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Summit reflection video on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time with Ryan O’Connell.
Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
Hidden Lake is home to an incredible Catholic community, gorgeous views, welcoming meeting spaces and so much more. Dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ, we hope you'll be welcomed home to Hidden Lake soon.
Summers can be overwhelming for youth ministers – with so many different events offered that bless the teenage soul, how does a leader discern which opportunities are the best “fit” for the teens in their specific youth group? The good news is that Life Teen has a little something for every teen and every parish.
We’ve crafted an entire weekend with the sole focus of helping you start solid youth ministry in your parish. Bring your priest, music minister, new staff or Core Members, and anyone else who is a key player in your ministry! You're guaranteed to walk away from this training plugged in to a vast network of support, knowing that you're not in this alone.
The Next Step is a young Catholic’s guide to navigating the somewhat frustrating but wildly exciting halls of high school. Focusing on keeping Christ at the center of friendships and decisions, The Next Step provides the necessary wisdom and humor to uplift any eighth grader as they approach this new stage of life.
You are going to make thousands of decisions today and one of them might change your life. Are you confident that what you want and what God want are the same thing? Don’t leave it up to chance - leave it in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
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An Issue Night on Death and Grief
The goal of this Edge Night is to encourage youth who have experienced loss and grief to deal with with it in light of the Resurrection and hope for heaven.
An Edge Issue Night on the Second Coming and Last Judgement
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to learn more about the Second Coming of Jesus and the Last Judgment as well as the importance to remain prepared for Jesus to come again.
An Issue Night on Community Service
The goal of this Edge Night is to give the youth an opportunity to go out into their community to perform an act of service. This night is meant to put into action all that they have been learning about morality, social justice, and contributing for the good of society.
An Issue Night on Bullying
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to come to an understanding of what bullying is, why it is harmful, and how to overcome it.
An Issue Night on Peer Pressure
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to learn how to grow in confidence and learn how this confidence in who they are as a child of God can help them to identify and overcome peer pressure.
An Issue Night on Time Management
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to learn how to properly manage their time. In a world that is governed by performance, perfectionism, and involvement they will come to a greater understanding of how to handle all of these outside influences and the importance of centering themselves in Christ and in their families.
An Issue Night on Social Media
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to learn the positive and negative aspects of social media as well as the importance of face to face interaction.
An Issue Night on St. Augustine
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to come to a greater understanding of the power of Christ to convert hearts particularly through the story of St. Augustine.
An Issue Night on Family
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to come to a greater understanding of what it means to be a child of God, particularly that they are a part of a larger community and family, the Church, that will journey with them throughout their lives.
An Issue Night on Gender Identity
The goal of this Edge Night is for the youth to come to a greater understanding that they were created out of love by God, specifically as male and female. As well as to address to the issue of gender identity confusion.
An Issue Night on Homosexuality and Marriage
The goal of this night is to give the middle school youth a clear understanding of the Church’s teaching on marriage in light of the current issues and confusion in regards to homosexual “marriage.” There will also be a brief explanation of sexuality, of how men and women were created, and of God’s plan for sexuality in marriage.
An Issue Night on Loneliness and Depression
For the youth to come to know that in the midst of loneliness and depression they are not alone and that there is a God and a community that loves and cares about them.
An Issue Night on Pope Francis and World Youth Day 2013
The goal of this night is to help the youth get to know Pope Francis through his messages at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio. Youth will learn about Pope Francis and also grow in their understanding of the themes of the most recent World Youth Day.
An Issue Night on Profanity and Speech
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth see the importance of words and how they impact other people. Furthermore, they will be able to see how their words shape the person they are and their witness as Christians.
An Issue Night on Safe Environment
The goal of this night is for the middle school youth to come to a greater understanding of their dignity, worth, and their call to live healthy, happy, and holy lives. This Edge Night is intended to be a part of the Catholic Church’s initiative for continuous training and awareness in Safe Environment.
An Issue Night on Honoring Your Parents
The goal of this Edge Night is to challenge the youth to grow in appreciation for their families especially their parents. This night will help the youth learn what it means to honor their father and mother and the importance of obedience. They will also learn about the importance of the family in the world as a reflection of God and how we are all a part of the Christian family.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2013 Theme
The goal of this Edge Night is to bring the middle school youth to a deeper understanding of their personal fears and anxieties, but, even more than that, of God’s greatness that overcomes any fear they may have. By the end of the session the middle school youth will have a more concrete comprehension of what trusting in God can do to dispel fears and help them stand firm in faith.
An Issue Night on the Year of Faith
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the youth to the Year of Faith and help them know they are a beloved son or daughter of God.
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the youth to the Year of Faith and help them to deepen their faith in God.
An Issue Night on Advent
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth learn the purpose of the season of Advent and what they can do to prepare for Christ’s coming.
An Issue Night on Service and Homelessness
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand our call to shelter the homeless as one of our corporal works of mercy and to realize the human dignity of every human person.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2012 Theme
The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the youth to Life Teen’s 2012 theme, Radiant Joy, and to help the youth understand that true joy comes from having a relationship with God
An Issue Night on Technology
The goal of this Edge Night is for the young people to explore the role of technology in their lives, recognize the impact it has on us – especially in the way we communicate – and identify ways that we can use technology (and especially social media) in moderation.
An Issue Night on Spirituality & Evil
The goal of this Edge Night is to teach the youth to be aware of spiritual darkness and how to avoid it and walk in the light of Christ’s love.
An Issue Night on Gossip
The goal of this Edge Night is to discuss the ways that rumors, gossip, and slander can hurt not only the dignity of the people around us but ourselves as well; the Christian response to gossip will also be discussed.
An Issue Night on Eating Disorders
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth see that they have been created in the image and likeness of God. Because all people are created in God’s image, they have fundamental worth. This means that they have worth, regardless of image or weight.
An Issue Night on Theology of the Body
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware that our bodies speak a language through our body language, facial expressions, and the way we present ourselves.
An Issue Night on Entitlement
The goal of this Edge Night is to challenge the middle school youth’s false sense of entitlement. God does not call us to be self-centered or to expect that everything we want will be given to us. Instead He calls us to humility, selflessness, and to trust in Him for our needs.
An Issue Night on Service and Motherhood
The goal of this Edge Night is to provide your local pregnancy resource center with the essential items to help mothers and their babies. We also want the youth to understand the importance of their involvement in the lives of those families in need.
An Issue Night on Integrity
The goal of this Edge Night is to show the youth the importance of having personal integrity as a part of their Christian lifestyle and mission.
An Issue Night on Drugs and Alcohol
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also our Christian responsibility as a middle school youth to resist the temptation to drink or do drugs.
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware of the dangers and consequences of bullying others. The youth will understand that every person deserves respect because we are made in the image and likeness of God.
An Issue Night on Modesty
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the youth aware of the fruit of the spirit called modesty in both what they wear and how they communicate. The goal is also to help them understand that modesty is not only about what they wear, but knowing the body is sacred.
An Issue Night on Service and Corporal Works of Mercy
This year we are focusing on the corporal work of mercy of “giving drink to the thirsty.” This Edge Night will give the youth an awareness of the lack of clean water to millions of people in the world. Through a “change drive,” the global Life Teen and Edge community will raise money to build and maintain four water wells in Africa. Finally, this Edge Night will reveal Christ as “living water” for all our needs.
An Issue Night on Forgiveness
The goal of this Edge Night is to allow the middle school youth to learn about the importance of forgiveness. They will learn why forgiveness is so important not only in their daily lives, but as a party of their relationship with God as well.
An Issue Night on Morality
To help the middle school youth understand that morality is not about following a set of rules, but rather it is a response to God’s call for us to be in a relationship with Him.
An Issue Night on Popularity
The middle school youth will come to a deeper understanding that popularity should not be our goal, but rather life in Christ, which leads to true happiness. This night will call the group to challenge their assumptions about popularity and seek acceptance and belonging in Christ instead.
An Issue Night On Depression
The middle school youth will take a deeper look into the serious topic of depression and how this is manifested in their lives. The sessions will also help the middle school youth to seek Jesus Christ to help them, as well as their friends and family when they experience depression.
An Issue Night on Physical and spiritual Poverty
The middle school youth will come to an understanding that we need to be spiritually poor in order to better follow Jesus
The middle school youth will come to a greater understanding of the Season of Advent and what Catholics do in preparation for Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ.
The middle school youth will receive a basic overview of the Theology of the Body and learn the importance of living a pure and chaste life.
The goal of this night is to look at the advantages and disadvantages of many of today’s technological advances, especially those in communication, and to encourage the middle school youth to use these forms of technology in the right ways.
An Issue Night on Divorce
The middle school youth will come to a deeper understanding of the Church’s teaching on divorce and how to deal with its consequences in their lives.
The middle school youth will come to understand the issues concerning bullying, and learn how to act with a Christ-like heart when faced with these trying situations
An Issue Night on Making Christ a Priority
The middle school youth will develop a greater understanding of the importance of making Christ the center of their life.
An Issue Night on Service and Poverty
To help the middle school youth look at the excess that often crowds our lives and how excess (both physical and spiritual) often leaves no room for God.
An Issue Night on Patience
The middle school youth will come to a deeper understanding of the virtue of patience and the role it plays in their daily lives in order to develop a more patient and enduring heart for Christ.
An Issue Night on Lent
The middle school youth will develop a deeper awareness of the season of Lent; its traditions and signi cance to the spiritual life of a Christian.
An Issue Night on Cheating
The middle school youth will develop a greater understanding of why cheating is destructive and how we are called to act as Catholics.
An Issue Night on Priorities
The middle school youth will examine the priorities in their lives and be challenged to see the importance of setting Christ and their faith life above all other things. Their other priorities will fall into place when God is set as number one.
An Issue Night on Making Good Choices
The middle schoolers will recognize the importance of making good choices; whether small or large; in their lives. They will realize that many of the choices they make affect them more than they know, as well as realizing that their choices can affect other people too.
An Issue Night on Dealing with Stress
The middle school youth will discover new ways to deal with stress in their lives. They will also learn to prioritize their lives to eliminate some of the things that cause stress.
An Issue Night on Finding Joy in Christ
The middle school youth will gain a deeper understanding of what true joy is and how it can only be found in a life centered on Jesus Christ.
An Issue Night on the Media
The middle school youth will develop a deeper understanding of the effects of the media on their lives. They will be challenged to be conformed to Christ, rather than the in uences from TV, magazines, and the Internet.