SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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


  The 2018 version of SAW, SAW XXI, was a major success. The youth that participated were absolutely incredible-they worked hard and did so with a great attitude. The smiles that were present throughout the week reinforced the thought process that when we are doing something that we are created for, it just feels right. Our Lord created us to impact the world by helping others. It is truly an awesome thing to witness throughout the week of SAW.

This year’s SAW theme was:  Providing hope through action.
This year’s SAW quote was from Pope Benedict XVI: “One who has Hope lives differently”

This week’s featured project is Angel’s Place. 

We had the honor and privilege of again assisting at Angel’s Place this year.  We were at Angel’s Place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of SAW.  Angel’s Place is an awesome organization that is very close to my heart.  Angel’s Place’s mission is below:

Angels’ Place provides people-centered services, including homes and professional support, for adults with developmental disabilities. Our homes offer a Christian family environment of love and compassion, coupled with an atmosphere of acceptance, dignity, well-being and the potential for personal growth and acceptance.

For more information on Angel’s Place go to their website:

I love working with Angel’s Place because we have a two-fold purpose.  One, we get to work the morning with the clients of Angel’s Place.  We help with worksheets and get to really meet the wonderful residents of Angel’s Place.  In the afternoon, we transition to work on the homes.  We offer our assistance in gardening and cleaning of the exterior of the homes.  The participants do so with an amazing exuberance, especially because they just had the privilege of meeting the people who live in the homes that they are caring for.  A special thank you to Dawn Bradley, the amazingly talented Volunteer Coordinator at Angel’s Place.

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

August 10    “Catholic Night at the Ballpark” presented by Alliance Catholic Credit Union  @ Jimmy John’s Field
August 29  Leadership training for MS

SAW 2018
SMYG 2017

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