of Mass. Then, with their group members, they will discuss and come up with ways to work on having full, active, and conscious participation at Mass. During the Send the youth will be challenged to make a “Mass Commitment” by choosing one specific challenge to work on over the next four weeks.
Before the Night
Prepare the questions for the opening trivia game by cutting them into strips and putting them in an envelope for each small group (see page 58). Invite the First Communion students to make posters about the Mass to use as part of your environment for the night (you may need to do this a few weeks in advance so that they have enough time to prepare). The environment requires the set up of an altar to help teach the youth; ask your priest for permission to borrow the different supplies and ask him or a deacon to help you set everything up properly and name each piece.
Our session focused on the Mass. We discussed the importance of full, active, conscious participation at Mass. We also discussed the ways that our faith and life are nourished when we receive Jesus in the Eucharist. We have a tremendous opportunity as Catholics to learn more about the Mass each time we attend throughout the course of our lives. As part of our small group time we talked about ways to better prepare for and participate in the Mass.
Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he or she learned during Edge:
- What is one new thing you learned about the Mass tonight?
- What is your “Mass Commitment” for the next four weeks?
- How can our whole family support you in this commitment and/or participate alongside you?
Have a table at the front of the room set up like an altar including an altar cloth, chalice, ciborium, paten, etc. You can label these items and/or incorporate them into the questions for the opening game. Involve the younger religious education students at your parish (especially the First Communion classes) by inviting them to draw posters about what they are learning about the Mass in their sessions (be sure to contact the teachers well in advance to coordinate having these posters done in time for setting up for this Edge Night).
• Questions for opening trivia game for each small group (Download Handouts/Extra Files)
• Copies of the Handout (Download Handouts/Extra Files)
• Poster Board
• Note cards
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