I noticed that my two middle school aged sons had transformed the palm leaves handed to them when entering Mass into “Palm Crosses.” I asked why they always make crosses out of the palms on Palm Sunday? The reply was one that got me thinking about Holy Week. They looked at me and said, “Dad, we take the crosses home and put them up on our bedroom wall so we can remember Jesus every day.” Ah, the simplicity of the answer reminded me of what Holy Week is supposed to be about–contemplating Jesus and His Passion!
Have you ever been standing in a room and noticed when someone new entered that the dynamic of the room changed? I have see this a lot. Sometimes the atmosphere in the room gets more energized while at other times the air in room seems to have just been let out. Do you know what happens to a room when you enter? Do you add or take away from the energy that is present?
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In the past few days, we have all been affected by the images and stories coming from Haiti. Undoubtedly, your teens have also been affected. Some ask why. Some are filled with compassion. Some are angry with a God who would let this happen. All wonder what they can do to help.
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The middle school youth will take a deeper look into the serious topic of depression and how this is manifested in their lives. The sessions will also help the middle school youth to seek Jesus Christ to help them, as well as their friends and family when they experience depression. Overview: The middle school years is a difficult time for the majority of adolescents. Their bodies are changing, their friends are exploring different crowds, school tends to get more difficult and they
Goal for the Life Night:
The goal for this night is to immerse the teens into the celebration of the Triduum through prayer and reflection of each day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The teens will experience the richness of the traditions of the Church that will help them enter more fully into the three days of the Triduum. Life Night at a Glance: This Life Night is broken up into three different parts—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Each part will have a structure
Goal for the Life Night: The goal for this night is to have teens understand that God’s original plan for humanity as reflected in creation was lost as a consequence to the sin of Adam and Eve. The teens will also see how the effects of original sin impact their lives even now. Life Night at a Glance: This Life Night sets the stage for the entire semester on Paschal Mystery. Before we can look at how salvation was won for us, we must know why we need a savior! The night starts with a fun game
Goal for the Life Night: This night is designed to be used if there is a tragedy in your parish or local community such as illness, car accident, suicide or death. In moments of crisis, teens need a safe place to process, grieve and pray. It is important that the Life Night following a community tragedy gives teens this opportunity. The main goal of the night is to allow the teens to express their questions and emotions while also placing the tragedy in the context of the cross of Christ. We
Spotlight Magazine is part of Life Support that provides readers with articles, updates, issue Life Nights, social Life Nights and much more! This valuable resource helps youth ministers and Core Members stay “plugged in” to the current trends in ministry and youth culture. Below is a list of what you’ll find in this issue. Table of Contents Faith in Motion: Incorporating service into your youth ministry program Ministry Spotlight: Catholic Relief Services 40 Service Ideas for Your Life