Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Desert Wanderer

This week at Edge your youth learned about the liturgical season of Lent. We learned that the 40 days of Lent is a time of penance and conversion in our Church. Through acts of penance, we unite ourselves in small ways to the mystery of Christ's fasting and prayer in the desert. We learned that we can perform acts of penance through prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. Through these acts of penance, we grow in love for the Lord. Penance helps us to properly align our passions for the things of this world so that they do not rule us but rather that we have control over them. Here are some questions for your son or daughter:

  • Why did Jesus decide to go into the desert for 40 days? 
  • How can we as a family pray more? 
  • Are there things as a family we should fast from during Lent? (e.g. TV, eating out, time on the internet)
  • What can we do as a family to give alms? (e.g. put aside money for a charity, volunteer at a soup kitchen/charity)
It is never to early to start thinking about how what we can do to enter into the season of Lent more fully. But hey why wait until Lent? Advent is just around the corner after all! 

Here are a few other resources: 

  • Scripture to Ponder: Genesis 2:7; Mark 2:17; Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 4:15; James 1:17
  • Video's to Watch: 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turn the Other Cheek

Oftentimes we find that it is hard to forgive someone for hurting us because we cannot let go (or forget) the suffering they have caused us. Jesus is our best example of forgiveness. Though many sinned against Him time and time again, Jesus always forgave. Moreover, He exemplified the importance of the effect of forgiveness by calling sinners from their former life into a new life. There are three types of forgiveness that we may experience in our lives: the forgiveness of others, forgiveness by others and forgiveness of ourselves. It is important that Catholics understand that in order to exist in true communion with the Spirit, they must learn to forgive others as well as themselves.

The night begins with an activity that might prove to be frustrating for your group. The idea of the activity is to help the youth recognize how easily we can get angry when someone messes up, but how hard it is for us to forgive him/her. The talk and witness will help the youth to better understand our need to forgive and then they will receive time to pray and write a letter to someone they need to forgive. During small groups, the youth will also read through the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35) and apply the parable to a situation in their own lives.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Divine Appointment

God desires to heal us all physically and spiritually. The image of Jesus Christ as the Divine Physician reminds us of His love and desire to heal us. This week at Edge we will be looking at the Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. These two Sacraments grant us grace to live fully in God’s love, rooting us more firmly in His loving mercy.

Here are some questions to discuss with your youth:

  • If Jesus desires to heal us, how is He able to do this? Which Sacraments heal us? How?
  • When should we plan to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family at the parish? 
Communal Reconciliation for Lent is Sunday, March 22nd from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekly Reconciliation is Saturday 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm and Sunday 9:45 am -10:15 am

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Door to My Heart

This week in Edge we will be showing the teens how we are all invited by Christ to show love and mercy through visiting the sick and dying. As one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, the act of visiting the sick is a call from God to show His love, compassion, understanding, patience, and hope to those who are struggling with their health.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Why is Mass Important

Rather than write my own post I am going to direct you to a wonderful post provided on the Life Teen Website. So click on the link below the picture to read more!

Why is Mass Important

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giving Back to Our Community

How often do we only give of ourselves when we stand to get something in return?

When we see a need in the church do we immediately raise our hand and volunteer or do we wait and see if someone else will step up first? 

When it comes to giving of our time, talents, and treasures it can be very difficult for us to let go, but it certainly doesn't have to be this way. 

If only we had an example of how to go about this! Oh wait we do! JESUS!!

"For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 10:45

"And the King will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

This week our Edge teens will be finishing up the preparation for the clothing drive that began on Monday. Clothing items received will be taken to Mary's Family Center in Des Moines and any items which they do not accept will be donated to Saint Vincent de Paul. Our hope is that the more our teens can be of service to our Parish and our Community the better prepared they will be later in life to give of themselves freely as Jesus did. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For the Love of God

This week in edge we will be inviting the youth into a deeper relationship with God and community, recognizing the many gifts in their lives and the universal call to share those gifts with our brothers and sisters in need, in particular through the Corporal Work of Mercy clothing the naked. The hope of the night is that the youth will see the need of those around them for the essential necessity of clothing and be more willing to give throughout the year. This will be an excellent tie in to our meeting next week where we will prep signs and boxes for our first annual clothing drive.