The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what is means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in Service to the Christian community.

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. God's Call to Each of Us

A. Universal Call to Holiness

B. The Personal Call


II. "Serve One Another"

A. Teaching and example of Jesus – His commandment of love

B. Sacraments at the Service of Communion

III. Sacrament of Marriage

A. God is author of marriage which Jesus raised to a Sacrament; it is not a purely human institution

B. Christian Marriage is a life-long commitment between a baptized man and a baptized woman as husband and wife designed to reflect the unending love that God has for his people, individually and collectively; a covenant of love

C. Celebration of the Sacrament

D. Preparation for receiving the Sacrament

E. Effects of the Sacrament

F. Challenges to Marriage and Family Life

G. The question of divorce and/or remarriage


IV. Sacrament of Holy Orders

A. Instituted by Christ at the Last Supper as a sign of the Lord’s abiding presence and priestly action in the Church

B. Historical development of the three orders of the Sacrament

C. The three degrees of Holy Orders

D. Preparation

E. Celebration of the Sacrament

F. Effects of the Sacrament

V. The Consecrated Life

A. The work of the Spirit in the various forms of consecrated life

B. The Evangelical Counsels: poverty, chastity and obedience

C. Consecrated like Christ for the Kingdom of God

D. The Paschal dimension of the consecrated life

E. Witnesses to Christ in the world

F. Eschatological dimension of the consecrated life

G. The Virgin Mary, model of consecration and discipleship

VI. Challenges

A. Isn’t having the right vocation, job or career essential for a person’s happiness?

B. Isn’t the real measure of success in life the degree of one’s financial security and material comfort?

C. Just as a person falls in love, they also fall out of love. Isn’t a failed marriage just a regular part of life?

D. Don’t men and women who promise celibacy or life-long chastity life lonely, unhappy lives?