EDGE is a parish based middle school (6th, 7th& 8th grade) youth ministry program that leads teens closer to Christ through relevant and interactive catechesis. The Edge program follows a similar model to the LifeTeen program which promotes a seamless transition from middle school to high school. Each semester is based on a theme provided by the USCCB. Semester topics include: Scripture, Creed, Prayer, Social Justice, Church and Sacraments.
Edge meets on Sunday nights from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (after the Life Teen Mass) in Corbett Hall. A parent volunteer food team prepares and serves dinner for the youth. Each Edge night includes dinner, games, a teaching talk and small group discussions, with special nights featuring Reconciliation, Praise & Worship and Adoration. In the past, we have welcomed our parish clergy and other outside speakers to our Edge nights. Other topics that prepare the middle school youth for real life situations are peppered into the curriculum including themes like bullying, self-image and social media.
Each spring, we offer a weekend retreat at a Life Teen national retreat center in Dahlonega,Georgia. The retreat is a wonderful opportunity for the middle school youth to deepen their faith and form lasting relationships. The weekend retreat begins on Friday evening and lasts through Sunday afternoon. The retreat is optional and there is a separate cost for attendance.
During the year, we offer different opportunities for the middle school youth to participate in service activities. Some of the activities are offered during our regular Edge nights and others are offered at different days. One of our most popular activities for service falls during the Lenten season. Our EDGE group is given the opportunity to serve during the annual Knights of Columbus fish fry dinners. For each of the Fridays during Lent, our EDGE youth help the Knights by working the drive-thru, setting and clearing tables and serving beverages.