A letter to high school students:
Particularly as the fall approaches, you already have a lot on your plate: extracurricular activities, school, perhaps a part-time job. Adding “another thing” doesn’t seem ideal, but I do want to take a moment and invite you to join Life Teen.
Life Teen, Saint Matthew’s youth group, meets weekly on Sundays at 5 PM starting on August 15 (with some other exciting summer events happening now, see the calendar). We meet for fellowship and community, succulent food (often it’s pizza if I’m being honest), splendiferous games, and discussions on how to become the men and women we were called to be. We also go on retreats and trips, help our community in service projects, and hike to the bluffs of the Cumberland River for Mass because we can, and we did. I could go on about what we do, but that matters very little if I don’t explain why:
- You have a purpose. Just like a blender or dishwasher, things are intelligently created and designed with a purpose. That includes human beings. Our purpose is infinitely more dignified (and complicated) than a blender for smoothies, but we still have a purpose. Our current culture tends to tell us we can do whatever we want and it doesn’t make a difference, but that’s like using a blender to vacuum the carpet. At Life Teen, we dive deep into how we can become who we are.
- God exists. The good news about all this blender stuff is our designer isn’t KitchenAid or Ninja, it’s God, and He’s very real.
- He created you, specifically, for a great purpose. We were created with a purpose, yes, but it’s much more than getting enough food, sleep and exercise. Deep down, all of us want to make our lives a masterpiece. We all are main characters in our own biographies, and the tales are just beginning.
Life Teen is your opportunity to build incredible friendships, play sports, experience the life-changing gourmet cuisine of pizza, ask the hard questions, and grow in your faith. This world needs saints. This world needs you. It starts here. If you think this all sounds lame, ask someone who’s an active member and then give it a try. See you soon.