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Edge Ministry

Edge is a program designed for youth in Grades 6-8. Edge gives youth an opportunity to gather together, have fun, and learn more about the Catholic faith. Most importantly though, Edge is about leading youth closer to Christ. 

This 2021/2022 year the hope is to have the return of in person ministry at the parish. The year will be broken up into three series: Awake O Sleeper, Now and Forever,  and Love Is…. These series, described below, will lead the youth deeper on their journey with their faith and encourage them to explore topics they may not have the chance to do elsewhere. This journey together is done with a team of youth ministry volunteers and peers under the guidance of the youth minister. No prior knowledge of the faith is required of youth to attend Edge. We encourage all youth in Grades 6-8 to join Edge. 

Awake O Sleeper

How do we hear God’s voice? How has He revealed Himself to people throughout history? How do we hear His voice in our lives? 

Awake O Sleeper is a series that follows the stories of two of the greatest dreamers in Scripture, Joseph of the Old Testament and St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. The sessions look at the different ways that God spoke to them and directed their lives and, ultimately, salvation history. 

The youth will be reminded of the great lengths that God goes to speak to His people to guide them, and they will also be reminded that God speaks to them in their daily lives in various, different ways. This series provides an exciting and fun way for the youth to build up community and friendship as well as to grow in their relationship with God.

Initially designed as a retreat, this series will serve to be the starting point of our year. It serves as a way to help youth recognize the importance of listening to God’s voice and how to hear Him in the noise of the world and our lives. We also get to hear about St. Joseph, which will be a fitting topic near the end of the Year of St. Joseph

 

Now and Forever

Why do I need to go to Mass? Why can’t I just go to my friend’s Christian church? Why do we have to stand and kneel so much? 

The Mass is the centre of our prayer and worship as Catholics, but sometimes the beauty of the Mass can easily go unnoticed by youth if they do not understand what is happening during Mass. This series is designed to help youth understand the Mass and the positive impact it has on their lives and on the world. It will help the youth see the roots of the Mass in Christ’s Paschal Mystery, the importance of the Eucharist, the way the different parts of the Mass fit together, and how the Mass can positively affect and bear fruit in their daily lives.

In Awake O Sleeper we first learn about how to hear God’s voice in our lives. In Now and Forever we learn about the Mass. Since the Mass is a place where we can encounter God so realistically it helps to know more about it. By becoming more deeply engaged with the Mass, the youth will learn how these fruits affect their daily lives. 

Love Is…

Jesus tells us, “a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). In this series, the youth will dive into this Scripture verse and discover what love really is. They will learn that in order to love as Jesus loves us, we must first know and follow Him. The youth will have opportunities to experience the healing power of God’s love through prayer and the Sacraments, as well as uncover ways they can love the people in their daily lives and those who are poor. 

Building from all our experiences throughout the year we will now discuss the topic of love and how we are called to love like Christ loves us. 

Year Summary

The youth start the year off with the series, Awake O Sleeper, where they learn how to listen for God’s voice in their lives. We then take that a little deeper in Now and Forever when we learn how to encounter God in the Mass and how the Mass can transform our daily lives. Finally, we go ever deeper. In Love Is…, youth will learn how to love like Christ and share His love with others. Throughout the year we will also have social nights included where youth can gather and have fun.

Date

Program

Topic

Location

Time

October 20th

Edge

Social/Awake O Sleeper Intro

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

November 3rd

Edge

Awake O Sleeper

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

November 17th

Edge

Awake O Sleeper

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

December 1st

Edge

Awake O Sleeper

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

December 22nd

Edge

Christmas Social (Nativity)

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

January 12th

Edge

Now and Forever (with dinner if regulations allow)

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

January 26th

Edge

Now and Forever 

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

February 9th

Edge

Now and Forever 

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

February 23rd

Edge

Now and Forever 

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

March 9th

Edge

Now and Forever 

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

March 30th

Edge

Now and Forever 

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

April 13th

Edge

Love Is…

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

May 11th

Edge

Love Is…

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

May 25th

Edge

Love Is…

PC Main

6:15pm-7:15pm

June 8th

Edge

Love Is… (with Mass note change of time)

PC Main

6:15pm-7:50pm

June 22nd

Edge

Year End Social (note change of time)

PC Main

6:15pm-7:45pm

 

 

For those interested in joining Edge please contact our Youth Minister, Breandán McCallister: bmccallister@archtoronto.org

Registration Form: Edge Registration 2021-2022.pdf