Life Teen (9th - 12th)
ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Lacey Sorrell (830) 816-5663
YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR
Hannah Reich (830) 816-5662
Life Teen Leadership Conference Virtual Edition
Each year, St. Peter's Life Teen attends the Life Teen Leadership Conference at Benedictine College. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person conference was canceled, but Life Teen International put together a wonderful and spirit-filled virtual conference as they know how powerful this experience is for the teens in the Catholic Church. We had 12 teens and 5 adults participate in the virtual conference the week of June 26-29 at the St. Peter's Upon this Rock Campus. It was truly a unique experience and was impactful to all who attended. Here are short reflections on what the week meant to our teens and how they have become empowered to be leaders in the Catholic Faith.
We would like to thank our adult chaperones who assisted Lacey with the event: Hannah Reich, Debbe Jo Allen, Johnny Lozano, and Vernon Reeh. Thank you to the families who provided our wonderful meals: Schwab family, Havelka family, Boerner family, Reeh family, Nevarez family, Mirelez family, Dy-Liacco family, Gaiser family and Johnny Lozano. Thank you also to Father Norm for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Marty Lee for assisting with Eucharistic Adoration, and Father Norm and Deacon Brad for Mass each day. We are truly blessed by our St. Peter's community!
“LTLC has given me the amazing opportunity to see what truly makes me unique in God’s way and how to lead using those unique qualities. I feel truly blessed to be able to do LTLC virtually with a great community around me to strengthen my faith with.” -Emily Boerner
“LTLC was ultimately a game changer for me. Being surrounded by so many inspirational people and other growing leaders showed me how fortunate I am to be a part of such a great community. I got to dive deeper into my faith over the past week and learned the skills it takes to be a great leader and how to make a difference in peoples lives both in and outside of the Church. Life Teen and St. Peter’s youth ministers truly did an amazing job at putting this conference on and I am so lucky to have experienced this life-changing week.” -Molly Breuer
“I am so blessed to be a part of our church community and to have been able to participate in LTLC this year. This week not only strengthened my faith, but also taught me the skills that are important when becoming a leader and devoting my life to Christ.” -Shannon Breuer
“God has placed amazing leaders in my life and I’m incredibly blessed because of it. Now because LTLC I can return the favor and help those who need it most. Thank you to the core team for an amazing time and life changing experience.” -Ryan Dy-Liacco
“LTLC reignited me in my faith. By diving deeper into what our faith teaches, I grew in my understanding of Catholicism. The conference gave guidance on how to lead in our communities and how to practically apply Christian leadership to my life. I feel so blessed that I was able to attend such a fantastic conference! “ -Grace Gaiser
“I was blessed with the opportunity to be apart of the virtual LTLC this year. Even though we didn’t go to Benedictine College and experience the retreat in person, the online sessions were so exciting and beneficial. I have deepened my faith and expanded my knowledge from the awesome sessions. A special thank you to the virtual speakers: Mark Hart, Emily Wilson, Joel Stepanek and so many more. I have learned to not only become a stronger Catholic but a better leader.” -Mia Havelka
“LTLC was important to me because it helped me grow close to God. LTLC also taught me vital leadership skills to use at home, church, and school.” -Claire Mackrell
“LTLC was such an inspirational week for me. I was invited to join the conference a few weeks before it started and honestly, I could not have been happier to say yes. Connecting with everyone and seeing how Christ is going to use me to reach out to others was truly amazing. I’m so excited for the future and to live out my life as a leader for others.” -Matthew Mirelez
“LTLC was very eye opening and beneficial to me. I’ve been blessed to have so many amazing leaders throughout my faith journey and now it is my turn to do the same for others.” -Shelby Reeh
“I had a blast at LTLC! I got to be with some of the most amazing people and heard many amazing talks! That week, I was able to reconnect with Jesus in a way I haven’t been able to since COVID! I am very grateful for the experience.” -Ashton Robicheaux
“I am so thankful that I was able to take part in the virtual LTLC. I not only learned how to become closer to God and spread the word, but also how to be a great leader in our community. Something I really enjoyed about LTLC was our small group questions. In these groups we were able to expand on any questions we had. This way of teaching was very beneficial to me in the fact that it helped answer lots of questions about my faith and how to answer hot topic questions I may be asked in the future. I strongly recommend LTLC for anyone who is trying to grow in their faith even it is virtual.” -Ethan Schwab
“This week at LTLC has been such an amazing opportunity. It has helped me strengthen my faith and has helped me recognize ways that I can be a leader at my church and in my community.” -Anonymous
About Life Teen
We are a Life Teen parish, meaning we are a part of an International Catholic Movement of the Holy Spirit aimed at Leading Teens Closer to Christ through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and The Eucharist; The Source and Summit of our faith! St. Peters has implemented Life Teen as our Christian Formation program for 9-12 grades. The Life Teen or Christian Formation classes are called Life Nights. Life Teen is 100% Catholic, teaching the totality of the Truth of our faith, challenging teens to live that same faith. All 9th-12th grade members of the parish should participate in the Life Teen program as their Christian Formation. Coupled with fulfilling their Sunday Obligation of attending Mass each Sunday and Life Nights, we offer additional retreats and youth group activities throughout the year. Life Teen is not taught by individual catechists, but led by a CORE TEAM of adults who are active in the life of the parish and work each week praying for the teens, connecting with them in a relational setting, and teaching the truth in a comfortable but content-filled program.
Relational ministry is a large part of our program where we as ministers and our core members get to know the teens on their ground (football games, band concerts, plays and so on). Teens are also invited to be a disciple by not only being at Mass but serving as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers and Ministers of Welcome during the Life Teen Mass. Youth are a major part of St. Peter's Catholic Church and we continuously do what we can to serve those in need in and around our parish..
Families can print out the Registration Form, mail or drop off the registration form at the parish office, and pay by cash, check, credit card, and ONLINE. You may also come by the parish office for a paper version of the registration form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Lacey.
LIFE NIGHT MEALS
Our teens love food! And teens with a full belly will learn more....or so we've been told!
We are trying something new this year by asking for monetary donations to provide meals for the Sunday Life Nights instead of having parents cook each week.
The goal is to have each family make a one-time donation so that we will have enough funds to provide meals for the fall semester. We will ask for another donation in the spring semester.
We will purchase ready made meals (pizza, tacos, sandwich trays, etc) that can easily be served in the Family Life Center.
Donations can be dropped off at the church office, mailed or turned into Lacey. Please be sure to mark donations "Life Night Meals." If you have any questions, please contact Lacey at (830) 816-5663.
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