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Six Steps to Make it the Best Year Ever!

A new school year means big plans. As youth ministers, we are in the midst of planning Life Teen, Confirmation, and Edge kick-offs, doing Core training, and inviting teens to be a part of the ministry family. In the middle of the back to school chaos, it’s important to reflect […]

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BRAND NEW EDGE SUPPORT

The time has come! Your brand new, redesigned Edge Support Box is now live online and on it’s way to your parish!! You will be receiving the very first Semester Planning Guide that introduces our three-year cycle  to cover the entirety of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Existence […]

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Like, Share, Favorite.

Middle school was the worst! It was an awkward time of voice changes (for guys), odd height differentials (for girls), and pimples (for everybody). For me, it was one of the first times I can remember really wanting to be liked and accepted. Sure, in elementary school I wanted to […]

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Olympics, World Youth Day, and Luke 12

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for the Olympics! Although I love to watch the Luge competitions during the Winter Olympics, nothing beats beach volleyball, soccer, archery, swimming, and gymnastics.   Watching all the countries enter with flags raised high displaying the world’s greatest athletes takes […]

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If Only! Comparison in Youth Ministry

I don’t know about you, but the teens at my parish often drove a nicer car than I ever did. In fact, when I graduated college, my first grown up purchase was a car. It was from the showroom of a local dealership, which helped save some money. To help […]

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I Said Yes to the Cassock

There’s this girl. I’ve kinda liked her for a while and for the longest time I knew she loved me. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I could love her, not because of her imperfections but because of mine. She’s honestly great, and I just feel lucky she loves […]

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Youth Ministry Planning 101

It’s that exciting time of the year when calendars, pencils, erasers, highlighters, apps and dry erase boards help us navigate through the final plan for the next 12 months in ministry. If we are honest, we all know when we submit our final calendar to the parish secretary, it’s unfinished. […]

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Persistent Prayer

I love the boldness of Abraham in the first reading today (Genesis 18:20-32). His negotiation skills are on point. But what impresses me the most is his persistence and how he relentlessly seeks justice from God when he says, “Let not my Lord grow impatient if I go on. What […]

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Pokémon Go – Catching Teens Instead of Pokémon

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or somehow haven’t been anywhere near teens in the past week), a new mobile game has taken the world by storm. It’s possible that you’ve been noticing countless teens meandering around your church, nearby parks, malls, and other public locations with their eyes […]

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Discernment

It was a day in June, and I found myself in the adoration chapel at St. Francis Convent in Alton, Illinois. I saw the words, “Veni Si Amas” inscribed on the monstrance. Sister said to go and simply love Him. “Come if you love.” Deep down I knew He was […]

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