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Summit reflection video for The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Joel Stepanek.
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A Life Night on Scandal and Corruption Within the Church
The goal of this Life Night is to discuss scandal and corruption within the Church, while remaining assured of Christ’s victory over evil. The teens will also be encouraged to rise and become the saints the Church of today needs.
An Issue Night on Depression and Anxiety Disorders
The goal of this Life Night is to help teens recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders and give them tools to help themselves and peers experiencing depression or anxiety.
An Issue Night on Depression and Anxiety Disorders for Parents
The goal of this Life Night is to teach parents the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders, reduce the stigma of a diagnosis, and explore resources and practical steps to help teens who are struggling.
An Issue Night Addressing Crisis
The goal of this Life Night is to discuss the emotions teens may experience when a crisis happens, and the existence of evil, as well as inspire them to have hope in Jesus when it’s dark. The Life Night is designed to be general so it can be adapted to meet the needs of various crisis situations.
An Issue Night on Scandal and Corruption Within the Church
An Issue Night on Living the Faith in the Public Square
The goal of this Life Night is to introduce teens to their responsibility to live out their faith in the public square. It also discusses the importance of viewing our own world and political systems in light of the Kingdom of God and our goal of Heaven.
An Issue Night on Atheism
The goal of this Life Night is to have an open, honest discussion about atheism. The Life Night focuses on answering the common objections that Catholics hear about the existence of God and equips the teens with tips on how to enter into a conversation with our non-believing brothers and sisters.
An Issue Night on Coping with Military Deployment
The goal of this Life Night is to help teens struggling with friends or family members who are being deployed in the military.
An Issue Night on Art and Culture
This Life Night introduces teenagers to the transcendental nature of beauty according to the Church’s tradition. It helps them to appreciate all forms of art (sacred or otherwise) that predispose the soul to virtue.
A Life Night About Family
The goal of this Life Night is to help teens understand the nature of the family is agape, sacrificial love. Teens are given examples of the members of the Holy Family as models for the roles of members of their families, and challenged to love their parents by honoring the Fourth Commandment.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2014 Theme
The goal of this Life Night is to introduce teenagers to Life Teen’s 2014 theme. “Inspire(d),” and challenge them to be attentive to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in their own lives, and to bring the love of God to those around them.
An Issue Night on Stewardship
The goal for this Life Night is to help teens put money and possessions in their proper context in comparison to people, and especially God. It will help them understand the freeing power of stewardship.
An Issue Night on Safe Environment
The goal of this life night is to help teenagers realize their dignity and worth as given by God. It will challenge teens to understand what a safe environment is, and why our dignity requires that we work for the safety and respect of everyone.
An Issue Night on Offenses Against Truth in Social Media
The goal of this life night is to help the teens understand the social, moral, and spiritual ramifications of misusing social networks. By the end of the night the teens will understand how to use discernment and the virtue of temperance when using social media.
An Issue Night on Suicide and Depression
The goal of this Life Night is to begin conversation regarding suicide and depression, educate students on what to do if they or a friend is depressed or suicidal, and clear up misconceptions in regard to Church teaching on suicide.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2013 Theme
The goal of this Life Night is to introduce teenagers to Life Teen’s 2013 theme, “Fearless.” It will challenge teens to not allow their fears to overcome them, and to trust in Christ in all circumstances.
An Issue Night on the Second Coming of Christ
The goal of this night is to dispel any misconceptions teenagers may have about the end of the world, and help them understand what the Church teaches about Christ’s Second Coming and the world’s final judgment.
An Issue Night on Living the Missionary Call
The goal of this Life Night is to teach teens what it means to be missionary, to raise awareness of Life Teen Missions, and to invite and empower the teens to be missionary in their own lives.
An Issue Night on Advent
The teens will examine how the hopeful anticipation of the season of Advent compares to their own feelings regarding their hopes and dreams for the future. They will be encouraged not to wish to speed time up or “fast-forward” into their future, but to enjoy the time of anticipation as a gift from God that helps prepare us for the future and reminds us to prepare for the coming of Christ.
An Issue Night on homelessness
This night will help teens recognize the face of Christ in persons who are homeless. It focuses less on the “why” of homelessness and more on the “who.” The ultimate goal of this night is to challenge teens to donate items for their local homeless shelter and to make an ongoing donation of their time in service to those in poverty in their community.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2012 Theme
The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens break open Life Teen’s 2012 theme, “Radiant Joy.” This night looks at the origin of joy as a gift from God and how this fruit of the Spirit must be shared.
An Issue Night on Christian Friendship
The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand the need for friendships. This Life Night will also give the teens an opportunity to evaluate how good a friend they are to those they call friends. Finally, this Life Night will help the teens understand the need for solid, Christ-centered friendships.
An Issue Night on Prom
The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens transform their thinking about prom into an opportunity to live out their faith. The night will also challenge the teens to live as examples of purity and integrity in the way they think and act before, during and after prom.
An Issue Night on St. Joseph
The goal for this night is for the teens to learn more about the important role St. Joseph played in the life of Jesus, and how we honor and celebrate him today.
An Issue Night on Service and Motherhood
This is our fourth annual Global Life Night and service project. The goal of this project is to provide your local pregnancy resource center with the essential items to help mothers and their babies. The goal of this Life Night is for the teens to look at the lives behind the “abortion debate” and to serve and pray for the most vulnerable of our society.
An Issue Night on Speech and Profanity
The goal of this Life Night is to help the teens understand that their words are powerful and that we all need to watch what we say to one another. This night will also look at how our speech can affect other people in both a positive and a negative way. Finally, this night will address how our speech can shape our Christian identity.
An Issue Night for Seniors and their Parents
The goal of this Life Night is to help seniors in high school and their parents make a smooth transition into college. This night will address challenges teenagers and parents face, and give them an opportunity to enter into a time of prayer in Eucharistic Adoration.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2011 Theme
The goal of this night is to introduce Life Teen’s annual theme to the teens of the parish. In this Life Night, the teens will gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit, how we are to pray to and with the Spirit of God, and how He works within our lives.
An Issue Night on Drugs and Alcohol
The goal of this Life Night is to break open the Church’s stance on drugs and alcohol and how it relates to the teen’s lives. This Life Night will also help the teens understand how using drugs and alcohol is not only a sin but also hinders their true freedom found in Christ. finally, this Life Night will challenge the teens to pray for those in their lives who struggle with drugs and alcohol and be a witness of god’s love to them.
An Issue Night on St. Patrick
The goal of this Life Night is to break open the life of St. Patrick and help the teens better understand their journey to sainthood specifically through the need for a prayer life and trust in God’s will.
An Issue Night on Stealing
The goal for this Life Night is to help the teens understand that stealing is not limited to just theft but encompasses a larger range of topics. This night will challenge the teens to take a closer look at their lives and break any habits of stealing.
An Issue Night on Giving Drink to the Thirsty
This is our third annual Global Life Night and service project. This year we are focusing on the corporal work of mercy of “giving drink to the thirsty.” This Life Night will give teens an awareness of the lack of clean water to millions of people in the world. Through a “change drive,” the global Life Teen community will raise money to build and maintain four water wells in Africa. Finally, this Life Night will reveal Christ as “living water” for all our needs.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2010 Theme
The goal of this Life Night is to introduce Life Teen’s 2010 theme, behold the mystery. This Life Night will help the teens understand that the mysteries of our faith are not to be solved, rather treasured and lived.
An Issue Night on Lent
The goal of this Life Night gives both teens and their families an opportunity to break open the season of Lent, specifically the theme of sacrifice. It also challenges the teens and families to create a Lenten prayer plan.
An Issue Night on Our Lady of Guadalupe
The goal of this Life Night is to use the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to teach the teens about Mary, her apparitions, and lead them to a deeper understanding and devotion to her.
An Issue Night on Service and Poverty
The goal of this Life Night is to give teens an awareness of the effects of poverty in their own community, in particular the issue of hunger and lack of proper nutrition. This Life Night will call them to action through a food drive and to prayer through a challenge to fast. Finally, this Life Night will help connect teens to the larger Life Teen family.
An Issue Night on Pornography
The goal of this night is to address the issue of pornography and its devastating effects on the dignity of the human person.
An Issue Night on the Dignity of Human Life
Using the story Horton Hears a Who as a basis, this night will help the teens understand what it means to protect and defend life at all stages. This life night will address the entire spectrum of pro-life issues and call the teens to actively speak out for the dignity and respect of all human life.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2009 Theme
The goal for this Life Night is to help the teens break open the Life Teen 2009 theme “Heroic Virtue.” This night looks at the theological and cardinal virtues and how they relate to teenagers lives. This night will also give the teens practical ways to use each of the virtues.
An Issue Night on the Triduum
The goal for this night is to immerse the teens into the celebration of the Triduum through prayer and re ection of each day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The teens will experience the richness of the traditions of the Church that will help them enter more fully into the three days of the Triduum.
An Issue Night on Faithful Citizenship
The goal for this night is to inform teens on the need for involvement in public life. This night will give teens practical ways to integrate their faith into public life and making decisions on important issues.
An Issue Night on the Occult
The goal for this night is to bring to light the dangers of the occult in all its various forms. This night will also help the teens understand the power of their guardian angel and the intercession of St. Michael.
An Issue Night on Homosexuality
The goal for this night is to give the teens a clear understanding of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality as well as the need for love and compassion for those with a homosexual orientation.
An Issue Night on Service & Possessions
This night will help teens look at the excess that often crowds our lives and how excess (both physical and spiritual) often leaves no room for God. Through a clothing drive, this night will give the teens an opportunity to share their possessions with the less fortunate and learn how charity and service are vital parts of an active faith life. Finally, this night will help the teens to connect with the larger Life Teen community.
The goal for the night is to help the teens understand how the season of Lent calls us out of the garden and into the desert with Christ for a time of preparation and purification. This night will also help the teens experience through the five senses the changes that happen during Lent within the Church.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2008 Theme
The goal for this night is to give teens a working understanding of grace as God’s free gift of Himself. This night will show the teens how grace is always at work in their lives. They will also see that we can DO nothing without God’s grace but we are called to actively receive God’s free gift.
An Issue Night on Response to Tragedy
This night is designed to be used if there is a tragedy in your parish or local community such as illness, car accident, suicide or death. In moments of crisis, teens need a safe place to process, grieve and pray.
Help teens understand the purpose of Advent and what Christ is calling them to as they prepare for Christmas. This night will give them practical, concrete ways to pray the four weeks of Advent.
An Issue Night on Tithing
The goal of this Life Night is to help teens understand that everything we have first belongs to God and that the practice of tithing can bring freedom from materialism and greed. Many teens feel as though the call to tithe is only for adults, but this night should help teens understand how tithing is connected to a healthy spirituality at any age.
An Issue Night on Life Teen’s 2007 theme
Too often we think that the sacred and holy is something far off and separate from our everyday experience – that sacred is confined just to a Church or just to Sundays. The goal of this night is to help teens recognize the sacredness of the people and world around them. This night will also allow them to respond to God’s sacred presence by choosing holiness in their everyday lives.