SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

This week is our last SAW article for this year.  I’d like to thank all of the incredible people who made SAW a success. This year, more than any year in the past, we had so many adult helpers that it is too many people to name. I’d like to thank all of the 22 participants, and most especially the senior class. The seniors (pictured above) were great influencers and enthusiastic leaders throughout the week. The success of this year was a direct result of their leadership and understanding of what SAW is all about. The program was blessed by their involvement over the last four years, and their final SAW was blessed by their incredible desire to make their faith come alive through service. They  helped each of us believe in our theme and understand that Holiness is Possible.   SAW XXIII is June 21-28, 2020.

The pictures that are part of this page are all traditional pictures of SAW. The circle picture represents the never ending commitment to our faith and to our involvement with our faith. The stair picture has a long standing place at the conclusion of the Mass and banquet on Saturday of SAW.  The picture of the grey shirts is our adult crew (well, at least what was left as of Saturday night) and a tribute to the many people that make SAW a success. The couch picture is our final picture on Sunday morning.  Each picture captures a part of what SAW is all about.  Thank you to everyone for making SAW XXII so great. 

SMYG will officially kick off on September 4, 2019.  Our kick off event is centered on Watermelon Games.  All high schoolers are invited to attend the kickoff and all SMYG events. The kickoff will take place from 7-9 PM in the gym  and St. Joseph’s room.

2019-2020 SMYG “Big Event” SCHEDULE:
October 25-27,2019           Fall Retreat
February 15-16, 2020        Rainbow “Trust in the Ten”
February 29, 2020              Facilitate 1st Year Confirmation Ret.
May 1-3, 2020                     Spring Retreat
June 21-18, 2020                SAW

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   This is the primary communication tool for parents/SMYG members.

SMYG meets on a weekly basis, either in meetings with just our high school students or with the Middle School Program (MSP) as leaders. All high school students are invited to attend every SMYG/MSP meeting in which they are able to attend.  Please consider joining this incredible group.  You will make it better!

SAW 2019
SMYG Made for More
Rainbow 2019

SMYG 2018


SAW 2018

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