About Our Ministries
What is LIFE TEEN?
LIFE TEEN is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.
What does the LIFE TEEN Program look like at Cabrini?
Our Sr. High LIFE TEEN Program consists of the following components:
- Weekly participation at Mass. The liturgy at the Sunday night LIFE TEEN Mass at 5:15 is planned with the teenager in mind.
- YAK Nights (youth group nights) that follow the 5:15 Mass on Sunday evenings as scheduled.
- A Peer Leader Program where teens participate in ministry by assisting with the planning and implementation of the Jr. High and Confirmation Programs and by sharing their faith with younger teens.
- Weekly small group Bible studies, also called Discipleship Groups, that are led by trained young adult facilitators
- Weekend retreat experiences that lead teens into a deeper spirituality and relationship with Christ.
- Personal ministry between our youth ministers/adult volunteers and our teens.
What is EDGE?
EDGE is the Jr. High component of the LIFE TEEN Program and meets on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 in the Frassati Room.
What do the EDGE Nights look like?
Our EDGE Nights involve a variety of elements designed to help teens build relationships with other teens and leaders, grow socially and most importantly mature in their faith. EDGE Nights are run in a large group format, but we also utilize small group discussions in order to give the teens the opportunity to share and develop faith-based relationships. Also incorporated into our nights are plenty of opportunities for fun! The teens arrive to a room decorated to the theme for the night. Then, we start the night with an icebreaker game or activity. Additionally, we utilize skits and multimedia presentations as often as possible to support our teaching.
Who runs the EDGE Nights?
The EDGE Core Team is made up of youth office staff and adult volunteers, all of whom have had the required background check and safe environment training man- dated by the Archdiocese. The Peer Leaders are older teens, usually seniors or sophomores, who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and serve our ministry by participating in the planning, preparation and implementation of the EDGE Nights. They are a key component to this program as the younger teens are drawn to their example of faith and see them as mentors.
What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
On the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did indeed come down in an extraordinary way on the apostles as they were gathered together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the group of disciples. They were "so filled with" the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) that by divine inspiration they began to proclaim "the mighty works of God."
In the sacrament of confirmation the apostles and the bishops, who are their successors, hand on to the baptized the special gift of the Holy Spirit, promised by Christ the Lord and poured out upon the apostles at Pentecost. Thus the initiation in the Christian life is completed so that believers are strengthened by power from heaven, made true witnesses of Christ in word and deed, and bound more closely to the Church.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: "Be Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit."
What to expect through the Year
As a Confirmation candidate this year, your teen can expect many powerful and life changing experiences. They will be placed in a small group with 10-12 other teens, a group leader and a peer leader.
Throughout the year their small group will walk together through the preparation for the sacrament. The small groups help the core team to get to know the teens more closely and help them grow closer to Christ.
Once a month the teens will meet on Sundays which are called Super Sundays. On these days we will break open the Catechism through a youth group format of icebreakers, talks, small group time and prayer. Starting in January your teen will also meet once a month with their small group in a home meeting. During these meetings the group will further break open the catechism with topics such as prayer, the bible and morality.
Confirmation is offered to teens 9th grade and above, and features five monthly "Super Sundays", retreat days, and a weekend retreat. A key part of the program is the small group connection that forms among the teens throughout the year. Preparation begins in October and ends with the Confirmation Ceremony in May.
What is Discipleship?
By definition, a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way.
Teens in Discipleship Groups meet weekly and are guided by a trained young adult facilitator. Each group is gender based and aimed at helping teens to grow in their faith by studying Sacred Scripture while being mentored by a young adult who is faithfully living the Catholic Faith. We currently have over 200 teens in over 40 groups!