SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

Holiness IS Possible!  The youth of St. Mary of the Hills made this slogan come alive as they served the local community through our annual SAW program.  For 22 years our youth have gone into the community and generously given all that they are to make the world a better place.  This year, 22 youth and many incredible adults contributed to the success of the week.  Mr. Chris Below (19 years) and Mr. Arnie Vandercruyssen (18 years)  were again lead contributors to the program.—-the program is forever grateful for their contribution.  Thanks to the amazing support that our parents and SMYG alumni showed in volunteering to lead groups, stay overnight, pack lunches, and more.  As the old saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child”.  The village of St. Mary of the Hills certainly shined bright throughout this year’s SAW

SMYG is off for the summer.  Please stay tuned to Remind and this article to hear about potential happenings.  Please note some important dates for 2019-2020 below:

2019-2020 “Big Event” SMYG 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!

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