Life Teen maintains a focus on helping teens fall deeper in love with Jesus in the Eucharist. Primarily this is done through celebration of a youth focused Mass, "the most important part" of every Life Teen and Edge program. While particular efforts are made to create a welcoming atmosphere, reverent and relevant music, and an engaging homily that speaks to the issues in teens' lives, Life Teen stresses faithfulness to liturgical norms. While these liturgies often referred to by parishes as a "Life Teen" Mass, they are not a teen only Mass, but a regular/communal Mass that is normally celebrated on Sunday evening.
Once a month, our high school students engage in "Life Nights", a night of faith formation featuring a dynamic talk, small groups, and a powerful prayer experience. Life Nights are designed to help students mingle, build community and dive deeper in their faith. Life Nights have four segments:
Gather - This section of the Life Night involves an invitation to the teenagers that welcomes them to a Life Night. This can be anything from an interactive game, a chance to win a prize, a skit or a funny video clip.
Proclaim - This section of the Life Night is devoted to the main teaching for the night.
Break - In this section of the Life Night, teenagers are given the chance to "break open" the message of the night. Typically this takes the form of small groups.
Send - This portion of a Life Night is to wrap up the Life Night by giving the teens a way to take the message they learned and apply it to their lives at home. Generally the send involves some personal prayer time.