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Faith in action for May 25

May 25, 2012
By the Rev. Paul Wolf , Marshall Independent

Holy Redeemer Church

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation has been looking at its programs in depth this past year. A core of adults and youth have been praying, studying and planning. We hope to engage our youth and parish with thoughtful and prayerful change and delivery this coming year. A greater number of core members will need to be added to the present team, please consider and say yes when invited or come forward and offer your talent. Job descriptions, allocating of resources, and curriculum will be developed during the summer. There is a lot of work ahead of us for this to come together this Fall, please pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit upon the team and parish as we move forward with implementation, for in God all things are possible.

Life Teen Spirituality can best be understood through our seven Core Values. 1. 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 more than 2,000 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. 2. Love. 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 Life Teen at their parishes will know that they're loved. 3. Joy. 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. 4. Affirmation. 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. 5. Authenticity. 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. 6. Evangelization. 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're want to boldly enter the streets and invite everyone - young and old - to grow closer to God. 7. Primary Vocation. 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 Life Teen are expected to keep their vocation their No. 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.



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