Above: Thirteen from Holy Cross Youth Ministry traveled to Tiger, GA for Camp Covecrest on July 30-Aug. 4, where they participated in retreat and summer camp activities. Covecest is one of five summer camp locations where teens and adults gather for weeks of adoration, community, teaching, and service.

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Natchitoches is proud to continue the Life Teen youth ministry program it started last year.

Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered movement within the Catholic Church that leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as intercessor, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the sacramental power present within the young church.

Holy Cross will kick off this year’s Life Teen program on August 26, with their social night, “Illuminate!,” and will continue the year using the Life Teen formula of choosing from one of three basic youth ministry nights: Catechetical, Issue, and Social.

Holy Cross Life Teen has been very blessed, says Youth Minister Dustin Dauzat.

“We started the Life Teen program in our parish at this time last year, at which point the Natchitoches area did not have a Catholic Youth group. I had attended Steubenville South as a volunteer in June last year, and felt that God was calling for a youth group in our area.”

Upon returning, Dauzat met with Fr. Marc Noel, pastor of the parish, and with Father Marc’s support, the program took shape. Several volunteers offered to be a part of the parish’s youth ministry team, and 45 youth from the area attended the parish’s first kick-off event.

The parish youth group plans to meet on Sundays after 5 p.m Mass, from 6 -8 p.m. They will kick off the new academic year on August 26, with their social night, take a break on Labor Day, then begin meeting again for their High School Retreat, “Search.” The retreat will take place at Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville on Sept. 8-9, 2018, and is open to all high school youth in the area.

For more information on the retreat or the new Life Teen program at Holy Cross parish, please contact Dustin Dauzat at 318-332-6367 or dustin.dauzat@gmail.com.

More information can also be found at www.nsucatholic.org or on social media @holycrosslt.