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

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