Mission Trip: Steubenville Atlanta 2015




Come join other teens as we joyful proclaim and share Christ’s saving love with others by responding to Jesus’ call “Go, Make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19)

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Wednesday Morning, July 8th – Monday evening, July 13th

We will gather Wednesday morning at Light of Christ then head out to USF Tampa to begin our journey!


$50 Deposit to reserve your spot on first come first serve basis. We only have 14 spots and as of April 1, 2015 we have only 5 left!

Total cost of mission trip approximately $350

For More Information:

Contact our youth minister

The Secret Weapon of a Teenage Slave

This post by Christina Mead is reprinted from LifeTeen.com


Story time! Grab your blanket or favorite comfort item (iPhones are not an option).


Once there was a teenager. He was happy and young and free and didn’t worry about things like “religion” or “God” or “right and wrong.” His parents were Christian, but they didn’t teach him much about it. And then, one day his carefree life came to a halting stop when he was kidnapped by pirates.

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Yes, pirates.

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No, this is not the story of Peter Pan (but there is a man with a hook later on… weird…)

The pirates took this teenager back to their homeland across the sea and sold him into slavery. As a slave, he was forced to tend sheep for a rich, pagan man.

Now at this point we have 1) a teenager, 2) taken from his home, 3) all alone in a foreign land, 4) isolated in a field all day and night as a slave shepherd.

And you thought chemistry class was rough.

Seriously though, can you imagine being in this teen’s situation? How would YOU react? I would cry. And then break sticks and throw rocks. And then cry some more out of loneliness and sadness and boredom because I’m alone in a field.

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What did he do? How do you handle it when you have no idea if you’ll ever see your home and family again? What keeps you going and positive when you’re isolated for years and years in a field with a bunch of dumb sheep? You need a secret weapon.

This teen discovered one.

During the six years he spent as a shepherd, he experienced a powerful encounter with God and it changed everything for him. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he chose to spend his time in conversation with God through prayer. Instead of feeling isolated, he chose to remind himself of the presence of God all around him. Instead of feeling weighed down by the pagan culture around him, he lived in the glory of what God has done for us all in the history of our salvation.

These were choices that he made that completely transformed the really terrible experience he found himself in. When he finally was able to run away and escape back to his home and family, he became a priest and then went BACK to the land of his slavery to serve the people there. Who does that?!?

Someone convicted by their love of God, that’s who.

He converted tons of them to Christianity and later he became a bishop (complete with a staff/hook), and the patron saint of their country — Ireland.


This is the story of St. Patrick.

As a teenager who was dealt a tough situation, I feel like he has a lot to teach you and I. He teaches us that sainthood means choosing virtue in the moments when it’s most inconvenient. It’s also about living every day in the reality of God’s presence and the power of all the angels and saints available to us.

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Yes, Take Me to Church

This post by Christina Mead is reprinted from LifeTeen.com


I can’t stop thinking about that song “Take Me To Church” that we all hear almost every time we turn on the radio. It’s fascinating that despite our culture’s obvious disregard for religion, there’s still an awareness of the need to worship something, someone… anything, anyone.

The lyrics speak of the “religion of me” and the artist’s idolization of what makes him feel good.

I’m not sure I’m so different. How often have I gone to church every Sunday, only to say the words and make the movements? How often do I miss the object of my heart’s desire in church because I’m too busy entertaining in my mind all the other gods who are asking for parts of my life?

Instead of choosing a death to the world and a life in Christ, I often walk the middle ground of mediocrity.

In the song, the artist speaks of worshipping his lover in an intimate setting. Isn’t that kind of like what God offers us at every altar in every Catholic church? He is inviting us to enter into a divine romance. He offers us communion with Himself; we can be one with Him. We can exchange our sins for His mercy.

We can worship our lover in the most intimate setting — the place where heaven meets earth.

So yes, take me to church.

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The New Year You Forgot About

This post by Leah Murphy is reprinted from LifeTeen.com



When I was 6 years old, there was a book was on display in the family room. It had a picture of Pope John Paul II on the cover and about 1,000 pages of text about his life inside. And around 11:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 1998 I decided that my resolution for the year of 1999 would be to read this book, Witness to Hope by George Weigel.

And I failed. Little first-grade-me did not complete that book in 1999. Let’s be real, what 6 year-old is really going to sit down and read 1,000 pages about Karol Wojtyla’s childhood, his philosophical and theological formation, his battles with 20th century thought and communism, and his commitment to God as the Vicar of Christ?

As unattainable as that resolution was for my little self, it was still a good resolution, as are most New Year’s resolutions. January 1st is a great time in our lives to reflect on the past year and set goals to grow and become better in the next — even if some of our resolutions are a little far-reaching.

In the holiday chaos that takes place from Halloween to New Year’s Eve, it’s easy to miss the fact that our Church welcomes a new liturgical year at the beginning of every Advent season. And just because there probably won’t be a special on NBC with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square ringing in Advent, doesn’t mean you can’t take the Liturgical New Year just as seriously as a regular old New Year celebration!

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Advent is a great time to reflect on our spiritual journey of the last year and resolve to grow in the coming one… like a spiritual New Year’s resolution!

This season provides us with an opportunity to seek and commit to new ways of loving Jesus better in the coming year. It could mean committing to offering your day to Jesus with a prayer every morning, making it to at least one weekday Mass per week, or asking Mary to help you in loving her son by praying a daily or weekly Rosary. You could also commit to getting to know the lives of the saints better, so you can emulate them, as they emulated Christ. Or you can commit to studying your faith more, by reading Scripture, the Catechism, and magisterial documents, or to sharing your faith more by evangelizing and doing good works for others. The possibilities are endless!

But how do we make sure that our Liturgical New Year’s resolutions don’t just slip away from us once Advent is over and we get stuck in a Christmas-cookie-coma?
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Courage for the Fight: Is Life Worth Living?

This post by Father Mike Schmitz is reprinted from LifeTeen.com




The only thing that makes a story worth telling is the underlying and fundamental certainty that life is worth living.

Now in its fifth season, the incredibly popular TV show The Walking Dead is the story of human life after a “zombie apocalypse.” At first, the story seems to be just a strange series about undead monsters and the humans who are fleeing from and fighting them. But as the series has progressed, the real story has much more significance. It is not just about gruesome zombies or human bandits, it is all about the question: is life worth living?

One of the show’s frustrations is also its key to greatness: every time the human protagonists catch a break, their good fortune doesn’t last long and the bottom seems to drop out from beneath them. And yet they keep struggling… they keep walking. Even when it seems like there is no obvious “destination” for them, they know that they have to keep moving forward; they have to keep living.

All of the characters have had their normal lives completely disrupted. Most of the people they loved have died. Every single one of them suffers on a daily basis in a world they have not created and in which they have not chosen to live. And yet, they choose to fight. They choose to engage with the life they have.

They do this because of the fundamental principle that is the basis every human story: life is worth living.

Think of any great story. Every one of them is built upon this premise. If they weren’t, there is no real conflict; instead of fighting courageously when one encounters overwhelming odds or faces an impossible situation, the characters would simply die. The reasonable thing would be to take matters into one’s own hands and end one’s life. If they’re going to die eventually, why not simply face death on one’s own terms?

Because life is worth living.


At this moment, a 29 year-old woman named Brittany Maynard is preparing to die on November 1, 2014. She is planning to end her own life by self-administering a lethal dose of medication. Brittany has terminal cancer, and experiences pain and suffering on a moment to moment basis. Because of this, she has moved from her home state of California to Oregon so that she will be legally allowed to kill herself.

Since she made known her decision to end her life, it has sparked many people into thinking about this issue.

Actually, on second thought… I don’t believe that too many people are actually thinking about this issue. I think that many of them are “feeling” about this issue.

We see this beautiful young woman and hear about her wedding and learn of her pain…and we feel compassion. We feel so sorry for this woman whose life has been entirely disrupted. In doing this, we are being human. It is human for us to feel such compassion for Brittany (and anyone else in pain). And it is natural that we don’t want her to suffer any more. If there is a way that her pain can be taken away, wouldn’t that be better than for her to needlessly endure?


But to agree that ending her life is the solution is decidedly “un-human.” That is what we do with animals when they are in pain. If you’ve ever had to “put down” a beloved pet you know how heartbreaking it is.

There is a real difference between a human being and any other kind of animal. Because we are human, we don’t merely experience pain… we can also “suffer.” Suffering is only possible when you are aware that you are suffering. People are aware when they are suffering; animals do not have the same self-awareness. A human being can look up from their battle and ask “Why?” An animal doesn’t ask this question. This makes human suffering exponentially worse than animal suffering… but also exponentially more meaningful.

There is something in us that recognizes that human suffering, while evil, is worth it. We intrinsically know that life is worth living. When we see someone endure suffering heroically, even if it costs them everything, we see human dignity in action. It is the reason why we cheer for those who are willing to face unstoppable odds. It is the reason we love heroes…they remind us that life is worth fighting for. They remind us that there is more to this life.

As Christians, we know that suffering is not worst thing. Yes, if all there is in this universe is the material world (no soul, no spirit, no God), then the worst possible evil is suffering. But we know that there is more to this life than what we can immediately see.

Dignity is not found in taking one’s own life, but in facing the challenge well. Compassion is not helping another person to end their own life, but in caring for them in their weakness and pain.
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