6/30 Life Teen Update

Hello Teens and Families!

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you all get to enjoy the holiday while social distancing and wearing a mask…..

Life Teen Bible Study:  Week 2 of our 4 week “Deep Dive” Bible Study is on Wednesday, 7/1 (that’s TOMORROW!) from 7pm-8:15pm via Zoom.  The topic for tomorrow is The Gospels:  The 4 Witnesses to Jesus. This overview of the Gospels (that we hear every Sunday) is to help us hear the calling of Jesus.  The intent of this night is to encourage each of us to begin praying with the Gospels, not merely studying them.

You are more than welcome to invite family and friends to join us for the evening…so share the link with them.  Please check your email for the Zoom link that was sent Tuesday, 6/30.  Please email me if you did not get the email at youthministry@stolivers.com.

Life Teen Mass:  St. Oliver’s has resumed live worship.  We offer the following Mass schedule:  Monday-Saturday:  9am, Saturday:  5pm, Sunday:  9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish) and 5pm Life Teen Mass.  Due to social distancing, you must reserve your place for Mass.  Please check www.stolivers.com for the reservation link or the St. Oliver Plunkett Facebook page.  Don’t forget that you will need to wear a mask.

The Sunday 9am, 1pm and 5pm Mass are live streamed on our St. Oliver Plunkett Snellville YouTube channel.

Personal Spirituality:  In previous updates, I have sent you ideas to enhance your faith journey (attend Mass, journal, phone apps, read scripture, pray)  My next idea is to listen to some Christian music.  Have you heard any new songs that draw you closer to God?  I have been listening to We The Kingdom and taking time to pray the lyrics…sometimes I find myself singing as loud as I can!

 2nd Year Confirmation: Have your reserved your seats for your Confirmation liturgy on Saturday, July 18th?  Here are the links for the specific Mass times:

    1. A-L Confirmation families:  Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 11am:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacrament-of-confirmation-saturday-july-18-2020-a-l-1100am-tickets-111015931640

    1. M-Z Confirmation families:  Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 2pm:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacrament-of-confirmation-saturday-july-18-2020-m-z-200pm-tickets-111017470242

You must reserve your seats (remember…your sponsor and immediate members of your household only) by SATURDAY, JULY 11TH.

All candidates should receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the Confirmation liturgy.  Candidates being confirmed on 7/18 should attend a 9am daily Mass the week of July 13-17.  Following the Mass you attend, Father Cyriac and Father Baiju will be available for Reconciliation.  I will be at each 9am Mass to say hello and answer any questions you may have.  Don’t forget to wear your mask!

Life Teen Registration:  A few of you have asked…when is registration?  We are currently working on the registration packet for all of our RE families.  We are also working on getting the registration information online.  Please be patient and I will keep you updated.

Life Teen would like to congratulate Mya and Italo on receiving their 1st Communion on Saturday!!!

Again, I wish you all a very Happy 4th and close this email will a special prayer for our country:

God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.
You are the rock on which this nation was founded.  You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.
Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”  Lead us into a new millennium of life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Much love,

Lynn

6/15 Life Teen Update

Hello Teens and Families!

I am checking in to see how you all are doing this summer!

Life Teen Bible Study:  We will be offering a 4 week ZOOM series beginning on Wednesday, June 24 called our “Deep Dive” Bible Study.   Our first night, we will look at Jonah:  The Reluctant Prophet. This familiar and beloved Old Testament book is filled with irony, satire and humor and is often misunderstood by many.  We’ll not only consider its original setting, but the themes that might also be useful for our discipleship today.

Our “Deep Dive” sessions will be from 7pm-8:15pm, so I encourage you to read this short book in the Old Testament.  Please invite your friends and family to join us!  ZOOM link will be emailed on Tuesday, 6/23 and can also be found on our St. Oliver Life Teen Facebook page.  Hope to see you on the 24th!

Life Teen Mass:  St. Oliver’s has resumed live worship.  We offer the following Mass schedule:  Monday-Saturday:  9am, Saturday:  5pm, Sunday:  9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish) and 5pm Life Teen Mass.  Due to social distancing, you must reserve your place for Mass.  Please check www.stolivers.com for the reservation link or the St. Oliver Plunkett Facebook page.  Don’t forget that you will need to wear a mask.

The Sunday 9am, 1pm and 5pm Mass are live streamed on our St. Oliver Plunkett Snellville YouTube channel.

Personal Spirituality:  In previous updates, I have sent you ideas to enhance your faith journey (attend Mass, journal, phone apps)  My next idea for you to work on is to spend some time with God.  Just like any friendship, we can only grow closer to God if we’re spending time with Him.   You might be thinking…how do I do this?

    • Read the Bible (join us for Bible study!)
    • Memorize some Scripture
    • Meditate (listen to what God may be saying to you)
    • Pray (have a conversation with God)

St. Oliver Life Teen Summer Activity:  Looking for some activities for you and your family to do during the summer?  Following the 5pm Life Teen Mass on Sunday, 6/28, stop by the church courtyard to pick up a Summer “Bucket List” bucket.  This bucket is filled with lots of social, service and fun activities for you and your family to do during the summer.  Quantities are limited, so one bucket per family please!

2nd Year Confirmation: Confirmation Candidates were sent an email last week with important information!  We have a date for Confirmation:  Saturday, July 18th.  Please review the info and if you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.

Life Teen Registration:  A few of you have asked…when is registration?  We are currently working on the registration packet for all of our RE families.  We are also working on getting the registration information online!!!!  Please be patient and I will keep you updated.

I cannot close this email, without asking you all to pray for the turmoil our community, country and world are currently experiencing.  The USCCB has put our a wonderful pastoral letter called “Open Wide Our Hearts”. The following is an excerpt from the pastoral letter and the Bishops closing prayer:

Christ, showed us that the very life of God is love, and love requires something of each of us. We pray that the reader will join us in striving for the end of racism in all its forms, that we may walk together humbly with God and with all of our brothers and sisters in a renewed unity. For there is no place for racism in the hearts of any person; it is a perversion of the Lord’s will for men and women, all of whom were made in God’s image and likeness. We end by adopting the words of St. Paul: Brothers and sisters, “be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love” (1 Cor 16:13-14).

As in all things, we turn to prayer, asking Our Blessed Mother to intercede on our behalf:

Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society.

We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person. Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us, AMEN.

I am praying for you all daily!!

Much love,

Lynn

 

5/27 Life Teen Weekly Update

Hi Teens and Families!

We have survived the Spring and hope you are all looking forward to Summer 2020!

RETURNING TO MASS INFORMATION:   Check your email for the St. Oliver Mass procedures attachment for you to become acquainted with.  In the document, you can find the link to reserve your Sunday Mass spot. You can also check out the parish website:  www.stolivers.com, parish Facebook page:  St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church and our parish app for the most up to date information.

 Life Teen Mass:  Remember…you can view the 5pm Life Teen Mass this Sunday, 5/31 on the St. Oliver Plunkett Snellville YouTube channel.  Check your email for the worship aid attachment that will help you engage in the Mass along with this link (readings and mediation):  https://us.magnificat.net/skin/frontend/default/theme278k/images/site/Celebration_US.pdf

Life Nights:  Life Teen will be taking a break for the next few weeks as we rest and regroup for summer activities.  Our “Deep Dive” Bible Study is tentatively planned to launch on 6/24!  More info on this Bible study will be sent out in a couple of weeks.

Personal Spirituality:   Last week, I encouraged teens and parents with Grow in Your Faith activities (Attend/watch daily Mass and Journaling)  See below for this new idea!

2020 Spring Retreat Payment/Archdiocese of Atlanta Youth Rally Payments:  I am working on the cancelled 2020 Spring retreat payments and the cancelled Youth Rally payments.  I will need an email by 6/1/20 from each family with instructions on what you would like to do with your payment(s).  Here are the options:

  1. If you would like a refund, please email me to let me know that you are requesting a refund.  Please include your home address with the email.
  2. If you would like to transfer the payment(s) to your teen account to hold for future Life Teen events, please email me.  (you can use your teen account for upcoming Life Teen events)
  3. If you would like to donate your Spring Retreat payment and/or your Youth Rally payment to the St. Oliver Life Teen scholarship fund, please email me.  Thank you for your donation and you will receive a charitable donation letter in the mail.

If I do not receive email instructions from families, I will credit your teen account for future Life Teen events.  If you are a 2020 graduate and I do not hear from you that you want a refund, I appreciate your donation to the Life Teen scholarship fund.

2nd Year Confirmation Families: Per the directives from the Archbishop:  “Plans for the resumption of parish Confirmations will be announced when it is deemed acceptable to offer those sacramental gatherings.”  (Seniors who were to be confirmed this year:  We are waiting for an update to see if we can have you confirmed before you leave for college.)

Miscellaneous:

  1. You can also find St. Oliver Parish News at:  www.stolivers.com or on Facebook at:  St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church.
  2. Don’t forget to check out St. Oliver Life Teen news at:  www.stoliverslifeteen.com, St. Oliver’s Life Teen Facebook page or on Instagram at solifeteen!  If you need to talk to me, please call my cell.

I continue to pray for you all and I look forward when we can see each other soon!

Much love,

Lynn

 

5/13 Life Teen Weekly Update

Hi Teens and Families!

Blessed be the Lord!  I miss seeing you all, but am lifting you all up in prayer.

LIFE TEEN MASS: The parish is continuing to stream the 5pm Life Teen Mass.  We are hopeful to hear from the Archbishop soon with our new guidelines for Mass attendance.  As soon as information comes out, I will send out an update.  So again, I look forward to worshipping with you all this Sunday, 5/17 at 5pm.  You can view the Life Teen Mass on the St. Oliver Plunkett Snellville YouTube channel.  I have attached a worship aid that will help you engage in the Mass along with this link (readings and mediation):  https://us.magnificat.net/skin/frontend/default/theme278k/images/site/Celebration_US.pdf

Life Nights:   Tonight, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th, we will be meeting on Zoom to pray, worship, play a game and discuss the upcoming Sunday readings from 6:30pm-7:30pm.  (Check out the attachment with the readings or go to usccb.org for the Sunday readings).

Please check your email for the Zoom link or our private FB page.

Below is a list of activities that are available for you the next several days:

(if you do not view the 5pm St. Oliver Life Teen Mass, you should be viewing one of the many Mass opportunities online.  Would love to see you guys at our Zoom Life Night on 5/13 and Game Night on 5/15!!)

  • Wednesday, May 13:
    • St. Oliver Life Teen Zoom Life Night:  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Join us for prayer, praise, discussion and a game!  Check your email or our private FB page for the link.
  • Weekly Optional Activities:
    • St. Oliver Plunkett Rosary:  May the Month of Mary, Our Mother. During the Month of May, the Rosary will be recited at St. Oliver’s by a parish family at 7pm each Saturday evening and on Sunday in Spanish following the 11am Mass.  These will be live streamed on our YouTube Channel.  Please join us.
    • Watch the Life Teen Global Life Night (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67o8BUHOCw&feature=youtu.be) at your convenience starting on Sunday at 6pm. The upcoming Sunday theme is “God in the Mirror”, and it lasts about 30 minutes.
    • ProjectYM:  Sundays @8pm LIVE and replay is available on the next day. Join thousands of teens for a game, speaker and worship (https://live.projectym.com/).

Socially Distant Life Teen Game Night:  THIS IS THE FINAL CALL…NEED TO LET ME KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A TEAM THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE BY FRIDAY, MAY 15 @ NOON.  I will then email you the info for the evening!  Teams that have already sent me your info, please check your email for the Game Night instructions.  Instructions do include the Zoom link.

We have an awesome Game Night planned on FRIDAY, WEDNESDAY, 5/15 @ 6pm—“SQUAD HOUSE ARREST” AMAZING RACE Game Night!!   Here are a few details:  You will need to have at least ONE other member of your family as part of your team.  Your team can have more than 2 members, the requirement is that they must live in your house or at least quarantining with you!  (No age limit for team members)

  • You will need to have a TEAM NAME.
  • Each team will earn points by the following:
      • Roadmap:  Team needs to solve a riddle to get the detour clue
      • Detours:  Team will need to choose one of 2 options to complete
      • Roadblock:  At least one team member must complete the task to move ahead
      • Bonus Points:  Your team can also earn “creative” bonus points:  team name, team costume, team spirit
      • There will be prizes! 1st place:  $100 restaurant gift card, 2nd place:  $50 Chick fil A gift card and 3rd place:  $25 Dairy Queen gift card!
  • You must be able to join our Zoom game link and be able to send texts (some texts may require that you send a video clip).  Zoom game link and game instructions will be sent out on May 13th with a reminder on the actual game night, May 15th to the teams that me their team name!

I hope to see lots of teens and family members at our “SQUAD HOUSE ARREST” Amazing Race Game Night.

2020 Spring Retreat Payment/Archdiocese of Atlanta Youth Rally Payments:  I am beginning to work on the cancelled 2020 Spring retreat payments and the cancelled Youth Rally payments.  I will need an email from each family with instructions on what you would like to do with your payment(s).  Here are the options:

  1. If you would like a refund, please email me to let me know that you are requesting a refund.  Please include your home address with the email.
  2. If you would like to move the payment(s) to your teen account to hold for future Life Teen events, please email me.  (you can use your teen account funds for upcoming Life Teen events)
  3. If you would like to donate your Spring Retreat payment and/or your Youth Rally payment to the St. Oliver Life Teen scholarship fund, please email me.  Thank you for your donation and you will receive a charitable donation letter in the mail.

If you paid by credit card for the Spring Retreat and/or Rally, you will be issued a refund and the check will be sent to you in the mail.

2nd Year Confirmation Families: Miranda will be contacting a few of you who are missing important information.  A few teens are missing crucial documents that are needed to be confirmed.  If you are missing FIATs, please email me ASAP so I can give you a few ideas that you can do while practicing social distancing.

1st Year Confirmation Families:  Several students still need to complete FIATs and send in the appropriate reflections.  Please email me if you need ideas for service.

 Miscellaneous:

  1. Please check out the Surprise for our Priests attachment.  Our parish Vocations Ministry is planning a parade for our priests on Sunday, 5/17 @ 12:15pm.  Get all the info in the attachment!
  2. You can also find St. Oliver Parish News at:  www.stolivers.com or on Facebook at:  St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church.
  3. Don’t forget to check out St. Oliver Life Teen news at:  www.stoliverslifeteen.com, St. Oliver’s Life Teen Facebook page or on Instagram at solifeteen!  If you need to talk to me, please call my cell at 770-605-7215.

You all continue to be in my prayers.  I look forward when we can see each other soon!

Much love,

Lynn

 

5/6 Life Teen Weekly Update

Hi Teens and Families!

Hope this update is finding you and your family doing well!  Randy and I have been enjoying this lovely weather by walking at our local park daily.  (Thanks to Patty K for our masks!)  I hope all of you are able to go out and soak up some Vitamin D.

LIFE TEEN MASS: It was awesome to have a St. Oliver Life Teen Mass to participate in this past week.  I look forward to worshipping with you all this Sunday, 5/10 at 5pm.  You can view the Life Teen Mass on the St. Oliver Plunkett Snellville YouTube channel.  I have attached a worship aid that will help you engage in the Mass along with this link (readings and meditation):  https://us.magnificat.net/skin/frontend/default/theme278k/images/site/Celebration_US.pdf

Life Nights:   We have moved our Sunday Life Nights to Wednesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom.  We are changing our Life Night format so you will not be required to tune into the Life Teen Global Life Night.  Below is a list of activities that are available for you this week:

(if you do not view the 5pm St. Oliver Life Teen Mass, you should be viewing one of the many Mass opportunities online.  Would love to see you guys at our Zoom Life Night on 5/13 and Game Night on 5/15!!)

  • Sunday, May 10: 
    • Life Teen Mass at 5pm (St. Oliver Plunkett, Snellville YouTube channel)
    • “Squad House Arrest” Amazing Race team name needs to be sent to me atyouthministry@stolivers.com.  See the Socially Distant Game Night bullet for more info!!
    • Project YM:  8pm, join thousands of teens for a game, speaker and worship (https://live.projectym.com/).  This Sunday Project YM Live speaker will be Jason Evert.  (https://chastity.com/).  Jason is an international Catholic speaker and founder of the Chastity Project.
  • Wednesday, May 13:
    • St. Oliver Life Teen Zoom Life Night:  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Checkk your email for the link and join us for prayer, praise, discussion and a game!
  • Weekly Optional Activities:
    • St. Oliver Plunkett Rosary:  May the Month of Mary, Our Mother. During the Month of May, the Rosary will be recited at St. Oliver’s by a parish family at 7pm each Saturday evening and on Sunday in Spanish following the 11am Mass.  These will be live streamed on our YouTube Channel.  Please join us.
    • Watch the Life Teen Global Life Night (LFTN.CO/LIFENIGHT) at your convenience starting on Sunday at 6pm.  The replay will last 30 minutes.  The speaker for the night, “God in the Uprising”, is Joel Stepanek, and worship will be led by Dana Catherine.

Socially Distant Life Teen Game Night:  We have an awesome Game Night planned on FRIDAY, WEDNESDAY, 5/15 @ 6pm—“SQUAD HOUSE ARREST” AMAZING RACE Game Night!!  Here are a few details:

  • You will need to have at least ONE other member of your family as part of your team.  Your team can have more than 2 members, the requirement is that they must live in your house!  (No age limit for team members)
  • You will need to have a TEAM NAME.  The team name needs to be submitted to me via email (youthministry@stolivers.com) by May 10th!
  • Each team will earn points by the following:
      • Roadmap:  Team needs to solve a riddle to get the detour clue
      • Detours:  Team will need to choose one of 2 options to complete
      • Roadblock:  At least one team member must complete the task to move ahead
      • Bonus Points:  Your team can also earn “creative” bonus points:  team name, team costume, team spirit
      • There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team prizes!
  • You must be able to join our Zoom game link and be able to send texts (some texts may require that you send a video clip).  Zoom game link and game instructions will be sent out on May 13th with a reminder on the actual game night, May 15th to the teams that me their team name!

I hope to see lots of teens and family members at our “SQUAD HOUSE ARREST” Amazing Race Game Night.

2nd Year Confirmation Families: We are hopeful that we may hear something about our Confirmation Liturgy by the end of May from the Archdiocese.  Once we get news, we will then decide on how we will proceed with the reception of the Sacrament.  As soon as details are finalized, we will contact you via email.  We did miss our last preparation session.  We have made arrangements for you all to view the last videos on your own.  The following are the links to the videos you must complete:  (this info was sent to you several weeks ago, but here is a reminder)

Lesson #23, Segment 1:  https://study.ascensionpress.com/study/play/timelock/JmszHUXBev7bttgPjGZM0LCY3beXXFVCVEFfPXTspeeDwJGX0Y/section/442

Segment 2:  https://study.ascensionpress.com/study/play/timelock/JmszHUXBev7bttgPjGZM0LCY3beXXFVCVEFfPXTspeeDwJGX0Y/section/443

Segment 3:  https://study.ascensionpress.com/study/play/timelock/JmszHUXBev7bttgPjGZM0LCY3beXXFVCVEFfPXTspeeDwJGX0Y/section/444

Lesson #24, Segment 1:  https://study.ascensionpress.com/study/play/timelock/JmszHUXBev7bttgPjGZM0LCY3beXXFVCVEFfPXTspeeDwJGX0Y/section/446

Segment 2:  https://study.ascensionpress.com/study/play/timelock/JmszHUXBev7bttgPjGZM0LCY3beXXFVCVEFfPXTspeeDwJGX0Y/section/447

Your last FIATs (service projects) were due on March 18th.  Please email these to us as soon as possible.  Due to our current circumstances, you do not need to provide the signed form.  We do, however, need the reflections.  If you are missing any of your FIATs or forms, you need to contact Miranda as soon as possible.  You can text or call Miranda at 770.355.7941 or you can email her at mljzpf@hotmail.com.  Do not wait until the last minute to contact her about how to complete your requirements.

2020 Seniors:  We are still hoping to have a Baccalaureate Mass to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Once we hear from the Archdiocese on when we can safely gather, we will let you all know of the plans.  St. Oliver’s would still like to honor you at this time.  We would like to put together a slide show of our seniors that we can stream prior to our remaining Masses this month and on the parish website.  The church will post you picture with your first name only and a few other things.  If you would like to be included, please send the following info to me by May 13th to youthministry@stolivers.com:

  1. Your Senior photo or a current photo of you
  2. Name of High School
  3. Favorite Bible passage or quote
  4. Future plans

Miscellaneous:

  1. Here is a link to an article that gave me great hope:

https://aleteia.org/2020/05/04/its-true-everything-will-be-all-right/?utm_campaign=NL_en&utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=NL_en

  1. You can also find St. Oliver Parish News at:  www.stolivers.com or on Facebook at:  St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church.
  2. Don’t forget to check out St. Oliver Life Teen news at:  www.stoliverslifeteen.com, St. Oliver’s Life Teen Facebook page or on Instagram at solifeteen!

You all continue to be in my prayers.  I look forward when we can see each other soon!

Much love,

Lynn