SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

Do mighty deeds for the Lord! The Gospel reading from last weekend discussed recognizing all people who do good for the Lord as being “with” Him. SMYG spent time breaking open our call to live as light to others.  The poem to the right of this article hangs in the SMYG room and serves as a reminder to us all to live as the light of Christ in this world.  Junior, Katie Kenedy closed the meeting with a charge for each of us to engage in Random Acts of Kindness.

Taking responsibility for your faith, and living it.  This is the Middle School Program’s definition of Confirmation. On Wednesday, October 3rd, we had 42 high school students who were doing just that.  They allowed themselves to be vulnerable by teaching and learning with our Middle School Program participants. On top of these amazing high school volunteers, we have an amazing group of  SMYG alumni who have paired with incredible adults to make this program a success. On behalf of the Middle School Program Leadership Team; Holly Abolins, Jenny Greuling, Sherly Link and myself, we thank all of these amazing volunteers for living their faith in such a vibrant way.

Have you ever wanted an opportunity to have a life changing faith experience? If you said yes, then you are in luck. Our Fall Retreat is scheduled for October 26-28 at Subiaco Retreat House in Oxford, MI. This amazing place is the home to both of our annual retreats as well as our summer service opportunity-SAW. Subiaco is one of the many amazing blessings that our youth group has. It is a place that feels like home, yet it always offers a feeling of being “away” from our realities. I love what Subiaco offers to our SMYG program and I am thrilled to again be taking a group for a weekend getaway. I am looking for one or two female adults to attend with us. There is NO cost for chaperones who attend retreat. Please prayerfully consider joining us. The only thing that I ask is that you are Protecting God’s Children trained. Contact me if interested, I promise you it will be an amazing experience for you as a chaperone as well. Permission slips are online. Cost for students is $75 and a snack to share.  We have funds set aside to help defer cost if needed—-all you need to do is ask.

Thank you parents!!! We have an incredible group of young people attending SMYG each week. I can’t thank the parents enough for supporting their kids with their participation in SMYG. I know that it is a lot of work to get your kids to and from our meetings, but I promise each and every one of you that a SMYG meeting is crafted to bring greater meaning to your child’s faith life. Often times, I think of a particular youth or group of youth as I design the meeting. I always trust the Spirit is moving in the St. Joseph’s room on Wednesday nights, and it is truly an awesome thing to witness the connections that our young people have with the Lord, and with new friends.

SMYG is off to a great start.  We have had great participation at our meeting and as leaders of the Middle School Program.  I am very proud of the group of kids we have.  Their attitudes are AWESOME. Please come join us when you find yourself free on a Wednesday night.

How does someone keep track of all of the events of SMYG? We use REMIND to send out weekly notifications of all things SMYG. To sign up to REMIND simply text @57d6b to the number 81010

2018-2019 SMYG SCHEDULE:
October 10        SMYG meeting
October 17        SMYG meeting
October 24       MSP night
October 31        Off for Halloween
November 7     MSP night
Novmeber 14    SMYG meeting

Other important SMYG dates for 18/19:
2018:
October 26-28    Fall Retreat

2019:
February 16-17   CYO Rainbow Conference
March 2                1st year Confirmation Retreat (facilitate)
April 19                 Living Stations & Lock-In
TBD                        Spring Retreat
June 23-30           SAW

Pictures from SMYG on September 26

SAW 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