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GodTeens

The Godteen Program is a catechetical formation program for high school students of the parish. The program of weekly meetings is meant to further a deeper understanding and love of our Catholic faith through discussion facilitated by a married couple from the parish. The Godparent couple commits to a four-year program and each teen remains in the same group for all four years.

Freshmen Year

Derrick & Ashley Krienert and Family
Derrick & Ashley Krienert and Family
Kevin & Katherine Norman and Family
Kevin & Katherine Norman and Family

During the freshman year, students will begin to develop a personal relationship with each other and with Jesus. Activities will bring Christ into every-day situations to help students develop a self-identity that centers on God and the fundamentals of our Catholic Church. There will also be a focus on basic knowledge and apologetics of the Church to help teens defend it amongst their friends and in their schools. At different points during the year, these topics will be covered:

  • Jesus and the Trinity
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Baptism
  • Penance
  • The Eucharist
  • Confirmation
  • Matrimony
  • Holy Orders
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Purgatory
  • Basic Apologetics

Sophomore Year

Zach & Laura Kane and Family
Zach & Laura Kane and Family

Sophomore year is about the bible and how it pertains to the teens lives. It goes over salvation history as a way to show how God has been moving through the lives of his people. We are using the T3 program. This is a DVD and workbook combination. There are a few different options as to how to do this. You can work with the 8 sessions on the DVDS or you can do the portraits starting on page 28 of the leaders guide. Salvation history is more than just a bunch of old men and women who lived a long time ago and did some nice things. It is the living breathing word of God and it can speak to all of us even today.

  • The Creation of the World
  • The Fall of Man
  • Cain and Abel
  • Covenant with Abraham
  • Jacob and Joseph
  • Moses and the Exile from Egypt
  • Joshua enters the Promised Land
  • The Judges
  • The Kings: Saul, David, and Solomon
  • The Divided Kingdom: Israel and Judah
  • Babylonian Exile
  • Elijah
  • Jesus as Messiah
  • The Church today

Junior Year

Dave & MaryBeth McWilliams and Family
Dave & MaryBeth McWilliams and Family
Eric & Mary Beth Himmelberg and Family
Eric & Mary Beth Himmelberg and Family

During the junior year, students will use the History of the Church and Church History: A Course on the People of God textbooks to briefly touch on Catholic Church History and its impact in today's world. Using the supplementary Horizons resource books students will go through various interactive lessons to discuss challenges teens face to living the Christian life in the 21 st century. At different points during the year, these topics will be covered:

  • Early Church
  • Great Schism
  • Church Corruption
  • Protestant Reformation
  • The Crusades
  • Islam
  • Lives of the Saints
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Being a person of, peace, hope and charity
  • Coping with Death and Grief
  • Hope in the Face of Death
  • New Age Practices

Senior Year

Joe and Sophia Werning
Joe and Sophia Werning

This is a group's final year in high school. In many ways they are adults either legally or maybe even mentally. The Godteen couples have watched them grow from goofy teenagers into mature young adults. This is not the ending of a journey but the beginning of a whole new one. College is on the horizon and all that that entails. The goal for the year is to get the seniors as ready as possible for that wide open world that is just waiting for them. We will send them out prepared and ready to face the challenges knowing that no matter what they can always lean on God and His Church.

  • Morality and the Catholic view of Morality
  • Forming a conscience
  • Making moral decisions
  • Respect for life and what it entails
  • Love for God
  • Respect of the gift of sexuality
  • Social Justice
  • Life after high school
  • Beginning Apologetics 5:  How to Answer Tough Moral Questions