Faith Formation ~ High School Youth GroupLife Teen - Leading Teens Closer to Christ
Preparation of youth is of critical importance in this transitional time of life. Therefore our program seeks to embrace our youth on their journey of life and their questioning of the world and give them a space to wonder, challenge, think about their faith in a safe place where their voice can be heard and valued. Within this group, there is the opportunity for those seeking the sacrament of Confirmation to be prepared for and receive this sacrament.
Since this sacrament is not a “graduation” from all things church related, we have integrated the preparation for this sacrament into the wider reality of the responsibility that all young people have for living out their faith. Therefore older high school aged individuals who have received the sacrament can mentor/be peer advisers for younger ones. In this way we seek to build a community of faith within their peer group which lives within and is supported by the greater body of our worshiping community.
As part of this formation process we try to instill how our community lives it mission and vision of being a community transformed by word and sacrament for service. To that end, service is not an added component to the program, but rather constitutive element of it. It will help them mature and grow and help them understand how they are to develop into a thoughtful, compassionate person of faith who embraces service as part of who they are.
The High School Faith Formation program at St. Rita Catholic Church is proud to utilize Life Teen as its teaching curriculum.
As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.
Life Teen was launched as a parish-based youth ministry in Mesa, AZ focused on the Mass and gathering teens together at a Life Night. We continue to be focused on bringing teens to Christ in the Eucharist and gathering them to be formed in the Roman Catholic faith.
Number of parishes implementing Edge or Life Teen. Life Teen can be found in 31 countries, including Canada, South Africa, China, Malaysia, The Philippines, East Africa, Uganda, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, England, and the Netherlands.
Combined number of teens and adults who go to a Life Night or Edge Night, go to a Summer Camp or Steubenville Youth Conference each summer, interact with us on LifeTeen.com or social media, or who go to a weekly youth Mass. The movement continues to grow.