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

8/5 Life Teen Update

Hello Teens and Families!

What a summer!  I hope you all survived the craziness and are ready to venture into a new school year.  This  update will review the exciting changes to Life Teen, so please review carefully.

Life Teen Mass:  We have plenty of seats at our 5pm Life Teen Mass!  The parish is following all the advice from the Archdiocese on keeping our parish safe.  Due to social distancing, we ask that you reserve your place for Mass.  Please check www.stolivers.com for the reservation link or the St. Oliver Plunkett  MyParish App.  If you miss the deadline to reserve your seat, please know that at the 5pm Mass, we are able to accept “walk-ins”.  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.

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

Life Teen Registration:  Families that were registered for the 2019-2020 should have received a letter and flyer from Father Cyriac in mid-July with the changes to our RE program.  (You can find the letter and flyer (English and Spanish) on the forms tab.  (Please note that Father Cyriac has reduced the price for our families:  $30 for one child, $50 for two children and $75 for three or more children.)

Following the guidelines from the Archdiocese, St. Oliver’s is moving to a Family Faith Formation program.  The family is central to our Catholic Faith. God reveals himself as a “family”—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—a communion of persons. We are created to be in communion with one another. The family also has a privileged place in catechesis. The Catechism states that “parents receive the responsibility of evangelizing their children” and calls them the “First heralds” of the faith (2225). The family is called “domestic church”—the church of the home (CCC, 2204).

What does this mean for our 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 or GroupMe app.  One of the main components that our House Families will use is the Matthew Kelly, “Decision Point” program.  More info on our House Families will be sent out in the next few weeks.
  • 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.  Be on the lookout for our first Girls Bible Study in a few weeks.  (don’t worry guys…we have something instore for you too!)
  • Social Activities:  I am working on planning Zoom game nights and even a few social distancing opportunities…so stay tuned for more info!

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!!!

Here, at St. Oliver’s, we are committed to equipping the parents to pass on the faith by providing the best resources and support. The goal of leading others to an encounter with Jesus Christ, while encouraging spiritual development and increasing knowledge about our Catholic Faith, is of utmost importance. The Faith Formation Staff looks forward to journeying with you and your family in the coming year.

Confirmation Registration:  All 9th-12th grade students interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation (or 1st Communion and/or Baptism) MUST register in our Family Faith Formation program.  Once you register in the Family Faith Formation program, I will be notified if the student needs any Sacrament (Confirmation, 1st Communion and Baptism).  I will send via email the required registration form and information for the Sacrament needed.  (Remember Confirmation is a 2 year program!)  Confirmation classes will begin in October and we will follow all social distancing guidelines and directives from the Archdiocese.

2nd year students—YES, you do need to register for Family Faith Formation AND I will send you the required Confirmation registration form by email.

Miss you all and stay safe!  I continue to lift you all up in prayer.  Let’s all pray to our most loving Mother during these most difficult times!

 Memorare

Remember, most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turned to you for help
was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I run to your protection
for you are my mother.

Mother of the Word of God,
do not despise my words of pleading
but be merciful and hear my prayer.
Amen.

 Much love,

Lynn

 

7/14 Life Teen Update

Hello Teens and Families!

Here is what’s going on in Life Teen!!!  There is a lot….so please take some time to review.

Life Teen Bible Study:  Week 3 of our 4 week “Deep Dive” Bible Study is on Wednesday, 7/15 (that’s TOMORROW!) from 7pm-8:15pm via Zoom.  Join us for a consideration of the 2 Genesis Creation Stories — did you know there were 2?  Please invite family and friends to join us for the evening…so share the link with them.

Check your email for the Zoom link or go to St. Oliver’s Life Teen FB page for link.

Life Teen Mass:  We have plenty of seats at our 5pm Life Teen Mass!  The parish is following all the advice from the Archdiocese on keeping our parish safe.  Due to social distancing, we ask that you reserve your place for Mass.  Please check www.stolivers.com for the reservation link or the St. Oliver Plunkett  MyParish App.  If you miss the deadline to reserve your seat, please know that at the 5pm Mass, we are able to accept “walk-ins”.  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 my last few Life Teen updates, I have sent you ideas to enhance your faith journey (attend Mass, journal, phone apps, read scripture, pray, music)  My next idea is have a QUIET day or at least an hour of dedicated QUIET time.  Turn off all your devices….and just find a spot where it is quiet.  Sometimes we need to disconnect from all the craziness around us…and believe me this spring/summer has been crazy!  Imagine finding a spot, closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths and for that short time just enjoy the solitude.

Just for Teens:  Steubenville Live!  Franciscan University is offering a live-streamed version of their annual summer Steubenville Conferences this weekend, July 17-18.  The theme is “Hope Alive”.  Check out this link for all the info:  https://steubenvilleconferences.com/.  Though we are unable to register as a group this summer (18th is our Confirmation Masses), you can still register as an individual or better yet, do this with your family.  You will hear from some amazing speakers and of course some great music.  What a way to spend the weekend!  (There is a fee to attend this live streamed conference)

2nd Year Confirmation: 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!

An email will be sent to all 2020 Candidates on Wednesday with last minute information!  Let us all pray for our Confirmation students and families!!!

Life Teen Registration:   With the uncertainty due to COVID-19, St. Oliver’s has had to make some major adjustments to our religious education for youth.  A letter from Father Cyriac with a religious education flyer detailing our plans for the 20-21 school year was sent out on Monday, 7/13.    In the next update, I will have more details on how this new model will minister to you (the teens) and our families.

Service Opportunities:  Great way to help our parish and the wider community!

COVID KINDNESS COLLECTION #2: Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting a second food collection to benefit the Southeast Food Co-op on Saturday, July 25th from 10am to Noon in front of the JPII Center.  It’s a drive through collection, no need to get of your car.  St. Vincent de Paul Society members will collect the donations from your car.

Parish Landscaping:  Looking for mulch spreaders!  On Wednesday, July 22nd, beginning at 8:00am, we will be spreading mulch in the parking lot islands. If you can help, please call the office or email Linda Urquhart at lurquhart@stolivers.com. The number of helpers will determine the amount of bales delivered. Thanks!

Just for Parents: With COVID-19 and the change in structure, students have more free time on technology than before, leaving parents uncertain. The following link from Ministry to Parents is to help parents learn about technology one post at a time. From video tutorials to texting acronyms, these clear and quick tips will leave parents with a better understanding of the technology world. Just click on a graphic to get started.   https://ministrytoparents.com/tech-series/.

Steubenville Live for Adults:  Franciscan University is offering a version of their Steubenville Conferences for adults on Sunday, July 19th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  Here is an invitation to register for this FREE, live streamed event:  https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/night-of-hope/#registration

 You don’t have to feel alone or disoriented by the shadows hanging over our world. We find the brightest light in the deepest darkness and we can’t help but be drawn to it. That Light is Christ our Hope.

 Join our internationally celebrated presenters livestreamed from Christ the King Chapel at Franciscan University. Let us come together as Church, to be encouraged, and to pray with one voice to Christ to heal our world. Allow the Holy Spirit to breathe fresh confidence in your faith in Jesus our Redeemer, who is with us through this moment all the way into eternity.

And don’t forget to invite your friends! Pass on this link and be a light in the darkness.

Miss you all and stay safe!  I continue to lift you all up in prayer.  Here is a prayer that we can use during these tough times!

 Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
Amen.

Much love,

Lynn