Responsibility and service: Youth Ministry Leadership. Recently, in my lifelong faith journey, I have come to greatly appreciate the value of youth ministry in order to bring young people closer to Christ.
Recently, in my lifelong faith journey, I have come to greatly appreciate the value of youth ministry in order to bring young people closer to Christ.
September 2005, Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Parish in Bradford received a NET team. (www.netcanada.ca) I began to attend various events at the parish and soon became overwhelmed with the amazing blessings that God was poring into this parish and into my own life.
Life Teen is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.
In the beginning...
Once it was time for the NET team to leave, the parish was looking for strong Youth Leaders to come forward to continue the ministry.
I felt called to serve in this Life Teen youth ministry, as a CORE Member.
The Life Teen program offers structure to a parish's youth ministry. Offering support, valuable resources, and trainings, the Life Teen Parish Ministries staff feeds and helps foster life into the constantly changing world, but keeping the views of the Church in its prime. By trainingthousands of youth ministers, priests, music ministers, CORE members, and parents in the Life Teen model of youth ministry, every element of a church shares the same vision.
What started out as a youth group at St. Timothy's in Mesa, Arizona, has grown into the most prolific youth ministry in the Catholic Church. Every Sunday, 120,000 teenagers attend a Life Teen Mass.
1080 programs stretch around the globe into 23 countries.
Holy Martyrs of
NET team, CORE team, priests and more!
Community and Service…
I have attended many different retreats, conferences and training since being a part of the Life Teen ministry at Holy Martyrs of Japan. The following is merely a highlight of the many ways I learned how to lead through Christ’s example.
OCY (Office of Catholic Youth) Rallies of 2006, 2007 and 2008
Attending a retreat with the teens is such an uplifting experience.
I’ve learned that when teens are able to witness other youth love the Lord with all their heart, they begin to feel like a part of a larger Catholic community.
As a CORE team, we have participated in many different training retreats. These retreats have taught us about the ministry, but more importantly, they have brought us together as a strong Catholic team!
In a very special trip I took to Meza, Arizona, I discovered what it meant to love God with all of my heart. This three day conference changed my life forever by giving me faith in the power of God.
“God is Good” Reflection
CMU (CORE member University) retreat (2008)
Life Jesus Higher Rally in Toronto (2006, 2007 and 2008)
Fire and Ice Retreat at Mt. Alverno