Youth Ministry

FAITH THEMES FOR YOUNG ADOLESCENTS

The Profession of Faith

  • Catholic Beliefs—understanding the Creed and the core beliefs of the Catholic faith.
  • Holy Trinity—introduction to God’s unique self-revelation as three in one and some implications for living Christian faith and spiritual life.
  • Jesus Christ—exploring the meaning of the Incarnation, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection, and the call to discipleship.
  • Church—understanding the origins of the Church in Jesus Christ and understanding and experiencing the history of the Church and its mission.

The Sacraments of Faith

  • Sacraments—understanding the role of the sacraments in the Christian life and experiencing the Church’s celebration of the sacraments.
  • The Church—understanding the reason for and beauty of the Church; identifying the necessity of the Church for our salvation.
  • Church Year—understanding the meaning of the liturgical seasons of the Church year and the scriptural teachings presented through the Lectionary.

The Life of Faith

  • Life in the Spirit—understanding how the Spirit dwells in our midst in a new way since Pentecost and understanding that God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
  • The Dignity of the Human Person—recognizing the divine image present in every human person.
  • Morality and Living a Virtuous Life—incorporating Catholic moral principles and virtues into one’s life and moral decision making.
  • Personal Growth—discerning the Spirit at work in their lives and incorporating the Catholic vision of life into personal identity.
  • Relationships—developing and maintaining relationships based on Catholic values and the meaning of Christian community.
  • Sexuality—understanding the Church’s teaching on sexual morality, understanding the Church’s positive view of sexuality as a gift from God, and understanding the importance of valuing chastity and sexual restraint.
  • Social Justice and Service—understanding the importance of respecting the rights and responsibilities of the human person, appreciating our call to be stewards of creation, and discovering and living Jesus’ call to a life of loving service.
  • Grace as Gift—recognizing God’s indwelling spirit in our lives and responding to this gift, which justifies and sanctifies us through God’s law.
  • Lifestyles and Vocation—discerning how to live the Christian vocation in the world, in the workplace, and in marriage, single life, ministerial priesthood, permanent diaconate, or consecrated life.

Prayer in the Life of Faith

  • Christian Prayer—understanding and experiencing the many forms of prayer in the Church—especially prayer through the church year—and the importance of the “Our Father” in Christian prayer.

FAITH THEMES FOR OLDER ADOLESCENTS

The Profession of Faith

  • Jesus Christ—discovering the meaning of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and what this means for living in Christ’s spirit today.
  • The Mystery of the Trinity—understanding and experiencing the triune God.
  • Revelation—understanding the revelation of sacred scripture and sacred tradition.
  • Old Testament—developing the knowledge and tools to read the Old Testament and to understand its meaning and challenge for us today.
  • The Gospels—developing the knowledge and tools to read the Gospels and understand their meaning and challenge for us today.
  • Paul and His Letters—developing the knowledge and tools to read Paul’s letters and to understand their meaning and challenge for us today.
  • Faith and Identity—exploring Catholic beliefs and what it means to live as a Catholic today.

The Sacraments of Faith

  • Sacraments of Initiation, Healing, and at the Service of Communion—understanding the sacraments and how they are both personal and ecclesial, evoking a response from each of us.
  • Worship—developing an understanding and skills for participating in the sacramental life of the Church, especially the eucharist.

The Life of Faith

  • Catholic Morality—applying Catholic moral teachings to contemporary life situations as one encounters the many complexities in our world.
  • Conscience, Virtue, and Sin—understanding and uncovering the desire to turn toward God and to do good and to act in accordance with God’s grace, understanding the meaning and impact of sin, and learning to make decisions in accordance with one’s rightly formed conscience.
  • Justice and Peace—understanding that the Catholic faith calls people to work for justice, to pursue peace, and to defend human dignity, and developing skills to act for justice, peace, and human dignity.
  • Lifestyles and Vocation—discerning how to live the Christian vocation in the world, in the workplace, and in marriage, single life, ministerial priesthood, permanent diaconate, or consecrated life.

Prayer in the Life of Faith

  • Christian Prayer—understanding and experiencing the variety of Christian prayer traditions and discovering and responding to the Spirit’s personal invitation to develop a personal prayer life.