It’s only natural that we look at life differently as we adjust to a “new normal.”

Lately, I’ve been hearing people say things that are reminiscent of “going back to normal,” such as hugging people, eating a meal at a local restaurant instead of ordering out, or returning to the mundane daily activities of grocery shopping without stockpiling on toilet paper. It’s safe to say that the world is nostalgic for some sort of normalcy, whether that’s sitting at our favorite coffee shop or favorite pew at Mass. I could name a hundred things I wish to do once everything reopens, maybe things I’ve never done before or things that I miss dearly.

This talk of normalcy is one that, I believe, can cause us to comfortably settle into old habits instead of the newness Christ is inviting us into. An abundance of good has happened because of social distancing. The natural world is flourishing. Rivers and oceans are becoming cleaner. Air pollution is decreasing. The everyday hustle and bustle of cities is slowing down. Families have been eating dinner under the same roof again… As we continue to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we start to see that the world around us is slowly being made new.

But we ought to recognize that our own hearts are renewing, too.

While this phenomenon has proved itself devastating and confusing, we cannot forget the ways in which this time has served as an opportunity for stillness and growth, allowing space for the Holy Spirit to actively move in our lives. And maybe, by reflecting on everything we’ve learned, we can better understand the need for our faith and hope outside of the pandemic.

It’s a New Day for Youth Ministry at St. Joseph – LIFETEEN and the EDGE

LifeTeen:  After much prayer and consideration, our parish will be welcoming the LifeTeen program to Saint Joseph Catholic Community, where teens will experience a sense of community, form relationships with mentors who can help them grow in faith, and have access to safe places to grow in their love of Christ. It is our hope that LifeTeen will be a place of renewalfor the teens of our parish.

Edge:

For the younger teens of the parish, we will offer Edge, which is the middle-school version of LifeTeen.  If you enjoyed our Middle School Youth Ministry in the past, you’ll be happy to learn that we will continue to offer our same great programming on Friday nights, starting back up in the spring. 

Looking for Core Team: We are actively seeking volunteers to help ignite this exciting new approach to Youth Ministry. Core Team Members are more than just teachers – they are mentors.  We are seeking adults of ANY age who have a heart and love for Christ and would be open to working teens!  Our Core Team Members’ main focus is ministering to teens and breaking open each night’s teachings in small group discussions to help facilitate an encounter with Christ. You do not need to be the parent of a teenager to join our Core Team!

Parent Meeting: We will be hosting a parent meeting for anyone who is interested in having their teens involved in LifeTeen or Edge at SJCC.

Want to learn more? 

Take a look at what LifeTeen is all about: www.lifeteen.com