SMYG (High School Youth Group)

SMYG (St. Mary’s Youth Group)
Youth Director
Chris Kozlowski 
Phone:  (248) 821-8686

“Looking for Life’s Little Miracles” is the theme of our SMYG At Work (SAW) program which begins Sunday.   This is the 20th annual installment of the youth group’s summer service project.  This event is the pinnacle event of the SMYG year.  All of the discussions that SMYG has  throughout the year at our Wednesday night meetings, culminate in putting our words/thoughts into action.  SAW is the quintessential “Walk the Talk” program.  During the week our participants move all distractions aside so they can focus clearly on their dedication to discipleship.   Prayer is a big part of recognizing the Lord’ presence in our life, and at multiple times throughout the day, we pray.  We pray to begin our morning, prior to every meal, both at the beginning and end of our workdays, and at multiple times throughout the day.  This prayer, our conversation with the Lord, ultimately relenting to His will, is what guides us to success throughout the week.  The fact that we “park” our cell phones and other electronic devices, also assists us with our focus on serving.   This last year at St. Mary’s we gave out Matthew Kelly’s Resisting Happiness, and that book really parallels the SAW experience.  We resist happiness when we place distractions in our way, we embrace happiness when we clear out these distractions and focus solely on our discipleship journey—-we embrace happiness by participating on SAW.   We look, and see, life’s many miracles by removing distractions and embracing our truest path to happiness.

 Today, I ask for your prayers.  Please pray for the youth involved on SAW, that they feel the Holy Spirit within them, and once they recognize that presence, are more able to turn to it to guide them in the future.  I ask that you pray for the adults; I am in constant amazement of the commitment of the adult leadership on SAW-most especially Chris Below (17th year) and Arnie Vandercruysseen (16th year).  Not to mention, we have a core group of SMYG alumni-Fernanda Morales, Chelsea Richter, Meghan Schuler, and Matt Schuler who are again committed to the program.  Joe Merlo, who is one of the leaders on the SMYG adult team, will be back on SAW as well.  We also have many moms/dads and friends of the program that are contributing to this AWESOME program.  As the old African proverb states “It takes a village to raise a child” and SAW is one of those events that simply can’t occur without the generosity of time and talent by those who love our youth.   Thank you in advance for your prayers of support.

On Saturday, July 1, SMYG will be wearing our SAW shirts (pictured above) and attending the 5 PM Mass with the community.  I invite YOU to celebrate Mass along with us on that day as an offering of your support of our youth, our future generation of Catholics.  We hope to see you Saturday.

2016-2017  Upcoming SMYG Schedule:
All SMYG meetings run from 7-9
June  21  SAW informational meeting/SMYG
June 25-July 2   SAW XX
No Cedar Point Trip this year

Pictures: Couch picture from 5/24/17 and pictures of our 5 seniors putting their handprints on the SMYG walls.

Some steps to stay connected to SMYG:

√ Sign up to Remind to receive text messages on SMYG activities for the week. You can sign up by texting @57d6b to 81010.   If 81010 does not work, you can text @57d6b to (620) 412-4053. This is a great way for YOUTH to stay connected to all of SMYG’s happenings.

√ Sign-up to the weekly SMYG e-mail by e-mailing Chris Kozlowski . Please use SMYG e-mail sign-up in the subject line. Weekly e-mails include the Gospel reading for the week, a reflection (usually taken from a 3rd party source such as the lectionary workbook), an inspirational quote for the week, and a (corny) joke of the week. Additionally, the e-mail will include attachments for permission slips, information on events, etc. The e-mail is a great way for PARENTS and youth to stay connected to all of SMYG’s happenings.

√ Read the bulletin article every week. The bulletin articles explain what transpired at past SMYG meetings, it also explains upcoming opportunities.

√ Text me (Chris Kozlowski) on my cell phone (248) 821-8686 with any questions about our program and the opportunities that are available.

√ E-mail Chris Kozlowski  with any questions about our program and the opportunities that are available for youth.

√ Attend YPT meetings, usually 1 hour prior to SMYG meetings on Wednesday nights. All are welcome to attend these meetings, YPT stands for Youth Planning Team, and this group helps provide direction for events and meeting topics.

I look forward to meeting you, nd joining you on your faith journey. Attend SMYG and I promise that your faith life will change for the better. ~Chris

SAW 2016