Life Teen High School Youth Ministry
This program provides religious formation opportunities for High School Students in grades 9-12.
Session Times (Life Nights)
- Sunday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Offered In-Person and Streamed Online)
We are currently in the middle of our academic year and have closed formal registrations. However, ALL TEENS are welcome and may begin to join us at ANY TIME. Simply email Rob and we will provide the information needed to attend the next scheduled Life Night!
About The Program
Life Teen Spirituality can best be understood through our seven Core Values. Let's start with #1, our Eucharistic Spirituality. At the Last Supper, Jesus lifted up bread and wine and proclaimed to his disciples that he was offering His Body and Blood. For over 2000 years, Catholics have continued this tradition by celebrating Mass and receiving Jesus in a unique way. We at Life Teen believe that a solid Catholic faith must be centered on the Eucharist. It is the source and summit of our faith.
They'll know we're Christians by our love. This world is consumed with hate and envy. We hope that all teenagers who show up at Life Teen at their parishes will know that they're loved.
Who says Catholicism has to be boring? We believe that Jesus is a reason to be joyful and excited about life. You can guarantee that everything we do will be a good time for everyone.
People are always telling you what you're not. But at Life Teen, our core value of Affirmation reminds us that Jesus showed us a different way. We encourage one another, support one another, and pick each other up when we get knocked down. We're in this together.
Tired of wearing the masks? Tired of fake people? We are too. That's why Life Teen has made it a core value to live an authentic life. We don't pretend we're perfect. We recognize that we're all sinners and we need God. This means we're able to be honest and vulnerable with one another. We want to be REAL with one another.
We believe that every teenager deserves a chance to have a relationship with Jesus. That's why we're not content hiding in our churches hoping for people to fill our pews. We want to boldly enter the streets and invite everyone--young and old--to grow closer to God.
Sometimes it's easy to get distracted by all the work that needs to be done in the world. That's why the adults who are involved in Life Teen are expected to keep their vocation their #1 priority. So if you're a married youth minister, like me, you must take care of your family first. If you're a priest or a religious brother or sister, don't become so consumed in youth ministry that you forget God called you first to Him, and second to serving his people. And if you are a teen just beginning to think about the potential you have, trust in Him and pray to be allowed to hear His Call.
What does this all look like here at St. Andrew???
It's fun to learn about your faith with your friends. Our hope is that every Life Night is not just fun, but also challenges you to go deeper in your relationship with God and to know more about your Catholic faith. Life Nights are held on a weekly basis. We meet together Sundays, after the 2:00pm Mass until 4:30pm in the Life Teen Center.
Life Teen Mass
The most important part of every Life Teen and EDGE program is the Youth Mass. Key parts of a youth Mass are a welcoming atmosphere, reverent and relevant music, and an engaging homily that speaks to the issues in your life. You will see subtle differences in the way we conduct our Youth Mass, such as the Life Teen Band, a relevant Homily for teens and families, and Teens volunteering in all aspects of the Liturgical Celebration. Most importantly, the youth Mass remains sacred and timeless.
Why would we have retreats? Because we know that you need a chance to get away from the drama of ordinary life and spend a few days doing nothing but spending time with God and with our Catholic community of friends.