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Vocation Today

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this night is to close out the semester on vocation by re-emphasizing our universal vocation. The universal call to holiness is the most important vocation the teens can discover. It is only in living out holiness in our daily lives that we discover God’s greater and larger plan for us.

About this night

Tonight will be the capstone of everything discussed during the Vocation Semester. The teens should leave feeling empowered and eager to live out their call to holiness. The night begins with a game that takes “hole-y-ness” to a new level. The Proclaim and Break for the night are combined and will require a Core Member who speaks a different language (or can at least memorize one). The teens will be challenged to stop thinking of holiness as a foreign language that they cannot speak, but something that we all can live and understand. The Send closes the night with a time of praise and worship. At the end of the evening, the teens should understand that there is no reason to postpone living out their vocation. When one lives out their God-given vocation they are living life to the full. “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation”–attributed to Aristotle

Parental Notice

This week’s Life Night explained that every person is called to live out his or her vocation on a daily basis in the holiest way possible—including teenagers. If they are a student, then they should be a holy student, if one day they are married they should seek a holy marriage, if they are called to religious life they should live a holy life as a religious.  This is the focus of the universal call to holiness that Bl. John Paul II stressed so much during his time as pope. At the Life Night, the teens explored practical ways that they can answer the call to holiness on a daily basis.

Some questions to discuss with your teen on the ride home are:

  1. What stood out to you the most from this past semester? Why?
  2. What are some practical things we can do to help you discern your vocation as we move into the future?

Environment

Have the room covered in “foreign things.” This will look different at every parish. Have large “treasure maps” that are leading to something great all around the room, but the map directions should be written in foreign languages that most of the teens do not understand. Large brown butcher paper can be crinkled after drawing out the “foreign maps” to give it an aged look. Cover the signs on doors, bathrooms, exit signs, and even the name of your parish hall to read a foreign language. Be creative with how you implement the environment for this night; you may even want to teach Core Members greetings in different languages to say to the teens as they walk in.

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