Hello Life Teen families!
Though we are in the midst of social distancing, I want us to all stay spiritually connected! This email will provide lots of online resources for teens, parents and families.
I would like to start with a message from our Bishop Konzen: https://vimeo.com/398355936. You can also keep updated with the Archdiocese at: https://archatl.com/covid-19/
Here are some ideas that can be implemented by you all:
SABBATH SUNDAYS: Catholics should still remember to keep the Sabbath holy even though there may be no chance to physically attend a Mass. Set aside time on Sunday or Saturday evening to go through the readings for the day, to try and pray together as a family.
- To watch daily Mass: http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass. List from Archdiocese: https://archatl.com/covid-19/broadcast-or-livestreamed-mass/ (As of this email, St. Oliver’s is working on a livestream of Mass at our parish. Once we are up and running, I will share how to view)
- Spiritual Communion Prayer: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
- Daily Readings: http://usccb.org/
- TEENS: NO Life Night on Sunday…but I encourage you to watch ProjectYM Live: https://projectym.com/live/ck_subscriber_id=159253093&fbclid=IwAR0rejLoUq4mZ7Pqg5dGttrnEDYvVUUX40QLIHtdlgM4Kj7R_6jy5XbuNuM
This is a LIVE Weekly youth group night! It begins on Sunday, 3/22 from 7pm-8pm. The speaker for the night is Paul J. Kim (http://www.pjkmusic.com/) Paul is a great speaker and music artist. Check it out!!!
MOVIE MONDAYS: A great way for some bonding time with family or just finished your schoolwork and are bored!
Here are a few websites with lists for families to review: (Please check the ratings of these movies and seek permission from your parents)
- While googling a few things, I came across the following 2 titles, that had me cracking up…I watched these movies in the late 60s and I challenge you guys to watch moviemaking at its finest!!! The Trouble With Angels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPs5TtdNZro and its sequel Where Angels Go Trouble Follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u63CxLMnjk (these links are trailers, but you could probably find the movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime!)
TALKING TUESDAYS: How about spending some time in pray with and to God! A really good idea is to set up a sacred space in your house or in your room!
- Great videos on prayer by Father Mike Schmitz:
- Power of Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiAMzghLcMA
- Tips on Praying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk8In-6KUGc
- This is a good time to learn some traditional Catholic Prayers: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers
- Take time to let God talk to you too!
- St. Oliver’s is having Adoration in the church from 9am-5pm EVERDAY!!
WORD ON WEDNESDAYS: Open up your Bible…read and reflect on some great stories of all times! (synopsis taken from The Catholic Youth Bible)
- Old Testament:
- Tobit-Good people suffering, love that must overcome a frightening obstacle, an uncover angel-the Book of Tobit has it all. Part fairy tale, part love story, this book will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a tear to your eye.
- Jonah-You’re watching a comedy show where someone dressed like a doctor starts making outrageous comments about a person’s health. You laugh, not because sickness is funny, but because doctors are supposed to be sensitive and caring. That’s’ the basis of satire-that someone or something that is supposed to act one way acts another way. You’re about to read a biblical satire about Jonah, the prophet. The Book of Jonah uses humor to make an important point-God is the God of all people, even those we consider our enemies.
- Proverbs-When we first pick up the daily newspaper (do we really do this now??), many of us turn first to the advice columns. “My Mom just does not understand me,” we read. “Why won’t she let me make my own decisions ?” Or “All my friends take drugs. How do I resist the pressure?” The book of Proverbs is the advice column of the Old Testament. It covers everything from raising children to choosing friends.
- New Testament:
- Ephesians: What’s the purpose of life? Why am I alive? What’s the point of it all anyway? You may have asked questions like these out of simple curiosity or during a time when life wasn’t going so well. In either case, God has an answer for you tucked away inside the Letter to the Ephesians. This letter talks about God’s plan to save us for a union with God and one another, both now and for eternity.
- Romans: Have you wondered if you’re good enough to deserve someone’s unconditional love? Has it ever puzzled you that sometimes it is easier to do the wrong thing than the right thing? If you have, you are not alone. Saint Paul felt the same way. In his Letter to the Romans, he addresses some important questions of life and faith. But at its core, the message of the letter is simple: We are justified-made right with God-by faith in Jesus Christ.
- Lectio Live: Join Life Teen for Lectio Live: a digital small group for teens, where we pray through one of the upcoming Sunday Mass readings! Wednesdays @ 6pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AShxr7fuXgs&list=PLeYPzNQ7pEh-nVk3aoHWy6tba7-LTXepo
- Daily Readings & Reflections: http://usccb.org/
THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS: How about a random act of kindness!
- Help out your parents at home
- Hang out with your sibling,
- Call a friend who you have not spoken to in a while,
- Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, nurse, first responder, etc and mail it or send via email.
FASTING FRIDAYS: Offer a special sacrifice
- Check out these ideas: http://www.nicksenger.com/csc/101-practical-fasting-ideas-for-lent
SAINTLY SATURDAY: Learn about a Saint and yes…you can become one!!!
Miscellaneous: FORMED (online religious education for all ages):
Our parish has acquired a subscription to Formed and we invite all parishioners to enjoy all that Formed has to offer. It’s easy to get started: you can go to our website and click on FORMED, or go to www.formed.org, when prompted to sign up (which is necessary) click on “I am a Parish or Organization” then locate St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church. Once you register at Formed, you will only need to click on Sign In, there is no password required. After completing sign -up, in addition to being able to have access to a huge amount of great content, Formed also offers a daily faith message which you will receive through your email if you sign up to receive Formed Daily. We hope you will take advantage of this great Catholic website with wonderful authentic Catholic content.
Ascension Press offers lots of great videos to view: https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-presents/ Life Teen (lifeteen.com) has some great blogs!
Please continue to check your email, St. Oliver’s Life Teen Facebook group and SOLifeteen on Instagram. Lots of info will be posted on these sites.
Let us all continue to pray for our families, country and world:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay healthy and Blessings to you all!