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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!