The Edge is part of Life Teen, an international Catholic ministry, founded in Mesa, AZ, in 1985. Since then, it has spread to 31 countries, and 1,600 parishes. It is a comprehensive youth ministry program based on, focused on, and directed toward the Eucharist. The Edge, now in over 1,100 parishes, is geared specifically to middle school adolescents who are on “the Edge” because so much is going on in their lives. It can be a very stressful and difficult time for young people and their parents. Within the context of faith, middle school youth are moving from a child-like spirituality to an independent ownership of their Catholic faith and identity. Through the Edge, we hope they will reach this pinnacle.
While 100% Catholic, Edge is open to youth of any faith in grades 6, 7 and 8.
Edge was established at Saint Patrick Church in January 2010, as the middle school youth ministry program, as well as the replacement for the religious education program for young people in grades 6, 7 and 8. The Edge meets Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8 PM, from October through about May. Snacks are served prior to the start of each program.
Also as part of the Edge experience, we integrate a 6 day summer retreat experience for 7th and 8th graders at Life Teen’s Edge Camp - Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, GA. This outrageously fun experience helps youth to grow deeper in their faith and sets the groundwork for their Life Teen experience.
Edge is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade youth. Parents are always welcome to observe a program. However, due to participant safety concerns, we ask that you check in with Joe Goodman, prior to the start of the evening’s program.
Our goal is to lead teens closer to Christ.
The Edge is the Confirmation Preparation Program at Saint Patrick Church. This three-year program includes a curriculum that covers the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It meets, or exeeds the Diocesan guidelines for preparation, and is anticipated to meet the guidelines being developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For a complete listing of night topics and program names, please refer to the Edge News box, which is updated regularly, or the Edge Calendar, provided each year at the Candidate & Parent Meeting.
Diocesan policy requires that youth be in at least eighth grade and have a minimum of two years of immediate preparation in the faith. Students who choose to be candidates for Confirmation must attend the Edge program, be enrolled at Saint Patrick School, or be home-schooled for their academic education.
All candidates are required to submit necessary paperwork, and are expected to attend the eighth grade Confirmation Retreat, complete twenty hours of community service, and attend and participate in ten religious devotional experiences during their preparation. All candidates and their parents are provided program specifics at a Candidate and Parent Meeting held each September. Please note that this meeting is for all candidates and their parents, regardless of whether they are public scbool, parochial school, or home school. Attendance is expected each of the three years. Dates will be published in the parish bulletin, as well as in the Edge News box on this site.
The Edge Nights are mandatory for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade public school candidates. Additionally, they are highly suggested for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade home school and parochial school candidates, as they bring these candidates into community with the greater parish.
In terms of the Edge Nights, topics include both Catechetical themes, as well as periodic issue nights, covering subjects relevant to middleschoolers.
2016/2017 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat photos Here
The two day Confirmation Retreat is such a critical part of the Edge program. Regardless of how much we “know” about our faith, the Sacrament, and Our God, unless we have had that personal encounter with Jesus Christ and have come to know Him in our hearts, we have not begun to approach that real relationship that God desires with us. To provide that opportunity to really experience Christ, or perhaps that opportunity to go deeper in relationship with Him, the Confirmation Retreat is mandatory for all 8th graders expecting to receive the Sacrament. There are no excuses for missing the retreat, and there are no “make-ups”.
The retreat dates and times for those planning on being Confirmed in 2018, will be noon until about 10PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017and then from 9AM until the conclusion of the Life Teen Mass on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
The retreat takes place in the Parish Activity Center. Registrations typically are available in mid-September.Confirmation Retreat Registration Form available HERE.
Edge Camp - Hidden Lake
Edge Camp-Hidden Lake is a 6 day summer camp experience for youth in grades 7 and 8 during the year before that summer. Edge Camp-Hidden Lake is located just outside Dahlonega, GA on a beautiful 200 acre campus that’s surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia. This outrageously fun experience with youth from all over the country helps them grow deeper in their faith and sets the groundwork for their Life Teen experience.
The cost of camp is currently $510 plus $100.00 towards the cost of transportation. Please note that the Edge programs subsidizes the extra costs for air and ground transportation, significantly. For more information on camp, or for financial assistance, please contact Joe Goodman.
Registration for camp in 2017 has been completed. 10 youth and 2 chaperones will be attending during the week of July 10-15, 2017. Please pray for us and our travels.
Please keep an eye on the bulletin, this webpage, and our Facebook page for information about camp in 2018. It likely will be coming out mid-summer 2017.