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St. Mary of the Assumption Church is a Roman Catholic church in Dedham, Massachusetts and the Archdiocese of Boston. The first church was constructed in Dedham Centre in 1857 and it was formally established as a parish in 1866.

WHAT IS LIFETEEN?

Life Teen is a Catholic youth ministry program that began in 1985 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. There are now over 1,000 parishes around the world that have adopted the Life Teen program, which is geared towards high school teens in grades 9-12.

“Young people of America and the World, listen to what Christ the redeemer, is saying to you.”

Pope John Paul II

LIFETEEN MASS

The Life Teen Mass that takes place every Sunday at 5:00pm is the core of the program providing teens and their families with a liturgy geared toward their spiritual needs. The Life Teen Mass requires a “full and active participation of the entire community”. The Mass, homily and music are specifically directed to the teens and they have responded wholeheartedly. The teens also take an active role in the ministries at the Mass specifically, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans and Hospitality. There are many other elements of the liturgy that speak to teens on their emotional level found mostly in the unconditional love of Christ and of that same sharing in the community.

OUR RETREATS

Our teens are given several opportunities to be on retreat. Typically, we hold the following retreats:

* Fall Retreat (weekend before Thanksgiving)
* Spring Retreat – a weekend retreat in April
* CIA Service retreat – February or March
* Senior Retreat (end of August/early September)

We also hold retreat weekends for our Core team and the parents of our teens. These retreats have given us a very special opportunity and setting for the sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration.