Life Teen(Grades 9-12)
What is the Mission of Life Teen?
Mission: Leading teens closer to Christ and his people.
The mission of every ministry in the church is to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you.” Mt. 28:19
What is LIFE TEEN?
LIFE TEEN is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith. 2 fold purpose of Catechesis: To grow in knowledge and love of God
What does the LIFE TEEN Program look like at SJN?
Our High School LIFE TEEN Program consists of the following components:
1. LIFE TEEN Mass-Weekly participation at Mass. The liturgy at the Sunday night LIFE TEEN Mass at 5:30 is planned with the teenager in mind.
2. LIFE Nights (youth group nights) that follow the 5:30 Mass on Sunday evenings as scheduled.
3. Peer Leaders-A Peer Leader Program where Confirmed teens participate in ministry by assisting with the planning and implementation of the Jr. High and Confirmation Programs and by sharing their faith with younger teens.
4. D-Groups- Weekly small group Bible studies, also called Discipleship Groups, that are led by trained young adult facilitators. (For grades 10-12)
5. Fun Outreach nights- Lock-in/outs, country dancing, ice skating, Main Event, open basketball, etc.)
Social Concerns :
1. SJN Street Team- provides youth, small groups and families opportunities to serve Christ in the forgotten and marginalized poor in our city and world wide
2. Youth 4 Life Ministry- Provides opportunities for education on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, as well as a call to action to stand for the most vulnerable of human beings.
1. Retreats- Weekend retreat experiences that lead teens into a deeper spirituality and relationship with Christ.
2. Austin Diocesan Youth Conference (DCYC)- A weekend conference with 2000 Catholic youth from the Central Texas area that gives them an opportunity to grow deeper in their faith.
3. Austin Mission Trip- Week long Mission trip over spring break when we hit the streets of Austin and encountering Christ in the poor.
4. Summer Trips
• Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conference – This is a life changing weekend with 4000 other youth from around the country with inspiring talks, music and time to grow in community. As well as challenging the youth and adults to grow closer to God and to be a witness in their families, schools and lager community.
• Covecrest Catholic Summer Camp-A week long Catholic summer camp located in Tiger, Georgia that your teen will never forget with High and low ropes, white water rafting, a huge mud pit, moutain biking and much more. Not to mention the opportunity to grow deeper in their Catholic faith through dynamic speakers, mass, Eucharistic adoration, opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation and time to grow in both sacrament and community.
What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
On the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did indeed come down in an extraordinary way on the apostles as they were gathered together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the group of disciples. They were “so filled with” the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) that by divine inspiration they began to proclaim “the mighty works of God.”
In the sacrament of confirmation the apostles and the bishops, who are their successors, hand on to the baptized the special gift of the Holy Spirit, promised by Christ the Lord and poured out upon the apostles at Pentecost. Thus the initiation in the Christian life is completed so that believers are strengthened by power from heaven, made true witnesses of Christ in word and deed, and bound more closely to the Church.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: “Be Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
What to expect through the Year
As a Confirmation candidate this year, your teen can expect many powerful and life changing experiences. They will be placed in a small group with 10-12 other teens, a group leader and a one or two peer leaders.
Throughout the year their small group will walk together through the preparation for the sacrament. The small groups help the core team to get to know the teens more closely and help them grow closer to Christ.
The Confirmation program will consist of two meetings a month. Once a month the teens will meet on Sundays from 4:00-5:15 and then attend mass together. During these meetings the small groups will meet and receive catechetical instruction for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Then will will meet once a month after Life Teen mass for a Life Night. In the Life Nights we will break open the Catechism through a youth group format of icebreakers, talks, small group time and prayer.
A key part of the program is the small group connection that forms among the teens throughout the year. Preparation begins in late September and ends with the Confirmation Ceremony in September.
What is Discipleship?
By definition, a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way.
Teens in Discipleship Groups meet weekly and are guided by a trained young adult facilitator. Each group is gender based and aimed at helping teens to grow in their faith by studying Sacred Scripture while being mentored by a young adult who is faithfully living the Catholic Faith.
For more information about any of our programs (Life Nights, peer leadership, D-groups, SJN Street Team, Youth 4 Life, ect.), contact us at (512) 328-3220, Aaron Barta (Director of Youth Ministry) or Michelle Fontana (Ministry Assistant) in the Youth Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.