Into the Deep: Discipleship

This Into the Deep challenges teenagers to become disciple leaders in their parishes, schools, homes, and in their groups of friends. It uses the examples of various disciples in each session to help teenagers grow in their faith.

Fit For A King: Edge Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth take greater ownership of their faith and their identity as men and women in God’s Kingdom.

Amplify Volume 1

This issue of Amplify features the Give It Away Now: Shelter the Homeless Edition. There are also articles featuring conversations with middle schoolers, and empowering eighth graders . Also check out the latest Issue Night on Advent and the Beach themed Social Night.

Spotlight 16: Shelter the Homeless

This issue of Spotlight features the 2012 “Give It Away Now” Global Service Project: Shelter the Homeless. It also includes Life Nights about our call to be missionary, the season of Advent, and a fun social Life Night to help your youth group kick-off summer.

InSanctity: Life Teen Retreat

Using the idea of athletic training as an underlying theme, this retreat will help teens understand the importance of prayer while giving them the opportunity to “exercise” different forms of prayer. The goal of this retreat is to help the teens develop a lifelong habit of prayer.

So Long Self: Edge Retreat

This retreat will help the youth realize they must give up their “self” (selfish ways) and fill their hearts with God through virtuous acts of self-giving love (practice of Beatitudes).

Spotlight 15: Radiant Joy

This issue of Spotlight unpacks the 2012 Year Theme: Radiant Joy. It features articles and tips to help your ministry be more joyful. It includes the year theme Life Night, as well as a powerful Life Night on Christian friendship, which is accompanied by an article about cliques.

Share in the Master’s Joy: Core Retreat

The retreat is based on the fruit of the spirit joy. Many are searching for true joy in different things. In ministry we often get focused on the work of multiplying talents and forget to share in the Master’s true joy. The goal of this retreat is to have the Core Team understand the gift of true joy and how living in our “Master’s joy” frees us to love and serve.

Spotlight 14: Best Blogs of 2011

This issue of Spotlight features some of our best blogs from CatholicYouthMinistry.com in 2011. These articles offer practical tips to help take your youth ministry to the next level. This issue also includes a Life Night on St. Joseph, and an “alternative” prom social.

Curriculum Guide: Morality 2011

This book covers morality. In the first Curriculum Guide on this topic, we took a broad approach to the topic of morality and broke open the semester using the Ten Commandments as a guide. In this second Curriculum Guide on morality, you will find Life Nights that are more focused on specific issues of morality […]

Faith Like a Child: Edge Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to reflect on what it means to live with childlike faith; this will incorporate not only having faith like a child, but also what it means to forgive and to love with the simplicity of a child.

Thrive: Life Teen Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to help Juniors and Seniors take a greater ownership in their faith as they head toward high school graduation. Using Colossians 2:7 and Pope Benedict’s World Youth Day message as the basis, this retreat will challenge the participants to look at the roots of their faith, what it is growing into and how it will thrive through the storms that inevitably come. The retreat also seeks to remind the upperclassmen of the importance of the Sacraments and active participation in the life of the Church in order to truly thrive in the years to come.

Liturgy Planning Guide: July 2011 – November 2011

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 24, 2011) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 20, 2011) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight 13: Give It Away Now – Baby Edition

This issue of Spotlight features the 2011 “Give It Away Now” Global Service Project: Oh Baby! Parishes are challenged to gather baby items to donate to local crisis pregnancy centers. It also includes articles to help strengthen your liturgy, evangelization efforts, and Core Team.

Restored: Edge Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth experience the Paschal Mystery in their lives.

Spotlight 12: Veni Sancte Spiritus

This issue of Spotlight highlights Life Teen’s 2011 annual theme: Veni Sancte Spiritus. It includes several articles and Life Nights that will empower your youth ministry to become rooted in the Holy Spirit. It also includes a special Life Night for high school seniors and their parents.

Liturgy Planning Guide: March 2011 – July 2011

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent (March 13, 2011) through the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 17, 2011) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight 11: Drugs and Alcohol

This important issue of Spotlight features an article and Life Night targeted at teenagers’ use of drugs and alcohol. It also includes articles that help youth ministers become better evangelists over social media and plan better retreats.

You Never Let Go: Edge Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth understand that God’s love is always present, especially in the times they feel lost

Spotlight 10: Thirst For Change

This issue of Spotlight features the 2010 “Give It Away Now” Life Night: Thirst For Change. Teenagers are challenged to collect loose change to build clean water wells in Africa. This issue include a Life Night about stealing, and a fun social Life Night.

InReverse: Life Teen Retreat

This retreat, which is based on the book The “R” Father by Mark Hart, focuses on the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we were given by Christ. It is the perfect prayer. Our entire lives could be spent meditating on it and we would still not scratch the surface of its divine depths. A more intentional and prayerful approach to the Lord’s Prayer for your teens will pave the way to a far more intimate and robust prayer life in their college and adult years.

Help I’m Stuck in a Locker!: Edge One Day Retreat

The transition from middle school to high school can be daunting. This retreat is designed to address the middle school youth’s fears and anxieties and connect them with high school youth and adult Core Team in your Life Teen program.

Baptized: Core Retreat

The goal of this retreat is for the Core Members to understand their identity as baptized sons and daughters of God. Before we are husband, wife, father, mother, minister, employee, or anything else, we are primarily God’s children. In our Baptism, we were baptized priest, prophet, and king. These identities form the basis of who we are in Christ and give us the ability to minister in Christ’s name. This retreat will unpack these three baptismal identities and how they affect our relationship with God and our ministry to young people.

Spotlight 09: Behold the Mystery

This issue of Spotlight introduces and highlights Life Teen’s 2010 annual theme: Behold the Mystery. It features Life Night topics including Lent, Valentine’s Day, and a Life Night for the year’s theme. This issue also includes an interview with Michael W. Smith.

Amazing Love: Edge Lock-In

The middle school youth will come to learn more about their Catholic faith and will be challenged to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ through learning about the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Alive Again: Parent Retreat

A Parent Life retreat is a solid foundation that allows parents to not only deepen their own faith but the spirituality of their family. Parents often feel they are too busy to attend faith formation offered in their parishes and many feel unprepared to spiritually lead their children. A retreat offers parents a chance to experience the fullness of their […]

Spotlight 08: Year For Priests

This issue of Life Support has a special focus on priests, and includes a Life Night to honor the priests at your parish. It also includes articles that help youth ministers learn how to work with (rather than against) parents, honor their parish priest, and recognize the universal Church in their own parish.

Into the Mystery: Edge Middle School Retreat

Into the Mystery introduces middle school youth to the mystery of God helping them to enter into a relationship with Him even though He is often beyond our comprehension. This retreat will also give the youth an opportunity to see where they need God’s love and forgiveness and challenge them to live out God’s love for them in their daily life.

Spotlight 07: Give It Away Now – Can It!

This issue of spotlight features Life Teen’s second annual “Give It Away Now” Life Night: Can It! Teenagers are challenged to collect canned food items to distribute to local food pantries. This Spotlight also includes an emphasis on the issue of pornography, and offers ways that youth ministers can reach out to teenagers about this sin.

Joyful Noise: Life Teen Retreat

Using music and the Psalms as a basis, the goal of this retreat is to bring teens into intimate and honest relationship with God through the Sacraments, Scripture, prayer, worship, and community.

Virtuous Reality: Life Teen Retreat

This one-day retreat is based on the four cardinal virtues of the Catholic Church. The retreat is geared specifically to young men in high school. This retreat is meant to instruct the men on how to live their lives as men of God with the help of the divine grace that comes through living the cardinal virtues. This retreat offers the young men an opportunity to learn about their faith and their bond as brothers in Christ. In addition, it will serve to strengthen their commitment to living the cardinal virtues and their commitment to the Christ, His Church and to one another.

Spotlight 06: Heroic Virtue

This issue of Spotlight introduces and highlights Life Teen’s 2009 annual theme: Heroic Virtue. It includes a Life Night that challenges teenagers to grow in virtue. There is an emphasis on pro-life issues in this edition of Spotlight, as well. Spotlight Intro: Lisa Epperson Heroic Virtue: Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of Life Teen Heroic Virtue: […]

Core Values: Core Retreat

You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. The old adage is just as true today, especially for us in youth ministry. There are so many demands and requests made of a youth ministry program at the parish. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what the youth program should look like, do, not do, cost and accomplish. With all these (often conflicting) ideas flying around, how can a youth ministry program create a clear identity? Better yet, how can the adults involved in the ministry know what they are working for?

It was exactly this kind of “identity crisis” that the movement of Life Teen wanted to avoid. Following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wanted a clear vision of who we are as a movement in the Catholic Church. We wanted to define our defining characteristics. In 2002, through much prayer and discernment, Life Teen came up with our seven Core Values: Love, Eucharistic Spirituality, Faithfulness to Primary Vocation, Joy, Authenticity, Affirmation, Evangelization.

Trifecta!: Edge Lock-In

During the Lock-In Trifecta, middle school youth will learn more about their Catholic faith and be challenged to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ through incorporating the theological virtues of faith, hope and love into their own lives.

Spotlight 05: The Occult

This issue of Spotlight features an important article and Life Night about the occult, and offers suggestions for talking to teenagers about the serious implications of occult activity. This Life Night also includes a unique Christmas social, Life Night on faithful citizenship, and an article for parishes implementing youth ministry in a cluster parish setting.

Revolutionary Love: Edge Middle School Retreat

Revolutionary Love is a weekend retreat that challenges the middle school youth to see the love of God and His greatness in their lives. They will then be challenged to live out this greatness and love in their daily lives calling upon the graces of their Baptism. This weekend retreat also features a boys and girls session focusing on sin and the need for Reconcilliation.

Spotlight 04: Give It Away Now

This issue of Spotlight features the first Give It Away Now Life Night. It also addresses the challenging topic of homosexuality. It includes an article that empowers youth ministers to address the topic with their youth group, and a Life Night to help teenagers gain a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

Liturgy Planning Guide: July 2008 – November 2008

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 27, 2013) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 23, 2008) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Unstoppable: Life Teen Retreat

Based on the life of St. Paul, the goal of the retreat is for the teens to encounter the incredible power of God’s grace to convert and transform their lives. This retreat will also show the teens that conversion is a process instead of a single event. Finally, this retreat will empower the teens to become an unstoppable force of God’s grace in their world.

Spotlight 03: Consumed By Grace

This issue of Spotlight introduces and explains Life Teen’s 2008 year theme: Consumed By Grace. It also includes important articles about keeping seniors involved in youth ministry, and features a senior appreciation Life Night.