2/16 Life Teen Update

Happy Mardi Gras! 

It’s one of my most favorite days of the year!  Growing up in New Orleans, this is always a day filled with family, friends, food and fun!  Since I am not home celebrating, I am dressed in Mardi Gras colors, wearing some Mardi Gras bling, and dinner tonight will be Popeye’s Fried Chicken!!  Tomorrow, I will usher in Lent by attending the 6:30am Ash Wednesday Mass—maybe I will also see some of you guys in the morning!

Here is the latest Life Teen update!  Lots of important information, so please read carefully.

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: Families should be working on their February FACE! bag.  March FACE! bags will be available 2/24 for pick up.  We will send out info on time/dates for pickup via email. Confirmation students:  Please turn in any outstanding Touch Base with FACE! forms you may have.  This completed form verifies your religious education component for Confirmation preparation.
  • Decision Point:  Teens, don’t forget that you need to view the weekly Decision Point video and respond to your House Family leader weekly.  Confirmation students—you are required to participate each week with your House Family.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, MARCH 7, 2021 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:  March 7 and April 25. 
  • Spring Retreat:  Our Spring is just 10 days away:  Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:45pm-11pm.  This day retreat will be held on the church campus.    All teens are invited and encouraged to attend the Spring retreat (even if you attended the Fall retreat!).  If you are interested in attending the retreat, please email ASAP as I am ordering the retreat shirts on Wednesday, 2/17.  Permission slip is available online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or you can pick one up from the Life Teen Info board located next to the Life Teen office. 

Our retreat theme is “Glory Revealed” and will be presented by the Life Teen missionaries.  Lots of awesome talks and activities to help you deepen your relationship with Christ and one another.  We will follow all safety and social distancing practices. Please wear your mask, dress comfortably but appropriately for the weather (as we plan on the majority of the events will be outside. I will send out weather update as we get closer to the retreat, but we would love prayers for sunny and 68).  Teens will need to bring the following:  a great attitude, pen, journal, Bible, and a bag chair.  Dinner and snacks will be provided.   

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  NOW.
    • Sponsor Certification Form:  Sponsor Certification Form is due NOW.  You can get a Sponsor form at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or on the Confirmation Info board located across from the Life Teen office.  If your Sponsor is a member of St. Oliver’s, please return the (almost) completed form to the Life Teen office and I can get the form signed by Father Cyriac.  Sponsor form is due NOW.  Don’t forget to remind your Sponsor that the Candidate/Sponsor Day of Reflection (that is required) is on Saturday, 4/17/21 from 8:45am-3pm at the church.  More info will be sent soon.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 3/7/21.  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
    • Spring Retreat:  Saturday, 2/27/21, 1:45pm-11pm.All Confirmation students are required to attend one retreat per school year. If you attended the Fall Retreat, you are also invited to attend the Spring retreat.  SEE INFORMATION IN THE ABOVE FAITH FORMATION SECTION
    • Service:  Mark your calendar for our next Service day:  Saturday, 3/20/21 from 1:15pm-3:30pm. Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation.
    • Candidate/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  1st Year Confirmation Candidate and their Sponsor are required to attend a Day of Reflection at St. Oliver Plunkett on Saturday, 4/17/21 from 8:45am-3pm.  If your Sponsor is unable to attend the Day of Reflection, then a parent must attend with the candidate.  Please make sure that you notify your Sponsor now about this date.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
    • January Assignment:  You were all emailed the assignment for 1/20/21.  You must email the classwork to Miranda or bring in the 1/20 assignment to your next Confirmation prep class on 2/24/21.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday, 3/7/21.  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 
    • Confirmation Prep Class:  Wednesday, 2/24/21.  Please check in the church narthex by 6:55pm.  Class starts promptly at 7pm.  Mask required and bring your journal and pen!
    • Spring Retreat:  Saturday, 2/27/21, 1:45pm-11pm.  All Confirmation students are required to attend one retreat per school year. If you attended the Fall Retreat, you are also invited to attend the Spring retreat.  SEE INFORMATION IN THE ABOVE FAITH FORMATION SECTION
    • Service:  Mark your calendar for our next Service day:  Saturday, 3/20/21 from 8:45am-11:30am. Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation.

Lenten Spirituality:  Here are some online resources to help you deepen your Lent in 2021:

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

  • Ash Wednesday Masses are scheduled on Wednesday, 2/17/21 at 6:30am, 9am, 5pm and 7pm-(Spanish)
  • Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays during Lent (beginning on 2/19) at 7pm in the church and at 8pm in the church for our Hispanic community.
  • Lenten Reconciliation will be on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm in the church for our English speaking families and on Tuesday, March 9th for our Spanish speaking families.

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or contact me at 770-978-6751, ext. 43.

As we begin the Lenten season let us all pray:

God our Father, in this Lenten season may we not betray your love by trying to deserve it.  Help us to fast from all that distracts us from your love.  Help us to recognize you as the origin and goal of all of the desires you place in our hearts.  Help us to be true to ourselves and true to you by continuing to beg for your love.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

~ from the Magnificat Lenten Companion

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

1/13 Life Teen Update

Happy 2021!

The first Life Teen update for the new year!  Lots of important information, so please read carefully.

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: February FACE! bags will be ready for pick up on the following days:  Sunday, 1/24/21, 10am-5:30pm, Wednesday, 1/27/21 from 10am-7pm and on Sunday, 1/31/21, 10am-5:30pm.  Don’t forget to bring your December/January Touch Base with FACE! form when you pick up your February FACE! bag.  Confirmation students:  Please turn in any outstanding Touch Base with FACE! forms you may have.  This completed form verifies your religious education component for Confirmation preparation.
  • Decision Point:  Teens, don’t forget that you need to view the weekly Decision Point video and respond to your House Family leader weekly.  Confirmation students—you are required to participate each week with your House Family.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, FEBRUARY 7, 2021 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:  February 7, March 7, April 25. 
  • Spring Retreat:  Our Spring retreat date has been announced:  Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 2:45pm-11pm.  This day retreat will be held on the church campus.    Permission slip is available online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or you can pick one up from the Life Teen Info board located next to the Life Teen office.  Permission slip and fee are due to the Life Teen office by 2/7/21.  More details on the retreat will be in the next Life Teen update.

Life Teen Tshirt:  Have you gotten your 20-21 Life Teen tshirt?  We have a few shirts available…cost is $12!  You can purchase your Life Teen shirt from the Life Teen office.

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  NOW.
    • Sponsor Certification Form:  Sponsor Certification Form is due NOW.  You can get a Sponsor form at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or on the Confirmation Info board located across from the Life Teen office.  If your Sponsor is a member of St. Oliver’s, please return the (almost) completed form to the Life Teen office and I can get the form signed by Father Cyriac.  Sponsor form is due NOW.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 2/7/21.  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
    • Spring Retreat:  All Confirmation students are required to attend one retreat per school year.  Our Spring retreat is Saturday, 2/27/21 from 2:45pm-11pm.  This day retreat will be held on the church campus. If you did not attend the November retreat evening, you will need to attend the Spring Retreat.  Teens that attended the November retreat evening are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Spring retreat!  Permission slip is available online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or you can pick one up from the Life Teen Info board located next to the Life Teen office.  Permission slip and fee are due to the Life Teen office by 2/7/21.  More details on the retreat will be in the next Life Teen update.
    • Service:  Mark your calendar for our next Service day:  Saturday, 3/20/21 from 1:15pm-3:30pm. Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation.
    • Candidate/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  1st Year Confirmation Candidate and their Sponsor are required to attend a Day of Reflection at St. Oliver Plunkett on Saturday, 4/17/21 from 8:45am-3pm.  If your Sponsor is unable to attend the Day of Reflection, then a parent must attend with the candidate.  Please make sure that you notify your Sponsor now about this date.
  • 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:  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!  Many of you have not 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?  It needs to be thoughtful response that is at least 3-4 sentences.  This information is REQUIRED to receive the Sacrament and you have now put receiving the sacrament in jeopardy.  I have put a list of teens who need to email the Saint paragraph on the Confirmation Info board located across from the Life Teen office.  Paragraph must be emailed to Miranda or me by 1/20/21 or you will be removed from the Confirmation class for this year.
    • Confirmation Prep Class:  Wednesday, 1/20/21.  Please check in the church narthex by 6:55pm.  Class starts promptly at 7pm.  Mask required and bring your journal and pen!
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday, 2/7/21.  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 
    • Spring Retreat:  All Confirmation students are required to attend one retreat per school year.  Our Spring retreat is Saturday, 2/27/21 from 2:45pm-11pm.  This day retreat will be held on the church campus. If you did not attend the November retreat evening, you will need to attend the Spring Retreat.  Teens that attended the November retreat evening are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Spring retreat!  Permission slip is available online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the forms tab or you can pick one up from the Life Teen Info board located next to the Life Teen office.  Permission slip and fee are due to the Life Teen office by 2/7/21.  More details on the retreat will be in the next Life Teen update.
    • Service:  Mark your calendar for our next Service day:  Saturday, 3/20/21 from 8:45am-11:30am. Service is a required component of Confirmation preparation.

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

  • Welcome to our new Associate Pastor, Father Bob Butler!!!
  • Please note that the Saturday Vigil Mass time has been changed to 4pm.  Life Teen Mass remains on Sundays @ 4pm.
  • 2021 Mass for the Unborn:   Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the 32nd Annual Mass for the Unborn will be virtual this year. The Mass will be aired on Friday, January 22, 2021 at noon on the archdiocesan Facebook page, as well as the archdiocesan livestream page (it will not appear until then).
  • St. Oliver’s Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday, 2/3/21 from 10am-4pm in the Kane-Beltran Family Center.

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or contact me at 770-978-6751, ext. 43.

As we participate in Respect Life Month, please use this prayer with your family:

Father, you are the God of hope.  Your word fills us with the vision of the world to come,

When every tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more.

Father, how we need that hope, how we are strengthened by that vision!

Keep our hearts focused on heaven, and diligent in the labors of earth.

As we struggle against the culture of death, root our souls in the assurance of victory.

We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

          ~Father Pavone, Director of Priests for Life

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

1/10 Decision Point Gathering

Happy New Year Life Teen Members and Families!!!

Here is your class reminder for this Sunday….

WHAT:                            Decision Point Monthly Class

WHEN:                            Sunday, January 10, 2021

TIME:                               2:15pm-3:45pm  (please check in promptly in the church courtyard)

WHAT TO BRING:         Decision Point workbook and journal

1st Year Confirmation students:  Baptismal and 1st Communion certificates and Sponsor form (please turn in when you check in.)

2nd Year Confirmation students:  Any outstanding forms and Saint paragraph (if you have not emailed it to me or Miranda.  Turn in when you check in.)

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Lynn

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

12/9 Life Teen Update

Happy Second Week of Advent!

I hope that you all are finding ways to prepare yourself for the Christmas season during Advent.  This is a busy season, so please make sure you read below:

Life Teen Faith Formation:  

  • Family Faith Formation: December/January FACE! bags should have been picked up by now.  If you have not picked up your FACE! bag, please email me to make arrangements.   Dec/Jan lesson plan (Spanish and English) can be found on the FORMS tab.
  • Decision Point:  This is our once a month Sunday afternoon gathering and weekly reminder to watch a video and answer a question that comes from your “house family”.  Our next gathering will be on Sunday, December 13th from 2:15pm-3:45pm (Please note the time change).  Remember, we meet in the church and wear your mask.  Here are the Decision Point gathering dates for the remainder of the school year:  December 13, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 25. 

Life Teen Mass:  Our Life Teen Mass has been changed to 4pm and will be outdoors (weather permitting) until further notice.  Please bring your chair and join us!

Service/Social Activities

  • Thank you to all who participated in our Service Saturday.  Lots of great activities were completed to help our metro Atlanta community and our parish!
  • This Friday, 12/11 is our Reindeer Games event from 6:30pm-9pm.  This is a family event and you should have already registered for the event.  If you are interested and have not registered, then please email me ASAP!
  • NIGHT OF HOPE presented by Steubenville Conference (12/12/20, 7pm-9pm Livestream):  Even when our world seems darkest, Jesus Christ remains our light. We only need to turn our gaze toward him to be refreshed and renewed. This Advent, draw closer to Jesus through an evening of encouragement, prayer, and hope.  You are invited to join this free Steubenville Conference livestreamed from Franciscan University. Let’s celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by gathering as a Church to pray for our world with one heart and one voice. You’ll enjoy a keynote presentation about our Blessed Mother from Mary Bielski, eucharistic adoration with Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, and more.  Click on this link to register for this free event at:  https://steubenvilleconferences.com/night-of-hope

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!!!

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.
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 12/13.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm.
    • If you did not attend the Service Saturday on 12/5, please check your email for what you need to do for the makeup.  Your activity needs to be returned to the Life Teen office by Sunday, 12/13/20.
  • 2nd Year Confirmation Candidates (will be confirmed on 4/18/21—this is the Confirmation date we have been given by the Archbishop office)
    • Decision Point:  you are required to attend our monthly gatherings and respond weekly to your House Family!  Next class is on Sunday 12/13.  NEW TIME:  Check in by 2:15pm.  Class ends at 3:45pm. 
    • If you did not attend the Service Saturday on 12/5, please check your email for what you need to do for the makeup.  Your activity needs to be returned to the Life Teen office by Sunday, 12/13/20.
    • Saint Info:  have you emailed Miranda (mljzpf@hotmail.com) the name of your Saint you have chosen and a description of why you chose that Saint?  It needs to be thoughtful response that is at least 3-4 sentences.  Remember…this is required for you at receive the Sacrament.

Parish Info:

What are the Mass times for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas?  Don’t forget that you will need to RESERVE your Mass seats for any of the Christmas Masses.  Need Advent Reconciliation times?  Please check out the parish bulletin at www.stolivers.com.   The bulletin contains lots of great information for the month of December.   

If you have any questions, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com or call (770)978-6751, ext. 43.

In Christ’s service,

Lynn