Life Teen High School Youth Ministry
Life Teen is a program that provides Faith Formation opportunities for 9th to 12th School Students. The goal of Life Teen is to create an environment to lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. It speaks to teens on all levels: emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.
The Life Nights falls under one of three categories: catechetical, issue, or social. The primary objective is to encourage teens to realize a deeper relationship with Christ and to challenge them to live their faith as they carry out their daily lives. Teens experience this sharing in an atmosphere of love and acceptance from their peers and the adult leaders who are there to assist them in their journey.
Session Time (Life Nights)
- Wednesdays (5:00 pm- 6:30pm)
- 3rd Sundays of the month (3:30pm-5:30pm)
Enrollment is now open and we are currently accepting registrations.
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 on Wednesday evenings at 5:00pm and 3rd Sunday afternoons at 3:30pm in Faith Formation 2 Center.
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.