Connections: The Church and Other Religions

The goal of this Life Night is to help teens understand why religions and Christian denominations are not equal to one another or Catholicism. This Life Night will also explain the relationship the Catholic Church has with these Christian communities and other religions. Finally, the Life Night will emphasize Christ’s goal of unity, not division.

The Life Night begins with activities that challenge the teens to see the similarities and differences between the Catholic Church and other Christian communities and religions. After this, the Proclaim will explain the relationship of the Church to these different groups and why it is necessary for us to be in respectful conversation with them. During the Break, the teens will share their own experiences of friendships with those of other faiths. The Life Night will finish with intercessions for unity.

Commissioned and Sent: The Four Marks of the Church - Apostolic

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand the authority handed down from Jesus to Peter and his successors. Teens will also learn about the great commissioning in Matthew 28:19-20 and how it is maintained through the hierarchal structure of the Church.

This Life Night focuses on the apostolic nature of the Church, explains apostolic succession, and the role of the bishops. The Gather begins with a video where different teens, Core Members, and parishioners share about a priest, bishop, or pope who has inspired them. The teaching during the Proclaim helps the teenagers understand the authority Jesus gave to the first apostles and how that has been handed down through the Church through the laying on of hands. During the Break, the teens will discuss the apostolic nature of the Church and come up with ways in which they can participate in the work and mission of the Church. The Life Night closes with a commissioning, demonstrating to the teenagers that they are also sent out, just as the first disciples were, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world.

Universal Outlook: The Four Marks of the Church - Catholic

The goal of this Life Night is to help teens understand why we consider the Catholic Church to be the universal Church and to help them recognize their role in the universal church as well as the importance of sharing their faith with others.

Life Night begins with a Catholic trivia game show that tests the teens’ knowledge of prayers, songs, and Bible verses that they are familiar with and that are used in the worldwide Church. The teaching for the Life Night focuses on the Church as ‘catholic’ or ‘universal.’ During the Proclaim, teens will learn the importance of the Church’s mission to hand on the fullness of faith to the whole world. During the Break, teens will make connections between their local church community and the worldwide Church. The Life Night closes with a time of Eucharistic Adoration and provides the teens with an opportunity to pray and reflect on the importance of staying close to Jesus and his Church as they participate in His mission.

Sanctified: Four Marks of the Church - Holy

The goal of this Life Night is to explore the reality that the Church is “Holy”, not because of the members of the Church, but because of Christ. The Life Night shares the lives of saints as examples of lived holiness and challenges teenagers to follow their example.

This Life Night is the second of a four-part series on the four marks of the Church, focusing on the mark of “holy.” The Gather activity offers the teens an opportunity to interact with saints who lived lives of holiness in a variety of circumstances. The Proclaim explains why the Church is holy and breaks open the concept that we are called to holiness by being in communion with Christ. We experience this communion through the sanctifying grace of the sacraments. The Break provides the teens with an opportunity to reflect on people in their own lives they view as holy, and to identify obstacles in living out holiness. The Life Night closes with a teen from each small group presenting their petitions for a large group closing prayer.

United: The Four Marks Of The Church - One

The goal of this Life Night is to introduce the topic of the four marks of the Catholic Church to the teenagers. The Life Night examines the reality that the Church is “one” through one Baptism, our unity in Jesus Christ, and our one profession of faith.

The Life Night begins with a large group game that helps teenagers meet other members of the group and learn what they share in common. The teaching during the Proclaim gives teenagers a foundation for understanding the four marks of the Church and specifically the first mark of the Church, “One.” Teens will learn that we are each a part of the “one body of Christ.” During the Break, the teens will be able to discuss the concepts from the teaching and share about their own experiences as members of the body of Christ. The Life Night closes with a reminder of our Baptism and an encouragement to live out our role as a member of the body of Christ, helping to unify all believers through our prayer and worship together.

Blueprint: Christ Established His Church

The goal of this Life Night is to help teenagers understand Christ as the foundation of the Church. It will challenge them to make Christ the foundation of their own lives.

This Life Night starts off the Life Teen semester, “Church,” and provides an overview of the origin of the Church and why it is necessary to our faith in Christ. A competition between small groups begins the Life Night. Small groups are challenged to build a model house that resembles a prototype that the small groups haven’t seen. This activity transitions into the Proclaim and is used to demonstrate how our human efforts to reach God fall short, but God’s plan provides us with a model house that is the Church, founded by Christ. The Break includes a small group discussion and the Send will provide teenagers with an opportunity to pray with Scripture and to journal.

Church

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the Living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know […]

Windy, With a Chance of Fire: The Church is Sustained and Guided by the Holy Spirit

The goal of this night is to show the relationship between the Church and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s role in the Church is irreplaceable, and it is the Holy Spirit that continues to inspire the members of the Church today to proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus.

This night will begin and end with a similar role-play. There will be a dialogue that will go back and forth between a saint in the early Church and a modern day teenager. The purpose of this is to show how the Holy Spirit is still working in the lives of young people in a similar way that He was working in the Early Church. The night will consist of a teaching and small group discussion to emphasize the main points of this topic. The night will conclude with a commissioning ceremony where the teens will have a chance to personally respond to the call of being a disciple for the Church, led by the Holy Spirit.

All For One, One For All: The Church as a Sign and Instrument of Unity

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens see that Jesus Christ is unifying and that through the Holy Spirit, His Church is seeking to accomplish unity. The teens will see how human pride and weakness have led to disunity among Christians and will experience how to be a part of the humble solution.

The focus of this Life Night is to celebrate that Catholicism is meant to unify and to address the issue of disunity among Christians. Often times, teens feel confused on how or why to believe in Jesus Christ because they are exposed to so many different Christian denominations. This Life Night will help the teens to understand how some of these differences came about and what we can do as the young Church to build bridges with our Protestant brothers. Be well versed in what other Christians in your community believe.

The night begins with a few fun games that illustrate disunity among the whole group. The teaching for the night will be broken up into two sections between the Proclaim (part 1) and Break (part 2). The Proclaim will discuss the Church as a sign of unity in the world and the Break will discuss the Protestant Reformation and schisms within the Church.  The Send will give the teens a very real opportunity to reach out to other Christians in their community by writing letters and praying for other Christians and those who are separated from the Church.

On a Role…: The Visible Structure of the Church: a Hierarchical Communion

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand why Christ set up a hierarchical structure within the Church. The night will also show the teens the importance of the role of the laity within the mission of the Church.

From the very beginning of the Church, Christ put a structure of authority into place. This structure continues today through the pope, bishops, priests, religious, and laity. This Life Night begins with a game that requires the teens to think about how different roles play different parts in every situation. The teaching breaks open the different roles within the Church and answers tough questions about the need for organized religion. The Break gives the teens a chance to take a deeper look into the role and importance of the laity’s role in the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel. The night ends by praying for each of the specific roles within the Church.

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear?: Active Membership in the Church

The goal of this night is to recognize the need for action in our faith lives. To be an active member of the Catholic Church involves a life of service beginning in the home and the parish. Our participation in the life of the Church should be more than just weekly attendance of Mass; we are all called into full and active membership of the Church.

This night will need a lot of preparation by the greater parish community. Prior to the night you will need to enlist volunteers from different ministries within the parish to come and present their ministry to the teens.

The night will begin with time for the teens to socialize and build community. This is a great way to end the semester on Church. This will be followed by testimony given by a teen. This, along with the teaching, will emphasize the idea that active membership in the Church involves much more than just going to Mass on Sunday. After the Proclaim, there will be a mini “Ministry Fair” so the teens can learn more and volunteer for different ministries in their parish. The night will end with a meditation on the Parable of the Talents and then a call to commitment. Each teen will be encouraged to make at least one commitment to become an active member in the church and in turn the greater, Universal Church.

Priceless: The Church's Task of Evangelization

The goal of this Life Night is to have the teens understand why the Church exists, to explain what evangelization is and to empower the teens to be missionaries in their schools and families.

This Life Night breaks open the topic of evangelization and the Church. The Life Night begins with a group activity to create a 30 second advertisement for a sacrament. After a time of sharing the ads, the night will move into a teaching on the task of evangelization in the Church. The teaching will also look at how the Apostles were given the mission from Christ to make disciples at the Great Commission. After the teaching, the teens will have an opportunity to discuss what they think evangelization means and how they can live that out daily. The night will end with a prayer of blessing taken from the RCIA Rite of Welcoming.

Divine Design: Christ Established His One Church to Continue His Presence and His Work

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand that the Church was planned by the Father and founded by Jesus Christ to continue His work of salvation in the world. The teens will also recognize that they play a part in the Church’s mission to make disciples.

This Life Night kicks off the semester on the Church. The goal of the night is to help the teens understand that the Church was founded by Christ to continue his work of salvation in the world. The night seeks to introduce the teens to the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel message and making disciples. The Life Night begins with a group competition to create blueprint plans for an improved church building. The competition leads into a teaching on the Father’s plan for the Church and Jesus Christ’s fulfillment and establishment of the Church on earth. The Break will give the teens a chance to discuss the teaching in small groups, and the night will end in a time of praise and worship as a church community asking for God to bless the local church.

Outside-In: Salvation Through the Church

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand why membership in the Catholic Church is essential for salvation. The Life Night will also explain the relationship of other Christian and non-Christian religions to the Catholic Church.

This Life Night seeks to help teens understand what it means that the Church has the “fullness of the means of salvation.”  The Life Night begins with a competition running an obstacle course. After, the teaching will break open the topic of salvation and membership in the Church. The teaching will also address the relationship of other Christian and non-Christian religions to the Church. The Break will give the teens an opportunity to discuss in small groups, and the Send will give the teens a chance to pray for an outpouring of God’s mercy on all people.

Blindside: Teaching Office in the Church: the Magisterium

The goal of this night is to help the teens understand that obedience to the Magisterium can bring true freedom. Teens will be able to recognize that the Magisterium is made up of the pope and bishops who interpret what has been revealed as Truth in sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition.

This Life Night will show the beauty and freedom that is offered in living an obedient Christian life. This night can be very hard for some teens who live in a world that tells them to live by the authority of feeling. Prepare for this night by praying that the hearts of the teens will be open to seeing the beauty that is within the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church. The Life Night will show the teens that the authority of the Magisterium comes from Jesus Christ and that He has protected it for over 2,000 years from the trends of societies and cultures.

The night begins with a skit that demonstrates the need for authority within the Church. The break will give teens an opportunity to look at different issues that have arisen in current events when the Magisterium declares a revealed Truth. The teens will end the night by praying for obedience through the Litany of Humility.

Pope Benedict in New York

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visited New York and had a message specifically for the youth in the Church.

Drag & Gary with Ike Ndolo

Everyone’s two favorite puppets (aside from Kermit and Miss Piggy): Drag and Gary! This episode of Drag and Gary, the two decide to hang out with Ike Ndolo, a Catholic worship leader.

This Guy

What is “this guy” doing with his life? And by “this guy,” we mean that guy in the video. Play this short game to figure out what “this guy” does next.

Four Marks

Christ left people four signs, or four marks, to show which church is His True Church. Sammy Blaize, in rapping form, explains the four things that help distinguish the true Church from imitators: one, holy, catholic, apostolic… yes, let’s go.

Join the Club

Best sales pitch you will ever get. An exclusive, all inclusive club available indefinitely for a limited time only? Join the club!

The Big Picture

It’s hard to see the big picture sometimes, and this game will test your skills. You have 14 seconds to figure out what the image is.

Vocation Stories

Ever wondered how someone made the decision to live a life of celibacy? A priest and a sister explain how God called them to their specific vocation.