Below you will find free downloads of planning guides to help Priests and Youth Ministers host Life Nights or Bible Studies about Vocations for teenagers. Teens, if your church doesn’t ever talk about teens trying to figure out what they’re going to be when they grow up, download these resources and email them to your parish priest. You can usually find his email address on your church’s website. Skip to:
- True Life | Holy Orders: The Vocation of Holy Orders
- A Marriage Made in Heaven
- For Better or Worse: The Vocation of Marriage
- Vocations Bible Study
- Parent Life, Beyond the Cradle
1. True Life | Holy Orders: The Vocation of Holy Orders
The goal of this Life Night is to understand the universal vocation of holiness and how each individual vocation flows from the call to holiness. This night will give the teens tools to discern their own vocation… The night opens with a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. The teens will actively participate in the story based on their choices. The story leads into a teaching on the universal call to holiness as the foundation of all vocations. The teens will be given a time for personal assessment on their individual journey of holiness. Members of the community will share their witness of living out their vocations and give teens a few practical tools in discernment of their own vocation. The night ends with Eucharistic Adoration with the focus on heaven as the goal for all vocations.
Download: True Life | Holy Orders
2. A Marriage Made in Heaven
This Life Night will help teens understand why Holy Orders is a vocation and how the vocation is lived out. This night will also give teens a chance to hear the real life discernment stories of priests and deacons. Finally, this night will give teen practical ways to discern their vocation.
Download: A Marriage Made in Heaven
3. For Better or Worse: The Vocation of Marriage
This Life Night will look at the vocation of Marriage as a unique calling from God designed to mirror Christ’s love for the Church. The teens will understand that the grace of the Sacrament gives couples the ability to live holy, lifelong Marriages. Finally, this night will look specifically at dating relationships as a foundation for discernment and Marriage preparation.
Download: For Better or Worse
4. Vocations Bible Study
This is an informative Bible study that allows the leader to interact heavily with teenagers.
Download: Vocations Bible Study
5. BONUS: Parent Life, Beyond the Cradle
The goal for this night is to get parents thinking and talking about the challenges and blessings of raising Catholic teens today. This night will help parents identify their own strengths as a Catholic parent, identify the challenges they currently have and share in the blessings that being Catholic brings. They will also be reminded of their vocation to be a parent.
Download: Parent Life | Beyond the Cradle