Sacraments

Sacraments

Semester:
Sacraments

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the Sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the Sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

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.

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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. The Sacramental Nature of the Church

A. Definition of Sacrament

B. The Church and the sacramental economy of salvation

C. Redemption is mediated through the seven Sacraments

II. The Sacraments of Initiation

A. Baptism: the Sacrament which is the birth of the Baptized into new life in Christ. In Baptism, Original Sin is forgiven along with all personal sins. By it we become adoptive children of the Father, members of the Church and temples of the Holy Spirit, incorporates us into the Church and sharers in the priesthood of Christ.

B. Confirmation: the Sacrament in which the gift of the Holy spirit received at Baptism is confirmed, strengthened and perfected for living the Christian life and spreading the faith to others; in this Sacrament we receive a permanent sign or character so it cannot be repeated.

C. Holy Eucharist: the Sacrament which re-presents in the Mass the sacrificial death of Christ and his Resurrection making it possible for us to eat his body and drink his blood.

III. Sacraments of Healing

A. Penance and Reconciliation: the Sacrament through which sins committed after Baptism can be forgiven and reconciliation with God and community effected.

B. Anointing of the Sick: the Sacrament which gives spiritual healing and strength to a person seriously ill and sometimes also physical recovery.

IV. Sacraments at the Service of Communion

A. Holy Orders: the Sacrament through which a man is made a bishop. priest or deacon, and is given the grace and power to fulfill the responsibilities of the order to which he is ordained

B. Marriage: the Sacrament in which a baptized man and a baptized woman form with each other a lifelong covenantal communion of life and love that signifies the union of Christ and the Church and through which they are given the grace to live out this union

 

V. Challenges to Worship and Sacraments

A. Can’t a person go directly to God without the help of the Church or a priest?

B. Can’t God forgive us directly when we are sorry for sin?

C. Aren’t the Sacraments just celebrations to mark significant moments in our life?

D. Is there any difference between receiving Holy Communion in a Catholic Church adn going to communion in a Protestant worship service?

E. How do we know that any of the Sacraments really work? For example, if a person dies after receiving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, does that mean that it did not work?