The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand the Catholic Church is built upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit to lead the faithful to salvation.
Edge Night at a Glance
Welcome to the semester on the Church. Throughout this semester, the themes will help the middle school youth better understand various aspects of Catholicism. As a Core Team, take some time to reflect and pray about how this semester will unfold for you and the middle school youth. Have a Catechism of the Catholic Church available.
The Gospels reveal that Christ came to establish His church here on earth. In Matthew 4:17, Christ says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” During His public ministry, Christ instituted the sacraments, called the twelve apostles, taught the faithful, cared for those in need, and gave His very life for the salvation of all. Christ then commissioned the twelve to go and make disciples of all nations, giving them authority to teach, govern and sanctify. The Catholic Church is built upon the firm foundation of Christ’s life, teachings, miracles and sacrifice and He tells us, “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” As the Psalmist writes, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
Tonight we are talking about foundations. We are discussing that the foundation of the Catholic Church is firmly built upon Jesus Christ and we want to set a solid foundation for the upcoming semester. The youth will get a chance to build a house of cards and see how difficult it is when the foundation is shaky. The Proclaim will further illustrate the need to build our faith on the solid rock of the Church and why we need the Church. Finally, the youth will have an opportunity to see how God uses them to bring light to the world.