Life Teen Needs

Hello Life Teen Families!

Life Teen is looking for our families to help us if possible:

  1. Our Life Teen closet is running low on soda.  We would appreciate any donations of 2 liter sodas (any brand!).  You can drop off the soda donations on the back table in the Life Teen room.
  2. We are collecting the following:
    1. TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES:  We will use the toiletries to prepare hygiene kits for our brothers and sisters in need during the World Youth Day Rally.  You can drop off the items at the Life Teen office, RE office or the Church office.  DONATIONS NEEDED BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019!!!
    2. Soda pull tabs:  Grades K-12 will be collecting the pull tabs now thru the end of March.  The class with the most tabs will win a prize!!  You can drop off the tabs in a bag to Life Teen Office marked with the GRADE.

Our church appreciates your donations and thanks you for your support of the young church.  Please keep the World Youth Day Rally in your prayers!!!

Lynn

 

2019 Life Teen Update

Happy New Year Life Teen families!

I hope that you are enjoying the Christmas season and looking forward to 2019.  Sending this update to get you all back in the swing of things!

Life Nights:

January:  13, 20

February:  10, 17, 24

March:  10, 17, 24

April:  14, 28

Life Teen Events:  (permission slips can be accessed online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com or pick up in the Life Teen room)  This is stuff to put on your radar!!

  • XLT:  Tuesday, 1/8/19  Join us as we hear inspiring words from Father Mike Schmitz.  Permission slip due 1/6/19.
  • Life Night Training:  Friday, 1/11/19 6pm-9:30pm  Interested in helping to with Life Nights?  Well, we are here to help you know what to do.  Dinner provided!!
  • World Youth Day Rally:  Saturday, 1/26/19  Join teens from the Archdiocese of Atlanta as we worship, hear great speakers, participate in service activities and have fun!  Permission slip and $25 due by 1/13/19.  THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR 1st AND 2nd YEAR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS.
  • Steubenville Atlanta:  *Summer activity* July 12-14, 2019  Looking for something to help you grow in your faith.  Then attend Steubenville Atlanta with about 3000 of your closest friends!  Commitment form and $50 deposit due on 1/13/19.
  • Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019  Need to recharge your battery?  Join us for our getaway to the North Georgia Mountains.  Permission slip and fee due on 1/20/19.
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019  Our weeklong service to the metro Atlanta community.  Sign up on the Life Teen Info board.  More info to follow!
  • Homework Hangout:  Boulder Creek Coffeehouse in Lawrenceville, 6pm  (check the Life Teen calendar for various dates January- May)

 Service:  (this is what is currently available)

  • Rowdy Roots:  Friday, 1/18/19 6:45pm-9:15pm Family Center
  • Night Shelter:  Saturday, 2/16/19 Sign up and permission slip required (find on service board in LT room)
  • *NEW and a semester long project*

Pop Tab Service Project- The Religious Education department will be participating in a Pop Tab Challenge for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities this semester! Each grade, PK-12th, will compete to see who can bring in the most pop-tabs (the metal at the top of cans of soft drinks.) Prizes will be awarded to the winning grade at the end of April. Donations can be brought to the RE office in plastic bags with the labeled grade written on it or brought to class for teachers to collect. We also need clean GALLON SIZE MILK JUGS throughout this contest for measuring and storage. You can drop them by the RE office (outside or inside) or bring them to class as well. To read about this project, please visit https://armhc.org/pop-tab-program/

Parent Volunteer Opportunities:

We NEED HELP (this means Parent volunteers) to assist in forming the young church!  Help comes in many ways, from driving youth to an event, chaperoning an event, helping out at a Life Night or with our Mission week, etc.  Your church family is in NEED.  If you are interested in helping, you must be background screened (which you can do online) and attend a workshop below.  Please read the info on how you can be a screened volunteer:

  1. Email me:  youthministry@stolivers.com that you would like to be background screened as a volunteer working with youth.
  2. Sign up and attend:  VIRTUS Training:  Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9am-12pm, Adult Education House.  Our parish offers many opportunities to work with the young church. In fact, we NEED adults to help teach, mentor, chaperone, and transport our youth. The Archdiocese does require a background screening and a special workshop, called VIRTUS. The screening can be done online and takes just a few minutes. The workshop is a 3-hour commitment and provides you with important and necessary information on working with youth and vulnerable adults. If you are interested in working with our young children, middle schoolers or teens, now or in the future, please prayerfully consider taking the class this Saturday. It is not usually offered at our parish so this is a perfect time to attend and be ready to serve at your convenience. Sign up at Virtus.org, or contact me for further into. OUR CHILDREN AND PARISH NEED YOU!
  • World Youth Day Rally:(NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS) Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for Life Teen in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019 and we are hoping to have 500 teens in attendance. With that number, we are asking for parent volunteers to help with set up a few days before the event, during the event and clean up after the event.  We will be doing setup on Thursday, (1/24), Friday, January 25th (all day) and also need help on Saturday of the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at youthministry@stolivers.com.

Confirmation:

  • All Confirmation Candidates are REQUIRED to attend the World Youth Day Rally on 1/26/19 as part of their Confirmation preparation.  Please make sure you sign up and get a permission slip.  Permission slip and $25 fee are due on 1/13/19.
  • FIATs:  2 of your 3 FIATs are due by your January class.  Do not delay in completing your service.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-3pm.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.

Looking forward to a great 2019 and seeing you all soon!

God Bless,

Lynn

2018 End of Year Life Teen Update

Hello LT Families,

We have concluded our Life Teen semester for 2018…it sure went by in a flash!  Below is some upcoming info that you might want to put in your shiny 2019 calendar!!  (January 2019-July 2019 calendar is available for pick up on the bulletin board located outside the Life Teen office and on the LT Info board in the Life Teen room.)

Life Nights:

1/13/19:  Life Night Returns!

1/20/19

1/27/19

 Life Night Meals:

Life Teen is looking for families to volunteer to prepare our Sunday Life Night meal on the following dates:  2/24/19, 4/14/19 and 4/28/19.  We give you the $$$ for the meal, plus all our handy tips to feed the teens!  Please consider volunteering to prepare a meal and thank you to all that have fed us this semester and will be feeding us in 2019!  Please email me with the date you would like to volunteer for—remember you can “buddy” with another family!!!

Life Teen Events:

XLT:  Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 5:30pm-9:30pm.  What is XLT?  XLT Atlanta is a gathering for people of all ages who want to see, know, and love God. We come together to celebrate God’s love for us, and then are inspired to go out and share that love.   The speaker for the January XLT is Father Mike Schmitz.  Father Mike is an awesome speaker, and many may know him from his videos for Ascension Press and the “Chosen” Confirmation program. Click on this site to get more info about Father Mike.  https://bulldogcatholic.org/about-contact-us/about-fr-mike-schmitz/

Teens, if you are interested in attending the 1/8/19 XLT, please sign up and get a permission slip.  This event is NO CHARGE, but we do stop for a fast food meal!  Permission slip located on the LT Info board in the LT room or you can find one at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the FORMS tab.

Life Night Training:  Friday, January 11, 2019, 6pm-9:30pm.  Teens, I want to remind you that is your youth group…so I am calling all teens that are interested in leading or helping with a Life Night to join us for this workshop.  A delicious dinner will be provided and training to help you help us learn and grow in our faith.  A sign up is available in the Life Teen room or email me that you will be attending!

World Youth Day:  Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:30am-7pm.    Every 3 years, our Pope calls for the young church to gather from all over the world.  In 2019, the youth will be gathering in Panama City, Panama.  Since that is quite a distance, St. Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for over 500 teens in our Archdiocese.  This Rally will include 2 national speakers, great praise and worship, Adoration with Bishop Ned Schlesinger, and other various fun and entertaining activities concluding with a closing Mass with several of our priests from the Archdiocese.  A sign up and permission slip are NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Cost for the event is $25 and includes registration fee, lunch, snacks and of course an awesome World Youth Day Rally tshirt.  You don’t want to miss this incredible, once in every 3 years event!!!!  Permission slip and $25 due by 12/31/18.  Permission slip located on the LT Info board in the LT room or you can find one at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the FORMS tab.

Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019 @ Covecrest in Tiger, GA.  Sign up and permission slip now available.  Don’t delay…permission slip and fee due on 1/20/19!!  Permission slip located on the LT Info board in the LT room or you can find one at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the FORMS tab.

Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019.  Mark you calendars for this week of service to our community!!!  More info to come!

Steubenville Atlanta:  July 12-14, 2019. Steubenville Atlanta is an amazing event put on every year by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. This conference is full of worship, Sacraments, community, and prayer. This conference will bring thousands of teens across the nation together to journey alongside one another towards Christ. Sign up NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Due to limited spots available, a deposit of $50 is due by Sunday, January 13, 2019.  Cost of this weekend opportunity will be $225.  Fee includes:  Registration fee, all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), transportation and lodging. This event is held in Gwinnett County at the Infinite Energy Center with many incredible speakers, including Mark Hart from Life Teen!!!!  An info flyer will be available in the next couple of weeks with detailed information!!!

Parish Events:

  • Christmas Mass Schedule:
    • December 24th:  4pm (Church & Family Center), 6pm (Church), 8pm (LIFE TEEN MASS, CHURCH)
    • December 25th:  Midnight (Church), 10am (Church), Noon (Hispanic Mass, Church)

Parent Info:

  • VIRTUS Training:  Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9am-12pm, Family Center.  Our parish offers many opportunities to work with the young church.  In fact, we NEED adults to help teach, mentor, chaperone, transport, our youth.  St. Oliver’s will provide you with all the necessary training/tools to help you with our parish youth.  The Archdiocese does require a background screening and a special workshop, called VIRTUS.  The screening can be done online and takes just a few minutes.  The workshop is a 3-hour commitment and provides you with important and necessary information on working with youth and vulnerable adults.  If you are interested in working with our young children and teens, please contact me.  I can set you up to begin the background screening and get you registered for the 1/12/19 class.  I know you are saying…wow, a 3-hour class, I don’t have time for that?  I am asking you to say, wow, a 3-hour class to help me with our young church and lead them closer to Christ.  OUR YOUTH AND PARISH NEED YOU!
  • World Youth Day Rally: (NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS) St. Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for teens in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019.  We are hoping to have 500 teens in attendance.  With that number of teens, it will require a lot of parent volunteers.  We will need help with set up a few days before the event, during the event and clean up after the event.  If you can volunteer during the day, please email me.  I am hoping that many of our Life Teen parents can volunteer for a few hours during the day to help make this event a success for the young church.

 Service:

  • Christmas Decorating:  Friday, 12/21/18 10am-12pm.  Help us get the church ready for Christmas!  Check in with Patty Kratzer in the Family Center lobby.
  • Rowdy Roots:  The 12/21 Rowdy Roots event is CANCELLED!  The next Rowdy Roots event will be on 1/18/19.

 Confirmation:

  • All Confirmation Candidates are REQUIRED to attend the World Youth Day Rally on 1/26/19 as part of their Confirmation preparation.  Please make sure you sign up and get a permission slip.  Permission slip and $25 fee are due on 12/31/18.
  • FIATs:  2 of your 3 FIATs are due by your January class.  Do not delay in completing your service.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-3pm.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lynn

December Update

Hello LT Families,

Wow, the end of 2018 is in sight and I am sure I’m not the only one who thinks that the year flew by!!  Lots going on and lots of info for December, plus some dates that you will want to put in your calendar.  The January 2019-July 2019 calendar will be distributed to the teens on 12/9/18.  Please take a few minutes to review this important info!

Life Nights: We are closing out our series, “One”.  This series has been very helpful in helping us understand what the Church means when she says she is pro-life; specifically discussing inherent human dignity, euthanasia, death penalty, abortion, immigration, refugees and the poor.  Our teens who have been leading our nights have done an incredible job!!!  I encourage our families to talk about the Life Nights and see if anyone has any additional questions.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

12/2:  “One Home”

12/9:  “One Moment”

12/16:  “Noel”

 Life Night Meals:

Life Teen is looking for families to volunteer to prepare our Sunday Life Night meal on the following dates:  2/17/19, 2/24/19, 3/24/19, 4/14/19 and 4/28/19.  We give you the $$$ for the meal, plus all our handy tips to feed the teens!  Please consider volunteering to prepare a meal and thank you to all that have fed us this semester and will be feeding us in 2019!  Please email me with the date you would like to volunteer for—remember you can “buddy” with another family!!!

Life Teen Events:

  • XLT:  Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 5:30pm-9:30pm.  What is XLT?  XLT Atlanta is a gathering for people of all ages who want to see, know, and love God. We come together to celebrate God’s love for us, and then are inspired to go out and share that love.   The speaker for the January XLT is Father Mike Schmitz.  Father Mike is an awesome speaker, and many may know him from his videos for Ascension Press and the “Chosen” Confirmation program.

https://bulldogcatholic.org/about-contact-us/about-fr-mike-schmitz/

Teens, if you are interested in attending the 1/8/19 XLT, please sign up and get a permission slip.  This event is NO CHARGE, but we do stop for a fast food meal!

  • Life Night Training:  Friday, January 11, 2019, 6pm-9:30pm.  Teens, I want to remind you that is your youth group…so I am calling all teens that are interested in leading or helping with a Life Night to join us for this workshop.  A delicious dinner will be provided and training to help you help us learn and grow in our faith.  A sign up is available in the Life Teen room
  • World Youth Day:  Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:30am-7pm.    Every 3 years, our Pope calls for the young church to gather from all over the world.  In 2019, the youth will be gathering in Panama City, Panama.  Since that is quite a distance, St. Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for over 500 teens in our Archdiocese.  This Rally will include 2 national speakers, great praise and worship, Adoration with Bishop Ned Schlesinger, and other various fun and entertaining activities concluding with a closing Mass with several of our priests from the Archdiocese.  A sign up and permission slip are NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Cost for the event is $25 and includes registration fee, lunch, snacks and of course an awesome World Youth Day Rally tshirt.  You don’t want to miss this incredible, once in every 3 years event!!!!  Permission slip and $25 due by 12/31/18.
  • Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019 @ Covecrest in Tiger, GA.  Sign up and permission slip now available.  Don’t delay…permission slip and fee due on 1/20/19!!
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019.  Mark you calendars for this week of service to our community!!!  More info to come!
  • Steubenville Atlanta:  July 12-14, 2019. Steubenville Atlanta is an amazing event put on every year by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. This conference is full of worship, Sacraments, community, and prayer. This conference will bring thousands of teens across the nation together to journey alongside one another towards Christ. Sign up NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Due to limited spots available, a deposit of $50 is due by Sunday, January 13, 2019.  Cost of this weekend opportunity will be $225.  Fee includes:  Registration fee, all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), transportation and lodging. This event is held in Gwinnett County at the Infinite Energy Center with many incredible speakers, including Mark Hart from Life Teen!!!!  An info flyer will be available in the next couple of weeks with detailed information!!!

Parish Events:

  • Christmas Family Festival:  Sunday, December 9th, 9am-1pm, Family Center
    • Breakfast with Santa
    • Pictures with Santa
    • Secret Santa Shop for Kids
    • Ornament Making
  • Advent Penance Service:  Monday, December 10th, 7pm, Church
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe events:
    • Tuesday, December 11th:  Rosary & Meditation, Singing & Dancing to the Blessed Mother in Church at 7:30pm, followed by Hot Chocolate & Sweet Rolls in the Family Center
    • Wednesday, December 12th:  Procession to Church @ 7pm, Mass @ 7:30pm, followed by a Fiesta with Mariachis!!
  • Christmas Pageant & Concert:  Friday, December 14th 7pm Church
  • Christmas Mass Schedule:
    • December 24th:  4pm (Church & Family Center), 6pm (Church), 8pm (LIFE TEEN MASS, CHURCH), Midnight (Church)
    • December 25th:  10am (Church), Noon (Hispanic Mass, Church)

Parent Info:

  • Adult Education:  Our Catholic Church encourages are parents to be leaders of the faith to their children.  St. Oliver’s offers our parents opportunities to help YOU grow in your faith.  On 12/6/18 from 7pm-8:30pm at the Adult Ed Center. St. Oliver’s will be offering “Ignatian Spiritually and Prayer Forms”.

After a brief review of the key events and spiritual milestones in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Deacon Randy will describe The Spiritual Exercises, the foundation of Ignatian Spirituality. A discussion around Ignatian Prayer Forms and the ways in which Ignatian Spirituality can be woven into our daily lives will also be included.  This class is also available on 12/7/18 from 9:45am-11:15am at the Adult Ed Center.  Teens are invited to attend too.

  • VIRTUS Training:  Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9am-12pm, Family Center.  Our parish offers many opportunities to work with the young church.  In fact, we NEED adults to help teach, mentor, chaperone, transport, our youth.  St. Oliver’s will provide you with all the necessary training/tools to help you with our parish youth.  The Archdiocese does require a background screening and a special workshop, called VIRTUS.  The screening can be done online and takes just a few minutes.  The workshop is a 3-hour commitment and provides you with important and necessary information on working with youth and vulnerable adults.  If you are interested in working with our young children and teens, please contact me.  I can set you up to begin the background screening and get you registered for the 1/12/19 class.  I know you are saying…wow, a 3-hour class, I don’t have time for that?  I am asking you to say, wow, a 3-hour class to help me with our young church and lead them closer to Christ.  OUR YOUTH AND PARISH NEED YOU!
  • World Youth Day Rally: (NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS) St. Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for teens in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019.  We are hoping to have 500 teens in attendance.  With that number of teens, it will require a lot of parent volunteers.  We will need help with set up a few days before the event, during the event and clean up after the event.  I will be sending out volunteer info by mid-December and am hoping that many of our Life Teen parents can volunteer to help make this event a success for the young church.

 Service:

  • Life Teen Giving Tree:  Our Life Teen Christmas Tree is up in the Life Teen room.  Our tree still has some tags bearing the name of a child (infant-18 years old) who currently are living in a shelter.  We are asking our LT families to take a tag or two and purchase a gift for the child on the tag.  The gift does not have to be wrapped, just return your gift with the tag attached!!  Gifts should be returned to the LT office by 12/9.
  • Christmas Festival:  Sunday, 12/9/18 Looking for teens to help at our annual Christmas festival.  Help the kids from our parish visit our Secret Santa Shop, decorate Christmas Cookies, read Christmas stories, sing carols and much more.  Sign up in the Life Teen room on our “How Can I Serve” bulletin board.  Various shifts available!!!

Fundraising:

  • Soups and Dips fundraiser:  Orders are due on Sunday, December 2nd.   Once delivery of soups/dips has been received, an email will be sent out with pick up information.
  • Wreath Fundraiser:  Wreaths are in transit and should be here by Tuesday.  Once we have processed the wreaths, an email will be sent out to the teens who took orders with pick up information.

 Opportunities are available to our parish families to help our parish fund some needed items/activities for the parish. 

  • iGive Catholic:

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Catholics have an opportunity to celebrate Catholic giving. On this nationwide online giving day, you can make a gift to participating parishes, schools, ministries and non-profits. Please visit www.igivecatholic.org and click on the Archdiocese of Atlanta and locate St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church or if you are already sign up for online giving you can make a donation from there, as well. Make a gift to support St. Oliver’s for as little as $25.

  • Smile.Amazon: 

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations (select St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church). In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Confirmation:

  • All Confirmation Candidates are REQUIRED to attend the World Youth Day Rally on 1/26/19 as part of their Confirmation preparation.  Please make sure you sign up and get a permission slip.  Permission slip and $25 fee are due on 12/31/18.
  • FIATs:  2 of your 3 FIATs are due by your January class.  Do not delay in completing your service.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-3pm.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

Have a most blessed Advent.

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

Mid November Update

Hello LT Families,

Lots going on and lots of info to send out to you in mid-November.  Please take a few minutes to review this important info!

Life Nights:

We began a new Life Teen series in November.  Our series is called “One”.  This series focuses on an authentic pro-life lifestyle that goes beyond babies and requires the faithful to make one consistent choice to recognize the inherent dignity of all people, and treat all people, no matter the circumstance, as people. This Life Night series unpacks what the Catholic Church means when she says she is pro-life; specifically discussing inherent human dignity, euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, immigration, refugees, and the poor.

Last night, our evening was called “One Heart”.  The goal of “One Heart” was to help the teens understand about the dangers and dehumanizing qualities of euthanasia, the death penalty, and abortion, actions that stop the human heart.  3 of our teen leaders led a great teaching on the subject and then we had a panel of clergy and members of the St. Oliver Plunkett Respect Life Community available for a Q&A session.

We encourage our families to ask their teens about the Life Night and see if there may be any more questions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Life Teen office for any questions.

Life Night Meals:

Life Teen is looking for families to volunteer to prepare our Sunday Life Night meal on the following dates:  12/16/18, 1/13/19, 2/17/19, 2/24/19, 3/10/19, 3/24/19, 4/14/19 and 4/28/19.  We give you the $$$ for the meal, plus all our handy tips to feed the teens!  Please consider volunteering to prepare a meal and thank you to all that have fed us this semester!  Please email me with the date you would like to volunteer for—remember you can “buddy” with another family!!!

Adult Education:  Our Catholic Church encourages are parents to be leaders of the faith to their children.  St. Oliver’s offers our parents opportunities to help YOU grow in your faith.  With the Advent season quickly approaching, please consider attending “Bringing Advent Alive in Your Home” on Thursday, November 15th from 7pm-8:30pm in the Life Teen room.  The goal of this session is to help parents recapture Advent as a time for mindful preparation and joyful hope, anticipating the light of Christ.  We will share Catholic Advent traditions with practical, hands on ideas for every stage of life; single or family, young children, teens and empty nesters.  There is a nursery available for younger children.  (Teens are also invited to attend!)

Service:

  • Life Teen Giving Tree:  Our Life Teen Christmas Tree is up in the Life Teen room.  Our tree is covered with tags bearing the name of a child (infant-18 years old) who currently are living in a shelter.  We are asking our LT families to take a tag or two and purchase a gift for the child on the tag.  The gift does not have to be wrapped, just return your gift with the tag attached!!  Gifts should be returned to the LT office by 12/9.
  • Christmas Festival:  Sunday, 12/9/18  Looking for teens to help at our annual Christmas festival.  Help the kids from our parish visit our Secret Santa Shop, decorate Christmas Cookies, read Christmas stories, sing carols and much more.  Sign up in the Life Teen room on our “How Can I Serve” bulletin board.  Various shifts available!!!
  • World Youth Day Rally:  St. Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for teens in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019.  We are hoping to have 500 teens in attendance.  With that number of teens, it will require a lot of parent volunteers.  We will need help with set up a few days before the event, during the event and clean up after the event.  I will be sending out volunteer info by mid-December and am hoping that many of our Life Teen parents can volunteer to help make this event a success for the young church.

Fundraising:

  • Our Soups and Dips fundraiser is underway. This is a yummy fundraiser and makes wonderful gifts for the holidays.  You sell a variety of soups and dips and can earn 50% credit of what you sell in your teen account.  If you sell $100 worth of soups and dips to your friends and family, you would earn $50 in your teen account.  Remember, spring retreat is just around the corner.  This fundraiser ends on 12/2.

Opportunities are available to our parish families to help our parish fund some needed items/activities for the parish. 

  • iGive Catholic:

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Catholics have an opportunity to celebrate Catholic giving. On this nationwide online giving day, you can make a gift to participating parishes, schools, ministries and non-profits. If you would like to schedule your gift in advance, please visit http://www.igivecatholic.org starting November 12 and click on the Archdiocese of Atlanta and locate St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church or if you are already sign up for online giving you can make a donation from there, as well. Make a gift to support St. Oliver’s or your favorite ministries for as little as $25.

  • Smile.Amazon: 

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations (select St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church). In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Social Media:

Life Teen uses the following social media platforms/website and encourage you to be our “friend” or to follow us.  You can get the most updated info about what is going on!  We also post great music, videos and articles to view.   Parents and Teens should check what’s up and feel free to ask questions, post comments, etc!

Our parish also is using social media platforms/website for our community.  Please check out:

  • Website:  www.stolivers.com
  • Parish app:  St. Oliver’s Parish App:  Stay connected with your parish by downloading our Parish App.  Simply text the word APP to 88202.  Once you receive the link back by text, click on the link and follow the prompts.  This is a secure App.  You can pick up an info sheet about the app in the church narthex.
  • Instagram:  stop_parish

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

Have a most blessed Thanksgiving.

Lynn