A Note to Parishes about Coronavirus from Life Teen President Randy Raus
You are an important part of Life Teen and I appreciate the trust you and your parish place in our staff. We are passionate about helping you to lead teenagers closer to Christ.
In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to do ministry smarter and more consciously. That’s why I want to personally update you on the situation with COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety at our events and camps.
Life Teen has always been about the safety and well being of those we serve. From our safe environment guidelines to keeping our camps spotless for teens, we are committed to providing a safe environment for people to encounter Christ. We want you to feel confident when attending Life Teen events and camps. As a result, we have enhanced some of our procedures in the interest of our parishes’ and teens’ health and safety. For example, we are now going to be only using disposables for all our meals at our camps.
While we are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 closely, we are still prayerfully planning our full slate of Life Teen events and camps for this year. We are taking precautions including having hand sanitizer available, following diocesan guidelines for Mass, and instructing participants who aren’t feeling well not to attend the event or camp.
We understand that in today’s world of Catholic youth ministry, events and camps can be essential components of the formation of missionary disciples, which is why it can’t – and shouldn’t – simply stop. I believe Life Teen’s mission of leading teens closer to Christ is never more important than at times like this.
Authenticity is one of our core values, and we are committed to keeping you fully informed as the situation evolves. While we’re committed to providing you with information you need to make informed decisions around your participation, we also understand the need for flexibility based on your individual circumstances. If due to COVID-19, you are unable to attend the event or camp you are currently registered for, our staff will be happy to discuss with you the possibility of applying those funds to a future Life Teen event or camp.
Thank you for your continued trust in Life Teen, and I look forward to seeing you in my own participation at our events and camps throughout the year.
Mother Mary, Pray for us!
President / CEO