What the heck is Life Teen and why is it important?
The high school years of life are tough. Teens are pulled in so many directions. They are expected to act like adults but obey like children. They have to deal with school, homework, chores, clubs and activities, all while trying to discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives. This is a crazy time in life and it is easy to get lost in the shuffle.
Life Teen invites all high school teens to join a community of their peers who are seeking calm in the storm. This calm is found in the Peace of Jesus Christ. At Life Teen we lead teens closer to Christ. Life Teen offers an authentic opportunity to experience a living relationship with God. Life Teen is not a class or a club. Life Teen is a pathway to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Christ calls each and every one of us into community with Him. Life Teen is here to help teens hear that call and respond.
Our Youth Group meets every Sunday night for fellowship and faith. We play games, praise the Lord, eat snacks, and dive into the mysteries of our faith. On Tuesdays the teens meet for Discipleship Group, a small group community which strives to go deeper in order to be holier men and women.
Teens are the future of our world. They need a deep rooted relationship with Christ and with fellow peers who want to lead them to heaven. College and the adult world can leave them feeling stranded, and Life Teen gives them the foundation to stay firm in their desire to be faithful servants of God.
If you want to be involved in this amazing ministry, we can always use more support! Whether it’s cooking/donating meals, driving teens to retreats, or sponsoring teens to attend!
Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Ministry with adolescents helps young people learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to live as his disciples today, empowering them to serve others and to work toward a world built on the vision and values of the reign of God. As we wrote in A Message to Youth:
As a baptized member of the Church, Jesus Christ calls you to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in the world today. You can make a difference! . . . In the words of the Holy Father: “Offer your youthful energies and your talents to building a civilization of Christian love . . . commit yourself to the struggle for justice, solidarity, and peace” (Homily at World Youth Day, Denver, 1993).The challenge of discipleship—of following Jesus—is at the heart of the Church’s mission. All ministry with adolescents must be directed toward presenting young people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and inviting and challenging them to become his disciples. For this reason, catechesis is an essential component of youth ministry and one that needs renewed emphasis. If we are to succeed, we must offer young people a spiritually challenging and world-shaping vision that meets their hunger for the chance to participate in a worthy adventure.
Three interdependent and equally important goals guide the Church’s ministry with adolescents. These goals state what it means for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to involve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. They express the Church’s focus for ministry with adolescents, while encouraging local creativity in developing the programs, activities, and strategies to reach these goals.
[Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) ]
Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
Young people experience the Catholic community of faith at home, in the parish (especially in youth ministry programs), in Catholic schools, and in other organizations serving youth. Ministry with adolescents recognizes the importance of each of these faith communities in helping young people grow in faith as they experience life in community and actively participate in the mission of Jesus Christ and his Church.
Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Ministry with adolescents promotes the growth of healthy, competent, caring, and faith-filled Catholic young people. The Church is concerned for the whole person, addressing the young people’s spiritual needs in the context of his or her whole life. Ministry with adolescents fosters positive adolescent development and growth in both Christian discipleship and Catholic identity. Promoting the growth of young and older adolescents means addressing their unique developmental, social, and religious needs and nurturing the qualities or assets necessary for positive development. It also means addressing the objective obstacles to healthy growth that affect the lives of so many young people, such as poverty, racial discrimination, and social injustice, as well as the subjective obstacles to healthy growth such as the loss of a sense of sin, the influence of values promoted by the secular media, and the negative impact of the consumer mentality.
Saint Richard Parish
3841 Dickey Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044-6217
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am & 10:00am