Why High School Faith Formation?
With so many obligations competing for a high school teen’s time, why make faith a priority? Why bother to worry about church at all? Don’t teens have enough on their plates?
Jesus himself gives us an answer. He said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). Jesus desires that our lives be connected to Him, for “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
Author Sherry Weddell claims, "The majority of Catholics in the United States are sacramentalized but not evangelized. They do not know that an explicit, personal attachment to Christ - personal discipleship - is normative Catholicism as taught by the apostles and reiterated time and time again by the popes, councils, and saints of the Church."
Many Catholics have gone through their sacramental process: they received First Eucharist and Confirmation in their school years, but might not have internalized their faith as personal and may not have developed a deep, joyful, and abiding love for Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Bishop Ricken wrote about the hope of a renewal in our local parishes. “Imagine if youth and young adults were fully accepted as an essential asset to our parishes becoming fully engaged and fully alive. …What if youth and young adults [were] so ﬁlled with zeal for the Lord that they become primary evangelizers of older generations who may have become lukewarm in their relationship with the Lord and the church?”
This beautiful goal is what Transform: High School is all about.
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