Commissioned and Sent
The Four Marks of the Church - Apostolic
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
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.
About this night
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.
This week at Life Night we completed our four part series on the four marks of the Catholic Church by looking at the mark of “Apostolic.” The Life Night included an explanation of the authority that Jesus gave to the first apostles and how this authority was handed down through the ages to the pope and bishops, who continue to guide the Church today through the power of the Holy Spirit. The teens took time to reflect upon their ability to contribute to the mission of the Church to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Here are a few discussion and activity ideas to discuss this topic at home this week:
- Share with your son or daughter about a priest who has inspired you in your walk of faith.
- Take time this week to pray for your parish priest(s), your diocesan bishop(s), and the pope, prior to one of your meals as a family.
The environment for the four Life Nights “United,” “Sanctified,” “Universal Outlook,” and “Commissioned and Sent,” should remain the same. Create four large pillars and place them in front of the room. On each pillar write one of the four marks of the Church.
Move the pillar with the word, “Apostolic,” written on it to the front and center of the room. Display pictures of popes and bishops throughout the meeting space. You can also include banners with quotes from these holy men and the Scripture passage from Matthew 16:18-19. Also fill the meeting space with items and symbols representing the past three Life Nights on the four marks of the Church – One (holy water, paschal candle, profession of faith), Holy (crucifix and pictures of saints), and Catholic (map, globe, pictures of Catholic Churches around the world).
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