SMYG (High School Youth Group)

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

Mrs Link presenting to MSP.

What do you think about when you think of the Holy Spirit?  What is it?  What role does it play in our life?  The Holy Spirit and the Sacrament of Confirmation were our topics for the Middle School Program night on October 9th.  We had approximately 120 middle schoolers in attendance and more than 30 high school youth along with a team of 20 adults serving as leaders at our session…what a great night for St. Mary’s.   Part of our discussion centered on how the Holy Spirit moves us to action, the Holy Spirit should be an active part of our lives.  We used a meditation and a communication exercise to more easily recognize this.  Let us each be moved by the Spirit today and every day!  The next MSP session is centered on the Saints and our call to sainthood. It is shaping up to be a great night.  Stay tuned…

SMYG is on retreat the weekend of October 25-27.  At the time of this writing we had 21 kids signed up and two adults. I can’t wait to experience an awesome weekend reflecting on how the Lord is working in our lives.  Please keep the youth of St. Mary’s in your prayers.

The annual Catholic Youth Organization conference-Rainbow-is scheduled for February 15-16, 2020.  Permission slips will be distributed at our October 23rd meeting.  This event is for all high school students and is typically very well attended, with average crowds exceeding 1,000 people.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Trust in the Ten.”  As an added bonus (for me anyway) I will be presenting one of the breakout modules. My breakout is centered on seeking role models outside of our parents (the ultimate role models!) to help guide us on our faith journey.

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.

2019-2020 SMYG upcoming schedule (All meetings are 7-9 PM unless otherwise stated)
October 23, 2019               SMYG Meeting
October 30, 2019               MSP session
November 6, 2019            SMYG Meeting
November 13, 2019          MSP session

2019-2020 SMYG “Major Event” SCHEDULE:
October 25-27,2019           Fall Retreat
February 15-16, 2020        Rainbow “Trust in the Ten”
February 29, 2020              Facilitate 1st Year Confirmation Retreat
April 10, 2020                      The Living Stations
May 1-3, 2020                     Spring Retreat
June 21-18, 2020                SAW

SMYG October 10 2019
SAW 2019
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