SMYG (High School Youth Group)
SMYG (St. Mary’s Youth Group)
Phone: (248) 821-8686
SMYG continues with Zoom as part of our new norm. I am so grateful to all of the SMYG kids who continue to make our meetings a priority. In a typical year, we halt our regular meetings in early May, but I believe we are all starving for a connection to our friends and faith, so we are continuing on with weekly meetings. Getting together on Zoom isn’t an exact replacement for SMYG gatherings, but at least we all get to have a little fun as we connect in discussion about our faith.
At our last meeting, we discussed the reason for our hope. This reflection was a direct pull from the 2nd reading, where St. Peter challenges us by writing “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.” I offered a reflection on the fact that when I was part of a men’s bible study at St. Mary’s many years ago, we discussed developing an elevator pitch on our faith. In our “pitch” we would try to articulate why we have hope. I think this is a good exercise for all Christians, as our friends and family members want to know why we live our lives in the manner which we do. What is the reason for your hope?
The SAW experience for June has been cancelled. This was a very difficult decision, but I believe it is the right decision. Many of the Catholic summer work camps have cancelled all events for the summer. For now, I am holding out hope that we can do something in August, but time will tell on what that will look like. If we move forward with the August event we will have to form a strong community of parents to assist in making it a reality. Stay tuned.
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:
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.
2019-2020 SMYG upcoming schedule
May 27, 2020 SMYG meeting on Zoom
June 3, 2020 SMYG meeting on Zoom
June 10, 2020 SMYG meeting on Zoom
2019-2020 SMYG “Major Event” SCHEDULE
June 21-28, 2020 SAW – CANCELLED
August 3-9, 2020 SAW back-up plan (tentative)
The weekly SMYG “couch” picture, a screenshot of our weekly Zoom meeting.