What is Life Teen?
Life Teen started at St. Timothy parish in Mesa, Arizona. Since its beginning, the movement has spread across the nation & to over twenty countries worldwide. It is a dynamic & comprehensive youth ministry that concentrates on leading teens closer to Christ through strong Eucharistic spirituality & dedication to our Blessed Mother.
How is catechesis taught? What textbook do you use?
There are no classrooms & no “textbooks” in the Life Teen model. Instead, the teens learn about & interact with their faith through Life Nights, which take place on Sunday evenings. They hear the message of the week & pray together in a large group setting & then break into small groups to further reflect on what they have heard. All of our material comes from two main sources, the Bible & the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Life Teen uses a four year curriculum that is based on the guidelines set forth by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
What does Life Teen look like at Saint Bridget?
Please join us in prayer as we seek a new Youth Minister for the parish. We hope to begin offering Life Nights in the Spring Semester for our high school youth.
Who plans the Life Nights? Who runs them?
To be updated soon - please check back.
Who can attend Life Nights?
Life Nights are open to all teens in grades nine through twelve, from any area high school. No, you do not have to be registered to attend. You don’t even have to be a member of our parish. Come, & bring a friend!
How can parents get involved?
The success of the Saint Bridget Life Teen program is directly related to the number of hands that pitch in to help. There are many ways you can get involved. An invaluable part of our ministry is the Food Team, a group of parents that prepare & serve dinner for the teens after Mass on Sunday evenings. Another group of parents, the Core Team collaborates with the Youth Minister by planning Life Nights & by leading small groups at weekly meetings. Core Team members are part catechist, part cheerleader, part sympathetic ear for the teens. For more information on these ministries, please contact Dan Harms, Youth Mininter. We are always looking for willing hearts to join us!
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St. Bridget Church is in its second year of piloting the new Diocesan Confirmation program for the 2010-2011 school year. In some ways, the pilot program will look similar to the Confirmation preparation process that already takes place at St. Bridget Church. However, there are a number of marked differences that parents & students need to be aware of:
- The age for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is being reduced from 11th grade (or 16 years of age) to 10th grade.
- This program will be separate and distinct from a program of adolescent catechesis; this means that a young person must concurrently participate in religious education either at a parish (Life Teen at St. Bridget) or a Catholic school (St. Gertrude or Benedictine) during the Confirmation process.
- The process of Confirmation preparation will be a one year program.
- Participation in a prior year of religious education is not required for a student to take part in Confirmation preparation for 2010-2011.
- The Diocese has set the following criteria to determine who is eligible to participate in Confirmation preparation during the pilot year:
- 10th or 11th graders who are registered in the parish as of May 1, 2010, can participate.
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St. Augustine said that when you sing, you pray twice. Music is an integral part of our youth ministry program. We begin each Life Night with the 5:00 p.m. evening Mass. The music for this Mass is provided by the Contemporary Choir, a group of adults and teens who are passionate about good, contemporary, Catholic music. The choir is always recruiting new members, especially male vocalists, percussionists and anyone with experience running a sound board. For more information, please contact Anne Marie Condlin.
We are excited to get the year started! Registration forms for LifeTeen (9-12th grades) are available below. Early (discounted) registration closes Friday, August 24th. Call 525-7901 or e-mail Dan with questions. The programming schedule will be posted soon!
Life Teen National’s website is full of daily devotionals, answers to your questions about faith, movie & music reviews, cool wallpapers, scholarship competitions and more. Check it out!
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Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved. All are welcome!
Catholic Heart Work Camp
While we just beginning a new school year, preparations for next summer’s mission trips are well under way. Our parish is energized by the enthusiasm of our youth. We have all heard people say that the youth are the future of the Church. I disagree! We are the church right now, striving to live out God’s word. Your interest & service are outward signs of your internal faith.
Faith, service & community are the three goals of Catholic Heart Workcamp. We are not signing up for a one week camp but rather for a year of growing & working to deepen our faith, build our church community & serve our sisters & brothers in Christ.
We look forward to a great year and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us each step of the way!
CHWC Mission Statement
CHWC Schedule (to be updated soon!)
CHWC Application, Adult
CHWC Appliction, Student
For more information regarding CHWC, please contact:
Anne-Marie & Andy Condlin or call them at 804.741.5305 .
For information regarding peanut sales, please call Steve Lang, 804.741.1327.