OLA Youth Night

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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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September Program: Vital

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Sometimes we approach the Holy Spirit as if He is something extra; an epilogue to the Good News. The Holy Spirit is not extra, but vital to the Christian life. He is the very Spirit of God breathed into us giving us life. In this series, we will enter more deeply into the life and mission of the Holy Spirit, the fruits and gifts He offers us, and discover how we can be more open to His presence and power in our lives.

 

October Program:
Ex Tenebris Lux

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God chooses to reveal Himself to His people, and His revelation is recorded in Sacred Scripture so that all can come to know Him. Ultimately, God reveals Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. God, who dwells in unapproachable light, shatters our darkness and brings us into His light.

This series unpacks the inspiration and development of Sacred Scripture and how God continues to make Himself known to us today. It equips and empowers teens to encounter Jesus and live in the light through the Word of God.