SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

SMYG often functions as a community within the community of St. Mary of the Hills; so nights like Ash Wednesday are very special in that we join the entire community for Mass. After the meeting we spent time talking about Lent, and what we can do to make the journey an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord. In small groups, based on class year, we developed items that the group could do together so that their Lenten journeys were united.  I loved the exercise and the results. We’ll make time during Lent to “check-in” and see how the groups are doing.  A well formed community is meant to encourage and support and that is our intention with the sharing the goals of our Lenten journeys.  I pray that we all grow deeper in faith during Lent, and that our Easter is filled with a special joy.

SMYG is in our busiest time of the year. We are now turning our attention to the 7th grade retreat and the Living Stations of the Cross—two of our biggest opportunities to contribute to the community. Even if you are not a regular SMYG meeting attendee, we’d love to have your assistance with the 7th grade retreat if you are free. We try to secure 20+ helpers to make the day a success. Let me know if you are interested in assisting.   March 3rd is our 1st year Confirmation Retreat and March 30th is the Living Stations of the Cross.  I hope you can make it.

How does someone keep track of all of the events of SMYG?  The answer is easy, the best way for high school youth to stay up to speed on SMYG activities is by signing up to REMIND.  We use REMIND to send out weekly notifications of all things SMYG.  To sign up to REMIND simply text @57d6b to the number 81010

February 21        MSP night
February 23        7th grade planning event (7-10 PM)
February 28        SMYG
March 3              1st year Confirmation Retreat 12-5 PM
March 7              MSP night

1st year Confirmation Retreat (facilitate):  March 4, 2018
Living Stations of the Cross:  March 30, 2018
Spring Retreat:  April 27-29, 2018
SAW XXI:   June 24-July 1, 2018

Pictures: Pictures of each class with their group Lenten promises.  Also, couch pic from February 14, 2018

SMYG 2017

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 and joining you on your faith journey. Attend SMYG and I promise that your faith life will change for the better. ~Chris