April LT Update

Hello LT Families,

Spring is here and so is the pollen!  With Spring Break and Easter coming up, please make sure you review what is going on in April!

Life Nights:  We are continuing our 4 week Life Night series, “(Censored)”.

4/7:  NO LN:  Spring Break

4/14:  “Criminal”

4/21:  NO LN:  Easter

4/28:  “King”  (FINAL Life Night of the semester)

 Life Night Meals:

Life Teen is looking for a family to prepare our meal on 4/14/19!  Please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com, if you are interested in preparing the meal.

Life Teen Events:

  • Homework Hangout:  Mondays, 4/8 & 4/22, 6pm-8pm.  Meet at Boulder Creek Coffeehouse in downtown Lawrenceville for homework help or just to hangout.
  • Upper Room (Open to CURRENT Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Bible Study):  Wednesday, 4/24 6:30pm-8pm in the Life Teen room.  Bible Study led by Core members:  Savanna Ziegler and Josh Tierra.
  • MDA Muscle Walk:  Saturday, 4/27/19.  Life Teen is participating in the walk to support our Life Teen member, Alejandro Hernandez.  All Life Teen members and families are encouraged to join us for this event.  We will meet at St. Oliver’s and carpool to the walk site, Old Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta.   Walk begins at 10, (though we will meet earlier) and we should return to St. Oliver’s by 1pm.   Permission slip for the event will be available on the How Can I Serve board or online by April 3rd.   Cost for the event is a $20 donation to MDA in honor of Alejandro!  More details about the event will be available after spring break.
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019.  Mark your calendars for this week of service to our community!!!  Sign up and permission slip now available on the “How Can I Serve” board in the Life Teen room.  Parents, if you are interested in volunteering during Mission (the whole week or a few days), please email me at youthministry@stolivers.comWE ARE IN NEED OF PARENTS TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT.  If you can help during the day, please let me know ASAP.  We do need volunteers to help make this event a success!
  • National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC):  November 21-23, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Info on this 20,000+ teen conference should be here soon!  Check out this promo video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=UQ6bli2Cq14 (2 St. Oliver teens are in it at :13)  NCYC Info meeting will be held on Sunday, 4/14 at 3:30pm in Room 2.  Come and hear what all NCYC can offer and how you can attend!!!
  • Please note on the May 2019 calendar that the Stone Mountain picnic scheduled for May 10, 2019 has been postponed!

Parish Events:

  • St. Oliver Men’s Club Fish Fry Friday:  Our Men’s Club has solved your Friday night “what are we going to eat for dinner?”  You are invited to the St. Oliver’s Men’s Club Fish Fry Fridays during Lent (4/5 and 4/12)  Dinner served or take out available from 5:30pm-8pm.  Check bulletin for the reasonable prices!
  • Stations of the Cross—Fridays in Lent 7:00pm (English) – 8:00pm (Spanish)
    • 4/5, 4/12- Traditional Stations of the Cross
  • During the Saturdays in Lent, St. Oliver’s will be offering a 9am Mass.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent:  NEW: Saturday mornings: 9:30-10:30, Saturday afternoons: 3:30-4:30pm (as usual)
  • Parish Lenten Penance Service:  Thursday, March 28th, 7pm Church

 Parent Info:  (Teens are invited to attend any Adult Faith Formation!)

  • Adult Education:  Our Catholic Church encourages are parents to be leaders of the faith to their children.  St. Oliver’s offers our parents opportunities to help YOU grow in your faith.  Please check the bulletin for ongoing faith formation.
    • Bishop Barron “The Mass” (3 part series)Mondays-3/25, 4/1 and 4/8 7pm JPII Adult Ed Center OR Tuesdays-3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 9:45am JPII Adult Ed Center
      • The Mass is the “source and summit” of our Catholic Faith.  Join us as Deacon Bill and Deacon Randy lead a consideration of the Holy Mass.  Using a combination of Bishop Barron’s DVDs and group discussion, we will unpack the mystery and the beauty of the Eucharist, the heart of our Faith.
  • Three Sacred Days: Preparing for The Triduum: a single session devoted to unpacking the beauty of the three Triduum liturgies: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Attention will be given to exploring the theology of each liturgy, the Sacred Scriptures for each night and the various ritual movements unique to each celebration. Monday, 4/15 – 7:00-8:30pm OR Tuesday, 4/16 – 9:45-11:15am

 

Service:

  • Pop Tab Collection:  Life Teen is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Atlanta houses.  Please bring your donation, marked with your class grade.  This is a contest between all religious education classes at St. Oliver’s.
  • St. Oliver Fish Fry Fridays:  Our Men’s Club offers invaluable support to our youth, so Life Teen volunteers to help with the Men’s Club Fish Fry during Lent.  We volunteer as classes, but you can help on any Friday!   8th Graders:  4/5, All Classes:  4/12.  Check in is in the Family Center Lobby.  Check in by 5:45pm in the Family Center Lobby and you should be done by 8:30pm.  Please wear closed toed shoes and a Life Teen shirt.  Hair should be pulled back.  You do receive a yummy meal for volunteering during the evening.  WE NEED HELP DURING THE FISH FRYS…PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US OUT!!!
  • Easter Egg Hunt:  Saturday, 4/20/19,  8:30am-11am  Help the bunny hide the eggs for our young parishioners!  Sing up on the How Can I Serve board in the LT room.
  • Rowdy Roots:  Friday, 4/26/19, 6:45pm-9:15pm, Kane-Beltran Family Center.  Help our 3rd-5th graders enjoy a fun night.  Sign up on the How Can I Serve board in the LT room.

Fundraising:

  • Smile.Amazon: 

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How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations (select St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church). In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

 

Confirmation:

  • FIATs:  All FIATs should be turned in by  April 28, 2019.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room or see me!
  • 2nd Year:
    • Confirmation Candidate Penance Service, 5/1/19, 7pm in the Church
    • Confirmation Rehearsal:  Sunday, 5/5/19 at 3:15pm in the Church.  Candidate and Sponsor must attend!!
    • Confirmation Liturgy is on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the 5pm Life Teen Mass.

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

March LT Update

Hello LT Families,

Spring is right around the corner!!  Which means lots of things are coming up in Life Teen.  Please take a few minutes to review this update.

Life Nights:  In March we begin a new 4 week Life Night series, “(Censored)”.  Our culture has a particular perception of Jesus. Some people see Jesus as judgmental and condemning. Others see Jesus as all-loving and permissive. Still others see Jesus as a character from a fairytale and others simply as a historical figure, but not God. The image of Jesus we have may fit into one of these categories or may be something completely different.

Jesus is the full revelation of God, so when we look at all that Jesus said and did, we get a beautiful picture of who God is. There are some things, however, that we shy away from when we talk about Jesus. They are the parts of His life that make us uncomfortable.

When we start to ignore or censor these parts of who Jesus was, we create a “fake Jesus.” If Jesus is God’s full revelation, it is vitally important that we do the best we can to fully understand who Jesus is and separate the “fact” from the “fiction.” (Censored) is going to do just that.

I encourage our parents to ask their teens about the Life Nights.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

3/10:  “Beggar”- A Life Night on Jesus and the Poor

3/17:  NO LN:  PARISH MISSION- “Signed and Sealed with the Cross”  We encourage all LT families to attend!

3/24:  “Exorcist” – A Life Night on Jesus as Healer

3/31:  NO LN:  Spring Break

 Life Night Meals:  Life Teen is looking for a family to prepare our meal on 3/24/19!  Please email me a youthministry@stolivers.com, if you are interested in preparing the meal.

The Life Teen closet is in need of 2 liter sodas.  If you can donate any brand/any flavor, please drop off at the Life Teen office.

Life Teen Events:

  • Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019 @ Covecrest in Tiger, GA.  Please keep our 100 retreat participants in your prayers as we embark on a “Timeless” retreat.  Please join us for the 5pm Life Teen Mass on Sunday, 3/3/19!  What to Bring list can be found at www.stoliverslifeteen.com under the Forms tab.  Please remember to bring your snacks to share when you check in!
  • Homework Hangout:  Mondays, 3/11 & 3/25, 6pm-8pm.  Meet at Boulder Creek Coffeehouse in downtown Lawrenceville for homework help or just to hangout.
  • Upper Room (Junior/Senior Bible Study):  Wednesday, 3/27 6:30pm-8pm at the Rectory.  Bible Study led by Core members:  Savanna Ziegler and Josh Tierra.
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019.  Mark you calendars for this week of service to our community!!!  Sign up and permission slip now available on the “How Can I Serve” board in the Life Teen room.  Parents, if you are interested in volunteering during Mission (the whole week or a few days), please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.  We do need volunteers to help make this event a success!
  • Steubenville Atlanta:  July 12-14, 2019. FINAL CALL for all interested in attending this great event.  Steubenville Atlanta is put on every year by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. This conference is full of worship, Sacraments, community, and prayer. This conference will bring thousands of teens across the nation together to journey alongside one another towards Christ. Sign up NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Due to limited spots available, a deposit of $50 is due by Sunday, March 10, 2019 (FINAL DEADLINE).  Cost of this weekend opportunity will be $225.  Fee includes:  Registration fee, all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), transportation and lodging. This event is held in Gwinnett County at the Infinite Energy Center with many incredible speakers, including Mark Hart from Life Teen!!!!
  • National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC):  November 21-23, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Info on this 20,000+ teen conference should be here soon!  Check out this promo video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=UQ6bli2Cq14 (2 St. Oliver teens are in it at :13)

Parish Events:

  • Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 6, 2019:  Mass Times: 6:30am, 9am, 5pm, 7:00pm Church (Spanish), 7:00pm Kane-Beltran Family Center (English)
  • St. Oliver Men’s Club Fish Fry Friday:  Our Men’s Club has solved your Friday night “what are we going to eat for dinner?”  You are invited to the St. Oliver’s Men’s Club Fish Fry Fridays during Lent (3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12)  Dinner served or take out available from 5:30pm-8pm.  Check bulletin for the reasonable prices!
  • Stations of the Cross—Fridays in Lent 7:00pm (English) – 8:00pm (Spanish)
  • 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12- Traditional Stations of the Cross
  • 3/15 – Family Stations of the Cross (Each Station led by a family)
    • We are encouraging all families to attend and to please consider “hosting” a station. The Sign-Up Genius link below will take you to a list of the stations, you simply sign up your family for one and you are responsible for reading and explaining that one station as we go around to each one. This is family oriented, so it does not need to be an elaborate explanation, just 1-3 minutes on what’s going on in the picture. This will be a casual retelling of the stations, so all ages are welcome to participate! This is a WONDERFUL way to share this important tradition of the Catholic Church with your families during the holy season of Lent. While we focus on sacrifice, charity,  and prayer, we sincerely ask that you commit to hosting a station and attending this exciting new event. To sign up for a station- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F45AAA723A7FA7-family
  • 3/29 – Children’s Stations of the Cross (Stations with explanations for children)
  • Lenten Mass & Healing Service:  Saturday, March 9 @ 9am   Father Jim Blount, S.O.L.T., Presider.

NEW: During the Saturdays in Lent, St. Oliver’s will be offering a 9am Mass.

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent:  NEW: Saturday mornings: 9:30-10:30, Saturday afternoons: 3:30-4:30pm (as usual)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive:  Sunday, March 10th, 8am-1pm, Kane-Beltran Family Center
  • Parish Lenten Mission:  Want a great way to deepen your 2019 Lenten journey?  Attend our Parish Mission:  “Signed and Sealed by the Cross”, Presenter Father Albert Haase, OFM.   Get to know our Lenten Mission speaker at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RjUT6_J27o.  Parish Lenten Mission is March 17-19 at 7pm in the Church.
  • Hispanic Lenten Retreat:  “Conversión y Reconciliación en la Familia” Sunday-Tuesday, March 24-26, 7:00pm, Church
  • Parish Lenten Penance Service:  Thursday, March 28th, 7pm Church

 Parent Info:

  • Adult Education:  Our Catholic Church encourages are parents to be leaders of the faith to their children.  St. Oliver’s offers our parents opportunities to help YOU grow in your faith.  Please check the bulletin for ongoing faith formation.
    • Holy Year/Holy Book:  Thursday, March 14, 7pm JPII Adult Ed Center or Friday, March 15 @ 9:45am JPII Adult Ed Center
  •         Deacon Randy will lead a discussion focused on the beauty of the Liturgical       Year (the Church Calendar) and how the Lectionary (the Church’s Scripture Readings for Mass) work together in a wonderful interplay. Join us as we consider how the Liturgical Year keeps us focused on the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.
    • Bishop Barron “The Mass” (3 part series)Mondays-3/25, 4/1 and 4/8 7pm JPII Adult Ed Center OR Tuesdays-3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 9:45am JPII Adult Ed Center
      • The Mass is the “source and summit” of our Catholic Faith.  Join us as Deacon Bill and Deacon Randy lead a consideration of the Holy Mass.  Using a combination of Bishop Barron’s DVDs and group discussion, we will unpack the mystery and the beauty of the Eucharist, the heart of our Faith.

 Service:

  • Pop Tab Collection:  Life Teen is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Atlanta houses.  Please bring your donation, marked with your class grade.  This is a contest between all religious education classes at St. Oliver’s.
  • St. Oliver Fish Fry Fridays:  Our Men’s Club offers invaluable support to our youth, so Life Teen volunteers to help with the Men’s Club Fish Fry during Lent.  We volunteer as classes, but you can help on any Friday!  Seniors:  3/8, Juniors:  3/15, Sophomores:  3/22, Freshmen: 3/29, 8th Graders:  4/5, All Classes:  4/12.  Check in is in the Family Center Lobby.  Check in by 5:45pm in the Family Center Lobby and you should be done by 8:30pm.  Please wear closed toed shoes and a Life Teen shirt.  Hair should be pulled back.  You do receive a yummy meal for volunteering during the evening.
  • Night Shelter:  Saturday, 3/23/19 4:45pm-9pm  Spots available.  Permission slip available at www.stoliverslifeteen.com (click on forms tab) or on the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room.
  • Rowdy Roots:  Friday, 3/22/19, 6:45pm-9:15pm, Room 17-18.  Help our 3rd-5th graders enjoy a fun night.  Sign up on the How Can I Serve board in the LT room.

Fundraising:

  • Life Teen Jewelry Fundraiser:  Looking for religious jewelry to enhance your faith journey, or to give as gifts? (First Communion, Confirmation, Mother’s Day and Graduations are just around the corner!) Life Teen will be selling a variety of quality jewelry including:  Catholic medals, bracelets, rosaries, rings, necklaces, and much more.  Our jewelry fundraiser will be following the Masses on the weekends of March 16-17 and March 23-24 in the Family Center lobby.
  • Smile.Amazon: 

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How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations (select St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church). In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Confirmation:

  • FIATs:  All FIATs should be turned in by  your final class in March.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room or see me!
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, Check in 8:45am in the Family Center Lobby.  The day ends at 3pm.  If Sponsor cannot attend, Parent is required to attend with the Candidate.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm. EXTENDED CLASS TIME TILL 9PM.  We will be meeting to review the Confirmation Liturgy information.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Confirmation Liturgy is on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the 5pm Life Teen Mass.

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

 

February Update

Hello LT Families,

I hope this email finds you all nice and warm!  Our World Youth Day Rally was a success!  Thank you to all who attended and to our parents who volunteered to help serve during the day.  Lots of stuff going on in the next few weeks, so please make sure you review!!

Life Nights:  On 1/20/19 we began a new 4 week Life Night series, “The Fake News”.  This series explores the Good News of Jesus, not fake news.  It looks at who Jesus really is-the God who became man, died for our redemption, and rose from the dead.  It dispels myths that Jesus is just a good guy, who teaches us how to be good, is tolerant of our life choices, and chooses the path of least resistance.  His Passion and Death is certainly not the path of least resistance, and we are called to follow in His footsteps.  I encourage our families to talk about the Life Nights.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

2/10:  “Pics or It Didn’t Happen”

2/17:  “Jesus is a Friend of Mine”

2/24:  “Like, Follow, Share”

 Life Night Meals:

Thank you to our families who will be preparing meals for the remainder of the semester.  We are always in need of parents to help serve and clean up.  This would be about an hour commitment.  If you would like to volunteer to help, please email me at youthministry@stolivers.com.

The Life Teen closet is in need of 2 liter sodas.  If you can donate any brand/any flavor, please drop off at the Life Teen office.

Life Teen Events:

  • XLT:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5:30pm-9:30pm.  What is XLT?  XLT Atlanta is a gathering for people of all ages who want to see, know, and love God. We come together to celebrate God’s love for us, and then are inspired to go out and share that love.   Teens, if you are interested in attending the 2/5/19 XLT, please get a permission slip from www.stoliverslifeteen.com (under the forms tab) or pick up one from the LT Info board in the LT room.  Form needs to be returned by Sunday evening, 2/3/19.  This event is NO CHARGE, but we do stop for a fast food meal!
  • Homework Hangout:  Mondays, 2/11 & 2/25, 6pm-8pm.  Meet at Boulder Creek Coffeehouse in downtown Lawrenceville for homework help or just to hangout.
  • Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019 @ Covecrest in Tiger, GA.  Permission slip and payment are DUE NOW.  You will not be charged the late fee if you turn in the form and payment by Sunday, 2/3.  Late fee will apply beginning 2/4/19.  Sandy will be in the office on Sunday, 2/3, from 4pm-4:30pm if you would like to pay by credit card.  I need to order the tshirts early next week…so please turn in your form ASAP.  If you need to make a payment plan, please email me or see Sandy on Sunday.  CONFIRMATION STUDENTS:  you are required to attend one retreat per year, but are welcome to attend every retreat.
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019.  Mark you calendars for this week of service to our community!!!  More info to come!
  • Steubenville Atlanta:  July 12-14, 2019. Steubenville Atlanta is an amazing event put on every year by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen. This conference is full of worship, Sacraments, community, and prayer. This conference will bring thousands of teens across the nation together to journey alongside one another towards Christ. Sign up NOW available in the Life Teen room.  Due to limited spots available, a deposit of $50 is due by Sunday, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 (final deadline).  Cost of this weekend opportunity will be $225.  Fee includes:  Registration fee, all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), transportation and lodging. This event is held in Gwinnett County at the Infinite Energy Center with many incredible speakers, including Mark Hart from Life Teen!!!!

 Parish Events:

  • Day of Discernment:  Saturday, 2/23/19 9:30am-12:30pm, Family Center.  Interested in having a voice in the direction of our parish?  Then please attend this most important activity.  Your Parish needs you!

Parent Info:

  • Adult Education:  Our Catholic Church encourages are parents to be leaders of the faith to their children.  St. Oliver’s offers our parents opportunities to help YOU grow in your faith.  Please check the bulletin for ongoing faith formation.

 Service:

  • Pop Tab Collection:  Life Teen is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Atlanta houses.  Please bring your donation, marked with your class grade.  This is a contest between all religious education classes at St. Oliver’s.
  • Night Shelter:  Saturday, 2/16/19 4:45pm-9pm  Spots available.  Permission slip available at www.stoliverslifeteen.com (click on forms tab) or on the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room.
  • Rowdy Roots:  Friday, 2/22/19, 6:45pm-9:15pm, Family Center.  Help our 3rd-5th graders enjoy a fun night.  Sign up on the How Can I Serve board in the LT room.

Fundraising:

  • Annual Life Teen Raffle Fundraiser:  During Lent, Life Teen sponsors a raffle to help the teens earn $$$ for Life Teen events.  We are in the process of finalizing the items that will be offered for the raffle.  If you are interested in donating towards the raffle items, please contact me.
  • Smile.Amazon: 

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How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations (select St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church). In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Confirmation:

  • FIATs:  2 of your 3 FIATs are due by your January class.  Do not delay in completing your service.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-3pm.  If Sponsor cannot attend, Parent is required to attend with the Candidate.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Please note that the 3/20 /19 class will be extended to 9pm to review Confirmation Liturgy information.
    • Confirmation Liturgy is on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the 5pm Life Teen Mass.

Thank you for taking the time to review all this info!  We appreciate your support of our youth and the parish!!!

In Christ’s service,

Lynn

Life Teen Needs

Hello Life Teen Families!

Life Teen is looking for our families to help us if possible:

  1. Our Life Teen closet is running low on soda.  We would appreciate any donations of 2 liter sodas (any brand!).  You can drop off the soda donations on the back table in the Life Teen room.
  2. We are collecting the following:
    1. TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES:  We will use the toiletries to prepare hygiene kits for our brothers and sisters in need during the World Youth Day Rally.  You can drop off the items at the Life Teen office, RE office or the Church office.  DONATIONS NEEDED BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019!!!
    2. Soda pull tabs:  Grades K-12 will be collecting the pull tabs now thru the end of March.  The class with the most tabs will win a prize!!  You can drop off the tabs in a bag to Life Teen Office marked with the GRADE.

Our church appreciates your donations and thanks you for your support of the young church.  Please keep the World Youth Day Rally in your prayers!!!

Lynn

 

2019 Life Teen Update

Happy New Year Life Teen families!

I hope that you are enjoying the Christmas season and looking forward to 2019.  Sending this update to get you all back in the swing of things!

Life Nights:

January:  13, 20

February:  10, 17, 24

March:  10, 17, 24

April:  14, 28

Life Teen Events:  (permission slips can be accessed online at www.stoliverslifeteen.com or pick up in the Life Teen room)  This is stuff to put on your radar!!

  • XLT:  Tuesday, 1/8/19  Join us as we hear inspiring words from Father Mike Schmitz.  Permission slip due 1/6/19.
  • Life Night Training:  Friday, 1/11/19 6pm-9:30pm  Interested in helping to with Life Nights?  Well, we are here to help you know what to do.  Dinner provided!!
  • World Youth Day Rally:  Saturday, 1/26/19  Join teens from the Archdiocese of Atlanta as we worship, hear great speakers, participate in service activities and have fun!  Permission slip and $25 due by 1/13/19.  THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR 1st AND 2nd YEAR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS.
  • Steubenville Atlanta:  *Summer activity* July 12-14, 2019  Looking for something to help you grow in your faith.  Then attend Steubenville Atlanta with about 3000 of your closest friends!  Commitment form and $50 deposit due on 1/13/19.
  • Spring Retreat:  March 1-3, 2019  Need to recharge your battery?  Join us for our getaway to the North Georgia Mountains.  Permission slip and fee due on 1/20/19.
  • Mission:Possible:  June 2-6, 2019  Our weeklong service to the metro Atlanta community.  Sign up on the Life Teen Info board.  More info to follow!
  • Homework Hangout:  Boulder Creek Coffeehouse in Lawrenceville, 6pm  (check the Life Teen calendar for various dates January- May)

 Service:  (this is what is currently available)

  • Rowdy Roots:  Friday, 1/18/19 6:45pm-9:15pm Family Center
  • Night Shelter:  Saturday, 2/16/19 Sign up and permission slip required (find on service board in LT room)
  • *NEW and a semester long project*

Pop Tab Service Project- The Religious Education department will be participating in a Pop Tab Challenge for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities this semester! Each grade, PK-12th, will compete to see who can bring in the most pop-tabs (the metal at the top of cans of soft drinks.) Prizes will be awarded to the winning grade at the end of April. Donations can be brought to the RE office in plastic bags with the labeled grade written on it or brought to class for teachers to collect. We also need clean GALLON SIZE MILK JUGS throughout this contest for measuring and storage. You can drop them by the RE office (outside or inside) or bring them to class as well. To read about this project, please visit https://armhc.org/pop-tab-program/

Parent Volunteer Opportunities:

We NEED HELP (this means Parent volunteers) to assist in forming the young church!  Help comes in many ways, from driving youth to an event, chaperoning an event, helping out at a Life Night or with our Mission week, etc.  Your church family is in NEED.  If you are interested in helping, you must be background screened (which you can do online) and attend a workshop below.  Please read the info on how you can be a screened volunteer:

  1. Email me:  youthministry@stolivers.com that you would like to be background screened as a volunteer working with youth.
  2. Sign up and attend:  VIRTUS Training:  Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9am-12pm, Adult Education House.  Our parish offers many opportunities to work with the young church. In fact, we NEED adults to help teach, mentor, chaperone, and transport our youth. The Archdiocese does require a background screening and a special workshop, called VIRTUS. The screening can be done online and takes just a few minutes. The workshop is a 3-hour commitment and provides you with important and necessary information on working with youth and vulnerable adults. If you are interested in working with our young children, middle schoolers or teens, now or in the future, please prayerfully consider taking the class this Saturday. It is not usually offered at our parish so this is a perfect time to attend and be ready to serve at your convenience. Sign up at Virtus.org, or contact me for further into. OUR CHILDREN AND PARISH NEED YOU!
  • World Youth Day Rally:(NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS) Oliver’s will be hosting a World Youth Day Rally for Life Teen in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019 and we are hoping to have 500 teens in attendance. With that number, we are asking for parent volunteers to help with set up a few days before the event, during the event and clean up after the event.  We will be doing setup on Thursday, (1/24), Friday, January 25th (all day) and also need help on Saturday of the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at youthministry@stolivers.com.

Confirmation:

  • All Confirmation Candidates are REQUIRED to attend the World Youth Day Rally on 1/26/19 as part of their Confirmation preparation.  Please make sure you sign up and get a permission slip.  Permission slip and $25 fee are due on 1/13/19.
  • FIATs:  2 of your 3 FIATs are due by your January class.  Do not delay in completing your service.  Need ideas on what to do…check out the How Can I Serve board in the Life Teen room
  • 1st Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.
    • Teen/Sponsor Day of Reflection:  Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-3pm.
  • 2nd Year:
    • Teen and PARENT class:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Class begins promptly at 7pm.  Teens meet in Life Teen room, Parents meet in the Church.

Looking forward to a great 2019 and seeing you all soon!

God Bless,

Lynn