Social Life Nights to Put on Your Calendar NOW!

You may be wondering, which series? Which Social Life Nights? Which Issue Life Nights? Any Life Nights that pertain to the liturgical season? These are all great questions you should be asking as you plan your calendar this summer.

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Reminder: Teens Need Basics

In my last blog, I mentioned that I was somewhat surprised by two things in a session I got to facilitate for our diocesan youth conference. I wrote about “mean teens” last time and now, I want to talk about the need to address our Catholic understanding on sexuality and […]

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The Elephant On My Chest: A Life Night on Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Sadness and stress are feelings we experience. Whether a teen is suffering from a clinical disorder, or going through a difficult time, The Elephant on My Chest can help them understand what they are experiencing, teach them how to seek help or help others, and explore how they can find Jesus with them in their struggle.

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Treat Them With Mercy

When you are tired and lack patience, God desires you to be patient with someone that tries your patience in your life.

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An Important Aspect of Relational Ministry You May be Missing

There is a clear connection between relational ministry and prayer we often forget. When the teens are there, it’s time to build relationships. When they aren’t there, we can and should be praying for them.

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The Teens in Front of You

Let us not forget that Life Teen is a relationship-centered ministry. As youth leaders, we should always be engaging in relationships with teens and encouraging them to a deeper relationship with Christ. Don’t miss out on the teens in front of you!

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The Best Gift We Can Give: Praying For Your Teens

Her eyes were puffy, and her cheeks flushed. The bottom of her lip was trembling as the fake smile plastered across her face cracked. Her answers to my questions were one worded. My student had clearly been crying. Seeing that something was wrong, I told her she was more than […]

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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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On Behalf of My Fellow Teens…

What are they thinking? It’s laughable the number of times I’ve heard this from one of my parents, teachers, insert-other-adult-mentor-here. Usually, they’re referring to some new piercing trend, but occasionally they’re talking about more important things, and I wind up with the job of trying to explain my peers. Let […]

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From My Perspective: Understanding ASD

We’ve all noticed teens losing eye contact because of social media influencers and technology. For the past few years, I have been looking at what’s happening around me in the pews at Mass, and at Edge and Life Nights with new eyes. I see with eyes of a someone passionate […]

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