The LifeTeen Core Team for our high school youth in the parish truly
give of their time, and commit themselves to walking the Christian
path as a living example of the teachings of Christ. This
ministry often requires not only a commitment of time each week, but
also a commitment of love and dedication to teaching our faith to
these young people. It is important for the youth of our parish
to not only have the support of their parents in their spiritual
growth, but to also have good examples of young adults who put their
faith into practice every day.
What is the LifeTeen
Our LifeTeen program is
offered for all High School students. Life Nights are held each
Sunday evening during the school year after the 6 pm Mass. Our
Youth Minister states that the Core team is essential to the Youth
Program because, "Youth Ministry is not about one person, it is
about a team of people coming together to serve Christ through these
Our Youth Minister has a
committed group of Core Team members who assist her with lessons and
relational ministry each week. One of our teens said she
appreciates the Core Team because "they make it alive for us.
They bring everything together and make it easy for us to relate our
faith to what we are experiencing."
What Does the Core
As Catholics we are first
called to learn our faith, then we are called to teach the faith to
others. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "From
this loving knowledge of Christ, springs the desire to proclaim him,
to 'evangelize', and to lead others to the 'yes' of faith in Jesus
Christ." (CCC 429) Our Core Team puts this into
practice every week.
Religious Education within
the Church is necessary so that the youth can understand their
Christian Formation as a member of the community of faith. This
is especially important during the high school years in order to help
these young people to understand their faith as they prepare to go
into the world as adults.
Our Core Team answers this
call every week by preparing lessons and relevant materials for the
teens to lead them closer to Christ. Core member Laura Slaby
volunteers because, "This is an important stage in these kids
lives. As a young adult I can relate to them in a way they may
not get from somewhere else and lead them towards Christ."
All of our educators,
including the Core Team, must follow Diocesan guidelines for creating
a "safe environment" as well as pass a background check and
participate in an abuse prevention workshop before working with the
youth of our parish.
If you feel that you are
called to participate in teaching our young people and would like to
learn more about working with teens and being a part of our LifeTeen
Core Team, please contact the Office at