SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

On March 2nd the SMYG students will again be facilitating the 1st year Confirmation Retreat. This retreat has been facilitated for many years (more than 10) by our high school students and it is one of the events that speaks volumes of the hearts of service that our high school students possess. They give up an entire Saturday afternoon to accompany our 7th graders on their journey toward Confirmation. We are again using the theme of Superheroes to set the stage for our event-we are each called to use our God given talents to be superheroes in the world today. Thank you to Peggy Casing, our DRE, for inviting our high schoolers to be a part of this event all those years ago-it has been a blessing to all who are involved with the day.

Please keep our SMYG members and all of the youth of the Archdiocese of Detroit in your prayers this weekend. St. Mary’s has sent a group of 38 people (adults and youth) to attend the annual CYO Rainbow Convention.  For years, Rainbow has put together an incredible program for the youth.  One of the highlights of the weekend is the youth are able to celebrate Mass with the Archbishop of Detroit, which speaks volumes of the value that our area Church puts into our youth. Additionally, the youth have opportunities to pray together, to be inspired by world class speakers, to attend break out sessions with their peers, to perform an area service project, and more. Rainbow, for years, has been an incredible opportunity for the youth of Detroit to gather and grow together. I am so thankful that our parish continues to support our youth attending this event.

Special thanks to the adult team for taking our youth to Rainbow. I was unable to attend this year, and instead of our youth missing out on an opportunity, we had a large team of adults step up to take the lead. Holly Abolins, long time staff member and friend, took the lead along with her sister Lisa D’Souza. Other adults attending include Sara Pfeffer, Matt Schuler, Jerry Sornig, Meghan Todd and Griffith Losh (as a young adult helper). I am so thankful to this team for taking the lead for the weekend.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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!

2018-2019 SMYG SCHEDULE:
February 16-17    CYO Rainbow Conference
February 20    SMYG Meeting
February 27    MSP Meeting
March 2           1st year Confirmation Retreat (facilitate)
March 6            SMYG Meeting
March 13           MSP Session
March 20          SMYG Meeting
March 27          MSP Session

Other important SMYG dates:
April 12-14           Spring Retreat at Subiaco
April 19                 Living Stations & Lock-In
June 23-30           SAW

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