Spotlight 20: Stewardship

This issue of Spotlight highlights Stewardship. As children of God, we’re called to be good stewards of everything God has created and gifted us with. Explore the multitude of ways we can help our teens be good stewards of their gifts, talents, and Creation in this issue of Spotlight.

Amplify 04: Chastity and Sexuality

This issue of Amplify is all about helping our middle-school with their identity as children of God, especially their sexual identity. Make sure to take some time to read through all of the articles about chastity, sexuality, homosexuality, and safe environment topics to help you navigate these difficult and important topics.

College Life: Leveled (Part 1 – Shoot-Aim)

Having balance in our life is something that doesn’t necessarily come easy or natural. We can all admit that life is busy, hectic and stressful. The life of a college student or young adult in particular is one of those seasons of life where things can get overwhelming. Do I study or go out? Do I hang with friends or go to work? Do I decide on a major of just keep pushing the decision away? Do I wait to the last minute or do I start planning ahead? These questions and more are always looming in our life. Finding balance during this season of life is important. So, where do we start? We must start by making our decisions with the end in mind.

College Life: Leveled (Part 2 – Minimize)

Like packing, living a life of balance is an art form and it’s something that we learn how to do. As a young adult, this season of your life is preparing you for the rest of your journey. Learning the right skills for your life is essential. If you don’t learn to minimize your baggage now it will wear you down later in life. We all desire to travel light, to be free! Authentic freedom is something we all desire. We all yearn to be free from the things that keep us from living the life God has designed for us.

College Life: Leveled (Part 3 – Option-itis)

Should I study? Should I go to grad school? If so, where? Should I get married, and if so, then who do I choose? As a young adult you are faced with many decisions. Learning to eliminate options and prioritize things in your busy life is important. As you get older choices get bigger and harder. Learning to eliminate options that keep you from choosing the best option is key to living a balanced, healthy, faith-filled life. Every choice you make matters and will lead you towards or away from where you need to go.

College Life: Leveled (Part 4 – The Big D)

In this study we will dive a bit deeper into something that we rarely talk about: Discipline! The word “discipline” seems to have a negative tone. When we think of this word it’s often associated with a negative thought or experience. However, discipline can be a really good thing. Discipline is needed in all of our lives, thus, without discipline in our life chaos remains.

College Life: Leveled (Part 5 – C The End)

So why is commitment important to living a balanced life? The answer to this question is simple. Commitment is what holds everything together — it’s the hinge- pin. Without commitment the process of living a healthy and balanced life falters. So what is commitment? Commitment is being totally dedicated to a cause. Everything you will work for and do in your life will require commitment from you

Liturgy Planning Guide: July 2013 – November 2013

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 28, 2013) through the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (November 24, 2013) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Sent: Life Teen Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to call and equip teens for the mission of evangelization. Using the stories and characters in the book of Acts as a basis, this retreat will help teens understand that they have an important testimony to share about how God is moving in and through them. It is our baptismal call to share that testimony with the world, “so that the divine message may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth” (CCC 900).

Spotlight 19: Relational Ministry

This issue of Spotlights highlights aspects of relational ministry and Core Training. It includes articles and Life Nights about safe environment, social media, and a Core Team training session. Refine your relational ministry ability with this issue of Spotlight.

Inside Out: Edge Retreat

The goal of this retreat is to help the middle school youth understand that their self worth comes from their identity in God, thus calling the youth to treat others with respect through their actions and words.

Amplify Volume 3: 2013 Theme – Fearless

This volume of Amplify highlights articles on Instagram, Bruno Mars new CD, and the 2013 Life Teen Theme of Fearless. Check out the Issue Nights on Fearless and Honoring our Parents, and the Putt-Putt Golf Social Night.

Spotlight 18: Fearless

This Spotlight explores Life Teen’s 2013 Year Theme, “Fearless,” with an article by Mark Hart and a special Life Night. It also includes a Life Night to help kick-off the school year, and several resources that will help prepare teenagers’ hearts for the season of Lent.

Into The Deep: Lent

This Into the Deep challenges teenagers to expand their sense of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent by helping them understand how these actions build our relationship with Christ.

Amplify Volume 2 – Year of Faith

This issue of Amplify highlights the Year of Faith. There are also articles about core members, and engaging and empowering youth. This Amplify also includes Issue Nights on the Year of Faith and a Kickball Social Night.

Spotlight 17: End of the World

This issue of Spotlight features an article and Life Night that explain the Catholic understanding of the “end of the world” and the Second Coming of Christ. It also features tips for your annual kick-off, a unique Christmas social, and a Life Night on spiritual warfare.

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.