What is Life Teen?
Life Teen is a movement and ministry founded in the United States in the 1980s. It focuses on meeting teens where they are at and leading them to Christ through relational ministry, catechesis, and by bringing teenagers to the Eucharist. It is for anyone in high school and engages with their day to day experiences in their faith, in their lives, and in the world.
When is Life Teen?
Life Teen begins with mass at 5:00pm on Saturdays at Holy Family. Following mass (usually around 6:15 pm) youth and the Core team enjoy a meal together. The Life Night, which focuses on a different issue or topic each night, begins at 7:00 pm and runs until 8:30 pm.
What happens at Life Teen?
Following the mass and the meal, teens will be engaged in a game or contest of different sorts. Following this, one of the Core team will give some catechesis about different teachings of the Church or about topics we experience daily. The teens will then split into small groups, each led by members of the Core team, where discussion of the catechesis will take place. This is not a simple question and answer style group, but discussion that the teens control and direct. Once small groups finish, there is a "Send" activity to finish off the night which is often prayerful in nature. To cap off the night, everyone gathers around the altar and prays together and for each others intentions.
On top of the standard nights, Life Teen has social nights, trips, a retreat, and the chance to attend Steubenville Toronto every year.
What can I expect at Life Teen?
First and foremost, chances to encounter God. Christ is what this ministry is focused around and we want to give you the chance to engage with him whenever we can. He is actively seeking you and we just want to help you connect. Life Teen is also a place where genuine relationships are found - ones that strengthen us in our faith and help us strive to be the best Christians we can be. Small groups facilitate open and honest sharing (which remains confidential within the group) and this leads to incredibly deep bonds which can be hard to find elsewhere. We here at Holy Family promise to offer you support and love no matter where you are on your faith walk and without judgment. We are all sinners on the path to sainthood and we just want to walk together.