The aim of Life Teen in our parish is to lead teenagers closer to Christ. We do this by running “Life Nights” on a Sunday evening and through building encouraging and supportive relationships with the teens where we can 'walk with them' to Christ. Each night includes an element of fun, community, discussion, an inspiring teaching and time for personal prayer. Life Teen takes place every Sunday night during the school term after the 6pm Mass, about 7:15pm-8:45pm.
In a four year cycle we cover all the important elements of solid faith formation - including basic topics such as who Jesus is, how to read Scripture, what the Sacraments are, how we each have a Vocation to love God and others, how we can live social justice in our daily lives, and many others. We also look at relevant issues that young people face and how our faith can play a part. Life Teen prepares teenagers in Grades 8-12 for Confirmation in our parish, but friends often join us too.
Our Core Team puts in a lot of time, effort and prayer each week to present a night that will be inspiring and interesting for our teenagers. They're an enthusiastic and dedicated group who make for some great role models!
Please pray for the team and teens this year!
If you'd like to find out more, please follow the links to the right of this page.
Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.
May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.
And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.
'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.
This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.
1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at http://adct.org.za/child-safeguarding-policy-resources/
Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'