Catholic Youth Religious Education Core Values
Youth Spirituality can best be understood through our seven Core Values. Let's start with #1, our Eucharistic Spirituality. At the Last Supper, Jesus lifted up bread and wine and proclaimed to his disciples that he was offering His Body and Blood. For over 2000 years, Catholics have continued this tradition by celebrating Mass and receiving Jesus in a unique way. We at Life Teen believe that a solid Catholic faith must be centered on the Eucharist. It is the source and summit of our faith.
They'll know we're Christians by our love. This world is consumed with hate and envy. We hope that all teenagers who show up at Youth Education Programs at our parish will know that they're loved.
Who says Catholicism has to be boring? We believe that Jesus is a reason to be joyful and excited about life. You can guarantee that everything we do will be a good time for everyone.
People are always telling you what you're not. But at Life Teen, our core value of Affirmation reminds us that Jesus showed us a different way. We encourage one another, support one another, and pick each other up when we get knocked down. We're in this together.
Tired of wearing the masks? Tired of fake people? We are too. That's why Life Teen has made it a core value to live an authentic life. We don't pretend we're perfect. We recognize that we're all sinners and we need God. This means we're able to be honest and vulnerable with one another. We want to be REAL with one another.
We believe that every teenager deserves a chance to have a relationship with Jesus. That's why we're not content hiding in our churches hoping for people to fill our pews. We want to boldly enter the streets and invite everyone--young and old--to grow closer to God.
Sometimes it's easy to get distracted by all the work that needs to be done in the world. That's why the adults who are involved in Youth Education are expected to keep their vocation their #1 priority. So if you're a married youth minister, take care of your family first. If you're a priest or a religious brother or sister, don't become so consumed in youth ministry that you forget God called you first to Him, and second to serving his people.