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Life Support: September 2014 – Sacraments

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Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide: Sacraments

This Curriculum Guide contains Life Nights about grace, the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacraments of Healing, and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion. These Life Nights are well-suited for youth groups that are starting and require a basic theological foundation.

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the First Sunday of Advent (November 30th, 2014) to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 22nd, 2015) in Year B of the Liturgical Cycle.

Retreats

#Shift Retreat

#Shift is a service-focused week retreat for high school teenagers designed to help them deepen their ability to see the face of Christ in the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized. Teenagers experience the different social issues of their community during the week; they will also learn what the Catholic Church is doing around the world to address these same issues and how they can be involved. This will help them come to a better understanding that they are part of a universal church.

This incredible retreat is a collaborative effort between Life Teen and Catholic Relief Services and provides teenagers the opportunity to not just hear about a social justice issue, but to get to know some of the people that are affected by this issue. It will not only change the perspective of your teenagers – it will help them change the world.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 23: Best Year Ever

Prepare for the best year ever – whether you are starting out in youth ministry or are an experienced veteran this year has the potential to be one that will transform the lives of teenagers at your parish. The best year ever doesn’t just happen; it requires prayer, persistence, and planning. This issue of Spotlight is designed to help you start your youth ministry year in the right direction.

Features the following articles and Life Nights:

•    Embracing Our Full Stature – Jimmy Mitchell
•    Look Up! – An Issue Night About Technology
•    YM101: Expecting the Best – Angela Hamrick
•    Starting Strong – Monica Harness
•    Hitting Their Stride – Anne Evertz
•    They Grow Up Fast – Joel Stepanek, Life Support Coordinator
•    The Last Hurrah – Tara Griffin
•    Finding Freedom – An Issue Life Night About Drugs and Alcohol
•    The Balance of Your Best – Eileen Burrell
•    Boundaries and the Best Year Ever – Bradley Opitz
•    Tacky Sweater Party – A Social Life Night for Christmas
•    YM Spirituality: Liturgy of the Hours – Seth Evangelho
•    Words from Pope Francis: Evangelii Gaudium

Into the Deep

Into the Deep: Girls Only

“Into the Deep” provides teenagers at your parish catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church, challenging teachings and small group questions.

This “Into the Deep” is designed to be used with small groups of six to ten teenage girls and explores the four different relationships that a woman experiences: The relationship with God, with other women, with men, and with society and culture. Each session includes a challenge, opening discussion and activity, a teaching, journaling, and prayer. It is highly recommended that every young lady brings her own journal to sessions; each session includes reflection through journaling.

Books

Speak Up: Tips on Presenting to Modern Teens

“In Speak Up: Tips on Presenting to Modern Teens, Mark Hart will empower you with necessary and practical tips and insights. Speak Up effectively covers how to develop different types of presentations while offering practical advice on how to consistently refine and improve. You’ll even hear from several of the most effective Catholic speakers to modern youth – Leah Darrow, Jason Evert, Jackie Francois Angel, Matt Fradd, Chris Stefanick and more! Find our more at http://lifeteen.com/store/.

A Manly Perspective: A Lady’s Guide To Guys

Kyle unpacks the concepts of vocation, modesty, purity, and relationships from the perspective of a guy. With tiny chapters and humor, even the shortest attention will enjoy reading this micro book. The questions and challenges at the end of each chapter make it great to read alone, or with a group of girls.

For more information, or bulk orders, check www.kyleheimann.com

Life Support: May 2014 – The Holy Mass

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide: The Mass

“The Summit,” is our new Curriculum Guide that leads teenagers into a rich understanding of the Mass, and challenges them to make worship at Mass the source and summit of their lives. A renewed understanding of the liturgy will transform the lives of the teens you serve, as well as transform the life of your parish.

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: July 2014 – November 2014

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 13, 2014) through the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (November 23, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Brick Retreat

Brick is written specifically with high school freshmen and sophomores in mind. This retreat shares the simple Gospel message that Jesus was sent to take on our punishment for sin and reconcile us back to God. The goal of this retreat is to introduce teenagers to the Person of Christ and the Paschal Mystery. Teenagers are challenged to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.

At the beginning of the retreat, teenagers are each given a brick. This brick is carried with them through the first three sessions and represents the weight of sin that they carry with them. After teenagers receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they place their brick at the foot of the cross. They learn that, freed from sin, we are called to put our hope in Christ and make him our firm foundation. Teens are given a brick at the final session, now painted white and labeled with “1 Peter 2:6-7” as a reminder that Jesus is the Cornerstone of their faith.

Books

Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass – Mark Hart

Have you ever been bored, confused, or intrigued at Mass? Mark Hart helps you not only understand what happens at Mass, but who you are encountering – Jesus Christ. Find our more at http://lifeteen.com/store/.

Life Support: January 2014 – Church

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: March 2014 – July 2014

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent (March 9, 2014) through the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 6, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Rooted: Parent Life Retreat

A Parent Life retreat is a solid foundation that allows parents to not only deepen their own faith but the spirituality of their family. Parents often feel they are too busy to attend faith formation offered in their parishes and many feel unprepared to spiritually lead their children. A retreat offers parents a chance to experience the fullness of their faith in the sacraments and develop community with other parents. It can also place a desire in the parents to continue to learn more about God’s love and to allow themselves to open to God’s assistance in their daily lives and in their families.

The goal of this retreat is to help parents put down roots of faith in Jesus Christ and invite Christ to bring healing and uproot areas of their lives that do not bring life (fruit). This retreat will also challenge the parents to stay rooted in Christ though the different storms and seasons of life.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 21: Inspire[d]

This issue of Spotlight introduces Life Teen’s 2014 year theme: Inspire[d]. It includes a Life Night to help teenagers dive into the theme of the year, as well as an article for youth ministers about the theme. This issue also features an emphasis on finding balance in ministry; three articles are dedicated especially to single and married youth ministers, and youth ministers that are parents.

  • Spotlight Intro: Katie Heller
  • Letter From the President: Randy Raus, President of Life Teen
  • Inspire[d] – Life Teen’s 2014 Theme: Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of Life Teen
  • Inspire[d]: A Life Night for Life Teen’s 2014 Theme
  • Our Need For Order: Jimmy Mitchell
  • Single Serving: Chelsea Piper
  • Balanced Communication: Chris Mueller
  • Minivan Ministry: Joe Chernowski, Eastern Region Director
  • Family Portrait: A Life Night About Family
  • Blessed Are the Stupid: Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of Life Teen
  • I’m Too Stressed Out!: Cathy Creegan
  • Get Social: Three Easy Social Life Nights
  • Personal Spirituality – Silence: Stacy Cretors, Life Teen Missionary
  • Parental Influence: Chris Turner
  • Words From Pope Francis: Homily For the Day of the Family

Video Support

Life Teen Training DVD – Small Groups, It’s Time to Get Talkin’

We have all been there before: sitting on the filthy, frigid gym floors, halogen lights obnoxiously buzzing overhead, deafening silence, and the teens avoiding eye contact with you at all costs. Oh, the dreaded small group!

This Life Teen Training DVD covers the basics facilitating and navigating small group discussions. This training will explain how to steer the various situations that may arise during small group time, particularly in regard to different personality types. Once this training is over, you and your Core Team will be confident and ready to lead teens in fruitful, Christ-centered discussions.

On this DVD

  • Small Groups – Basics
  • Small Groups – Dramatization
  • Small Groups – Going Deeper
  • Small Groups – Play All

Into the Deep

Into the Deep: Life Issues

This Into the Deep explores Life Issues and the Catholic stance on the issues of abortion, poverty, and end of life care. These are controversial, moral issues that teenagers will encounter, and this series will provide them with the Catholic insight necessary to defend the dignity of all human life. Each session not only includes a teaching and discussion, but also a suggested service activity for the Break. Rather than simply teaching about the dignity of life, each Into the Deep session provides teenagers with an opportunity to interact with the group they are learning about. There are alternative activities suggested in each session if these service activities cannot be implemented, but they are highly recommended.

This Into the Deep includes sessions:

  • Dignified
  • Voice of the Voiceless
  • The Face of Christ
  • Wisdom and Dignity

Life Support: September 2013 – Paschal Mystery

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: December 2013 – March 2014

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for 1st Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2013) through the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (March 2, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Into the Deep

Into the Deep: Mary

Welcome to Life Teen’s newest resource for high school teenagers, Into the Deep. The goal of this resource is to provide the teenagers at your parish with catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church. The sessions contained in this resource are more challenging in their teachings and small group questions, all geared towards teens that are seeking more than the typical Life Night provides.

This resource is designed to supplement our existing eight-semester curriculum for high school students, which is modeled from the USCCB’s “Doctrinal Framework for High School Catechesis.” Each four-session Into the Deep resource will cover a specific topic found within the bishops’ framework with a greater depth. This will allow you to take time to really break open topics such as discipleship, Mary, the season of Lent, and pro-life issues.

This Into the Deep explores the role of Mary in our faith. As Catholics, we know that Mary is a critical part of our faith and our understanding of Christ, but fail to have a vibrant relationship with Christ through her. These four sessions look at the role of Mary as Mother of the Church, as our intercessor to Christ, the words Mary spoke and how they point us to Christ, and how to have a healthy devotion to Mary. Each session will challenge teenagers to strengthen their relationship with Christ through Mary, and will also provide them with a foundation to explain Marian teaching to their friends. Consider providing the teenagers attending these sessions with a Rosary and encourage them to bring it along every week.

This Into the Deep includes sessions:

  • A Mother’s Love
  • Full of Grace
  • Few Words, Big Message
  • Truly Devoted

Books

Full of Grace – A Teen Guide to the Rosary

Our new pocket-guide for the Rosary is the perfect companion for your youth group to lead them through the beautiful mysteries and prayer of the Rosary. Find out more information at http://lifeteen.com/store/.

That One Girl – Christina Mead

Christina Mead, editor of LifeTeen.com, shares stories from her journey with Mary. Find our more at http://lifeteen.com/store/.

Life Support: May 2013 – Theology of the Body

Liturgy Planning Guide

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.

Retreats

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).

The retreat begins with St. Peter in the upper room just before Pentecost. The first session will call on the Holy Spirit to move us out into the world to boldly proclaim Christ. The next session turns to St. Paul to explore the ongoing process of conversion and forgiveness. Next, the story of St. Stephen will help the teens understand how to cherish and defend the Church regardless of the cost. The Saturday evening session challenges teens to bring Christ to those around them fearlessly. Finally, the retreat concludes with the testimony of the teens themselves and the challenge to continue to share their witness of faith long after the retreat is over.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: January 2013 – Person of Christ

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: March 2013 – July 2013

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for Palm Sunday (March 24, 2013) through the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 21, 2013) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

  • Spotlight Intro: Katie Heller
  • Letter from the President: Randy Raus, President of Life Tee
  • Life Teen’s 2013 Year Theme – Fearless: Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of Life Teen
  • Fearless: Life Night for 2013 Year Theme
  • Communion Gives Rise to Culture: Jimmy Mitchell
  • Walking Through the Storm: Sarah Gavin
  • Crisis Planning Sheet: Planning Resource
  • Fears Vs. Dreams: Issue Life Night
  • Grace of Giving: Todd and Denise Jones
  • Back to Bascis!: Kick-off Life Night
  • Lent In the Year of Faith: Catholic Relief Services
  • Rice Bowl: Resource For Small Faith-Sharing Groups
  • Rice Bowl: Prayer Service
  • Words From B16: Pope Benedict XVI

Into the Deep

Into The Deep: Lent

Welcome to Life Teen’s newest resource for high school teenagers, Into the Deep. The goal of this resource is to provide the teenagers at your parish with catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church. The sessions contained in this resource are more challenging in their teachings and small group questions, all geared towards teens that are seeking more than the typical Life Night provides.

This resource is designed to supplement our existing eight-semester curriculum for high school students, which is modeled from the USCCB’s “Doctrinal Framework for High School Catechesis.” Each four-session Into the Deep resource will cover a specific topic found within the bishops’ framework with a greater depth. This will allow you to take time to really break open topics such as discipleship, Mary, the season of Lent, and pro-life issues.

This Into the Deep explores the season of Lent. As Catholics, we are familiar with ashes, giving something up, and meatless Fridays, but do we know the “why” behind these things? This four-session series on Lent will help your teens understand the history, beauty, and opportunity of this season. Each session looks at a different aspect of how we are called to prepare for Easter: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Obviously, these sessions work best within the season of Lent so that teens can apply the lessons learned and challenge themselves to go deeper during these 40 days.

This Into the Deep includes the sessions:

  • Dirt-Head
  • Why So Fast?
  • Free Alms!
  • Shhh…

Life Support: September 2012 – Scripture

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: December 2012 – March 2013

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2012) through the 5th Sunday of Lent (March 17, 2013) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

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

Into the Deep: Discipleship

Welcome to Life Teen’s newest resource for high school teenagers, Into the Deep. The goal of this resource is to provide the teenagers at your parish with catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church. The sessions contained in this resource are more challenging in their teachings and small group questions, all geared towards teens that are seeking more than the typical Life Night provides.

This resource is designed to supplement our existing eight-semester curriculum for high school students, which is modeled from the USCCB’s “Doctrinal Framework for High School Catechesis.” Each four-session Into the Deep resource will cover a specific topic found within the bishops’ framework with a greater depth. This will allow you to take time to really break open topics such as discipleship, Mary, the season of Lent, and pro-life issues.

This Into the Deep explores the topic of discipleship. Teenagers are often challenged to be leaders in their world, and many times find themselves in positions of leadership, such as team captain, student council member, or simply organizing a group project for class. These four sessions will challenge teenagers to understand what it means to be a “disciple leader,” and how we are all called to leadership when we follow Christ.

These four sessions will challenge teens to understand their baptismal call to discipleship more deeply, recognize the difference between pride and humility, encourage the teens to make time for rest and prayer as well as active service, and, finally, empower them to go forward as evangelists.

This Into the Deep resource includes the following sessions:

  • Called
  • Two Directions
  • Balancing Act
  • Go Forth

Life Support: May 2012 – Vocations

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: August 2012 – November 2012

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 5, 2012) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 25, 2012) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

InSanctity: Life Teen Retreat

Crossfit, P90X, Biggest Loser, Insanity –everywhere you look there is another program to help you shape up and slim down. We all know that physical exercise is important and there are plenty of “experts” to show us how to train our bodies, but what about our souls? The Catechism states: “Prayer and the Christian life are inseparable” (CCC 2745). Then why do so many of us struggle to develop and maintain a healthy prayer life? Because prayer “always presupposes effort” (CCC 2725), the habit of prayer, like the habit of exercise, is built up over time with discipline and repetition. This retreat will help teens get their spiritual lives “in shape” through prayer.

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.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: January 2012 – Social Justice

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: April 2012 – July 2012

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for Easter Sunday (April 8, 2012) through the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 29, 2012) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

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.

Matthew 25:21 says, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibility. Come share in your master’s joy.’” The retreat looks at three areas where we might struggle experiencing the joy God desires for us in our life: vocation, suffering, and ministry.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: September 2011 – Morality

Curriculum Guide

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 like eternal and natural law, the meaning of the Lord’s Day, Christian integrity in media, and the death penalty.

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: November 2011 – April 2012

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent (November 27, 2011) through Palm Sunday (April 1, 2012) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: May 2011 – Sacraments

Liturgy Planning Guide

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.

Retreats

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.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: January 2011 – Church

Liturgy Planning Guide

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 Magazine

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.

Life Support: September 2010 – Paschal Mystery

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: November 2010 – March 2011

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for 1st Sunday of Advent (November 28, 2010) through the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time (March 6, 2011) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

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.

  • Spotlight Intro: Lisa Epperson
  • 140 Characters or Less: Ryan Miller
  • Impact73.Org: Matt Pegouskie
  • Parish Spotlight: St. Peter the Apostle, Hoover, AL
  • Under the Influence: Teens, Drugs, and Alcohol
  • Under the Influence: A Life Night on Drugs and Alcohol
  • Even More Awesomeness: Chris Mueller
  • The Grace of Giving: Paige Dowler
  • A Reason for the Season: Daniel Duran
  • From the Desk Of…: Alissa Roberts
  • Top of the Mornin': A Life Night on St. Patrick
  • The Marriage of Beauty and Truth: Jimmy Mitchell
  • In Focus – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Words From B16: Pope Benedict XVI

Life Support: May 2010 – Person of Christ

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: August 2010 – November 2010

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 1, 2010) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 21, 2010) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

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.

This retreat gets back to some of the basics of the Christian life:

• God’s love and mercy

• Our need to rely more on God and to trust Him

• His desire for our lives

• Our struggles living for Him

• His desire for intimacy with us

Spotlight Magazine

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.

Life Support: January 2010 – Scripture

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: March 2010 – July 2010

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for Palm Sunday (March 28, 2010) through the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 25, 2010) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

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.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 09: Behold the Mystery

This issue of Spotlight introduces and highlights Life Teen’s 2010 annual theme: Behold the Mystery. It features Life Night topics including Lent, Valentine’s Day, and a Life Night for the year’s theme. This issue also includes an interview with Michael W. Smith.

Life Support: September 2009 – Vocations

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: November 2009 – March 2010

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent (November 29, 2009) through the 5th Sunday of Lent (March 21, 2010) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Alive Again: Parent Retreat

A Parent Life retreat is a solid foundation that allows parents to not only deepen their own faith but the spirituality of their family. Parents often feel they are too busy to attend faith formation offered in their parishes and many feel unprepared to spiritually lead their children. A retreat offers parents a chance to experience the fullness of their faith in the sacraments and develop community with other parents. It can also place a desire in the parents to continue to learn more about God’s love and to allow themselves to open to God’s assistance in their daily lives and in their families.

This retreat is based on the promise of new life given to us through the Paschal Mystery. By walking through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, the parents will encounter Christ in an intimate and powerful way. This retreat is designed to lead the parents to the Sacraments and challenge them to be witnesses of the Good News to their families and communities.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 08: Year For Priests

This issue of Life Support has a special focus on priests, and includes a Life Night to honor the priests at your parish. It also includes articles that help youth ministers learn how to work with (rather than against) parents, honor their parish priest, and recognize the universal Church in their own parish.

Life Support: May 2009 – Social Justice

Life Night Title Semester Keywords
Filling the Gap:
Church’s Concern and Our Awareness
Life Teen - Social Justice
Office Olympics:
Fall Kick-Off Night
Life Teen - Social
Poor Me:
Preferential Option for the Poor
Life Teen - Social Justice
Social-Light:
Social Nature of Humanity
Life Teen - Social Justice
Attitude Check:
God’s Plan for His People
Life Teen - Social Justice
Big Feet:
Charity and Justice
Life Teen - Social Justice
On Loan:
Stewards of Creation
Life Teen - Social Justice
XXX:
Pornograpahy
Life Teen - Issue
Give It Away Now: The Can It Edition:
The Can It Edition
Life Teen - Issue
Vita Nox:
Social Teaching of the Church/The Great Commandment
Life Teen - Social Justice
Global Village:
Promoting a Culture of Life Globally
Life Teen - Social Justice
Domino Effect:
Solidarity and Social Sin
Life Teen - Social Justice
Protect This House:
Dignity, Rights, and Responsibilities
Life Teen - Social Justice

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: August 2009 – November 2009

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 2, 2009) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 22, 2009) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Virtuous Reality: Life Teen Retreat

This one-day retreat is based on the four cardinal virtues of the Catholic Church. The retreat is geared specifically to young men in high school. This retreat is meant to instruct the men on how to live their lives as men of God with the help of the divine grace that comes through living the cardinal virtues. This retreat offers the young men an opportunity to learn about their faith and their bond as brothers in Christ. In addition, it will serve to strengthen their commitment to living the cardinal virtues and their commitment to the Christ, His Church and to one another.

Joyful Noise: Life Teen Retreat

Music is powerful. A single song can evoke emotion, memories and even change our mood. Scripture contains a book of songs (called Psalms) that have done just that for thousands of years. This retreat will look at the power of music as well as the honest prayer given to us in the Psalms. Each session will be built around a different genre of music and will focus on a different Psalm. Through each session, the teens will be challenged to enter into honest, intimate prayer with their Creator and Savior.

Using music and the Psalms as a basis, the goal of this retreat is to bring teens into intimate and honest relationship with God through the Sacraments, Scripture, prayer, worship, and community.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 07: Give It Away Now – Can It!

This issue of spotlight features Life Teen’s second annual “Give It Away Now” Life Night: Can It! Teenagers are challenged to collect canned food items to distribute to local food pantries. This Spotlight also includes an emphasis on the issue of pornography, and offers ways that youth ministers can reach out to teenagers about this sin.

  • Spotlight Intro: Lisa Epperson
  • How To Support Our Priests: Tricia Tembreull
  • Special Delivery: Eric Porteous
  • Can It!: The Second Annual Global Life Night
  • Give It Away Now – Can It! Edition – A Service Life Night
  • Nightclubs, Virtue, and the Universal Call: Jimmy Mitchell and David Crowder
  • Use What You Got: Lisa Epperson
  • Bad Idea!: Top Ten Things Not to Do This Summer
  • Abundant Life: Chris Faddis
  • XXX: A Life Night About Pornography
  • Grace of Giving: Gina and Brent McDuffie
  • Parish Spotlight: Christ Prince of Peace Catholic Community, Hill AFB, Utah
  • Get the Word Out: Laura Womack and Kori Baker
  • Office Olympics: A Fall Kick-off Life Night
  • Core Value – Love: “Happy” Mayer
  • Words From B16: Pope Benedict XVI

Life Support: January 2009 – Morality

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: April 2009 – July 2009

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for Palm Sunday (April 5, 2009) through the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 26, 2009) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Core Values: Core Retreat

You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. The old adage is just as true today, especially for us in youth ministry. There are so many demands and requests made of a youth ministry program at the parish. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what the youth program should look like, do, not do, cost and accomplish. With all these (often conflicting) ideas flying around, how can a youth ministry program create a clear identity? Better yet, how can the adults involved in the ministry know what they are working for?

It was exactly this kind of “identity crisis” that the movement of Life Teen wanted to avoid. Following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wanted a clear vision of who we are as a movement in the Catholic Church. We wanted to define our defining characteristics. In 2002, through much prayer and discernment, Life Teen came up with our seven Core Values:  Love, Eucharistic Spirituality, Faithfulness to Primary Vocation, Joy, Authenticity, Affirmation, Evangelization.

This retreat resource is based off the book Core Values: a Spiritual Guide for Core Members. Many of the “teaching points” for each session is taken directly from the book. It is highly recommended that each Core member be given a copy of the book to read before the retreat. This will help the Core team enter more fully into the sessions. The book can also be given as a “retreat gift” at the beginning of the retreat for the Core team to read and pray through on (and after) the retreat.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 06: Heroic Virtue

This issue of Spotlight introduces and highlights Life Teen’s 2009 annual theme: Heroic Virtue. It includes a Life Night that challenges teenagers to grow in virtue. There is an emphasis on pro-life issues in this edition of Spotlight, as well.

Life Support: September 2008 – Sacraments

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: November 2008 – March 2009

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent (November 30, 2008) through the 5th Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2009) in Year B of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 05: The Occult

This issue of Spotlight features an important article and Life Night about the occult, and offers suggestions for talking to teenagers about the serious implications of occult activity. This Life Night also includes a unique Christmas social, Life Night on faithful citizenship, and an article for parishes implementing youth ministry in a cluster parish setting.

Life Support: May 2008 – Church

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: July 2008 – November 2008

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 27, 2013) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 23, 2008) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Unstoppable: Life Teen Retreat

Based on the life of St. Paul, the goal of the retreat is for the teens to encounter the incredible power of God’s grace to convert and transform their lives. This retreat will also show the teens that conversion is a process instead of a single event. Finally, this retreat will empower the teens to become an unstoppable force of God’s grace in their world.

This retreat focuses on the ongoing conversion of St. Paul and how the power of God’s grace completely transformed him, making him an unstoppable force for the kingdom. Regardless of where your teens are right now, this retreat will set the stage for deeper conversion and the call to evangelization.

In order to ensure that this retreat is more than just a onetime experience that the teens quickly forget,  a four-week follow up Bible study based on the letters of St. Paul is also included in the retreat outline. This is a great opportunity to foster the relationships, excitement, and transformation that began on the retreat.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 04: Give It Away Now

This issue of Spotlight features the first Give It Away Now Life Night. It also addresses the challenging topic of homosexuality. It includes an article that empowers youth ministers to address the topic with their youth group, and a Life Night to help teenagers gain a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

Life Support: January 2008 – Paschal Mystery

Life Night Title Semester Keywords
Retro:
Original Glory and Original Sin
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Trust Me…:
The Promise of a Messiah
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Go Fish:
Discipleship, Call to Holiness
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Consumed By Grace:
Life Teen 2008 Theme
Life Teen - Issue
Trivial!:
Trivia Social Life Night
Life Teen - Social
Heart of Mystery:
Paschal Mystery Explained
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Heroes:
Witness of the Saints and Martyrs, Purpose of Sacrifice and Suffering
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Dead Strength:
Living Paschal Mystery
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery
Desert-ed:
Lent
Life Teen - Issue
Coming Attractions:
Eternal Life, Judgement
Life Teen - Paschal Mystery

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: March 2008 – July 2008

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter (March 30, 2008) through the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 20, 2008) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Shake Your Beauty: Life Teen Retreat

This one-day retreat is based on the four cardinal virtues of the Catholic Church and is geared specifically to young women in high school. This retreat is meant to instruct the women on how to live their lives as women of God with the help of the divine grace that comes through living the cardinal virtues. The retreat focuses on having true beauty inside and out, by learning more about how the virtues can enhance the beauty within. This retreat offers the young women an opportunity to learn about their faith and their bond as sisters in Christ. In addition, it will serve to strengthen their commitment to living the cardinal virtues and their commitment to the Christ, His Church and to one another.

Spirit Led: Core Retreat

The overall goal of the retreat is to have Core understand and recognize the temptations that come with discipleship and ministry. In each temptation, we can choose ourselves or we can choose to love Christ more than our own wants, needs or agendas. The temptations give us the opportunity to draw close to Christ in our weakest moments and draw from his strength, example and mercy.

Spirit Led and is based on Matthew 4:1-11. Matthew 4:1 states that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert immediately after His baptism. The retreat uses the three temptations Jesus encountered in the desert as the basis for the three main sessions.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 03: Consumed By Grace

This issue of Spotlight introduces and explains Life Teen’s 2008 year theme: Consumed By Grace. It also includes important articles about keeping seniors involved in youth ministry, and features a senior appreciation Life Night.

  • Spotlight Intro: Lisa Epperson
  • Desert Dweller: Katie Orlando
  • Lent In Youth Ministry: Making the Most of the Season
  • Desert-ed: A Life Night For Lent
  • Parish Spotlight: Doha, Qatar
  • Consumed By Grace: Randy Raus
  • Consumed By Grace: A Life Night About Grace
  • Core Value – Affirmation: Ben Walther
  • Senioritis: Jason Pastore
  • Senior Appreciation Dinner: An Event For Seniors
  • Words From B16: Pope Benedict XVI

Life Support: September 2007 – Person of Christ

Life Night Title Semester Keywords
Nailed:
A Loving God vs. the Reality of Suffering
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Wait For It:
Advent
Life Teen - Issue
A River Runs Through It:
Faith as Our Response to Christ
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Know Your Momma:
A Life Night on Mary
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Mirror Image:
What Christ Reveals About Us
Life Teen - Person of Christ
What If?:
Centrality of Christ and the Incarnation
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Prove It!:
Proving the Existence of God
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Lights Out Dodge Ball:
A Social Life Night
Life Teen - Social
TRI:
Trinity
Life Teen - Person of Christ
Hope:
Response to Tragedy
Life Teen - Issue

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: December 2007 – March 2008

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2007) through the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (March 23, 2008) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 02: Advent

This issue of Spotlight emphasizes the season of Advent and service. It includes Life Nights for Advent, in response to a tragedy, and a fun spin on a dodge ball Social Life Night.

  • Spotlight Intro: Lisa Epperson
  • Faith In Motion: Lisa Epperson
  • Ministry Spotlight: Catholic Relief Services
  • 40 Service Ideas
  • Parish Spotlight: St. Paul’s, Kinsington, CT
  • Prepare the Way: Advent In Youth Ministry
  • Wait For It: A Life Night For Advent
  • Core Value – Primary Vocation: Chris Benzinger
  • Real World Relational Ministry: John Vasellina
  • When Tragedy Hits Home: John Vasellina
  • Hope: A Life Night In Response to Tragedy
  • Words From B16: Pope Benedict XVI
  • Lights Out Dodgeball: A Social Life Night

Life Support: May 2007 – Scripture

Liturgy Planning Guide

Liturgy Planning Guide: August 2007 – November 2007

Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 5, 2007) through the Feast of Christ the King (November 25, 2007) in Year C of the Liturgical cycles.

Retreats

Alpha Omega: Life Teen Retreat

This retreat will allow teens to discover how God’s time and our time are connected through the Liturgical Year. They will come to better understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Church and the totality of the Catholic journey as presented through the Liturgical Year. Through the liturgical cycle, this retreat will help teens encounter a timeless and eternal God who loves them in the present moment.

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight 01: Discover the Sacred

This is the first issue of Spotlight, Life Teen’s youth ministry magazine. It features Life Teen’s 2007 annual theme: Discover the Sacred, and includes a Life Night that helps teenagers find the sacred in their every day lives. It also includes a Life Night about tithing, and an article with the top questions asked by new parishes.