Person of Christ

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn […]

Light Up Your Life: Jesus Teaches Us About Ourselves

The teens will understand that the light of Jesus Christ reveals who we are and our call to holiness.  Understanding that growing in holiness means conforming ourselves to Christ, they will identify an area of their life that needs to be conformed to Christ.

This Life Night provides the teens an opportunity to see how Jesus reveals to us who we called to be.  It starts with a Gather game that pits light against darkness. The game leads into a teaching that outlines how understanding Jesus as the Light of the World helps us to see ourselves and our call to holiness more clearly.  Using a mirror as an example, the teaching demonstrates that humans were created perfect reflections of God’s love, but that sin cracks and distorts that reflection. When we make the choice to grow close to Christ through prayer and sacraments,  we conform ourselves to Him.  Becoming imitators of Christ allows Him to repair and restore our original image as reflections of God’s love. The Break is experiential, giving teens an experience of walking in the light. They learn that although walking in the light can be uncomfortable initially, it gets easier the longer we do it.  The teens will then invite the Light of Christ to reveal the darkness of their sin; they will have an opportunity to turn back toward the Light through the sacrament of reconciliation.

All Who Are Thirsty: Faith - Our Response to God

The goal of this night is to introduce teens to the virtue of faith and the need for their response to God’s invitation of love – a love made most clear in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

This night centers around the story of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42), and her response of faith when Christ asks her for a drink. Naturally, everything about this Life Night is about thirst! The Life Night begins with a fun game that will challenge teens to drink water from a cup that is held by a partner using several straws. This game leads into a teaching about faith as our response to Christ’s invitation to divine life and the beginning of discipleship. The Break for the night is a small group that will challenge teens to discern where they are allowing Christ’s living water into their lives and what things they are putting into themselves spiritually that they need to get rid of. The Life Night ends with a time of praise and worship that will challenge teenagers to empty themselves of all that is not Christ so they can be truly filled with abundant life.

Emmanuel: The Incarnation & Hypostatic Union

This Life Night will help teenagers understand the two natures of Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine. It will help teenagers understand that Jesus Christ shared in our human experience and, as a result, understands our lives and suffering.

This Life Night focuses on the Incarnation and hypostatic union of Jesus Christ. It follows a Christmas theme and begins with a challenge to create a new “Life Teen Christmas Carol” between all of the small groups. The teaching challenges teenagers to realize the magnitude of the Incarnation. The Break gives teenagers the opportunity to process the teaching before moving into a time of Lectio Divina during the Send.

A Royal Pain: Suffering

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens recognize that, while we all experience suffering at some point, it does not have to be in vain. Because Jesus Christ became incarnate, He could unite Himself with our suffering and give it new meaning. Although suffering is never easy, it always offers an opportunity for grace to abound and for saints to rise up from the ashes.

The night will show that, in Christ, suffering has a great meaning and purpose. It will start out with an icebreaker that demonstrates we are not meant to suffer alone, but rather with a community where we can overcome things together. The Proclaim will feature witnesses from those who have experienced suffering or worked with those who have. The night will end with a focus on Divine Mercy and a call to action to help others overcome suffering.

Puzzled: The Most Holy Trinity

The goal of this night is to introduce teens to the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. This night will explain the Church’s understanding of the Trinity that has been given to us through Divine Revelation. Finally, it will provide teens with an opportunity to pray and meditate on who God is and what He does in our personal lives as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This Life Night begins with a game that will challenge partners to decipher the item inside a “mystery box” using teamwork. This image of “solving a mystery” will be expanded upon during the Proclaim.  The teaching discusses the mystery of the Holy Trinity as a relationship to be experienced rather than a puzzle that needs to be solved. The Break allows teens to discuss the different Persons of the Trinity, and the Send is a time of prayer with each Person of the Trinity.

God, Give Me More…Now: Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens develop a closer relationship with Christ through prayer. This night will examine the importance of prayer in our lives in a world that demands so much from us. It will focus on the example that Jesus gave us by leading a life of prayer.

This Life Night takes a closer look at the importance of prayer in our lives. It helps us grow closer in relationship to God. The night begins with a skit with a teen wanting to learn how to pray. Several people try to teach him or her, but the prayers they teach are childish and selfish. In the end, the teen learns from a friend that prayer is about having a conversation with God, not just about demanding things. The Proclaim focuses on the importance of prayer, Jesus taking time to pray, and how Jesus teaches us to pray. The Break gives the teens a chance to look at their prayer lives as they dive deeper into Scripture. The Send for the Life Night is a time of Eucharistic Adoration with the teens taking time to pray in the presence of Christ himself.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is much more powerful than simple words. Each line in the Lord’s Prayer is there for a specific reason. This video highlights the deeper meanings behind each line.

Risk Living

A tragic accident changed a family forever. A family shares their story about their son, Adam, who died tragically while water skiing. Adam’s parents and brother share about the suffering they went through and how God made Himself present to them in the midst of their suffering. Adam changed their life, and his story can change yours as well.

The Trinity Teaching

Fr. John Parks explains the mystery of the Trinity in less than 5 minutes?! Is that even possible!? Let this video be proof that yes it is.

Called To Action: Discipleship

The goal of this Life Night is to explain that our belief in God demands that we respond in faith. The teens will answer the question “how does my faith change me?” and commit to practical ways they can live their discipleship.

Scripture has many examples of people finding themselves in life-changing encounters with God. Each person had a choice to make—stay the same or change. In most cases, the person was so moved that he or she had no choice but to change. This Life Night helps the teens understand that their encounter with Christ demands the same change. The Life Night begins with a competition between small groups and then leads into a teaching on discipleship and the call to an active faith. After the teaching, the teens will have an opportunity to reflect on Scripture passages that give examples of people who faithfully approached Jesus with specific requests. The night ends with the teens professing an Act of Faith.

Both And: Hypostatic Union / Incarnation

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human. The teens will also be able to recognize Jesus’ humanity in Scripture and relate those experiences to their own lives.

The hypostatic union is a doctrine that will most likely be hard for the teens and even some Core Members to understand. Before beginning to plan this night, take a week or two to dive into what the Church says about the person of Christ. It is important, especially on this topic, to understand the hypostatic union before presenting it to teens.

The Anti-Graduation: Existence of God

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand that God is revealed through our faith, reason and experience. This night will also show the teens that faith is a life-long journey that does not end after high school (or Confirmation).

This Life Night is the last night of the semester on the Person of Christ. This Life Night seeks to help the teens understand that God can be known, and the Church gives us the tools to understand this. This Life Night also helps the teens understand that the journey of faith does not end with high school (or Confirmation).  The Life Night begins with short spoof on the idea that we can “graduate” from learning more about God and our faith. The competition leads into a teaching on knowing God’s existence through faith, reason and experience. The Break is a large group question and answer time for the teens. The Q&A will not only answer the questions but show the teens how to find the answers themselves. The night will end by giving the teens an opportunity to encounter Christ once again in Eucharistic Adoration.

Call Me Mom: Mary, Mother of God

The goal of the Life Night is to help the teens see Mary as a living witness of humility and faith. They will also understand Mary’s role in the Church and how she can be our spiritual mother.

Mary, the Mother of God, is our mother. She is a gift to all and a perfect witness of discipleship and faith. This Life Night will help the teens understand Mary’s role in our faith and in their lives. The Life Night begins with a competition to match the Core Member to their nicknames. The teaching for the night will focus on Mary as Mother of God and a perfect witness of faith. After, the teens will gather in small groups to learn about a few of Mary’s titles and discuss question on how she can be a mother to everyone. The night will end with a time of prayer by using the Litany of Mary.

Fight!: Existence of Evil / Spiritual Warfare

The goal of this Life Night is to bring to light the real spiritual battle between good (God) and evil (Satan). This Life Night will help the teens equip themselves with the weapons of prayer and Sacraments. The teens will also learn about the role of St. Michael the Archangel and his powerful intercession and protection.

Evil Spirits, Satan, Spiritual Battle… these are the things out of horror movies, right? Many of our teens (and adults) have bought into the lie that Satan and evil are not real. The truth is they are real and there is a battle being waged for our souls. This is not a truth to scare people into “being good”; it is a reality of which we need to be aware. We must be prepared to defend ourselves (and others) against evil. This Life Night looks at these realities through the lens of the cross where victory was won for us. It is important that the Core Team and those presenting this night are well informed and prepared to present this topic to the teens. The Gather will help the teens realize that “reality” is not limited to what we see. The Proclaim will explain the reality of evil and spiritual battle in our world. The Break will give the teens an opportunity to look at Ephesians 6 and apply it to their lives. Finally, the Send will ask the intercession and protection of St. Michael the Archangel over the teens.

Connected: Prayer

The goal of this Life Night is to answer the questions “what is prayer?” and “why do we need a prayer life?”  Using the Lord’s Prayer as a starting point, the teens will learn the importance of prayer as the foundation of their relationship with God.

Prayer is at the heart of a relationship with Jesus. Jesus not only calls us to pray, He also teaches us how to pray through His words and example. This night looks at the call to prayer in a culture that demands instant communication and feedback. The Life Night starts with the “Cell Phone Olympics,” challenging the teens to show off their cell phone skills. The teaching draws the parallel from modern communication to our deep need to connect to God through prayer. In particular, the teaching will explain the model of prayer given to us in the Our Father. The Break invites the teens into a time of silence and listening. Finally, the Send gives the teens an opportunity to enter into a specific type of prayer and make a commitment to daily prayer in their lives.

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes: Jesus Reveals the Church

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand why Jesus Christ established a Church. This Life Night will also address the differences between faith and religion and how each plays a role in the teens’ lives. Finally, this night will challenge the teens to live out their unique role in the Body of Christ, the Church.

The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ and stands as His Body in the world. This Life Night seeks to explore this truth and make it relevant to the lives of teenagers. The Life Night begins with an opportunity for the teens to give their interpretation of 1 Corinthians 12.  The game leads into a short skit and teaching on Christ’s establishment of the Church. After a time of small group discussion, the night will close by praying the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila: “Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours…”

1+1+1=1: Trinity

The goal of this Life Night is to introduce the semester on the Person of Christ. This night will also highlight the Trinity as the central mystery of the Christian faith and help the teens understand God’s desire for communion with them.

This Life Night is the beginning of the semester on the person of Christ. The Trinity is not a mystery to solve, but to experience. The three distinct, yet singular Persons create the foundation for knowing Christ personally and intimately. This Life Night starts with an icebreaker game and a spoof skit about scientists and mathematicians trying to solve the mystery of the Trinity. It continues with rotating sessions on each person of the Trinity and an opportunity for the teens to discuss their relationship with each person. Finally, the Life Night ends by focusing on the oneness of the Trinity and how we are called into union with the Trinity through our Baptism.

Saintly Minute: St. Teresa of Avila

This saintly minute is on St Teresa of Avila. St. Teresa entered religious life when she was a teenager. She is a Doctor of the Catholic Church.

Carni-Ball

If you’re afraid of clowns, this might not be the game for you. Three clowns race for the finish, but which one will win? Take your guess!

Armor of God

There is a war going on that can easily go unnoticed. This video is about the reality of spiritual warfare and how to protect yourself against it with the Armor of God

God Exists

How can the stars and gravity show that God exists? Watch as Mark Hart explains how God created earth, the heavens, and us.

If Jesus Was Not God

If Jesus was not God… there would be less holidays to commercialize and cities would have different names. If Jesus was not God… there would be no Catholic Church, no Eucharist, and death would be everlasting.

Living Faith

What does living out your faith look like for a priest? How about a married couple? How can teens live out their faith? Living out your faith, no matter, who you are is simple!