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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.