Spring 2020 Confirmation Postponement & Updates

(Updated April 29, 2020) We have dedicated a page on the Life Teen Fatima website to specifically follow the Spring 2020 Confirmation postponement. As we receive updates from the Archdiocese of Boston on safely rescheduling this event, we will post them on LifeTeenFatima.com/classof2022.

(Updated April 2, 2020) Thank you all for your patience as we consider an appropriate course of action for the Spring 2020 Confirmation. Today we received notification from the Archdiocese of Boston that the May 2 Confirmation Masses at St. Bridget Parish and Our Lady of Fatima Parish will be postponed, until we can do so safely. At this time, we have removed the events from our Parish calendars and will continue to evaluate as the current situation unfolds. 

As we await further guidance from the Archdiocese, we want you to know that we are committed to celebrating these Sacraments with the joy and reverence that this milestone deserves. We understand that the Sacrament of Confirmation requires a lot of coordination with their sponsors, family travel and celebrations. As the Sacrament is administered by a Bishop, there is additional coordination at the parish level as well. Between the 283 parishes across the Archdiocese of Boston, scheduling Confirmations is normally a bulky task. The inclusion of recent postponements and the ongoing health concerns make the process even more challenging. 

We will be quick to deliver information and updates as soon as we receive them to facilitate planning. We will also be creative and flexible moving forward, ensuring that our candidates and their families have impactful celebrations that are mindful of the constant changes in these uncertain times.

Thank you to all that have been reaching out to check in on what is next with Confirmation. Please keep this sentiment going and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions and concerns. We will continue to make materials available online and host virtual social events online for our teens. The spiritual development of our teens was the number one focus of this program on day one, and nothing has changed about that. While our scenery and daily routines have changed a bit, the mission of Life Teen will continue on.

Persona Christi (Teaching Materials)

The following materials are from the “Persona Christi” Life Teen Life Night guide.

PROCLAIM:

THE VOCATION OF HOLY ORDERS
A priest receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Holy Orders, as you may remember, is one of the four vocations a person can have. The other three are marriage, consecrated life, and committed single life. Like all vocations, Holy Orders is rooted in our universal vocation: God’s call to everyone to be holy; to love God and to love our neighbor. 

A man who lives out the vocation of Holy Orders directs his entire life toward the salvation of others. His mission is the same as the Church; his goal is to get every person to heaven and to continually build up the People of God on earth. Jesus, himself, gave this special mission to the Church; it is carried out continuously by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the vocation of Holy Orders.

There are three levels to the vocation of Holy Orders. These three are the episcopate (bishops), the presbyterate (priest), and the diaconate (deacons). each level serves a specific purpose and is obedient to the level above it. We are going to talk specifically about bishops and priests at this Life Night; deacons also receive Holy Orders, but they live it out in a way different from bishops and priests. We will give them a Life Night all their own.

Bishops and priests share many things in common; in fact, every bishop is a priest (although not every priest is a bishop). They are both called to “feed the Church by Word and by the grace of God.” This means that they hold a special responsibility to preach the Gospel and celebrate the Sacraments. Bishops and priests are both “ordained” into their ministry. “Ordination” happens as part of the Sacrament of Holy Orders; it is an action that sets a man apart for the priesthood. When a priest is ordained he makes vows of obedience to his bishop and celibacy; he commits his whole life to the service of Christ and the Church. A priest from a religious order also makes a vow of poverty. These vows represent the sacrifices a man is making in order to serve Christ and the Church selflessly, just the same way a husband and wife promise to love each other selflessly in marriage.

During the ordination rite, a bishop lays hands on the man who wishes to become a priest and asks that he be given the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament brings a man into Holy Orders. This Tradition goes all the way back to the apostles at the beginning of the Church.

At the Last Supper, Jesus began the priesthood of the New Covenant with the apostles who had gathered there. He did this so they could be a visible sign of the Church and could continue to carry out his ministry. He commands them to celebrate the eucharist. At his Ascension, he commands them to baptize others and create more disciples. Once they receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they go out to preach the Good News of Jesus. This began the ministry of Word and Sacrament. As the Church grew, the disciples set apart, or “ordained” more men to serve in the ministry. They did this by laying hands on them and asking God for the same gifts of the Holy Spirit they had received. This has continued at the ordination of every priest and bishop. They can trace their ordination back to the Last Supper, when Jesus gave the eucharist to the disciples. That’s pretty amazing.

It is because of this ordination that bishops and priests are able to stand in the place of Christ for us. In Latin, we say that they are acting in persona Christi capitas, or “as Christ the Head of the Church.” This means that when a bishop or priest is celebrating the sacraments, it isn’t the priest who is performing the sacrament, it is Christ acting through him. This service is wholly dependent on Christ and not the person; that is how powerful the Sacrament of Holy Orders is. 

When God calls men to this vocation this is what He is calling them to— a life of service by acting in the place of Jesus Christ, the Son, in order to serve the people of God and help them get to heaven.

THE EPISCOPATE
Some men who become priests will be called to God to serve as bishops. It is important for anyone who is discerning Holy Orders to realize that the priesthood does not work like a “career.” Just because you serve as priest does not mean you will become a bishop. The Holy Spirit guides the Church in selecting men for this level of the vocation.

If a man is called to be a bishop, his vocation grows from serving a parish, to having teaching authority and “rule” over an entire area. We call this area a “diocese.” The bishop serves his vocation as a living apostle for the Church. He serves the Church by making sure things that are being taught in the diocese are in line with Church teaching, calling new men to the priesthood and ordaining them, and guiding the direction of all the parishes in unity by acting as their “shepherd.” He also is called to act as the unified voice of the Catholic Church in that area. Bishops will often stand in the public arena and fight for the Truths that the Catholic Church teaches and for the salvation of all people. This is in addition to celebrating the sacraments of the Church, managing employees, making sure the diocese is taking care of its money, etc. 

A bishop also participates in a “college” of bishops. This community of bishops helps makes decisions for the entire Church, and provides special guidance for the country that those bishops reside in. Bishops serve in a variety of ways, and it is a lot of work. Thankfully, they have some co-workers to help. 

THE PRESBYTERATE 
A priest lives out his vocation to Holy Orders by serving, in obedience, as a co- worker for the bishop of his diocese. Since the bishop cannot be at every parish, the priest is given authority by the bishop to preach the gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and (you guessed it) lead the People of God towards heaven. A priest draws his strength from celebrating the mass; this is also when he exercises the greatest aspect of his vocation. At mass, he stands in place of Christ so that we can all celebrate the eucharist. 

BREAK:

Discussion questions:

  • How would you explain the importance of the priesthood to a non-Catholic?
  • How has a Priest made a positive difference in your life, personally?
  • What are some questions you still have about the priesthood?
  • What are some ways you can discern your own vocation right now?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Life Teen Contingency Plan In Place

Greetings All!

A good youth minister has a backup plan when it comes to unforeseen weather, broken technology, and rowdy student behavior. A youth minister who has a backup plan for a global pandemic, however, would have been considered “odd” until about two weeks ago. While we did not have a perfect backup plan for COVID-19 waiting in our back pocket, the team at OLF has been working hard to keep our youth ministry programs thriving. Until we are back in the swing of having “in-person” activities, we will distribute our resources electronically.

Temporary Schedule:
We now have a temporary/online Life Teen schedule in place. Almost weekly, Life Night materials will be posted online for review. These materials will be a mixture of written and audio-visual resources. Resources will not require all teens to be reviewing them at the same time. We will, however, have livestream components throughout our time of “social distance” available for our teens to engage with. The first event being Face Time Bingo tomorrow night (3/22) at 6:30!

Where the “in-person” schedule had to work around the school schedules, our online calendar has more flexibility to it. Teens will have at least a week to review all materials before moving on to new materials. The online schedule has pushed many of the previous scheduled Life Nights ahead in the schedule. We will use the online schedule indefinitely, adding to it if needed, until we are cleared to go back to our “in-person” schedule.

Our first “online” Life Night will have materials available next week (3/29)!

Life Teen Fatima & COVID-19
We have begun to put together some common questions being asked when it comes to how our halt in in-person activities will affect the program. This includes questions on how Confirmation prep will be different. Please visit lifeteenfatima.com/covid19 to review this information.

Additional Resources
We are in an unprecedented time in history. Of course, this can be an anxious and confusing time. In addition to sharing resources for teens in the program, we will be sharing resources for the entire family (and friends!) as well. We start by sharing this video from Ascension Presents called “How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic”. It’s a great resource for helping us all balance our faith and reason in times of such uncertainty. The presenter of this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz, will be presenting at the Steubenville East Conference which we are scheduled to attend this summer.

March 8 Life Night Recap

“So Much More”

This “Issue Life Night” took a step back from our vocations. The goal for this night was to understand Jesus’ teaching regarding wealth and materialism. This night will also help the teens guard against attitudes of materialism in their own lives.
The night stressed three points:

  • A life with Christ requires simplicity of life.
  • The Church lifts up the poor and encourages the faithful to emulate their life.
  • Setting right priorities helps us clear our lives to make room for Christ.

Supper for the Soul:

This week’s Supper for the Soul theme was Mac & Cheese! Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the meal possible! Volunteers are needed for future meals throughout the semester. If you are interested in contributing, you can sign-up at lifeteenfatima.com/dinner

Gather:

The “Gather” was a mix between the game Monopoly and the current events. Each teen was given an envelope that either had fake money (“JT Bucks”) or a card noting a particular amount of hand sanitizer (this is being posted in the age of Coronavirus/COVID-19). Some evelopes had nothing at all in them. The goal was for each teen to interact with their peers and end up with either the most money, the most sanitizer, or both. Some teens resorted to barter and trade, others to scheming or stealing. Overall, the game helped set the tone for the night that it is easy for materialism to get in the way of loving one another and loving Christ.

Proclaim:

After we counted up all of our “JT Bucks” we talked in the “Proclaim” about how out of control we got in trying to accumulate money…that wasn’t event real!

We discussed the 10th Commandment – You shall not covet your neighbors goods. This Commandment isn’t about directly taking possessions, it’s about our desire to do so. The closer we get to material processions is often at a cost of getting more distant from Christ.

We emphasized that there is nothing wrong with desiring something or working hard to obtain it, but how it is easy for us to become reliant on material things that simply cannot offer the infinite amount of love and support that Christ can.

Break:

We continued with our policy of collecting cell phones for the “Proclaim”, “Break”, and “Send”. This allowed for more flowing conversation, and less distractions. This week, we broke into male and female small groups and went deeper into what we discussed during the “Proclaim”. We began small group sessions by reading and reflecting on related scripture (Matthew 19:16-26). We discussed materialism and its impact on our culture (the goals we desire to achieve and our concept of success).

Send:

Before closing for the evening, we briefly recapped the night. We contemplated Mary’s “yes” to God and her willingness to give up life as she knew it for Jesus. Bringing Jesus into the world required Mary to be seen as culturally taboo but she was open to any burdens. We discussed how this could be an inspiration for us to say “yes” to Jesus by becoming detached from some of our material habits. We then closed, as with tradition, with the Hail Mary.

Announcements:

  • During the Life Nights, attendance is taken using a sign-in on the website (lifeteenfatima.com/signin). Please let JT or another core member know if you need to use a church device to sign in.
  • Next Sunday, March 15, there will be an Open Life House where there is no planned structure for the night after Mass. The Life House will be open for use and socializing for any teens that desire to drop in. Life Teen staff and core members will be present. Light refreshments will be available during Open Life House nights.
  • Just a reminder, we will continue to phasing out cell phone use during the Life Nights by storing them away after the “Supper for the Soul” until the end of the night.



March 2020 Life Teen Updates and Summary

It was great to see a combination of LS&OLF pride on display at the boys hockey playoff game. Go Warriors! Go Life Teen!

UPDATE 3/21/20: Contingency Schedule In Place
The Life Teen Fatima Contingency plan is is now in place. For more information, please visit https://lifeteenfatima.com/contingency.

UPDATE 3/11/20: Our Lady of Fatima COVID-19 Proactive Policy
Please note, a parish wide email went out regarding scheduling changes related to Our Lady of Fatima’s COVID-19 Prevention Program. If you did not receive this email, you can view it by clicking here. Given the increasing concern surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the parish has deemed it prudent to put all of our faith formation programs on a two week hiatus while we assess the situation further. This includes:

  • High School Spring Overnight in Maine (3/13-3/15)
  • High School Open Life House (3/15)
  • Movie Night at Maynard Fine Arts Theatre (3/16)
  • Pizza & Prayer (3/17)
  • 10th Grade Confirmation Retreat (3/21)
  • High School Life Night (3/22)
  • Pizza & Prayer (3/24)
  • NOTE: Any scheduled Confirmation check-ins during this time period will not happen in person, we will attempt to make these happen via phone.

We will attempt to reschedule these events in the future if possible. For now, the top priority is safety.

MAINE SPRING RETREAT (UPDATED 3/10/20: Canceled)
This event is NOT the same as the Grade 10 Confirmation Retreat (see above)

With the growing concern over Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, and with the caution recommended by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, steps are being taken locally to minimize unnecessary travel and contact. With an overabundance of caution, we have determined it would be the safest call to not hold our Spring Retreat this weekend. It is upsetting to have to make this call, our team has been working hard to create a memorable experience on retreat. That hard work, however, is from a commitment to our teens and the best commitment we can make is playing is safe and minimizing any unnecessary risks.

While no one on the trip would is considered to be in an at-risk category for fighting off COVID-19, the transportation and intimate setting of the retreat would add steps of uncertainty if anyone began showing symptoms on the trip. Compared to a Life Night or Pizza & Prayer session, hosted locally, where quarantine and response could be addressed immediately if someone were to show COVID-19 symptoms, the proximity from home is just too for us to be able to play it safe this weekend.

On a personal level, I am really disappointed that we will not be able to dive deeper in our faith this weekend. The giant stride of confidence shown by all the teens to sign up for their first retreat was a remarkable sign of the spiritual commitment. I’m sorry we won’t be able to explore that this weekend. We will be sure to explore all workaround options and possible dates in the future where we can make this retreat happen down the road.

Any payments made towards this event will be returned. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or follow up.

Confirmation Action Items: 10th grade students and parents, if you have not submitted your Confirmation action items, please do so ASAP. I will be sending individual reminders out later this week for outstanding items. To see the Confirmation action items, visit https://lifeteenfatima.com/confirmation/.

March 2020 Summary 
With the safety schedule notices posted above, the March 2020 schedule has been greatly reduced. Please use the Life Teen Fatima temporary contingency plan for updates as well as the events calendar We will attempt to reschedule canceled events when possible, additionally we will arrange to have curriculum materials available online if needed.

February 23 Life Night Recap

“Love Like This”

This night continued our series on vocations. The goal of this Life Night was to help teens understand the definition of true love, especially as it is expressed within our vocations. This night was designed to encourage teens not to settle for a lesser form of affection and will challenge them to live the two great commandments of love.
The night stressed three points:

  • Every person is called to reflect the love of God in the Trinity; we are called to the two great commandments — to love God and to love our neighbor.
  • Love is fully expressed as self-gift and sacrifice. This kind of love is called “agape” love and is modeled by Christ. We must strive to love God and love our neighbor by means of agape.
  • When our relationships, whether friendly or romantic, are not rooted in agape, they lack sustainability and cannot thrive.

Supper for the Soul:

This week’s Supper for the Soul theme was Tacos! Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the meal possible! Volunteers are needed for future meals throughout the semester. If you are interested in contributing, you can sign-up at lifeteenfatima.com/dinner

Gather:

In the fast-paced world of 2020, we have cashier-free check-outs and self-driving cars. Speed and efficiency are key! Should our connections, and the way we meet, be the same? In this week’s gather we used a “speed-dating” model to learn more about one another.

Proclaim:

In the 2/9 Life Night we discussed the vocation of marriage with witnesses from the couples in the Life Teen Band. Both couples noted how they were friends first before their relationships developed romantically. In this Life Night, we dived into the differences between friendship and romance and what the word “love” means in the first place.

We focused on how in English, the word “love” confusingly correlates with many different feelings and behaviors. While the way we love a favorite meal and the way we love our parents are different, we use the one word “love” to describe both experiences. In this Life Night, we discussed how in Greek, there are different words that translate into the word “love”. Knowing the different kinds of “love” allows us to better know just what love means and how we love. It can help us prevent having a speed-dating style of connecting with others.

  • Storge: The natural, instinctual and affectionate love. The kind of love you do “just because”. Examples would be helping someone who has just dropped something and made a mess or tending to a crying baby in the middle of the night. It is affectionate, but conditional and often self-serving.
  • Eros: Has to do with touch, feel, sound, and all the senses. Like storge, it is naturally occurring. Eros is passion and what we would likely associated with “mad love”. Also conditional.
  • Philia: This is brotherly love or friendship. Unlike storge or eros, philia happens by choice. Occurs from common bonds as simple as being in the same class or as complex as shared deep experiences. These bonds can become conditional and end up being barriers to forming new philia relationships.
  • Agape: This is supernatural, unconditional, sacrificial love. This is loving and not needing anything in return. This is how God loves us and was modeled by the sacrifice of Jesus. As humans, our limitations prevent us from loving via agape 100% of the time. Therefore we need reliance on God in how we love. Without agape added to the other three loves, and how we use them, their conditional self serving purposes are expressed.

Break:

This was our first cellphone-free Life Night. As we have been planning, we ditched phones after the “Gather” component of the night. This allowed for more flowing conversation, and less distractions, during the “Break”. This week, we broke into male and female small groups and discussed the four loves, and how they have played into our friendships and relationships.

Send:

Before closing for the evening, we briefly recapped the night. We then closed, as with tradition, with the Hail Mary.

Announcements:

  • Any teen that has been enjoying the Sunday evening Life Nights or Pizza & Prayer is strongly encouraged to join us for the upcoming Maine Retreat. This retreat is not part of the Confirmation curriculum and is open to any and all high school teens. For more information, visit lifeteenfatima.com/retreat
  • During the Life Nights, attendance is taken using a sign-in on the website (lifeteenfatima.com/signin). Please let JT or another core member know if you need to use a church device to sign in.
  • Next Sunday, March 1, there will be an Open Life House where there is no planned structure for the night after Mass. The Life House will be open for use and socializing for any teens that desire to drop in. Life Teen staff and core members will be present. Light refreshments will be available during Open Life House nights.
  • Just a reminder, we will continue to phasing out cell phone use during the Life Nights by storing them away after the “Supper for the Soul” until the end of the night.



February 9 Life Night Recap

“Marriage”

This night continued our series on vocations. The goal of the night was to present marriage as a sacrament. This night was designed to help teens understand God’s plan for marriage and the role this sacrament plays in building up the Church. It asked teens to think about what kind of marriage they want to have, as well as what they will bring to their marriage rather than what they will “get” from it.
The night stressed three points:

  • The Sacrament of Matrimony is something that every teen has seen in their own lives. Their experience of witnessing the marriages of others, whether good or bad, impacts their hopes and fears for the possibility of his or her future marriage.
  • Marriage is a vocation. Like a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, it requires prayer and intentional preparation in order to follow God’s call and live a holy marriage.
  • Marriage reveals divine truths about the reality of God. God is a relationship, God creates, and God loves in a sacrificial way. The Sacrament of Matrimony is intended to reveal these qualities of God and provide a daily witness of the love Christ has for His Church.

Supper for the Soul:

We got our fill of carbs this week with a Spaghetti and Meatballs theme for Supper for the Soul. Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the meal possible! Volunteers are needed for future meals throughout the semester. If you are interested in contributing, you can sign-up at lifeteenfatima.com/dinner

Gather:

A wedding takes lots of prep! To kick off the night, and burn off the pasta just consumed, the teens were broken into a few groups for a timed “wedding prep” challenge. Each group was tasked with decorating a multi-tiered wedding cake and constructing bride/groom wedding toppers for their cake. The clean-up crew averted their eyes while the teens got to work on their edible works of art!

Proclaim:

Two of our favorite musical Life Teen couples dropped in and gave witnesses on marriage.

Camille and Danny shared their journey of transforming their college friendship into a vocation. All five of their daughters were present for a powerful talk on how marriage is a calling. They shared that marriage is not perfect, but that God is and how important God is to a marriage.

Megan and Jon shared their story from friendship to marriage as well. In another moving talk, they emphasized how important having a solid friendship with each other was before they could develop a deeper relationship.

Fr. Souza wrapped up the proclaim asking the teens what they saw in their future spouses. On the topic of dating, Fr. Souza emphasized how if our teens desire marriage and parenthood, that their dating lives should reflect that. “If you meet someone and you don’t think they would be a good parent or spouse, then don’t waste your time. Ultimately you deserve someone who is going to love you and your family completely. God is going to bring that person into your life on God’s time”

Break:

For the break, we separated into girl-only and boy-only groups and continued discussing the vocation or marriage. We discussed how we prepare to enter into a marriage and a relationship and what we contribute to a relationship.

Send:

Before closing for the evening, we briefly recapped the night. Where we typically close with the “Hail Mary”, in the spirit of Marriage and unity we closed prayer through our Father and Mother, prayer the Lord’s Prayer as well.

Announcements:

  • Any teen that has been enjoying the Sunday evening Life Nights or Pizza & Prayer is strongly encouraged to join us for the upcoming Maine Retreat. This retreat is not part of the Confirmation curriculum and is open to any and all high school teens. For more information, visit lifeteenfatima.com/retreat
  • Next Sunday, February 16, we will be having a Life Night themed around some of the church’s great female saints. The night will have curriculum but be more social and activities based. We hope anyone not away during break will join us. Teens with siblings in the middle school program are invited to bring their siblings along!
  • On Sunday we launched a new SnapChat account for Life Teen Fatima. Be sure to add “lifeteenfatima” on SnapChat! If you’re not on social media, you can still check out out our Instagram feed as it is on the bottom of our homepage at lifeteenfatima.com!
  • Just a reminder, we will be phasing out cell phone use during the Life Nights by storing them away after the “Supper for the Soul” until the end of the night.



CHWC 2018 Reflection

by Deacon John Pepi
St Bridget, Maynard

On July 14, 2018, I embarked on the 18 hour bus ride to the Nashville, Tennessee Catholic Heart Work Camp Mission along with 4 adult chaperones and 30 teens from our collaborative. I expected the week to be a good experience, but I never expected it to be one of the most powerful journeys of my lifetime.

I have been in ministry as a deacon for nearly 25 years, and have been privileged to experience many great moments: working with children, teens, the elderly, the homebound, and the poor; assisting with the sacraments of Eucharist, Baptism, and Matrimony; leading prayer services, and so on. Nothing can take away from those moments. But I must say that the Mission trip to Nashville was the most rewarding and blessed event I have ever experienced.

So much happened at the Mission work camp; early rise, prayer, and daily Mass; morning and afternoon work assisting the needy; evening music with 250 energetic teens; more prayer, Adoration, and reflection; and late night lights out in preparation for the next day. When I ask myself why these days and nights were so awesome, the answer is simple: seeing the face of God in the teens who never stopped working, and seeing the face of God in those whom they served. Being holy means to live a life of prayer and service; this week was an example of holiness. While everyone’s personal experience may have been different, it was all the same – the love of Jesus in the face and response of his people.

Watching the teens dive in and work, pray, reflect (and dance!) was remarkable. There was nary a complaint about cold showers, lack of sleep, or hard and long work in hot and humid conditions. Rather, in my particular work group with eight teens, I witnessed the unrelenting, overwhelming, never-ending love of God in their ethic, words, and actions. Our task was to clean 25 apartments of kind residents who were for the most part living in unimaginable squalor and conditions. And yet, each teen spoke on how the people they helped were a blessing to them. Of equal importance, each resident who was helped spoke on how the teens who served them had blessed them. Loving and suffering go hand in hand.

One of the residents whom the teens assisted traveled ten miles to the camp, in spite of her physical disability, and gave witness to our entire group, summing up the experience nicely. She spoke eloquently: “I knew you boys and girls had to be Christian; I could see it in the joy of your faces, in how you dove in to clean our refrigerators, and stoves, and floors, and windows; and in the love you showed in your hearts. I am the one who was blessed, I will never forget you; you gave me strength and hope forever.”

Seeing the love and joy of the teens, watching their enthusiasm in song and their respect in prayer, listening to their reflections, and witnessing their interaction with other teens from across the country as well as with those whom they served was remarkable; I am strengthened by their spirit; I am blessed and privileged to know them, and to have once again met the Lord in them and in those whom we served. I will never be the same. Deacon

John Pepi

January 26 Life Night Recap

“Would You Rather”

This night continued our series on vocations. The goal of the night was to define discernment and help the teens understand how discernment plays out in everyday life as we live our universal call to holiness. The night also provided practical ways to discern God’s will in both small and big decisions.
The night stressed three points:
• Discernment is needed for more than our vocation. It is something we can use for all decisions.
• Discernment will help us to find out how to love God, love others, and spread the Gospel. All people have this universal call to holiness.
• The Church provides guidance for discernment and provides tools to help people better understand what God is saying.

Supper for the Soul:

We had a pizza night during Supper for the Soul. Volunteers are needed for Supper for the Soul in February. Sign up using lifeteenfatima.com/dinner

Supper for the Soul is a nice time for the teens to socialize, catch up with one another, and prepare for the evening. It’s always a great time for forcing the youth minister to take selfies as well.

Gather:

To get our night on discernment going, we viewed the latest feature from “OLF Productions”. In this movie, JT finds himself struggling to determine what his vocation should be and consulting with a “spiritual director” for advice. Click below to watch our latest Life Night movie. 

Proclaim:

Matt M and Matt B gave witnesses on their vocational journeys. Matt B talked about what led him away from his traditional academic path, into the seminary, and on his way towards being a priest. Matt M discussed what also lead him to the seminary, and eventually out of it. Both emphasized how finding their callings dealt with trusting that God had a plan for them.

Break:

During small groups, the the emphasis was on discernment and how the process can often be very difficult. Groups discussed practicals ways to discern and getting around the speed bumps that can get in the way of it.

Send:

Before closing for the evening, we briefly recapped the night. We discussed how we can’t go with God’s flow until be jump in the water. This week we will pray on what keeps us from jumping in.