High School Retreat: InFocus

High School Retreat: InFocus

WHAT: Join teens from across the diocese as we journey to discover the joy and freedom of focusing on being more God-centered rather than self-centered. Life Teen Spring Retreat 2016 Flyer Life Teen Spring Retreat 2016 Permission Slip Medical Release Form 2015-2016 WHEN: Friday evening, March 11th – Sunday afternoon, March 13th You may drive your son/daughter to the Bethany Center. If you absolutely need to you can use the carpool from Light of Christ to the Bethany Center (18150 Bethany Center Drive, Lutz, Florida 33558). WHERE: Bethany Center 18150 Bethany Center Dr, Lutz, FL 33558 COST: $75 Includes lodging, food & more! DEADLINES: Sunday, February 28th Submit your permission slip, medical form and your $75...
Hidden Lake 2016

Hidden Lake 2016

  WHAT: Light of Christ Catholic Church will be taking a group to Life Teen’s Camp Hidden Lake July 10-16, 2016. This trip is open to all rising 9th-12th graders (for 2016-17 school year) Hidden Lake (830 Hidden Lake Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533) is a Catholic Camp located in a rural town in North Georgia called Dahlonega. With it’s peaceful setting, the camp makes it easy for the campers to encounter God as well as have fun. What campers love most about the camp is the “big” lake, prayerful atmosphere, gymnasium, fields, climbing tower, and swimming pool. There are spots left open but they will be given away on a first come first serve basis. Hidden Lake 2016 Flyer Hidden Lake 2016 Permission Slip Medical Release Form 2015-2016 WHEN: July 10-16, 2016 COST: $600 Please note: the registration price above will decrease if you volunteer for the 2-3 fundraisers we will have in 2016. DEADLINES: To register you must turn in a completed Permission Slip and $100 deposit by January 11, 2016 Monday, January 11, 2016 Last day to register Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Deposits become non-refundable, 2nd deposit is due Wednesday, March 30, 2016 3rd deposit is due Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Remaining balance is...
More Than a Rule-Book: Why the Catechism Matters

More Than a Rule-Book: Why the Catechism Matters

This post by Alison Blanchet is reprinted from LifeTeen.com   One of my favorite comics is “Calvin and Hobbes,” which chronicles the adventures of an active young boy- Calvin- and his stuffed Tiger, Hobbes. A game Calvin and Hobbes especially enjoy is “Calvinball.” Invented by Calvin, the rules change with every frame. Wear a mask, carry a hockey stick, sing the “I’m Sorry” song (unless you’re in the “no-song” zone) and, “if you don’t touch the thirty yard base wicket with the flag, you have to hop on one foot!” It’s a game that was fun to read about but impossible to win (unless you happened to be the “Calvin” for which the game was named). Maybe you’ve experienced a game where the rules kept changing (or just plain weren’t enforced). The umpire who can’t to tell a ball from a strike. The “house rules” that dragged the Monopoly game on for another hour. It can be fun for a while, but it’s eventually frustrating to realize the futility of trying to play a game with no boundaries. Concrete Boundaries. Established Rules. They do more than keep order, they bring us peace and assure us that our efforts aren’t in vain. Our Catholic faith isn’t a game — it’s our response to God’s revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ. All we do — the creed we profess, the sacraments we celebrate, the commandments we follow and the prayers we offer – is how we say “yes” to Christ’s invitation to follow Him. But when we look at the world today, we don’t have to look very far to see that...
What to Do After a Retreat (From the Question Box…)

What to Do After a Retreat (From the Question Box…)

This post by Maximilian Hart is reprinted from RestlessHart.com. Q: How do I come back from a conference and continue to be as close to God as I was there? A: The answer to this one is unfortunately easy. I say unfortunately because it’s often frustrating for me too. Here it is: daily prayer. Seriously. That’s it. Let me explain. Your relationship to God is, in many ways, just like your relationship with anyone else. If you get married and go off on a honeymoon, that honeymoon will be a great experience where you’ll feel close to your spouse. Warm fuzzies all around! But when you get back, the real relationship begins (or continues, actually). You have to make time to talk to that person, spend time with them, make them a priority, love them. If you don’t, the relationship will fizzle and voila … a divorce and you’re left wondering what happened. It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into, and it’s even easier to fall into it with God. Why? He’s not as visible unless we’re already paying attention to him. He won’t go “Hey! Spend time with me! Love me!” Well … he will, but we just don’t listen. That’s exactly what the cross is supposed to remind us of. When you get back from a retreat, you’re on this honeymoon high with God. Warm fuzzies all around! But as that relationship continues, you’re faced with a daily choice to spend time with your Lover. And many of us, myself included, struggle with that daily choice. I’ll be honest with you: even if you’re faithful in prayer,...
March for Life 2016

March for Life 2016

    WHAT: The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally held in Washington, D.C. on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. This year Light of Christ will again participate along with many other youth groups all over the Diocese of St. Petersburg to drive up in buses to Washington, D.C. for the march. WHEN: Tuesday evening, January 20th – Saturday morning, January 24th COST: $280 DEADLINES: Sunday, October 4th Submit your M4L 2016 Permission Slip and your $100 deposit Sunday, November 22nd Deposits become non-refundable Sunday, December 13th Remaining balance and forms...