Life Teen Youth Group

Fellowship.  Prayer.  Adventure.

Calling all high school students!

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.  
  3. 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. 

-Tommy 

Quick Links

Register for Life Teen
Life Teen Summer Calendar
Diocesan Teen Programs
Register for Life Teen Core Team
Volunteer & Background Check Information
Life Teen Website

Frequently Asked Questions

Life Teen is Saint Matthew’s Youth Group for students in high school.  It meets most Sundays from 5-7 PM in the Parish Conference Center to play games and sports, learn about our Catholic faith, discuss how it plays out in our everyday lives, and build true fellowship with one another. If you are new to Life Teen, be sure to check in with us before you come to ensure we not off-campus hiking, canoeing, or laser-tagging. This youth group exists for high school students to grow together in holiness, grow closer to Christ, and ultimately, become the man or woman God destined them to become.

While each night might look a little different, most nights will include a provided dinner, games/sports, an engaging talk on an important and relevant topic, time to discuss the topic with each other and discern how it relates to their everyday life, and, of course, prayer.  Some nights this may be opening and closing in prayer, while other nights may involve praise and worship and/or Adoration in front of Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. 

A series is when we discuss a certain topic for more than one Life Teen night, because there’s too much to cover! Some topics are too important and too rich in content to merely scratch its surface and require 2 or even 4 nights to fully dive into it. 

The registration fee covers most of Life Teen’s expenses throughout the year such as dinners, supplies, and resources for our meetings.

The intellectual formation students receive in Catholic schooling is a noble and necessary investment.  At Life Teen, however, we go beyond the knowledge of our faith into engaging and responding to how to live our faith in today’s tumultuous world. Life Teen is the place for teens to meet other like-minded students normalizing holiness, encouraging one another, and going deeper into their faith. The formation they have from Catholic school will serve as a great foundation for them to build community and grapple with the challenges they face as a Catholic teen in today’s world. 

Whether a brand new member who is a rising freshman or a senior in high school, every teen who comes to Life Teen will be welcomed as Christ.  Undoubtedly, building friendships, community and belonging takes time, but we will always strive to facilitate the environment where these friendships can form effortlessly.  If your son or daughter has had a difficult experience and/or has not felt welcomed, please contact Tommy directly so he can ensure an immediate solution to his or her experience.

Interested in joining our Core Team?

The youth group would not be successful without your help!  If you are interested in getting involved, there is always a need for more Core Team members to help in youth ministry efforts. Between setting up each night, assisting with food, or showcasing your soccer skills, your involvement is both needed and appreciated.  For more information contact Tommy and/or click the “Volunteer Registration” link above.

Contact Information

Tommy Killackey
Director of Youth Ministry
tkillackey@stmatthewtn.org