Sometimes it seems like there is a rule against teens attending Sunday Mass -- even when they are part of a church youth group. It doesn't have to be that way. The editors at Celebrating the Lectionary (CTL) know how to connect teens to liturgy. You start with the lectionary, forming them around the readings heard by the rest of the community. You connect those readings to their lives. You insist on their participation in the life and ministry of the parish. Suddenly you are well on the way to implementing the goals outlined in Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. CTL's Youth Packet, written by effective youth ministers and high-school teachers, has everything you need to run lively youth sessions organized around the lectionary. The new format, designed especially for this age group, is based on the five W's (Welcome, Word, Work, Worship, and Wrap-up) and works well for both large and small programs. Packets contain background materials, session plans, photocopiable handout masters, and other resource materials.
If you're running a "junior-high" group, try the Junior Packet. This packet focuses on sessions for 12- and 13-year-olds and follows CTL's original catechetical format. Everything you need is here: Seasonal backgrounds, commentaries on the readings, session plans, photocopiable handout masters and more.