12/28 Life Teen Update

Merry Christmas!

I hope this email finds you all enjoying the Christmas season!  Randy and I would like to thank you all for the prayers we received while we recuperated from Covid-19.  We have completed our quarantine and are both feeling well, except I cannot smell or taste yet…hopefully that will come back soon! 

Here are a few updates to get you ready for 2021!

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: Your current FACE! bag is for December/January.  You had 2 weeks of lesson plans in December and make sure you look at January before 1/6…there are some special Holy Days in January and weekly lessons begin on 1/11.  You can also use this time to complete any outstanding Touch Base with FACE forms to turn in at the end of January.  Confirmation students…the Touch Base with FACE! form is REQUIRED from each student for each month.  This completed form helps us verify your religious education component for Confirmation preparation. Please make sure you are turning in the Touch Base with FACE! form.  
  • Decision Point:  I am so sorry that our 12/13 gathering had to be canceled!  I had some great stuff planned for that date!!!  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, JANUARY 10TH from 2:15pm-3:45pm (Please check in on time!).  Remember, we meet in the church and wear your mask.  Here are the Decision Point gathering dates for the remainder of the school year:  January 10, February 7, March 7, April 25. 

Life Teen Mass: 

  • Mass Time:  Father Cyriac announced at Masses this past weekend that the Life Teen Mass has been permanently changed to 4pm.  We are still hopeful that the Life Teen Mass will be held outdoors (weather permitting) but are looking for people/families that might be interested in helping set up and taking down the set up.  If you (or your family) is interested in helping with this, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.   The Saturday Vigil Mass time will be changed to 4pm beginning on 1/9/21.
  • Life Teen Mass Liturgical Servers:  Thank you to all who are currently serving the Life Teen Mass as Ushers, Altar Servers, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion.  I am looking for more people who would like to serve in any of these roles.  If you are interested in serving in one of these roles at the 4pm Life Teen Mass, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com
  • Holy Day of Obligation:  The Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Friday, January 1st, is a holy day of obligation. A vigil mass is scheduled for Thursday, December 31st, at 5:00pm and on the Feast Day, Friday, January 1st at 10:00am in English and at 12Noon in Spanish. No reservations are necessary, please sit socially distanced in church.

Life Teen Tshirt:  Have you gotten your 20-21 Life Teen tshirt?  We have a few shirts available…cost is $12!  Bring your cash (or check) to this Sunday Decision Point class and get a cool looking shirt!!!  If you ordered a shirt I will have them available at the 1/10/21 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 by January 10th.
    • Sponsor Certification Form:  Sponsor Certification Form is due on Sunday, January 10th.  Please check the forms tab to print the Sponsor Form.  If your Sponsor is a member of St. Oliver’s, I can get the form signed by Father Cyriac.  Just return the form to me by 1/10/21. 
    • Service:  If you did not attend the required Service Saturday on 12/5 and did not do the makeup activity, please email me (youthministry@stolivers.com).  Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation. 
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 1/10/21.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
  • Saint Info:  have you emailed Miranda (mljzpf@hotmail.com) or me (youthministry@stolivers.com) the name of your Saint you have chosen and a description of why you chose that Saint?  This is the LAST CALL for the required paragraph.  It needs to be thoughtful response that is at least 3-4 sentences.  Information not received by 1/10/21 will put you receiving the sacrament in jeopardy.  Please do not delay in getting this information to us.
  • Service:  If you did not attend the required Service Saturday on 12/5 and did not do the makeup activity, please email Miranda (mljzpf@hotmail.com).  Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation. 
  • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 1/10/21.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 

Parish Info:  (Check out the St. Oliver Plunkett bulletin at www.stolivers.com for all the latest information)

The year 2021 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette. In commemoration of this anniversary, a traveling statue of Our Lady of La Salette will be here at St. Oliver’s from March 9-20, 2021. There will be a nine-day Novena from Wednesday, March 10, to Thursday, March 18. Fr. Cyriac is inviting families to sponsor the statue by requesting a mass intention for the days of the Novena donating $100 or more for their special intentions. The remaining available Novena day intentions are: Thursday, March 11, Friday, March 12, Saturday morning March 13th at 9:00am, Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16. All weekday masses are at 9:00am. All proceeds will benefit La Salette vocations. Please contact Linda in the office by email, lurquhart@stolivers.com or call 770.979.2500 x30 to schedule your mass intention.

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.

As we approach 2021, I look forward to journeying with you and your family towards Christ.  My prayers are with you all…

Be Our Light for the New Year

Come, Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always.
Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter.
Be our Strength, our Courage, and our Sanctifier.
May this new year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us,
A time of welcoming your graces and gifts,
A time for forgiving freely and unconditionally,
A time for growing in virtue and goodness.
Come, Holy Spirit,
Be with us today and always.

                   – Author Unknown

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

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