10/21 Life Teen Update

Happy Fall All!

Hope you all have been enjoying these wonderful Fall days…I know I am!  Fall is usually a busy time in Life Teen, so here is your update with lots of info: 

Life Teen Faith Formation:  this consists of 2 components—Family Faith Formation and Decision Point

  • Family Faith Formation: November FACE! bags will be ready for pick up on the following dates/times:  Saturday, 10/31 after the Life Teen “Halloweenie” event, Sunday, 11/1 from 10am-6:30pm, and Wednesday, 11/4 from 10am-7pm.  Don’t forget to bring the October Touch Base with FACE! form when you pick up your November FACE! bag. Confirmation students:  You are required to turn in the monthly Touch Base with FACE! form…so if you did not turn in September’s please turn it in with your October form.  Make sure you pick up your bag ON TIME!
  • Decision Point:  This is our once a month Sunday afternoon gathering and weekly reminder to watch a video and answer a question that comes from your “house family”.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, November 15th from 2:45pm-4:30pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE).  Please be ON TIME, check in is in the courtyard, bring your workbook and wear your mask.   Friendly reminder:  leave your earbuds at home!!

Bible Study: 

  • Girls:  Join us for our GIRLS Bible Study on the Book of Ruth led by Hayley Russell.  We meet on Thursday evenings (10/22, 10/29, and 11/5) from 7pm-8pm in the Life Teen room.  We will follow all social distance guidelines.  Bring your Bible and wear your mask!!!! 
  • Parish Bible Study:  “The Pearl of Great Price: A Survey of the Gospel of Matthew”, led by Deacon Randy Ory on Thursdays (10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19).  Morning session available from 9:45am-11:15pm and evening session is from 7pm-8:30pm.  Sessions will be held in the Kane-Beltran Family Center.  Please wear your mask and bring your Bible.  THIS IS OPEN TO ALL TEENS AND ADULTS.

Service Opportunities:

  • Covid Kindness collection: (Sponsored by our St. Vincent DePaul Society) is on Saturday, 10/24 from 10am -Noon in the BACK PARKING LOT. The donation will go to the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op to help those in our community who are suffering from this pandemic. You do not need to leave your car–members of our St. Vincent de Paul Society and our Food Pantry Ministry will remove the items from  your vehicle. 
  • Ministry Training:  Your parish is looking for the young church (that’s means YOU) to serve at the Sunday, 5pm Life Teen Mass.  We will be having a training on Sunday, 10/25 for anyone interested in serving as a Greeter/Usher, Lector and Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion (must be 16 and confirmed) from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the church.  We will observe social distance guidelines and wear your mask.  Remember…your parish needs you!

Life Teen Activities

  • All teens are invited to attend our Social Distance “Halloweenie Roast” on Saturday, October 31 from 11am-1pm in the lower parking lot (by the Life Teen entrance).  We will do some fun (but safe) Halloween games and roast hot dogs over some grills.  Bring your lawn chair and earn points for your House Family!!
  • Life Teen Fall Retreat Evening, “Encounter”:  Friday, 11/20 from 6pm-11pm @ St. Oliver’s.  Join us we spend an evening with friends drawing closer to Christ and preparing our hearts to receive Him at Christmas and always.  Permission slip is available on our website at www.stoliverslifeteen.com or on the bulletin board located outside the Life Teen office.  Cost of retreat evening is $20 (you will get a cool tshirt too!) Permission slip is due by 11/8/20.  All social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Life Teen is offering a NEW 20-21 Life Teen shirt!  Cost of the shirt is $12.  If you are interested in ordering a tshirt, please email me (youthministry@stolivers.com) your name and tshirt size or sign up on the sign-up sheet located on the Life Teen bulletin board located next to Life Teen office (you can also see a picture of the design).  Deadline to email me/sign up is on 11/1/20.  Shirts will be available for pickup (and to pay—cash or check) at our 11/15 Decision Point. 

Confirmation Information:

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
    • Family Faith Formation:  turn in your monthly Touch Base with FACE! form and pick up your November FACE! bag (see above for dates)
    • Decision Point:  make sure you are responding weekly to your House Family!  See you on 11/15!
  • Retreat requirement:  You are required to attend one Life Teen retreat event in Year 1.  Our Fall Life Teen Retreat evening will be on Friday, 11/20 from 6pm-11pm at St. Oliver’s.  Permission slip is available on our website at www.stoliverslifeteen.com or on the bulletin board located outside the Life Teen office.  Cost of retreat evening is $20 (you will get a cool tshirt too!)  All social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • A copy of your Baptism and First Communion Certificates need to be turned into Life Teen office.  If you made either of these sacraments at St. Oliver’s, I will be able to get your certificate for you.
  • Start praying about who you would like to be your Sponsor!
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
    • Family Faith Formation:  turn in your monthly Touch Base with FACE! form and pick up your November FACE! bag (see above for dates)
    • Decision Point:  make sure you are responding weekly to your House Family!  See you on 11/15!
  • Retreat requirement:  You are required to attend one Life Teen retreat event in Year 2.  Our Fall Life Teen Retreat evening will be on Friday, 11/20 from 6pm-11pm at St. Oliver’s.  Permission slip is available on our website at www.stoliverslifeteen.com or on the bulletin board located outside the Life Teen office.  Cost of retreat evening is $20 (you will get a cool tshirt too!)  All social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Next Confirmation Prep class is Wednesday, 11/18 from 7pm-8:30pm. 

Life Teen Mass:  Life Teen 5pm Mass is being celebrated OUTSIDE through November 1st! Bring your chairs and worship the Lord with us in nature!

St. Oliver’s Life Teen uses Facebook and Instagram to keep everyone in touch with what’s up.  We encourage our Life Teen families to request to join both of these sites.  Facebook is at St. Oliver’s Life Teen and Instagram is @solifeteen. 

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or call (770)978-6751, ext. 43.

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

10/6 Life Teen Update

Happy October Life Teen families!

Fall is finally in the air (though I think it may be in the 80s next week)!  Lots of stuff going on in Life Teen, so please check out the news below: 

Life Teen Faith Formation:  this consists of 2 components—Family Faith Formation and Decision Point

  • Family Faith Formation: October FACE! bags are ready for pick up!  You can stop by the RE office on Wednesday, 10/7 from 10am-7pm to pick up the bag.  Don’t forget to bring the Touch Base with FACE! form when you pick up your October FACE! bag.  October FACE! bag will be ready for pick up:
  • Decision Point:  This is our once a month Sunday afternoon gathering and weekly reminder to watch a video and answer a question that comes from your “house family”.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, October 18th from 3pm-4:30pm.  Remember, we meet in the church and wear your mask.  Here are the Decision Point gathering dates for the remainder of the school year:  October 18, November 15, December 13, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 25.  *If you are in need of the virtual option for Decision Point, please email me at  youthministry@stolivers.com.* 

Bible Study:  Life Teen will be having a 4 week GIRLS Bible Study on the Book of Ruth.  Our Girls Bible Study will be led by Life Teen alumni, Hayley Russell (2020 Grad from Belmont Abbey College).  Mark these Thursday dates in your calendar:  10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5.  Bible Study will be from 7pm-8pm in the Life Teen room.  We will follow all social distance guidelines.  Bring your Bible and wear your mask!!!!  (PS—we haven’t forgotten the guys!)

Ministry Training:  Your parish is looking for the young church (that’s means YOU) to serve at the Sunday, 5pm Life Teen Mass.  We will be having a training on Sunday, 10/25 for anyone interested in serving as a Greeter/Usher, Lector and Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion (must be 16 and confirmed) from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the church.  We will observe social distance guidelines and wear your mask.  Remember…your parish needs you!

Social Activities:  All teens are invited to attend our Social Distance “Halloweenie Roast” on Saturday, October 31 from 11am-1pm in the lower parking lot (by the Life Teen entrance).  We will do some fun (but safe) Halloween games and roast hot dogs over some grills.  Bring your lawn chair and earn points for your House Family!!

Confirmation Information:

1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)

  • Register for Family Faith Formation (if you have not registered, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.  Registration will close on 10/17).
  • Attend Decision Point dates (see dates above)
  • We are in the process of finalizing the Year 1 Confirmation Prep.  We will be mailing all 1st Year Candidates and Families an information packet in October. 

2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)

  • Registration is closed.  (If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com
  • Attend Decision Point dates (see dates above)
  • If you did not attend the 9/30 Confirmation Prep class, please email Miranda at mljzpf@hotmail.com or call/text 770-355-7941 immediately!
  • Next Confirmation Prep class is Wednesday, 10/21 from 7pm-9pm.  Note extended class time due to SAINT PROJECT presentation.

Life Teen Mass:  Life Teen 5pm Mass is being celebrated OUTSIDE through November 1st! Bring your chairs and worship the Lord with us in nature!

St. Oliver’s Life Teen uses Facebook and Instagram to keep everyone in touch with what’s up.  We encourage our Life Teen families to request to join both of these sites.  Facebook is at St. Oliver’s Life Teen and Instagram is @solifeteen. 

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or call (770)978-6751, ext. 43.

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

9/23 Life Teen Update

Happy Wednesday Life Teen families!

It was so good to see so many teens last Sunday.  It is really a guessing game to who the teen is when you are wearing a mask.  Here is your LT Update filled with lots of great info:

Life Teen Faith Formation:  this consists of 2 components—Family Faith Formation and Decision Point

  • Family Faith Formation: How is the weekly home faith formation going?  I hope you are taking advantage of the Enrichment/Challenge activities too.  Remember to complete the Touch Base with FACE! form.  Families should complete this form and return the Touch Base with FACE! form when you pick up your October FACE! bag.  October FACE! bag will be ready for pick up:
  • Sunday, October 4:  9am-1pm (can pick up from the RE office), 1pm-4pm & 6pm-6:30pm (can pick up from the Life Teen office)
  • Wednesday, October 7:  10am-7pm( RE office)
  • Decision Point:  This is our once a month Sunday afternoon gathering and weekly reminder to watch a video and answer a question that comes from your “house family”.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, October 18th from 3pm-4:30pm.  Remember, we meet in the church and wear your mask.  Here are the Decision Point gathering dates for the remainder of the school year:  November 15, December 13, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 25.  *If you are in need of the virtual option for Decision Point, please emailme at youthministry@stolivers.com!!

Social Activities:  All teens are invited to attend our Social Distance “Halloweenie Roast” on Saturday, October 31 from 11am-1pm in the lower parking lot (by the Life Teen entrance).  We will do some fun (but safe) Halloween games and roast hot dogs over some grills.  More details to come!

Seniors 2021:  Senior meeting on Sunday, October 4 at 3:30pm in the Life Teen room.  Please come with your ideas for the school year!

Confirmation Registration:  Any 9th-12 grader that is in need of Baptism, 1st Communion and/or Confirmation must register for our Family Faith Formation program.

Please remember that Confirmation Preparation is a 2  year program!

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation (if you have not registered, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com)
  • Attend Decision Point dates (see dates above)
  • We are in the process of finalizing the Year 1 Confirmation Prep.  We will be mailing all 1st Year Candidates and Families an information packet in October. 
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation (please contact me ASAP at youthministry@stolivers.com.  Deadline to register for 2nd year is 9/29/20.)
  • Attend Decision Point dates (see dates above)
  • All 2nd year Candidates who attended the Sunday, 9/20 Decision Point gathering received a 2nd year student packet that contained a 2nd year info sheet, Saint project information sheet and a parent letter.  It is important that families review the information.
  • Your 1st monthly Confirmation prep class will be on Wednesday, 9/30 from 7pm-8:30pm.  Teens will meet in the church for the Chosen video and then move to an outdoor space for their small group.  We are asking teens to bring some type of lawn chair (if possible) and bring your mask to wear in church.

NEW Life Teen Mass:  Beginning this Sunday, 9/27 through November 1st, the Life Teen Mass will be held OUTSIDE!  Bring your chairs and worship the Lord with us in nature!

St. Oliver’s Life Teen uses Facebook and Instagram to keep everyone in touch with what’s up.  We encourage our Life Teen families to request to join both of these sites.  Facebook is at St. Oliver’s Life Teen and Instagram is solifeteen. 

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or call (770)978-6751, ext. 43.

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

9/16 Life Teen Update

Happy Wednesday Life Teen families!

Just a few short days till we are reunited…Your Core team is super excited for us to gather again.  Here is your LT Update filled with lots of great info:

Life Teen Welcome Back Gathering:  Sunday, September 20th at 3pm-4:30pm

Welcome back teens….it has been awhile since we have gathered as a community and I am excited to see you all.  We will begin our new school year, get reacquainted and meet our new members.  Here are the details for you:

  1. Check in will be in the church courtyard.  PLEASE CHECK IN PRIOR TO 3pm
  2. A mask is required to enter the church and an usher will seat you.
  3. Teens will be dismissed at 4:30pm and can be picked up in the lower parking lot by the Life Teen entrance if not staying for Mass. 
  4. If you are staying for Mass it is recommended that you REGISTER for the 5pm Life Teen Mass.  You can register online at https://www.stolivers.com/.  Click on MAKE MASS RESERVATION.

Seniors 2021:  We will have our annual Senior Blessing Mass on Sunday, 9/20 at the 5pm Mass.  (same day as our 1st Welcome Back to Life Teen event that I hope you can all attend!).  Please register for this Mass online at:  https://www.stolivers.com/.  Click on MAKE MASS RESERVATION to register for the Mass.  It was planned that we would have an outdoor picnic following the Mass for the Seniors, but due to COVID safety precautions we have postponed the picnic.  I would like to meet with the Seniors for a few minutes following the Mass, so please look for me in the church.

Confirmation Registration:  Any 9th-12 grader that is in need of Baptism, 1st Communion and/or Confirmation must register for our Family Faith Formation program.

As we review the Family Faith Formation registrations, we will contact you via email with the necessary information.  Please remember that Confirmation Preparation is a 2  year program!

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation (if you have not registered, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com)
  • Teen should attend House Family event on Sunday, 9/20 from 3pm-4:30pm in the church.  Please wear a mask.
  • We are in the process of finalizing the Year 1 Confirmation Prep.  We will be mailing all 1st Year Candidates and Families an information packet in October. 
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation (please contact me ASAP at youthministry@stolivers.com.  Deadline to register for 2nd year is 9/29/20.)
  • Teen should attend House Family event on Sunday, 9/20 from 3pm-4:30pm in the church.  Please wear a mask.
  • Your 1st monthly Confirmation prep class will be on Wednesday, 9/30 from 7pm-8:30pm.  Teens will meet in the church for the Chosen video and then move to an outdoor space for their small group.  We are asking teens to bring some type of lawn chair (if possible) and bring your mask to wear in church.

Family Faith Formation:  How are the September lessons going?  I encourage you to look at the Enrichment and Challenge activities each week too!

Remember that you need to complete the Touch Base with FACE! form weekly and return that form when you pick up your October FACE! bag. Families will receive an email to notify you when the October FACE! bag is ready for pick up.

St. Oliver’s Life Teen uses Facebook and Instagram to keep everyone in touch with what’s up.  We encourage our Life Teen families to request to join both of these sites.  Facebook is at St. Oliver’s Life Teen and Instagram is solifeteen. 

I can’t wait to see your smiling faces on Sunday!!

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

8/24 Life Teen Update

Hello Teens and Families!

I am hoping that the school year is going well for everyone!  I sure do miss seeing everyone but am so excited that we should start seeing each other soon! 

Life Teen Mass:  **SPECIAL EVENT**:  FAMILY FAITH FORMATION OUTDOOR MASS ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th AT 5PM.  Pre Mass activities will begin at 4:30pm (a few social distancing family games and music).  Bring your chairs, blanket, umbrella and masks.  More info to follow! 

Life Teen Registration:  Registration has begun for our Family Faith Formation programPlease check out www.stolivers.com under the Family Faith Formation tab to register.  These changes to our religious education program are exciting.  Sure, it will be different…but families learning and growing together in our rich Catholic tradition is a blessing!! 

Family Faith Formation Workshops are scheduled for our families.  At the workshop you will pick up your September bag that is filled with all the information, supplies and a few extra goodies.  We ask that at least 1 parent attend one of the workshops:

  • English:  Wednesday, August 26th from 7pm-8pm in the church.  Mask required.
  • Espanol:  Sunday, August 30th, from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the church.  Mask required.

So what will Life Teen look for teens?

  • Sunday Life Nights:  will move to weekly family faith formation.  Each month families will pick up a monthly FACE! bag (Family and Church Education) which will contain weekly lesson plans, supplies and support.  In the weekly lesson you will find family focused activities plus some enrichment and challenge ideas that will help you “dive” deeper into our Catholic faith. 
  • House Families:  In September, Life Teen will implement “House Families”.  All of our teens will be placed in a small group of 5-6 teens with core members.  This small group will make up a “House Family”.  During the school year, our hope is to have the House Families meet at church once a month and to be in touch with their House Family weekly.  House Families will be in contact with each other via text, GroupMe app or email.  One of the main components that our House Families will use is the Matthew Kelly, “Decision Point” program.  OUR FIRST HOUSE FAMILY MEETING WILL BE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH FROM 3PM-4:30PM IN THE CHURCH. All teens registered in our Family Faith Formation program should attend this event.  We will follow all social distancing guidelines and all students must wear a mask. 
  • Bible Studies:  Life Teen will offer a variety of Bible studies for teens.  These studies could be offered through Zoom and if conditions improve, we might be able to offer onsite.  Info on our first Bible study will be sent out after Labor Day.
  • Social Activities:  We will resume Zoom game nights plus have a few family social distance game nights beginning in September!

Teens, please know that your church understands the importance of communal gatherings in fostering relationships,  so onsite gatherings will be scheduled when permissible pending changes in the COVID-19 directives.  Please continue to be patient and stay connected through the various options above!!! 

Seniors 2021:  We will have our annual Senior Blessing Mass on Sunday, 9/20 at the 5pm Mass.  (same day as our 1st House Family event that I hope you can all attend!).  Following the Mass, there will be an outdoor picnic on the church property for the Seniors.  Please RSVP to me at youthministry@stolivers.com by 9/13/20 if you plan on attending the Mass and picnic.  (Yes, you should register for Family Faith Formation too!)

Confirmation Registration:  Any 9th-12 grader that is in need of Baptism, 1st Communion and/or Confirmation must register for our Family Faith Formation program.

After Labor Day, I will contact you via email with the necessary information.  Please remember that Confirmation Preparation is a 2  year program!

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation
  • Parent should attend the Family Faith Formation Workshop on Wednesday, 8/26 from 7pm-8pm in the church (English) or on Sunday, 8/30 from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the church (Espanol).  Please wear a mask.
  • Teen should attend House Family event on Sunday, 9/20 from 3pm-4:30pm in the church.  Please wear a mask.
  • More 1st Year information will be sent via email after Labor Day.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
  • Register for Family Faith Formation
  • Parent should attend the Family Faith Formation Workshop on Wednesday, 8/26 from 7pm-8pm in the church (English) or on Sunday, 8/30 from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the church (Espanol).  Please wear a mask.
  • Teen should attend House Family event on Sunday, 9/20 from 3pm-4:30pm in the church.  Please wear a mask.
  • Monthly Confirmation prep class will be on Wednesday, 9/30 from 7pm-8:30pm.  Teens will meet in the church for the Chosen video and then move to an outdoor space for their small group.  We are asking teens to bring some type of lawn chair (if possible) and bring your mask to wear in church.

Service Opportunity:  The Southeast Co-Op (55 Grayson Industrial Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017) is in need of the following:

  • Canned Vegetables (any kind)            Soup (any kind)                                  
  • Tuna                                                    Canned Pasta
  • Canned Chicken                                  Adult Diapers (All sizes)
  • Pull-ups all sizes                                  Diapers (Size 3 – 6)
  • Deodorant                                          Liners
  • Tampons                                             Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent                                   Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo                                            Paper Towels

SE Co-Op Hours:  (55 Grayson Industrial Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017)

Monday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Please share this information with your family and friends.  Your donations are much appreciated!

I am counting the days for when we can see each other in person…I think it is about 27 days till 9/20!!!  Please continue to pray for our parish community!

Let us close in prayer:

Open my eyes, Lord

Open my eyes , O Lord, to the wonders of your love.

With the blind man, I cry out:

Savior, let me see!

Open my ears, O Lord, to my brothers’ cry for help.

Do no let my heart close up against their need.

Open my hands, O Lord, for the beggars at my door.

They await their portion too, Lord grant me the grace to share.

Amen

In Christ’s service,

Lynn