“The youth of today are not as superficial as some think. They want to know what life is really all about . . . [So], by all means continue to talk with each other about your faith . . . Yes, you need to be more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination . . . You yourselves are the Body of Christ, the Church! Bring the undiminished fire of your love into this Church whose countenance has so often been disfigured by man . . . ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak.'” (Jer 1:7)
Pope Benedict XVI, from his Foreword to the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (“YouCat”)
ST. LUCIAN YOUTH SOCIETY (9-12 Faith Formation)
The St. Lucian Youth Society is the new youth group for the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. It’s mission is three-fold:
1. To help MOLD the minds of our youth toward the reasonability of what us Christians profess to believe.
2. To help DEVELOP the hearts of our youth in having a burning desire to know, love, and serve God and His people.
3. To help ELEVATE the inner and outer voices of our youth, in order that they might find authentic peace, joy, and love, whenever they pray, worship, and adore God, especially whenever they adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
The adolescents of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater; that is, those young men and women who are in High School (between the ages of about 14-17 years old).
WHEN DO MEMBERS MEET?
Beginning September 2017, members of the St. Lucian Youth Society will meet every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
WHAT DO MEMBERS DO?
The members of the St. Lucian Youth Society will:
1. Engage in lively discussions concerning matters of theology, philosophy, moral/ethical questions, as well as topics which are so crucial to the particular challenges teenagers face.
2. Pray. They will engage in spontaneous prayer, common prayers, prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and prayer with Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
3. Sing. They will sing songs of worship together, as an outward sign of their interior devotion of our Lord.
3. Serve the people of the Proto-Cathedral, and the people of our society in general.
4. Evangelize with fervor, courage, and great love. This will mostly entail participation in many of our Street Evangelization Team efforts.
5. Engage in fruitful and fun fellowship, in order to build up love for each other, inasmuch as we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
Additionally, as a manifestation of point #3 above, and in conjunction with our youth who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation, our members will be performing SERVICE PROJECTS throughout the year. Some of these service project events may coincide with service projects planned out with the Vancouver Area Young Adults (V.A.Y.A.).
WHO ARE OUR SOCIETY YOUTH LEADERS?
Mr. Daniel Oberreuter (ADORATION & MUSIC)
(Bio to follow)
Mr. Robert Hughes (GRADE 9)
(Bio to follow)
Mrs. Ruth Ann Hughes (GRADE 10)
(Bio to follow)
Mrs. Sandy Campanario (GRADE 11)
(Bio to follow)
Mr. Paul Deming (GRADE 12)
(Bio to follow)
Our high school program begins in September and ends in May. We welcome all teens in the parish to learn about the faith in a way they can apply to their life as Catholics. The classes are very comprehensive, utilizing the official Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (“YouCat”) program books, as well as a plethora of TEEN BIBLE STUDY programs.
As a progression from our Children’s Faith Formation program, members of the St. Lucian Youth Society will no longer continue their catechesis in the same way as they did during Grades 1-8. Instead, they will be expected to take greater ownership over their faith life, by having more meaningful dialogue with their peers on matters of faith and morality, in a setting that is predominantly Socratic in method. Therefore, our class session will be conducted as SEMINARS, rather than as a traditional lecture model classroom – all in an effort to help each other be convinced of the TRUTHS of our Catholic Faith.
COMMON BOOKS (FOR ALL GRADES)
Every member of the St. Lucian Youth Society will obtain the following books, which will be used throughout all four years of their High School Faith Formation program:
In addition, the following books are required for the members according to their respective Grade-level:
GRADE 11 BIBLE STUDY
In addition to their formal preparation for Confirmation, 11th Grade members will conduct a Bible study that provides them with a solid, macro view of the whole story of salvation as divinely revealed, via the T3: Teen Timeline bible study program.
T3: The Teen Timeline
by Mark Hart
The Teen Timeline —or T3— is the teen version of the revolutionary Great Adventure Bible Timeline learning system that hundreds of thousands of Catholic adults have used to learn the Bible. Dynamic teen presenter Mark Hart makes the Bible come alive for Catholic teens by unpacking God’s Word in a way they can relate to. T3 teaches teens the Bible by showing them the “big picture” of salvation history. When young students of the Bible first understand the “story,” they are eager to learn more. The net result: teens begin to wrap their minds and hearts around the Scriptures. They come to see the Bible as a relevant part of their lives.
GRADE 12 BIBLE STUDIES
12th Grade students will engage in a full year of Bible studies, via the following programs which follow upon the Teen Timeline program:
T3 Matthew: Thy Kingdom Come
by Mark Hart
Created and hosted by popular author and youth speaker, Mark Hart, Matthew: Thy Kingdom Come picks up where T3 left off, as Mark takes your teens on an in-depth journey into the heart of God. Follow along as the group encounters the authentic Jesus of the gospels. Enter into the drama of Christ’s family tree, the birth of our Savior, His duel in the desert with Satan, and the life-changing truths of His Sermon on the Mount. Experience Jesus’ ministry unfold through His miracles and parables. Be there as our Lord triumphantly enters into Jerusalem on His way to the cross, tomb, and resurrection.
Teens will feel like they are walking along with the apostles, as they learn about the inception of the Catholic Church, the papacy, and the sacraments, firsthand.
T3 Acts: The Keys and the Sword
by Mark Hart
T3 Acts: The Keys and the Sword equips teens with a foundational understanding of the main characters, doctrines, events, and journeys that make up this incredible “gospel of the Holy Spirit.” Beginning with the Ascension and Pentecost, these four sessions offer a deeper look at Sts. Peter and Paul, the evolution of the early Christian Church, the call to evangelization, the sacramental ministry, the first Christian communities, the trials of an evangelist, the call to offer our lives as a living witness, and much more. T3: Acts will leave your young people laughing, engaged, and ready for more!
T3: Acts is filled with heroic moments, powerful testimonies, daring escapes, and incredible adventures. Your teens will forever be changed when they encounter the heroic lives of the holy men and women who dedicated their lives to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
T3 Revelation: The Lion and the Lamb
by Mark Hart
The book of Revelation has captured the interest of modern adults and teens alike. With all that has been written and sensationalized in recent novels and films, this has become the most talked about (and most misunderstood) book in Sacred Scripture. But what exactly does our Church teach about this seemingly “cryptic” book of the Bible and how in the world do we begin to break open something so complex with our Catholic teenagers?
T3 Revelation: The Lion and the Lamb unpacks the myths about Revelation, the end times, the mark of the beast, and so much more. T3 Revelation gives your teens an invaluable foundation for understanding the book of Revelation, while pointing out its modern significance, practical application, and daily relevance to a teenager’s life. In each of the four lessons, Mark skillfully unpacks the book’s main points and key chapters, while continually referring to the wisdom offered by our Catholic faith.
IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
It is the norm in the Archdiocese of Seattle that teens aged 16 or older are to receive their immediate preparation for Confirmation during their Junior year of High School. This, however, does not mean that teens in their Junior year will automatically be enrolled in and subsequently receive Confirmation that year. NO ONE is automatically enrolled or registered in a Confirmation program here at The Proto-Cathedral. Instead, a teen who believes they are well-prepared and ready to enter immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, must first fill out an APPLICATION for Confirmation. And, in consult with the appropriate Catechist(s), the Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation, and the parents or legal guardians of the teen, the Pastor shall make a determination as to the readiness of the teen. If the Pastor recommends the teen for Confirmation, then they will be admitted as a candidate for Confirmation.
Teens who are ready to APPLY for Confirmation, must make an appointment to meet with the Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation. The application will be given to the teen at that time.
SERVICE REQUIREMENTS (ALL GRADES)
In order to foster a habitual and authentic desire to serve others, all members of the St. Lucian Youth Society will engage in regular or rotating service as Assistant Catechists to our Sunday Children’s Faith Formation sessions, according to the following assignment scheme:
Grade 9 MEMBERS: Assistant Catechists in the Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes
Grade 10 MEMBERS: Assistant Catechists in the Grade 3 and Grade 4 classes
Grade 11 MEMBERS: Assistant Catechists in the Grade 5 and Grade 6 classes
Grade 12 MEMBERS: Assistant Catechists in the Grade 7 and Grade 8 classes
Other service opportunities that members will be encouraged to engage in will be:
- Frassati Supper / Frassati Closet / Frassati Cupboard Ministry
- Street Evangelization Teams
- Knights of Columbus events
- Protect Life Crusaders events
- Church Cleaners
- Cemetary Grounds
- Youth Choristers
- Altar Servers
- Acolytes (must be Confirmed)