In this semester, we are presenting an overview of the books of Scripture, how they were written and how to read it. The middle school youth will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Bible and be exposed to several ways of praying Scripture. We strongly recommend that you have the youth bring a Bible each week or find a ministry at your parish that may be willing to purchase a Bible for each youth. Our hope is that by the end of this semester, your middle school youth will feel more comfortable with reading the Scriptures frequently.
- Divine Appointment: Sacraments of Healing
The goal of this night is for the middle school youth to come to a greater understanding of what the Sacraments of Healing are and why they are so important. Not only will they learn how each Sacrament is administered, they will also understand the power of Jesus as the Divine Physician and the inner workings of grace in these Sacraments.
- Help My Unbelief: Objections to the Sacraments
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand some common questions about the Sacraments and the role obedience plays in living a sacramental life.
- What’s the Catch?: Sacraments and Grace
The goal for this Edge Night is to give the youth an appreciation for the wonder and awe of the Sacraments. They should come to a deeper understanding that grace is a free gift from God that is offered to us and is necessary for us to live lives to the full. This night is also an introduction to the Sacraments and will briefly introduce the idea that each Sacrament has graces to help us at each stage of our lives.
- What is Love?: Sacraments of Service
The goal of the night is to help the youth understand that they are called to love fully. The night will discuss how the two Sacraments of Service are intended to aid us in learning to love and serve as we are called. An emphasis will be placed on the graces received in these sacraments and how each sacrament is lived out in being a selfless gift to others.
- The Pursuit of Happiness: Living the Sacraments
The goal of this night is to get the middle school youth excited about being Catholic and the opportunity they have to receive the Sacraments.
- Mysterious Signs: Christ and the Sacraments
The goal of this night is to help the youth understand that the Sacraments come from Jesus Christ and are continued in and through the Catholic Church.
- Full, Active, Conscious: The Mass
The goal of this night is to teach the middle school youth the necessity of full, active, and conscious participation at Mass. The night will include a brief overview of the Mass, emphasize Christ’s true presence at Mass, and give the youth the tools and encouragement they need to fully enter into the Mass every time they attend.
- General Admission: Sacraments of Initiation
The goal of this night is for the middle school youth to have a greater understanding of the Sacraments of Initiation and how they work together to form the foundation of the Christian life. While each Sacrament will be briefly discussed, the emphasis of the night is on the graces received in each Sacrament, how they affect our lives, and why they are so important.
- The Return: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The goal of this Edge Night is to increase the youth’s understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the necessity of this sacrament in our lives. The night will also address some of the misconceptions the youth have about Reconciliation.
- Comfort and Joy: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand the Sacrament for the Anointing of the Sick as a sacrament of strength and healing of body, mind, and soul. The Edge Night will also clarify misconceptions about the sacrament.
- Two Become One: The Sacrament of Marriage
The goal of this Edge Night is to discuss that marriage as a sacrament and a covenant between one man and one woman. The youth will learn the importance and significance of the vows and symbols used during the marriage ceremony.
- Not by Bread Alone: The Sacrament of the Eucharist
The goal of this Edge Night is to grow not only in our understanding of what the Eucharist is but to fall more in love with the person of Christ in the Eucharist. The group will make a transition in discussion from the bread that we need to physically sustain ourselves to an appreciation of the Eucharist being our spiritual nourishment.
- Welcome to the Party!: Introduction to the Sacrament
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the middle school youth to the seven sacraments and for the youth to begin to see them as gifts from God that make present here on earth a reality of his life and grace within us. The youth will understand that sacraments do something in our lives and that they are a way for us to experience God more profoundly.
- Marked by God: The Sacrament of Baptism
The goal of this Edge Night is to allow the middle school youth to grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism. They will understand that through this sacrament, they are “marked by God” with an indelible mark and will also understand that this sacrament is the foundation for all the other sacraments.
- Called By God: The Sacrament of Holy Orders
The goal of this night is that the middle school youth will come to a better understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. They will learn about the path to ordination, understand their parish clergy better, and begin to pray about their own vocation.
- Wait, Didn’t I Graduate?: The Sacrament of Confirmation
The goal of this Edge Night is to explain to the middle school youth that Confirmation completes their Baptism and that it is not a graduation from Church. The youth will learn that an outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurs at Confirmation and they will understand that the important role the Holy Spirit plays in their lives and how they are now responsible for spreading and defending the faith.
- Role of Sacraments and Grace in Living Life in Christ: Ephesians 2:4-10