Church

Church

Semester:
Church

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the Living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both Divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.

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Staff-currated Semester Options

To help you create unique semesters unitilizing Life Nights from different shipments, we've created three options for you to use if you need some help crafting a semester. Use these outlines a suggestion. Supplement as needed by looking at the USCCB semester outline to fill in gaps for your youth group.

We suggest that you build unique semesters based on the USCCB requirements that help your teens understand the Faith. Don't feel compelled to use every night, but pick and choose what fits your group.

USCCB Semester Outline

Life Teen follows the USCCB semester outline for high school catechesis. We offer the most comprehensive and complete youth ministry curriculum available based on this curriculum. See how our Life Nights fit into each semester of the curriculum below. You'll find on the left the main points from the USCCB framework and to the right what nights fit into each main point. You can find more details about the USCCB catechesis framework in this PDF.

USCCB Outline

Life Nights

I. Christ established his one Church to continue his presence and his work.

A. The Origin, Foundation, and Manifestation of the Church

B. The descent of the Holy Spirit

C. Holy Spirit is present in the entire Church

D. Holy Spirit inspires Apostles’ mission

E. Handing on the teaching of Jesus

F. The role of the Apostles in the early Church

 

II. Images of the Church (Partial Insights of Church sharing in Trinitarian Communion)

A. In the Old Testament

B. From the New Testament

C. Images Rooted in Scripture and Developed in Tradition

IV. The Church in the World

A. The Church is sign and instrument of communion with God and unity of the human race

B. Christ founded the Church with a divine purpose and mission

C. The Church and her mission of evangelization

D. Visible structure of the Church: a hierarchical communion

E. Teaching office in the Church: the Magisterium

F. Sanctifying Office of the Church

G. Governing Office of the Church

V. Implications for Life of a Beliver

A. Belonging to the Church is essential

B. Jesus Christ enriches us through the Church

C. The Church at Prayer

D. Living as a member of the Church, the Body of Christ, means we live as disciples, proclaiming teh Lord Jesus’ teaching to others

VI. Challenges

A. Why do I have to be a Catholic? Aren’t all religions as good as another?

B. Isn’t the Church being hypocritical in telling other people to be holy and avoid sin when many Catholics, including the clergy, are guilty of terrible wrongs?

C. Who needs organized religion? Isn’t it better to worship God in my own way, when and how I want?

D. How is it that the Catholic Church is able to sustain the unity of her members even though they live out their faith in different cultures and sometimes express their faith in different ways?