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At Your Service

The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

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.

About this night

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.

Parental Notice

This Life Night focuses on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion – Holy Orders and Marriage. We were created in the image of a God who is a Trinity – Three Persons in One. Through the Trinity, God the Father makes a gift of himself to the Son and God the Son makes a gift of Himself back to the Father. God the Father’s love for the Son is so great and God the Son’s gift of self to the Father in return is so complete that the constant love between them actually and eternally bears fruit in a Third Person of the Trinity. God is a perfect community of divine love – always living and loving in communion as the Three Persons of the Trinity. Here are a few questions to discuss with your teen after the Life Night:

  1. How do the culture and values of your family, school, workplace and our society make it difficult to be a person who is self-giving? Are there any ways that those culture and values help you to be self-giving?
  2. How do the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders help people be more self-giving? How do they help people experience God’s love more fully?
  3. How could our family better support the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders? How could we be more self-giving to each other?

Environment

The environment for this night should display many different examples of married couples and ordained ministers. Have the Core Team members provide wedding pictures of themselves or their parents to enlarge and display around the room. Ask the teens for pictures of their (married) parents together – wedding photos, anniversary photos or snapshots to create collages on poster board. Have a “Guess Who My Parents Are” board where teens can try to guess which wedding picture belongs the parents of which Core/teen. Gather pictures of priests, deacons, bishops and popes use easels to prop them up around the main gathering area. Specifically ask your priests, deacons, diocesan vocations director, or diocesan newspaper for pictures from an ordination. At the front of the room have an altar with a crucifix. Surround the altar with images or icons of the Trinity.

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