The Four Marks of the Church - Catholic
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Life Night is to help teens understand why we consider the Catholic Church to be the universal Church and to help them recognize their role in the universal church as well as the importance of sharing their faith with others.
About this night
Life Night begins with a Catholic trivia game show that tests the teens’ knowledge of prayers, songs, and Bible verses that they are familiar with and that are used in the worldwide Church. The teaching for the Life Night focuses on the Church as ‘catholic’ or ‘universal.’ During the Proclaim, teens will learn the importance of the Church’s mission to hand on the fullness of faith to the whole world. During the Break, teens will make connections between their local church community and the worldwide Church. The Life Night closes with a time of Eucharistic Adoration and provides the teens with an opportunity to pray and reflect on the importance of staying close to Jesus and his Church as they participate in His mission.
This week at Life Night we discussed the third mark of the Church, “Catholic.” The word “catholic” means universal, and we began by testing the teens in their knowledge of the Catholic Church by completing prayers or songs often heard at Mass and even some Scripture passages in various languages. The teaching for the Life Night focused on the universal nature of the Church and the mission of every person to share the message of Jesus Christ with the whole world. We concluded with a time of prayer and reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
A couple of questions that you can discuss with your teen after the Life Night include:
1. What makes the Catholic Church “universal?” Why is this significant?
2. How can our family better live the mission of the Church?
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 “Catholic” written on it to the front and center of the room. The rest of the environment for this Life Night should focus on the universal nature of the Catholic Church. Have world maps or globes hung around the room or set up front. Prior to the Life Night, ask for donations of pictures of Catholic Churches from around the country and other parts of the world; project a slide show of these images during the beginning of the Life Night.
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