Our “Theology on Capp” for Teens is a new program inspired by the "Theology on Tap" sessions that Catholic dioceses have held for many years for young adults at restaurants and bars. At Marian High School, we sensed that our students needed a fresh, friendly “non-academic” environment in which they could gather together and discuss issues they carry in their hearts. Many have expressed that in the classroom, next to their textbooks and assignments, God sometimes appears to become “another academic subject” rather than a loving Divine Father. So we partnered with the local Knights of Columbus to hold "Theology on CAPP (as in cappuccino)" once a month. We firmly believe that the growth of our current program is mostly due to our constant entrustment of its success to the protection and care of Our Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Knights of Columbus offer us their hall in which we hold the meetings, along with all the coffee, cappuccino and soft drinks our kids can drink. We provide additional cookies or snacks. Currently we meet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on the first Monday of the month. Last years’ topics, suggested originally by our teens, included: "The Mystery of the Virgin Mary in the Role of Salvation", "Atheism, Does It Really Make Any Sense?", "Why Guys & Girls Are Hilarious"(Gender roles), "Angels, Demons, & Spiritual Warfare", "The Mystery behind Marian Apparitions!", and others.
Our format is an initial time of fellowship upon the teens’ arrival with coffee, hot chocolate, tea and cookies off to the side. After this, we introduce the speaker, who is usually invited from the area Catholic community. Although the program is hosted by Marian High School, all teens from area schools and parishes are welcome, and several have become regular guests. All sessions begin with prayer. The speaker gives a 20-30 talk followed by a brief fellowship break, including the opportunity to get another drink and to prepare for the “Questions and Answers Session.”
Up to the present time, the promotion of “Theology on Capp” has been through monthly school posters, school announcements, a few church bulletins, but most effectively, though the teens "word of mouth." We also keep a guest log which the teens sign in at each session and which provides us with a log of email addresses that help us to keep the kids up to date regarding future sessions. The members of the local Knights of Columbus chapter are considering spreading this offering around the state in conjunction with other other KofC councils.
Until then, we’ll continue to get our “capp” on!