4/9 Life Teen Update

Hello Life Teen Families! 

I hope you all are enjoying your Spring Break…my Spring Break is packing my house up!  Randy and I are moving to be closer to our grandkids, which means I will be commuting to the church till the end of May. 

Please read below for all the most up to date Life Teen (and parish) information.

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: Congratulations for completing the 20-21 St. Oliver Family Faith Formation.  Confirmation students:  If you  have any outstanding Touch Base with FACE! forms please email or turn in to the Life Teen office ASAPThis completed form verifies your religious education component for Confirmation preparation.
  • Decision Point: 
    • Our END OF THE YEAR gathering will be Sunday, APRIL 25, 2021 from 3:45pm-8pm.  We will celebrate Mass as a Life Teen community, grill hamburgers and hotdogs, participate in some fun games with awesome prizes and close the evening with our annual SENIOR SEND OFF!  I hope that you all join us for the final Life Night of the school year…bring your lawn chair, hearty appetite and competitive spirit for this fun night!!  (Plus, it will be MY last Life Night and I would love to say good bye to you!) 
  • Baccalaureate Mass:  2021 Seniors…You should have received your Baccalaureate Mass invite/RSVP.  Our Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for Sunday, May 16th at the 5pm Life Teen liturgy.  Following the Mass, we will celebrate with you and your immediate family with an outdoor pizza party.  RSVPs must be turned in by May 9, 2021. (Please note the Mass time change!)
  • SPECIAL EVENT:  NCYC is coming!!!   NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) is a biennial event sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.  St. Oliver’s Life Teen group has been attending this event since 2003. The date for this year NCYC is November 18-20, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) invites participants to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship.  Check out this video from the 2019 NCYC:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0mo0pa5Mpw.  If you are interested in attending, please send me an email expressing your interest by 4/25/21…this does not commit you to attending, just will be able to see who might be interested!  More info will be coming out soon!

Confirmation:

  • 1st Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed in 2022)
    • Candidate/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  1st Year Confirmation Candidate and their Sponsor are required to attend the Day of Reflection at St. Oliver Plunkett on Saturday, 4/17/21 from 8:45am-12:30pm (THIS IS A REVISED TIME)  If your Sponsor is unable to attend the Day of Reflection, then a parent must attend with the candidate.  Candidates should bring any outstanding forms and your journal to the Day of Reflection.  All attendees must wear a mask.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates
    • Confirmation Penance Service:  Wednesday, 4/14 @ 7pm in the church—Candidates only
    • Confirmation Liturgy:  Confirmation Mass on Sunday, 4/18 has been divided into 2 liturgies:  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND BE ON TIME!
      • A-K—-Candidates need to arrive in the Life Teen room at 1:45pm to meet with the Bishop. Sponsors should be in the church by 2:30pm.  Mass will begin at 3pm.
      • L-Z—-Candidates need to arrive in the Family Center by 4:45pm to meet with the Bishop.  Sponsors should be in the church by 5:30pm.  Mass will begin at 6pm.
    • Decision Point:  Our final class is on Sunday, 4/25/21 from 3:45pm-8pm.  We will celebrate Mass together, have a BBQ and say goodbye to our 2021 Seniors. 

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

  • Please note that the Sunday Life Teen Mass has a NEW TIME beginning on 4/11—-5pm!
  • This Sunday, 4/11 is Divine Mercy Sunday.  The message of the Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that his mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon him with trust, receive his mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share his joy. The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC: A: Ask for his mercy. God wants us to approach him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking him to pour his mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. B: Be merciful. God wants us to receive his mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as he does to us. C: Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of his mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy is based on the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to the Divine Mercy had begun to spread. To find out more about Divine Mercy Sunday check out this website:  https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/seasons-and-feast-days/divine-mercy-20874?fbclid=IwAR2CKigBOrht8_eZpvSaZpfITqWXYQRFIKwp13NTBH24wryfR9UIZUqsH8k

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

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