Life Teen Program
The focus of a Youth Program is based on the fact that all are called to holiness,
community and ministry.
- Our program is grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church and the guidelines
of the Archdiocese.
- We address the needs of youth where they are, not where we wish they were.
- Activities or programs should always be centered on the youth, not the adults
- Life teen is a program for reaching youth, but it should not be seen as the totality
of the ministry to youth in St. James parish.
- Each program should involve a variety of activities and strategies.
- Youth leadership should be sought and included in the planning, implementation,
and evaluation of each activity in the program.
Life Teen Mass:
The Life Teen Program is centered around the Eucharist and the hope that teens will
stay active in their faith long after their high school years have passed, as their
personal relationship with Christ and his church takes root and deepens with time
Life Teen Sessions:
Creative sessions, Life Nights, held on Sundays bring to life our Catholic Faith and
relevant issues for teens. All are encouraged to take an active role in our Life
Nights. All sessions are rooted in Christian prayer, scripture and to the teachings
and practice of the Catholic Faith. Each session is carefully planned in an effort
to meet each teen where they are and encourage them to seek the will of God for
their lives. Helping them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ is our
Taking time out to go away on retreat can transform teen hearts. Our retreats give teens
the opportunity to get away from everyday life and experience how faith, fellowship
and walking with Jesus, can change their lives. Every retreat, is themed differently,
and incorporates the unconditional love of Christ, found in the Sacraments. Please see
the Faith Formation calendar for the important dates of our scheduled retreats.
Teens are encouraged, trained and are active in leadership roles within the parish community
as Lectors, Hospitality Ministries, assistants for the Vacation Bible School program, the
Faith Formation program and the Church Nursery. Upperclassmen are chosen to participate in
Christian Leadership programs as well.
Service and Outreach:
Teens are involved in church and local communities. Through service and outreach activities
teens experience the call to be disciples of Christ and to serve those in need.
Pizza and Prayer:
On Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 St. James Life Teen offers a
get-together for prayer and food. The evening begins with a meal, then a
discussion of the week’s Bible readings and ends with social time. All
teens 9th through 12th grade are encouraged to come.
Fellowship and Involvement in the Parish
Our teens are encouraged to join us for movie nights, concerts and fun
activities that promote friendship with each other and to participate
in parish activities that draw us closer as the body of Christ.
The Core Team
The Life Teen Program and all activities are planned & facilitated by
the office of Youth Ministry and a team of volunteers, called the CORE
team. The CORE team specializes in love of youth and encouraging them to
draw close to Jesus Christ.
Life Teen Volunteers
The office of Youth Ministry welcomes parents to be a part of the Life
Teen program. The CORE team ministry requires an application and
interview process. Parental involvement can also come as field trip
drivers, bakers, donations for Life Nights and Retreats and prayers
for our program. We welcome you!
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Youth in 10th grade or older and who are active in the Teen program of the parish
for at least two consecutive years will be eligible for
the reception of the Sacrament. Candidates for Confirmation will have participated
in a special program of preparation, attended the required retreat and performed
service projects prior to the reception of the sacrament. Special Confirmation
Preparation Sessions will be held during the year. Please see the Faith
Formation calendar for the dates and times.
REGULAR ATTENDANCE in the Life Teen program of the parish and the
preparation program is mandatory to receive the sacrament. A record of attendance
will be kept. We encourage those teens who have been confirmed to continue being
active in the Life Nights and special events.