Prayer & Action is a Catholic youth ministry program in the Archdiocese of Denver. Prayer & Action gives teenagers an experience of mission work within the bounds of the Archdiocese.
The program reaches out to various communities of the Archdiocese, providing for those most in need. This is done by the laboring hands and the open hearts of middle and high school students and their adult leaders. The primary goal of Prayer & Action is the evangelization and inspiration of teenagers, that they may set the world ablaze with the love of Christ.
Prayer & Action sessions last five days (four days for middle school); the participants arrive on Sunday evening and stay until Friday (Thursday) morning. Throughout the week the participants paint, clean, do yard work, and perform other meaningful tasks for the poor, disabled, and elderly. The students spend the week in an atmosphere that is free of distractions. This fosters their faith, inspires charity, and leads them closer to Christ. The experience also allows them to get to know other high school students from other parts of the Archdiocese who share their Catholic faith.
The Prayer & Action experience is facilitated by the Mission Team which consists of dynamic young adults. This team and the parish adult leaders are with the students at the worksites, working side-by-side with them. In the evenings the team leads “Collatio,” the retreat portion of Prayer & Action. Collatio is perhaps the most important part of the day as the students pray, play, worship, and grow together in Jesus Christ.
Collatio is a Latin word that means “to come together, to gather.” There are many parts to this 90-minute session. This time incorporates games, funny stories from the day, praise and worship music, GIGs (GIG stands for “God Is Great”), and a talk given by a team member. The topics of the talks center around some of the following themes: The need for God, Why be Catholic?, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, the Eucharist, being a Christian witness, etc..
Typical DAily Schedule
7:00 Wake up and meet for morning reflections
7:30 Mass and Rosary
8:30 Breakfast and prepare sack lunches
9:15 Travel to work sites and begin work
12:00 Eat lunch at work sites
3:30 Clean up and leave work site
4:00 Showers and free time
5:00 Adult leader meeting
7:00 Evening activity
8:00 Collatio (large group, skit, prayer, and worship time)
9:15 Small groups for discussion (followed by free time)
10:45 Night prayer
11:15 Lights out