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WHAT IS LIFE TEEN & EDGE?
Life Teen is our high school program and EDGE is our middle school program. Both programs take place on Sunday evenings. All 6th-12th grader teens (Catholic or not) are invited to join us! Our Life Nights officially begin following the 5:30pm Mass with dinner in the parish hall. Then, following supper, the Life Teen & EDGE programs spit off to dive into an evening of community building games/activities, an engaging message and small groups.
Mass 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dinner 6:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Life Night Programs 7pm — 8:15 pm
LIFE TEEN MISSION
As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.
OUR PRIMARY FOCUS
Build community to help teens feel connected to the Church at both the small & large group level
Provide relevant and engaging teachings on the Catholic faith to give teens a place to learn and ask questions about the faith
Lead teens to encounter Jesus through prayer, discussion and in-depth teaching of our faith
OUR NIGHTLY STRATEGY
Gather: Begin nights with an engaging activity/ game that reflects the night’s topic
Proclaim: Dive into an interactive 15-minute Catholic teaching
Break: split into small group for group-lead discussion. Groups typically remains consistent throughout the year
Send: Lead teens a different experience of prayer to encounter Jesus
Laura Hawk // firstname.lastname@example.org // 605-342-0507
FAQ'S ABOUT LIFE NIGHTS
Check out our Life Nights FAQs below and contact Laura with any additional questions.
What is a series?
A series is a grouping of 4-8 nights where the messages are all connected under a common theme. This approach allows for deeper content/discussions into topics over simply brushing over the surface. They are relevant to teen’s life in both practical and spiritual way.
What’s the deal with small groups?
Small groups provide the teens with an opportunity to discuss the night’s topic in a less intimidating-sized group. We knowing that a large group experience can be too daunting for some teens to feel comfortably opening up. Teens will get placed in a small group at the beginning of the year, and they will traditionally remain in the same small group with the same leaders throughout the year.
My high schooler goes to Catholic school. Why should they come to Life Teen?
Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith. At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing the facts regarding God to actually knowing God. The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen! Now let’s continue to build up community while tackling challenging issues and more-deeply discover God’s great love.
My high schooler won’t know anyone at Life Teen. Will they feel welcomed?
It is our goal on these nights to make every teen who walks through our doors feel welcomed as a part of our OLPH parish family. We aim to make this happen through radical hospitality by our core team of adult leaders, and our intentional small group experience. Obviously finding a true sense of community takes time, but we strive to make it happen for all as quick and naturally as possible. Reach out to us, please if your teen doesn’t ever feel welcome. We’d love to make efforts to change his experience. Email or call Laura Hawk.
SUMMERS AT OLPH
LIFE TEEN CAMP COVECREST
Date: August 2nd - August 8th, 2020
Grades: Incoming 9th & 10th graders
For the second annual year, OLPH Youth Ministry will be offering youth a chance to attend the Covecrest Summer Camp. We have the opportunity to take 11 incoming freshman and/or sophomores to the great Life Teen camp.
What is it? Covecrest is a week-long summer camp designed especially for high school students located in the North Georgia Mountains in Tiger, GA. Summer camp at Covecrest is an incredible opportunity for your teen to encounter God working in their life and develop friendships with other teens.
STEUBENVILLE ST. PAUL
St. Paul, MN
Dates: July 23rd – 26th 2020
Grades: Incoming 9th - Graduating Seniors
The Steubenville Summer Youth Conference is a transformational pilgrimage for the youth of our parish. It is a weekend conference with youth from around the country that evangelizes, equips and empowers 9th-12th graders to become radical, joyful disciples. The trip includes a day at Valley Fair prior to the conference.
DUC IN ALTUM
Date: June 28th- July 2nd 2020
Grades: Incoming 1st graders- Seniors
Cost: Donate as your means allow
Duc In Altum is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of Duc In Altum is to help young people develop their relationship with Jesus Christ so there is an intimate friendship whereby he may lead them to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit