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Youth invited to 2nd XLT prayer, faith-sharing event

January 23, 2015
Tom Burke

The church is catching up with the abbreviated language of texting and messaging. A good idea when you’re approaching high school age youth.

Lindsey West, youth minister at St. Denis Parish, Menlo Park, is on the planning team for the second XLT-Mid-Peninsula coming up Jan. 28 at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton. The first XLT Mid-Peninsula, co-hosted by St. Denis, St. Raymond and Church of the Nativity, again this year’s sponsors, drew 400 youth and chaperones.

“XLT is the cool way of saying ‘exalt,’” Lindsey told me in an email. “It’s an hour and a half event for high school and middle school youth that provides a profound experience of God and community.”

Components of the event include “live, praise and worship music, a dynamic and engaging talk, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,” Lindsey said.

“During the XLT there’s going to be high quality music, they’ll hear an inspiring, but relatively brief talk, and then they’ll have the opportunity to take what they’ve just heard, their fears, worries, joys, challenges, everything they’re going through to prayer during adoration,” Lindsey said. Youth are then sent forth to implement what they’ve experienced from the XLT into their daily lives.

XLT began in Atlanta, Georgia about 15 years ago.

XLT is Wednesday, Jan. 28th at Sacred Heart School, Atherton. Tickets need to be purchased in advance for $5/program only or $9 /program and dinner. Hospitality starts at 6:15 p.m. The program itself takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Lindsey West, lwest@stdenisparish.org; Christine Augulis, youth minister St. Raymond Parish, caugulis@straymondmp.org; Linda or Mark Basnage, youth ministers Church of the Nativity, tlbasnage@gmail.com. Tickets can be bought directly at www.eventbrite.com/e/xlt-mid-peninsula-encounter-tickets-14994513995.

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