Totally Given: Sacraments at the Service of Communion

This Life Night examines the Sacraments at the Service of Communion – Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders, and it provides teenagers with an understanding of how these two sacraments build up the Church. Teenagers are challenged to pray for those that have received the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders.

This Life Night begins with a modified game of dodge ball that challenges teenagers to protect each other from being tagged out of the game. The Proclaim and Break for the Life Night provide teenagers with an understanding of the important nature of the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders. Teenagers receive a general teaching about both sacraments, then participate in a breakout session specific to each sacrament. These breakouts include a brief teaching and discussion. The Life Night closes with a prayer for priests, deacons, and married couples.

Be Made Well: Sacraments of Healing

The goal of this Life Night is for youth to understand that God recognizes both our spiritual and physical suffering and desires to heal us. Christ established two sacraments for our healing: Penance and Anointing of the Sick. While God does not always provide miraculous physical healings, when He does, it points us to the greater healing—victory over sin and death. We always have the opportunity to experience the forgiveness of sin through Penance.

The Life Night begins with a couple of activities that break open the topic of our need for healing in a lighter way. The activities segue into the Proclaim, which recognizes our need for healing and examines Jesus’ question and invitation in our lives, “Do you want to be well?” It unpacks the two Sacraments of Healing, Penance and Anointing of the Sick. After small group discussion, the Life Night closes with two testimonies of people who have experienced healing in their lives through these sacraments. The Send wraps up with prayer for healing.

But…Why?: The Sacrament of the Eucharist

The goal of this Life Night is to provide teens a deeper understanding of the gift that Jesus Christ gave to us in the Eucharist. The Life Night challenges teenagers to reflect on this incredible gift and center their lives around the sacrament.

This Life Night begins with a game revolving around the question, “Why?” After teenagers play several rounds of the game, the Life Night moves into the Proclaim, which includes a challenging teaching on the Eucharist and a testimony from a teenager. During the Break, teens have the opportunity to journal with several Bible passages and reflect on their attitude toward the Eucharist. The Life Night closes with a time of prayer in Eucharistic Adoration.

Mission Confirmed: The Sacrament of Confirmation

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This Life Night provides teenagers with an introductory understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the missionary mandate of the Church. It challenges misconceptions that teenagers may have about the sacrament and helps them understand their role in sharing the Gospel.

This Life Night begins with a “faith graduation ceremony” that exposes many of the misconceptions that teenagers may have about the Sacrament of Confirmation. The skit transitions into a video that introduces teenagers to the power of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the responsibilities it confers on us. The teaching for the Life Night provides an introductory understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation, with a specific focus on the mission of the Church that we are bound more deeply within the sacrament. During the Break, teenagers divide into their individual classes and discuss how their class can live this missionary mandate within their schools. The Life Night closes with classes praying over each other for the Holy Spirit to empower them in their mission.

Take the Plunge: The Sacrament of Baptism

The goal of this Life Night is to provide teenagers with a basic understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism, its importance to our faith in Christ, and to challenge teenagers to remember their baptism as an affirmation of God’s love for them.

This Life Night has been intentionally designed to provide a basic understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism for teenagers that may not have a firm theological understanding of the sacrament. If your group needs a deeper teaching, please see the “Going Deeper” section at the end of this Life Night for suggestions.

The Gather for this Life Night requires some advance preparation and challenges pairs of teens to find the baptismal formula hidden inside water balloons. The Gather game transitions into a large group brainstorm about what teenagers already know, or think they know, about the Sacrament of Baptism. The teaching for this Life Night is presented as a skit, so it must be well rehearsed prior to the Life Night. During the Break, teenagers discuss the Sacrament of Baptism and the impact it has on their faith. The Send of the Life Night challenges teens to reflect on God’s love for them and to remember their baptism. Teens receive a small card to remind them that they are loved by God as adopted sons and daughters.

Grace Infusion: The Sacraments and Grace

This Life Night provides an introduction to grace and the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. It challenges teenagers to be sustained by the sacraments of the Church and to constantly seek God’s grace in all aspects of their lives.

This Life Night begins a semester about the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As teens gather, they are divided into small groups and are challenged to complete a “sacramental scavenger hunt.” After the winners are awarded prizes, teenagers hear a teaching that provides an overview of the sacraments and grace. During the Break, teenagers reflect on the ways they experience God’s grace through both the sacraments and through everyday occurrences. They discuss their reflections during a small group discussion before transitioning into a closing prayer. Teenagers are invited to offer up any areas of weakness in their lives to Christ by praying before a cross.

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The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the Sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the Sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

More Than Meets The Eye: Sacramentals

The goal of this night is for teens to recognize sacramentals and be able to distinguish between the seven sacraments and the many sacramentals. The night will also expose teens to a variety of sacramentals so that they will be more aware of them and their deeper meaning when they see them.

Historically, the Church has made the assumption that children are seeing the sights, sounds and symbols of our faith in their daily lives. Faith formation or religious education was supposed to help them simply understand those sights, sounds and symbols more deeply. In today’s society, we cannot make this same assumption. A night on sacramentals may be the first time a teen is exposed to some of these sacred objects and rituals that were once a present in popular culture. This night begins by trying to bridge the gap between the symbols and rituals teens today do see in their daily lives with a game where they must identify the meaning behind the symbols they see. A teaching follows that explains symbol and ritual in general terms and then applies that definition to the symbols and rituals of the Church. The teaching outlines the difference between the sacraments (instituted by Christ) and the sacramentals (instituted by the Church). After the teaching, the teens break into sessions to explore various sacramentals of the Church. The closing prayer for the night invites teens to use some of the sacramental action of prayer in a more meaningful way.

Wipeout!: Challenges to Worship and Sacraments

The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand some common questions about the sacraments and how we worship as Catholics. The teens will be given an open forum to ask questions and seek answers. The teens will leave this Life Night with the confidence to seek the answers to their faith that they do not always understand.

This Life Night will be a great opportunity for the teens to express confusions or frustrations they have experienced in liturgical and other worship settings. The night will begin with focusing the teens to open their hearts and will then have a video made by the Core Team and/or youth minister that highlights common obstacles and questions about the sacraments. The night will continue with an panel discussion about the questions being asked. More questions may arise as the night continues. The night will end by praying Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

Follow The Recipe: The Visible and Invisible Reality of the Sacraments

The goal of this night is to explain that the seven sacraments are not only spiritual but also very physical. These physical elements are called matter and form. The teens will have the opportunity to explore the matter and form of each sacrament and what the significance is for each sacrament.

This Life Night will start out by gathering the teens and showing them how certain forms of prayer are appropriate or not appropriate depending on the situation. The Core Team will then present a skit, which demonstrates that God had a very specific “recipe” in mind when he established the sacraments in Scripture. After the skit is further explained the teens will break into groups to learn the specific visible signs that are necessary for each sacrament to be official in the eyes of God and His Church. The Life Night will close with a reflection on the “Our Father” and its relationship to the matter and form of the sacraments.

Rise & Walk: The Sacraments of Healing

The goal of this night is to understand the power of the Sacraments of Healing both spiritually and physically. God is not only our loving Father but He is also the Divine Physician that desires to heal our brokenness and make us whole.

This night will be broken into two segments each with the same parts; part one will focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and part two will cover the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The whole night will be centered on the story of the paralyzed man found in Mark 2:1-12.

The night will begin with the skit acting out Mark 2:1-9 (the first part of the story of the Paralyzed Man). The skit will transition into the part one of the teaching and small groups. After about ten minutes of small groups everyone will gather back together to see the second part of the skit: Mark 2:10-12. When the second part of the skit ends the youth minister will finish the teaching and the same small groups from earlier will meet again. After the discussion questions the teens will stay in their small groups— the Core Members will pray with each teen. The night will end with a time of praise and worship.

Alpha Omega: The Sacraments of Initiation

The goal of this Life Night is to teach about the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Communion and Confirmation. The Life Night will also emphasize the importance of initiation and being fully part of the Catholic family.

Using an “initiation” theme, this Life Night will explore the Sacraments of Initiation. The night will begin with a few small group activities that resemble adapted fraternity games. After a teaching on the three Sacrament of Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation—the teens will have an opportunity to reflect on their baptismal vows and discuss how the vows challenge them to live their faith differently. The night will end with a time of prayer before the Tabernacle, asking God to be our source and summit.

Picture Perfect: The Sacramental Nature of the Church

The goal of this night is to introduce the new semester on the Sacraments to the teens. The night will help teens understand why the Sacraments were given to the Church.

This Life Night kicks off the semester on the Sacraments. It is a fun way to get the teens involved in learning more about the Sacraments. The night will begin with the teens and Core Members getting to know each other better while participating in a photo scavenger hunt. The teaching will focus on the definition of a sacrament and the role sacraments play in the lives of Christians. During the Break, the teens will have an opportunity to discuss the role of sacraments in their lives and the life of the Church. The night will close by thanking God for the sacraments and calling on the Holy Spirit to help the teens open their hearts to what God wants to show them throughout the rest of the semester.

At Your Service: The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

The goal for this Life Night is to have teens understand the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders as Sacraments at the Service of Communion and to encourage teens to begin living the self-giving love encouraged by these sacraments.

Two weeks before the Life Night, invite all the married parents of teens as well as any priests or deacons at your parish to come for the end of the Life Night. Send out wedding-style invitations requesting the honor of their presence at a vow renewal ceremony and prayer service in honor of their chosen vocation.

This Life Night will explore the Sacraments at the Service of Communion – Holy Orders and Marriage. The night begins with the teens participating in a game that demonstrates how willingness to sacrifice is ultimately more beneficial than being competitive or trying to win it all. After the game, the teens will review the Sacraments of Initiation and Healing and hear a teaching outlining the role of the Sacraments at the Service of Communion. The teaching explains how the communal nature of the Trinity serves as an example for us of self-giving love and sacrifice, and that these sacraments are unique in the grace they offer us to live out the divine love of the Trinity in relationship with others. After the teaching, the teens will have the opportunity to discuss the grace of self-giving love provided by these sacraments and how they can better live out selflessness in their lives. The night will end with a prayer that challenges teens to begin living out that selflessness by praying for others rather than themselves as they lift up the married couples and ordained ministers who have been invited to the night. The teens will witness the sacrament lived out in the renewal of marriage vows and ordination promises of these invitees, and the teens will have the opportunity to pray in thanksgiving for their example of faith.

Full-Filled: Living Sacramental Grace

The goal of this night is to encourage teens to live out the sacramental grace that each baptized Christian has. This is a very practical night where we as a community will be challenged to recognize our call to bring God’s grace into the world through the sacraments. The sacraments give us power and the actual grace that we need to overcome evil and spread God’s goodness.

This night will begin with a fun relay where the teens will use different items to transfer water into a bucket. After the relay the night will transition into teaching on how we can live sacramental grace in our lives. Following the teaching the teens will break into small groups to discuss the main points of the teaching. Then staying in small groups, each group will be assigned a sacrament which they will design into a skit. These skits will depict practical situations where we can live out the particular sacrament. After all groups have performed their skits the night will transition into a prayerful setting. The teens will be encouraged to allow God to pour His grace into our lives so that we can in turn pour into the world. This time of prayer will consist of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. The scene at the front of the room will show Christ at the center and “water” pouring from His bucket to ours, and then out to the larger community.

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The object of this game to figure out what someone is trying say by reading the phonetic spelling. You’ll be asking yourself, “whachusae?”

The Word Became Flesh

Bob Lesnefsky, aka “Righteous B”, shares about how God literally became flesh so that He can save us and show us how much He loves us. Bob suffered numerous strokes and shares how that experience helped him to recognize God even more clearly.

The Word Became Flesh

Bob Lesnefsky, aka “Righteous B”, shares about how God literally became flesh so that He can save us and show us how much He loves us. Bob suffered numerous strokes and shares how that experience helped him to recognize God even more clearly.

I Confess

This is one of our most popular videos on Confession. This video is about a teen that hasn’t been to Reconciliation in a while that has the courage go. After receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he recognizes that it was easier than he thought it would be.

Our Spiritual Food

Archbishop Fulton Sheen talks about how the Eucharist is our Spiritual Food. He gives a clear argument on why it we believe that Christ was not speaking symbolically when He said to eat and drink His Body and Blood.

Countdown (numbers)

Are you wondering how to count backwards from ten? Better yet… are you looking for a 10 second countdown to start off your Life Night? This video is the perfect way to acheive both!

The Party: Episode 1

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for an evening.

The Party: Episode 2

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for an evening. In this episode we meet Maya.

The Party: Episode 3

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for an evening. In this episode we meet Chris.

The Party: Episode 4

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for an evening. In this episode we meet Jesse, the guest of honor.

The Party: Episode 5

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for a party. In this episode we meet Connie.

The Party: Episode 6

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for a party. In this episode we meet Annie.

The Party: Episode 7

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for a party. In this episode we meet Preston.

The Party: Episode 8

Spend time with Holly as she invites some of her friends over for a party. In this episode we meet Matt and Monica