SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

SMYG is all about connecting young people to their peers so that they can journey together in faith.  For all of my 23 years in ministry this has meant gathering at St. Mary’s on agreed upon times and holding discussions centered on various parts of our faith.  These  are unprecedented times, and unprecedented times need unprecedented solutions.  Although not perfect, SMYG held our meeting on March 18th using an app called ZOOM. I couldn’t bring myself to simply skip SMYG during this shutdown, it just didn’t make sense to me, and at the last minute, with the help of some SMYG students and alumni, we were able to pull off an effective Zoom meeting. What I thought was incredible was the joy I saw on all of the faces of the SMYG kids that were able to participate. It is times like this when we most need our community. My goal will be to continue to meet at 7 PM on Wednesdays as long as the church is unable to hold meetings. If any parents or students have other ideas on how we can connect, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email. I want to help our young people navigate these times.

This is a great time to find online inspiration. My favorite Catholic App is Laudate. I highly recommend downloading it to your device as it has a lot of great interactive tools. I have used it for years to pull up readings of the day and to prepare myself for the upcoming weekend’s liturgy. It also has a interactive rosary that I have used.  With all of the downtime people have this is a great way to connect to our faith.

Fr. Mike Schmitz’s also has a great digital presence.  Fr. Mike uses everyday language to speak to young people about tough topics.  Fr. Mike’s Schmitz podcasts can be found here:

http://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/

Have you signed up for Remind for the 2019-2020 school year?  This is our primary communication tool throughout the year; parents and/or teens are invited to sign up.  To sign up to REMIND simply text @bb9abg to the number 81010.  Contact me (Chris Kozlowski) with any questions. Permission slips, SMYG news, etc. will all be communicated through REMIND.

Have you signed up to Remind to get updates as a MSP leader?  Text @mspleads to 81010 to receive MSP leadership lesson plans and regular updates on the program.

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2019-2020 SMYG upcoming schedule
April 1, 2020                   SMYG meeting on Zoom
April 8, 2020                   SMYG meeting on Zoom
April 15, 2020                 MSP meeting or Zoom meeting
April 22, 2020                SMYG meeting on Zoom

2019-2020 SMYG “Major Event” SCHEDULE
May 1-3, 2020                 Spring Retreat at Subiaco
June 21-28, 2020           SAW

SMYG Zoom Meeting 03/25/2020
SMYG 2019
SAW 2019
SMYG Made for More
Rainbow 2019