High School Parent Update: 10/7/13

Tuesday ‘s Volunteers


We need people for every week to come and help us monitor the hallways on Tuesday Nights from 8:15 – 9:30.  If you have teens that come on Tuesdays, take a look at the schedule at www.ctklifeteen.com, and email me one or two dates that work for you to help.  Thank you so much!


Sunday Night Intercessors

It’s important that we have two people interceding for the Life Night from 8:30 – 9:30 each week in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  We still need lots of help with this, so please check the schedule at www.ctklifeteen for open slots, and email me to take one.

This Sunday:  Wolf & Harburg


Fall Retreat:  #winning

November 1-3, 2013

Bethany House, DeWitt

“Run the race so as to win…” (1 Cor 9:24).  This is the scripture that’s setting the tone for our retreat this Fall.  We’ll be at Bethany House again, and this retreat includes everything you’d expect:  Mass each day, Confession, prayer opportunities, talks and small groups.  Registration packets are available online at www.ctklifeteen.com and in the bulletin racks.  The registration deadline is October 15, but space is limited, so don’t wait.


At Last Night’s Life Night

Last night’s topic was the structure of the Church.  We talked about both the hierarchy and the vocation of the laity in this night.  New this week!  The audio recording of the talk is online at http://ctkcc.libsyn.com/life-night-the-structure-of-the-church.

The key concepts of the talk include:

  1. Just as a physical body needs a structure to function properly, so does the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.
  2. Jesus himself set up the structure of the Church by commissioning and empowering the Apostles with Peter as its leader.
  3. The hierarchy was empowered to continue their mission by appointing successors (the bishops and the pope)
  4. This hierarchy was entrusted with the preservation and transmission of the Truth, the power to make the Sacraments happen, and to spread the Good News.
  5. The Lay Faithful are called to participate in this mission and to live lives of holiness.

I also read an excerpt from Fran Sheed’s “The Layman in the Church,” which I highly recommend that everyone read.  It was written in the 1950’s, but applies even more today.  Bonus:  It’s online, for free, at http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7864


Carry on the Conversation at Home!

Ask your teens about their small group time.  Talk about some of the things they learned in Scripture.  Most of the groups only talked about one or two of these Scriptures, so ask them about the ones they talked about, and read some of the others together.  Engaging your teens in conversations about these Scriptures can be helpful in “making it stick” long term.  Consider a prayer and Scripture time with your teens this week!    Some of the Scriptures and conversation topics that the small groups discussed include: On the Vocation of the Laity

  • Matthew 5: 14-16  Who is Jesus talking to in this passage?  What’s the context?  What does Jesus mean by “light of the world?  Have you had friends or family that you’ve noticed hiding the light?  Jesus here says that our good works should be seen.  Compare that with the theme in the very next chapter (Matthew 6: 1-18 speaks about prayer, fasting and almsgiving being done in secret).  Is Jesus contradicting himself, or not?  How can we make sense of this? What are some specific ways that we can make sure that the Light of Christ really does shine through us?  How can we be wary about ways that we tend to prefer to hide that light?
  • 1 Cor. 12:12-31  There are many parts in the body of Christ.  How do you see yourself fitting into the Mystical Body?  What are some of your gifts? Have you experienced any of the charisms in your life? How do you think God is calling you to build the Kingdom right now in your daily life?

On the Hierarchy of the Church

  1. Peter/the Pope
    1. Matthew 16:17-19 & John 21:15-19 Jesus gives Peter a specific mission.  What is this mission in light of these two passages?  How does it differ from that given to the Apostles as a whole (Mt. 28:16-20)?
    2. The Apostles & Their Authority
      1. Matthew 10:40, 18:18, 28:16-20, Luke 24:44-49, John 20:21-23, Acts 2:42 What’s the picture of the Apostolic mission, power and authority that’s built from these Scriptures?
      2. Apostolic Succession through History
        1. Acts 1:15-26 How do you think Peter came to the conclusion that they’d need a 12th Apostle? How is Peter acting in accord with the mission that Jesus gave him in John 21:15-19? Are there any reasons you can think of that the replacement of an Apostle shown here should be a one-time only event?
        2. Paul is appointed as an Apostle in Acts 13:2-3, which is confirmed a number of times in Scripture (Rom. 1:1, Gal. 1:1, 1 Cor. 1:1, and others).  Why do you think another Apostle was needed?  Could Jesus have made a mistake in not calling him before his Ascension?  What have we gained as a Church by the appointment of both Matthias (Acts 1) and Paul?

Parent Resource:  Parent Tips for iOS7 (the New Operating System for iPods, iPhones, and iPads)

The new iPhone came out a couple weeks ago, and with it, a new operating system that will also work on your older iPhones, iPods, etc.  If your teen has an Apple device like one of these (or if you do, even) check out this article about some new features (and hacks) for it, including a built-in internet filter to keep out (at least most) internet pornography.


Lift Jesus Higher Rally in Toledo

The First Lift Jesus Higher Rally in the U.S. will be this Saturday, October 12 at the Seagate Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm. This is a great event for your teens and you.  Everyone is WELCOME!!!!! There will be two events going at the same time. One event will be for youth, 13 – 19 and one event for adults. The adult will hear the words of Fr. Jonathan Morris, Ralph Martin, Peter Herbeck and Sr. Ann Shields. Youth will hear from Debbie Herbeck and Pete Burak of Renewal Ministries along with the i.d. 916 Youth Evangelization Team. Enjoy great music throughout the day. Worship our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Celebrate the Sacraments of our Catholic Faith. End the day with Mass celebrated by Bishop Leonard Blair. Please register at www.ljhrtoledo.com. For questions please call 419-244-6711 ext. 711. This day of Evangelization is sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo and Renewal Ministries.