OLA Youth Night
OLA Youth Nights are events that follow the Sunday, 5pm Mass. These meetings are aimed to be both fun and to challenge teens to go deeper in their relationship with God and to know more about their Catholic faith. Our Youth Nights are based on Life Teen's, Life Nights, which are systematic catechetical gatherings with four distinct segments: Gather, Proclaim, Break, and Send. These segments are derived from the flow of the Mass
- Gather: This section of the Youth Night involves an invitation to the teenagers that welcomes them to a YouthNight. This can be anything from an interactive game, a chance to win a prize, a skit or a funny video clip. Depending upon the specific night, some nights might utilize several of these aids. Also considered a part of the Gather is any promotion done at the youth Mass (which normally directly precedes a Youth Night). This promotion can take several forms such as the Youth Minister making an announcement or the Core members passing out an object related to the theme of the night to try to pique the interest of the teens. The Gather is always directly related to the main message of the night.
- Proclaim: This section of the Youth Night is devoted to the main teaching for the night. The Proclaim is advised to be 10–15 minutes long, depending on the topic. Typically, the presentation is usually given by the Youth Minister, another Core member, a clergy member, or a team of people.
- Break: In this section of the Youth Night, teenagers are given the chance to "break open" the message of the night. Typically this takes the form of small groups. Certain Youth Nights recommend a large group wrap session or doing a group activity (like a prayer walk) to provide the teens a chance to digest the message of the night.
- Send: The send portion of a Youth Night is to wrap up the Youth Night by giving the teens a way to take the message they learned and apply it to their lives at home. Generally the send involves some personal prayer time. Depending on the night, teens might be given the chance to make a personal commitment to do something or not do something. The teens may also be presented with a small gift (such as holy water, a nail or a cross) to help them remember the message of the night.
Youth Nights come in three varieties: catechetical, issue, and social. Catechetical nights are designed to teach teens about some aspect of the Catholic faith. Issue nights deal with real life issues that teens deal with on a daily basis such as gossip, chastity, or drinking. Social nights are designed to help teens build friendships and develop stronger social bonds.
Youth Nights are every Sunday following the 5pm Mass.
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