11/24 Life Teen Update

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

I hope that you all are enjoying this special week.  Lots of upcoming things for Life Teen, so please make sure you read below:

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: December/January FACE! bags are available for pick up beginning Sunday, 11/29.  There will be 2 weeks of work scheduled for December and 2 weeks for January, all in one convenient bag. Don’t forget to turn in your Touch Base with Face form when you pick up your bag.  Due to holiday office hours and staff vacations, the window to pick up the December/January bags is going to be very short. Please make every effort to pick up your FACE! bag on one of the following dates:   (you don’t want to miss all the SWAG in December January!):

FACE! Bag Pick-Up schedule:

Sunday, Nov. 29th        10:00am-3:30pm         

                                        5:00pm-5:30pm (After the 4:00pm Life Teen Mass)

Monday, Dec. 1st         10:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd        10:00am-6:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd   10:00am-7:00pm

Thursday, Dec. 4th       10:00am-5:00pm

  • 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, December 13th from 2:15pm-3:45pm (Please note the time change).  Remember, we meet in the church and wear your mask.  Here are the Decision Point gathering dates for the remainder of the school year:  December 13, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 25. 

Life Teen Mass:  Our Life Teen Mass has been changed to 4pm and will be outdoors (weather permitting) until further notice.  Please bring your chair and join us!

Service/Social Activities

  • Service Saturday, 12/5:  There are 2 service times:  8:45am-11:30am and/or 2:15pm-3:45pm.  Please dress for the weather and wear closed toed shoes.  PARENTS:  WE DO NEED ADULT HELP DURING THIS TIME.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHICH SESSION YOU CAN HELP WITH!!!
  • Mark your calendar for “The Reindeer Games” which will be on Friday, December 11th from 6:30pm-9pm.  This is a Life Teen family activity and will be lots of fun—Attached is a flyer with registration form.  Registration form must be returned to Life Teen office by Sunday, 12/6.

Confirmation:

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
    • Certificates required:  If you were baptized and/or received 1st Communion at another parish other than St. Oliver’s, I will need a copy of your certificates.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 12/13.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
    • 12/5 Service Saturday:  All 1st year students must attend Service Saturday on 12/5 from 8:45am-11:30amCheck in will be in the Church courtyard.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 12/13.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 
    • 12/5 Service Saturday:  All 2nd  year students must attend Service Saturday on 12/5 from 2:45am-5pm.  Check in will be in the Church courtyard.
    • Saint Info:  have you emailed Miranda (mljzpf@hotmail.com) the name of your Saint you have chosen and a description of why you chose that Saint?  It needs to be thoughtful response that is at least 3-4 sentences.

Parish Info:

Need you Advent wreath blessed?  What are the Mass times for Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas?  Need Advent Reconciliation times?  

Please check out the parish bulletin at www.stolivers.com.   The bulletin contains lots of great information for the month of December.   

Thank you to all who participated in our Fall Retreat evening on 11/20.  It was a jam packed night but I hope you all “Encounter” Jesus this Advent season.  Special thank you to Miranda James, Paul Hedges, Father Cyriac, St. Oliver Life Teen Core Team/Confirmation Group Leaders: Michael  Hardin, Julia Hardin, Josh Tierra, Peter Fuller, Angel Head, Keith Head, Amanda Pilz, Bob Kaczmarek, Anne Adair, Renee Hollard, Lisa Moore and David Adair.  Special shout out to Lucy Hardin for all the Friday evening assistance!

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

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

11/10 Life Teen Update

Welcome November!

Wow—Fall is in full swing now!  Lots of stuff going on in Life Teen, so please make sure you read below:

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

  • Family Faith Formation: November FACE! bag should have been picked up by now.  If you need to pick up your bag, I will be in the office on Wednesday, 11/11 from Noon-6pm and on Thursday, 11/12 from 10am -5pm. I hope all of our families are taking advantage of all the faith growing and learning activities in their FACE! bag.  Each week families should complete the Touch Base with FACE! form.  The Touch Base with FACE! form is due when you pick up your next monthly bag. December FACE! bags can be picked up beginning on Sunday, 11/29!
  • 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 2:15pm-3:45pm (Please note the time change).  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. 

Life Teen Mass:  Beginning, Sunday, 11/15, the Life Teen Mass has been changed to 4pm until further notice.  This is an OUTDOOR MASS (weather permitting).  Please bring your chair and join us!

Spiritual/Social Activities

  • Life Teen Fall Retreat “Encounter”:  Friday, 11/20 from 6pm-11pm.  All teens are invited to come and spend an evening with friends drawing closer to Christ and preparing our hearts to receive Him at Christmas and always.  Permission slip available at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or on the bulletin board located outside the Life Teen office.  Cost is $20.  If you have not turned in your permission slip and are interested in attending, please email or text me that you want to attend ASAP.  I will be ordering the long sleeve tshirts on Wednesday (11/11) at 4pm.
  • Mark your calendar for “The Reindeer Games” which will be on Friday, December 11th from 6:30pm-9pm.  This is a Life Teen family activity and will be lots of fun—Info flyer will be handed out at our 11/15 Decision Point gathering.

Confirmation:

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
    • Certificates required:  If you were baptized and/or received 1st Communion at another parish other than St. Oliver’s, I will need a copy of your certificates.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House FamilySee you this Sunday 11/15.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
    • Confirmation students do have a retreat requirement.  Our Fall retreat evening is scheduled for 11/20.  Please see info above in the Spiritual/Social activities section.  We will also offer a retreat opportunity in the Spring, but do not have any info as of today. 
    • 12/5 Service Saturday:  All 1st year students must attend Service Saturday on 12/5 from 8:45am-11:30am.  Check in will be in the Church courtyard.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House FamilySee you this Sunday 11/15.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 
    • Confirmation Prep class:  Wednesday, 11/18 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.
    • Confirmation students do have a retreat requirement.  Our Fall retreat evening is scheduled for 11/20.  Please see info above in the Spiritual/Social activities section.  We will also offer a retreat opportunity in the Spring, but do not have any info as of today. 
    • 12/5 Service Saturday:  All 2nd  year students must attend Service Saturday on 12/5 from 2:45am-5pm.  Check in will be in the Church courtyard.
    • Saint Info:  have you emailed Miranda (mljzpf@hotmail.com) the name of your Saint you have chosen and a description of why you chose that Saint?  It needs to be thoughtful response that is at least 3-4 sentences.

Family Faith Formation CONTEST! Prize:  $50 Amazon Gift Card

During the month of November, our Family Faith Formation families are being challenged to post weekly on our Roots, Edge and/or Life Teen Facebook pages.  Post a photo each week in November of your family participating in one of the Family Faith Formation activities that are in your FACE! bag. At the end of this month, we will draw the name of the winning family.  Remember, you can enter your family WEEKLY!  So start posting your photos!!  Join our St. Oliver’s Life Teen Facebook page (St. Oliver’s Life Teen) and you can be entered into the drawing!

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

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

10/21 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