Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this night is to define and affirm the priesthood and help the teens to discern their vocation. It will also affirm any young men who feel they may have a calling to the priesthood and encourage them to continue to explore that calling.
About this night
The first thing you will need to do when planning this night is to ask your priest(s) ahead of time to be a part of the night. Be sure to go over any of the specific roles he will have for the night so that he is well prepared.
This night begins with a light-hearted video starring your parish priest and Core Members. After the video, the youth minister will transition into the teaching of the night that defines the priesthood, affirms its importance, and encourages the teens to begin discerning their vocation. After this teaching, the teens get a chance to hear their priest’s testimony through a live interview with the youth minister. From here, the teens will go into small groups to discuss the priesthood further and write affirmation letters to their parish priest(s). The night will then conclude with a prayer service in which the teens will pray over their parish priest(s) and any young men discerning the call to the priesthood.
This week’s Life Night focused on the importance of the sacramental priesthood, which was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper as a sign of the Lord’s abiding presence and priestly action in the Church (CCC 1564). Priests act in the person of Christ, in persona Christi capitas, and have a special focus on the ministry of the Word and of the sacraments. They go through years of formation in a seminary to study philosophy and theology, grow intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally, and embrace the vows that they will make. The goal of this Life Night was to not only define the priesthood but also to affirm the parish priest(s) for their great service to the Church. Here are a few questions to discuss with your teen after the Life Night:
- What is one thing you learned tonight about the priesthood?
- What is your favorite thing about our parish priest(s)?
The environment for this night should have the feel of a city. At the front of the room, create a basic city skyline as a backdrop with a street in front of it and a side view of a taxicab. (If you are doing the “Catholic Cab” as a live skit, you will want to make sure these backdrops can accommodate your skit.) Find some city sound effects to play as teens are entering, and if possible, have a time lapse of a city street running on the screen in your gathering room.
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