SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

SAW is here. After some tough conversations and added safety modifications, SAW is here. SAW will not look exactly like years past, but we put measures into place that we believe will help it to feel like SAW. SAW is a key event for our youth group, as it allows us to put into practice many of the things that our discussions on Scripture have revealed to us during the year. This event, without a doubt, is the most important youth group event of the entire year. It looks as if we will have roughly 30 participants this year. The willingness of our high school participants, coupled with adequate adult support, is allowing us to make SAW occur in 2020. Please pray for the success of the week.

How do we discern between right and wrong? SMYG’s last meeting discussed wisdom and the ability to discern between wrong and right.  We used the 1st reading from last Sunday’s readings to focus our meeting. In that reading, the Lord appears to Solomon in a dream.  The Lord lets Solomon know that he can have anything he wants, and Solomon asks for wisdom to lead his people. This reading really hit home with me, as our young people are constantly faced with decision making dilemmas. The best and safest way to make a decision is to lean into the Wisdom of the Lord. I pray that we each have the courage to do just that. We used the remainder of our SMYG meeting to discuss the new rules of SAW. The youth did a great job reminding each other that we must social distance and wear masks when we are unable to. I thought this reading and this meeting were perfect leads to prepare us for our SAW week.

The new SMYG year is here!  Once SAW is over, the new year begins.  The majority of SMYG communications come through REMIND.  To join the SMYG 20-21 REMIND, please text @smygrocks to 81010.

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:


2019-2020 SMYG upcoming schedule
August 3-7, 2020          Modified SAW experience
August 5, 2020              No SMYG meeting-on SAW
August 12, 2020            SMYG meeting -Zoom
August 19, 2020      No SMYG meeting—Chris K 20th wedding anniversary
August 26, 2020             SMYG meeting @ St. Mary’s

A picture from our July 22 meeting.
SMYG 2019
SAW 2019
SMYG Made for More
Rainbow 2019