SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

How do you picture God? As Catholics, we use the term Holy Trinity or our Trinitarian Lord. Our God, three in one. At our last MSP session, we worked hard to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity. We used strong examples and personal experiences to help the discussion. We mentioned that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the relationship. We used the three states of water, and we have historically used other symbols. Ultimately, faith is need to fully understand this great mystery. Our God does not operate in our time or in our understanding, so some things we have to simply chalk up as understandable to a point. The Trinity may be one of those things. I applaud both the SMYG and adult leaders for doing their best to help our middle schoolers to understand this part of our faith.

The CYO Rainbow Conference is in mid-February, but the registration for our church will occur by December 15th. If you are interested in attending this wonderful convention, please sign up soon. Permission forms are online on the SMYG page of the website. Hard copies of the permission slips went out on November 14th.

SMYG continues to experience a wonderful year. We have great youth participation. However, we are looking for other adults to help be part of our adult leadership team. For the last few years we’ve been blessed with 3-4 adults at every meeting, but this year we have not had that, in fact we have had many meetings where I was the only adult. If you LOVE youth and LOVE our faith, you would be a perfect candidate to help. Please call me or text if interested.

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:
December 12    MSP night
December 19   SMYG meeting
December 26  NO SMYG meeting
January 2          SMYG meeting

Other important SMYG dates for 18/19:
February 16-17   CYO Rainbow Conference
March 2                1st year Confirmation Retreat (facilitate)
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