OneWith is SJTW's innovative liturgy and Scripture centered curriculum. Using the Mass as our model, youth in grades 9-11 participate in and learn about Catholic worship from the inside out!
One of the great strengths of SJTW's formation for high school youth, is offering a process of unpacking the truth and wisdom found in the Scriptures and liturgical traditions of our Catholic faith – and allowing these young Catholics to reflect on, and apply those truths into the context of their own lives.
Even though we are not able to offer our interactive OneWith Teaching Mass sessions at this time, we offer the following format for youth – along with their families, to focus on the OneWith core competencies of analyzing scriptures/liturgical traditions and distilling them into practical wisdom that youth can apply today!
"Virtual” OneWith sessions consists of 3 steps. Analysis, Reflection, and Application.
Step #1: Attend Sunday Mass with an adult family member/faith mentor (Experience and Analysis).
Step #2: Use the "Virtual OneWith" Reflection Guide to record your thoughts (Reflection).
Step #3: Participate in video conference (Zoom, Skype, etc.) with peers from your Discipleship Group (Application)
For most Catholics, the Sunday Mass is the primary way we practice our faith. But how much do we really understand about this ancient and highly symbolic form of worship?
At OneWith we systematically unpack the histories and mysteries of the Mass to reveal the beauty, wisdom and grace of this powerful Sacrament.
What We Do
OneWith uses a "Teaching Mass" format to explain Catholic symbolism and tradition.
Youth are mentored and participate in a wide variety of liturgical ministries.
Youth engage in theological reflection and practical application of Sacred Scripture and Catholic doctrine.
Youth are mentored (1-on-1 & Discipleship Groups) in fundamental practices of Christian discipleship.
All Are Welcome
This concept was was not designed just for teens alone. Adults and families are invited to participate in this unique format. The OneWith formation team has developed reflection materials specifically for groups of adults and families to reflect on the gospel in a deeper more intentional way.
OneWith Teaching Masses are offered October-April (about twice per month).
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Frequently asked questions
What is OneWith?
OneWith is a formation concept developed by St. Joseph the Worker to help high school youth, their parents and the whole Church learn and reflect on Catholic Worship and Sacred Scripture.
Who is OneWith for?
Everyone! This formation concept was desinged with the belief that the Mass is an inexhaustible Mystery and that EVERYONE can benefit from a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture and Catholic liturgy.
Is the OneWith Teaching Mass a "Valid" Mass/Count for my "Sunday Obligation"?
Absolutly! Though its not your typical Sunday celebration, our OneWith Teaching Mass is a canonically valid Mass/Sunday Liturgy.
How do I make up a missed OneWith Session?
The strength of our formation for high school aged youth is in the shared witness and reflection of the gospel and our lived Catholic experience that happens in their peer “Discipleship Groups”. It is no coincidence that this is the same method that Jesus used to form his disciples. This is why we place such a premium on our youth’s participation in their Discipleship Groups!
However, we acknowledge the reality of illness, family emergencies, etc. Though less than ideal, for any youth that misses a OneWith Session, we offer the following alternatives to deepen their understanding of gospel and/or their Catholic faith:
For more information and make-up instructions view & download:
Please note that these options are for missed OneWith Sessions only!
Missed Confirmation Prep sessions (“Gifted”) or other mandatory sessions (listed in red on the schedules) must be made-up by appointment. To schedule a make-up for a missed Confirmation Prep/Mandatory session contact Barry Shay (email@example.com).