Posted by Al Anile
Guest speakers Erika Balce (left) and Amanda Durava (right)
 
Erika and Amanda are members of the "Life Teen" at St. John Brebeuf Parish located in Niles Illinois.  They are one of the beneficiaries of our club Annual Fund Allocation. Today they came to talk to the club assembly about their programs, and show us where the money we donated is being used.
 
Following are some of their activities:
 
LIFE TEEN MASS Monthly - Life Teen Mass is offered on Sundays at 6:00PM. The LIFE NIGHT follow every monthly LIFE TEEN MASS. They offer the opportunity for teens to go deeper in their faith! They go from the Table of the Eucharist to the table to enjoy each other! Food and Fun! Peer Mentors (High School Juniors and Seniors) give through witness talks, and lead interactive discussion. Learn more about your living as a real disciple of Christ.
 
OPEN ROOM Nights - Sunday night is OPEN ROOM night. In an informal, fun way, Teens join together for Fun and Fellowship! It's Teens interacting with Teens.
 
MUSIC MINISTRY - The Teen Choir Rehearsals are Sundays in the church music room 4:30 – 5:30pm. All Singers and Musicians are welcome.
 
Youth Ministry OUTINGS - To Sports Events (Chicago Wolves, Chicago Bandits, Kane County Cougars); Ski Outings to Alpine Valley, Six Flags Great America, movie nights, and more.
 
RETREATS - Teens have opportunities to be on retreat. They hold overnight Lenten retreats, overnight Movie Events, time for personal reflection, social interaction, team building, experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration.
 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES -  Ongoing support to St. John Brefeuf ministries, community support at Soup Kitchens, Nursing Homes, Animal Shelters, fundraising opportunities like Car Washes, Bake Sales, Jewelry Sales, and more.