SMYG this week-The Living Stations of the Cross

SMYG the week of 3/14/16:
We are performing the Living Stations of the Cross for the MSP group on Wednesday at 8 PM.  Parents & siblings are invited to the performance that we are dubbing as our formal “dress rehearsal.”  If you’ve never witnessed this performance I STRONGLY encourage you to attend.  It is a beautiful prayer journey that goes along with Jesus’ journey on the cross.  If your child is assisting, please remind them to wear dark pants and sandals/dark flip flops.  I have black shirts for everyone, but if you have your own plain black shirt, please feel free to wear it.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I thought that I’d point out that SMYG tries to tie every meeting into the Gospel.  This week’s meeting will be the easiest to do, as at Mass we will hear the Passion of our Lord.

Next week we will be performing the Living Stations at Mercy Bellbrook on Tuesday at 7 PM; arriving at St. Mary’s at 6 PM and then heading to the senior community.  A

Our main performance is on Good Friday, March 25, at 7 PM.  This is for the entire parish community.  We will begin practice at 5 PM on Good Friday, stay for the performance, and then we will have a “lock-in” afterward at St. Mary’s until 11 PM.  All 8th grade siblings are invited to join us for the performance and the “lock-in” on Good Friday.

Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56

This is our Palm Sunday reading, the Passion of the Lord.  We distribute palms prior to Mass, the palms represent what people were doing when Jesus was triumphantly returning to Jerusalem.  Sadly, the tide turned quickly, and we all know the story of Jesus journey on the cross.

A challenge this week:  Tie a challenge in your life to Jesus’ journey on the cross.  Know that we are called to have faith in the resurrection, and that, we too, should celebrate the resurrection.  Have hope that “new life” will come out of whatever difficult thing you are journeying through.  I plan on praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary to assist me in immersing myself in His journey.

Quote the Week:

The longest and toughest journeys, are normally the most rewarding.

Joke of the Week; more bad puns:

  • What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.
  • I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!
  • Broken pencils are pointless.
  • What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.


Have a great week, I hope to see you Wednesday night.
~Chris K

SMYG the week of 1/25/16

SMYG the week of 1/25/16:
YPT, or Youth Planning Team, is open to all SMYG youth.  YPT will be held on Wednesday, prior to our actual meeting.  We will meet from 6-7 PM and we will be eating dinner together during our meeting.  Because the kitchen is being renovated, we will order food.  Please RSVP to 248-821-8686 by 4 PM if you’d like to be included in the order.  We will again be talking about our “Fiesta” themed 7th grade retreat scheduled for 2/27/16-remember all help is needed in order to facilitate a successful retreat. I’d also like to finalize the Rainbow Banner as well.  If you have art skills we can put them to use.  Reminder: All high school students are invited to attend YPT.

SMYG this week:  We have a great meeting scheduled for searching for the treasures of our life.  If all goes well the presenters (SMYG adult leaders) will have some pirate flair, as we search for the “buried treasures.”

Some members of SMYG will be at the annual CYO Rainbow conference this weekend.  Please keep us, and all of the 2000 attendees in your prayers.

Gospel:  Luke 4: 21-30
Last week I spoke about the fact that Jesus may have had a microphone dropping moment after he revealed Himself as the fulfillment of scripture.  This week we hear the very angry response of the townspeople.  The people of his home town have a hard time understanding Jesus to be the messiah.  They knew him as a child and, quite possibly, were unable to see him as an adult, and certainly not as the savior.  The last paragraph states that “they rose up, drove him out of town, and led him to the brow of the hills on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.  But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.”

Usually I reflect on scripture and then tie the meeting to it, this week I found a great meeting that I thought we could “fit” to the reading.  It may be a stretch to tie to the Gospel, but the 1st reading from Jeremiah speaks of the Lord knowing Jeremiah in the womb (his love begins early!!!) and the second reading is one of the most commonly used readings at weddings…it involves what true love is.  Both of these readings will help form our meeting discussion.

As an aside, I challenge you to look up this reading 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 and (if you are a child reading this) ask your parents if they used it at their wedding.  If you are an adult reading this e-mail, look up the reading and share it with your child.  If it was from your wedding ceremony, let them know why you chose it and, more importantly, how you live it in your life.

Thank you to all who continue to lead at MSP:  I can’t thank the high schoolers of SMYG enough for their involvement as teachers and leaders at our Middle School Sessions.  Your presence at those sessions is game-changing.  Thank you for your continued service to the community.  Our service is on hold until the next MSP sesson on 2/10/16.

Quotes of the Week:
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.

Joke of the Week:

Q:   Why do ducks have flat feet?
A:    To stomp out forest fires.

Q:   Why do elephants have flat feet?
A:    To stamp out flaming ducks.

Have a great week, I hope to see you tomorrow night.
~Chris K.

SMYG the week of 1/4/16:

SMYG this week:
SMYG returns to action this Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  SMYG will run from 7-9 PM and YPT will run from 6-7 PM.

YPT-We are going to discuss some of our big events for 2016 and put themes to the events.  Events to discuss include Rainbow (the banner), 7th grade retreat, the Living Stations of the Cross and SAW.  I look forward to our fist YPT session of the New Year.  All are invited to the Youth Planning Team.

SMYG this week:  We are constantly called to become the best version of ourselves; this is why we try hard in school, why we pray, why we exercise, why we read, why we experience different things, and why we practice among many other things.  We will spend our 1st meeting of 2016 on setting resolutions that help us achieve this outcome.  There are many studies that show a direct correlation in achieving a goal that you shared with someone you care about.  I think our time together this Wednesday will allow each of us to become a better person…what a blessing.   I hope to see you there.

Gospel:  Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  Sunday’s Gospel reading shares the story of Jesus Baptism by John the Baptist.  I am always moved by the final line of this weekend’s scripture…“You are my Son; with you I am well pleased.”  I am a flawed and sinful servant, but I aspire to become the best version of myself, so that on my final day the Lord’s response is 1/2 as wonderful as it is at the conclusion of the Baptism of the Lord.

Quote of the Week:
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

-Melody Beattie
Joke of the Week:
Question:   What is your resolution for 2016?
Answer:   1080p.

Have a great week, I hope to see you on Wednesday.
~Chris K.

The symbols of the Season and why we, as Catholics, use them at Christmas

Please read on if you’d like to know more about the meaning behind some of the symbols of the season.  This information is taken directly out of a meeting plan offered by the Center of Ministry Development through their Youth Ministry Access portal.

Please read on, and, if you have time, e-mail me or text me the background story of the symbol that you enjoyed the most.  My cell is 248-821-8686.  My e-mail is

Christmas Blessings to all—


Christmas Tree

There are German, English, and even Roman customs of bringing evergreens into the home during the winter, because they represent life at a time when the earth seems to have entered a time of death.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a British poet, visited a family in Ratzeburg, Germany in 1798, and his account of that experience is what actually brought the family Christmas tree to the United States. An American edition appeared in 1829 (in Burlington, Vermont) and it was mentioned in at least five books and journals by 1840. What was this ritual, later described as “a custom worthy of imitation”? A small evergreen tree was place on a table in the parlor, and under the tree were presents—from the children to the parents!



Candles have always been connected to prayer, because Jesus has called himself “the light of the world.” Candles are especially important in the winter, because there are fewer hours of daylight. Lighting a candle is a symbol of hope, of having light in the midst of darkness.

We put candles in our windows, to guide travelers back home. We light candles in an Advent wreath, as we await the birth of Jesus. Before electricity, people lit candles on branches of evergreen trees.


Santa Claus

St. Nicholas was the bishop who threw coins into a home so the family would have a dowry and their daughters could marry. The coins fell into stockings hung by the fireplace to dry, and from that story grew the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace for St. Nick to fill.

He’s called Father Christmas in England and Pere Noel in France. But in the USA, the name “Santa Claus” comes from the Dutch term, “Sinter Klaus,” short for “Sinter Niklaus” which means St. Nicholas. The feast of St. Nicholas is December 6. In many countries around the world, children awaken on December 6 to find candy in their shoes.



Decorating is really a luxury, something we do to celebrate a special day or season. We like to surround ourselves with beauty to lift our mood and express joy and delight.

Evergreen trees were first brought into the home to celebrate hope and life during the long dark winter when it seemed the world was wrapped in death. The next step was putting candles on the tree, then toys, and finally shiny decorations that reflect the electric lights and tinsel garland we use in modern times.



St. Nicholas was the bishop who threw coins into a home so the family would have a dowry and their daughters could marry. The coins fell into stockings hung by the fireplace to dry, and from that story grew the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace for St. Nick to fill. Eventually fruit was left in the stockings, and later toys.



The legend of the poinsettia goes back to a poor Mexican boy who had no money for Christmas, so he knelt and offered prayers. When he stood up, he saw a beautiful plant at the spot where he had knelt. He brought the plant to church as a gift to Jesus. Years later, Dr. Poinsett, the American ambassador to Mexico, brought the plant to the United States, where it was named the poinsettia.

Because of their red and green leaves, you will see poinsettias in churches and homes during the Christmas season. Many people think the red leaves are the flower, but the actual flower itself is tiny and yellow, in the middle of the red leaves. When they are in bloom, they open to reveal red color inside of the yellow.



According to the Gospel of Luke, angels appeared to shepherds, singing in the heavens, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth!” The Angel Gabriel came to Mary, to tell her she would give birth to the Son of God and call him Jesus.

In the Gospel of Matthew, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt in order to protect them.



Long before radio and TV existed, people heard the news from town criers. They would come into the town square, in the middle of the village, and ring a bell to get attention. Then they would shout out the news so everyone could hear.

Churches and schools had bells that were rung in order to let people know when worship services or classes were about to start. Bells have become a symbol of proclaiming the Good News.


Christmas Wreath

 Evergreen branches (from trees that stayed green all year and didn’t turn brown and shed their leaves) were first brought into the home to celebrate hope and life during the long dark winter when it seemed the world was wrapped in death.

Winding the branches into a round wreath was a symbol of everlasting life, because a circle had no beginning and no end.


Candy Canes

 There are several symbols on a candy cane. The colors are usually white, to represent purity, and red, to represent blood. The cane is in the shape of a shepherd’s crook, used to bring sheep back into the fold who had begun to stray. Jesus is the good shepherd, and if you turn the candy cane upside down, you have the letter J, to remind us of his name.



 Holly has green leaves that are very pointy, and remind us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore before he died. The bright red berries remind us of the blood that Jesus shed.

There is a legend that says the ivy represents the female and the holly represents the male. Whichever plant is brought into the home first during Christmas time will predict whether the husband or the wife will “rule the house” for the next year!



 The cardinal has become a symbol of Christmas due to its red color. Because the cardinal remains in the cold, snowy north, it reminds us of life and hope with its song. When it is perched in an evergreen, it looks like an ornament. There is a Swedish legend that says if a bird’s nest appears in your Christmas tree, you will have a year of health, wealth, and happiness.


Christmas Presents

 Gift giving at the start of each new year was a generous gesture of goodwill as well as a symbol of good luck and starting the year off on a happy note. Food was often exchanged, especially fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. It was a traditional time for the wealthy to share their bounty with those who were less fortunate.

Clement Moore wrote, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It started, “’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” This poem made it a universal custom for children to receive gifts at Christmastime.



 According to the Gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, it was a star that caught the attention of a group of astrologers from the east. They saw the star rising and believed that by following it, they would find the newborn king of the Jews.

Herod, the current king, pretended to be interested in worshiping the newborn king and asked them to return to him and give him news about where the child was. He had actually intended to kill the child out of jealousy. But they didn’t return to Herod, they were warned in a dream to go home by an alternate route.



 The idea of reindeer pulling St. Nick on a sleigh probably evolved from a tradition in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, where the Norse god, Odin (or sometimes called Woden), would ride to a party of the gods in the wintertime in a carriage pulled by a flying horse.

Clement Moore wrote, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It started, “’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” This poem spoke of Santa being pulled in his sleigh by eight tiny reindeer with these names: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen. (In more recent times, the original name “Donder” has evolved to “Donner.”)

Robert L. May, an employee of Montgomery Ward created the character and story of ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ in 1939. It was first sung by Harry Brannon on New York Radio in 1948, and later recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.



 When snow falls, it looks like lace coming down from heaven. When it covers the ground, it appears to be a pure white blanket. On a clear night, undisturbed snow reflects the moonlight and makes all the scenery much brighter and easy to see.

Snowflakes and snow crystals are made of ice, and pretty much nothing more. A snow crystal, as the name implies, is a single crystal of ice. A snowflake is a more general term; it can mean an individual snow crystal, or a few snow crystals stuck together, or large agglomerations of snow crystals that form “puff-balls” that float down from the clouds. Snow crystals form when water vapor condenses directly into ice, which happens in the clouds. The patterns emerge as the crystals grow. The most basic form of a snow crystal is a hexagonal (six sided) prism.



 The home is a symbol of family, warmth, safety, and love. Songs like, “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “There’s no place like home for the holidays” ring true because most people want to celebrate Christmastime with their families, often in the very house where they grew up and spent their childhoods.

Making gingerbread houses became popular after the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tales in the early 1800s. They wrote about Hansel and Gretel, the children who discovered the house made of bread and sugar.



 The practice of making snowmen probably dates back as far as the history of people living in cold climates.

Jack Nelson and Steve Rollins wrote the song, “Frosty the Snowman” in 1950. Then in 1969, a 30-minute TV special called Frosty the Snowman was produced, starring Jimmy Durante. There have been several sequels and spin-offs, but the original cartoon is the one that so many children and adults know and love.

Although snowmen continue to appear in January and February, they have become associated with Christmas because of the idea of “Christmas magic” and the magic of a snowman coming to life.



 Brass horns, especially French horns and trumpets, are symbols of Christmas because of the power of music. Before there were Christmas songs for children about reindeer and snowmen, there were Christmas hymns. It is still very common for church choirs to spend lots of time and energy preparing special music for the Christmas worship service.

Angels are often shown playing horns, as well as harps, as they announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.


Gingerbread Cookies

 Because ginger has always been known for its medicinal properties, it was often used for curing stomachaches.

Monks baked gingerbread cakes with pictures of saints and religious symbols for special celebrations. Cookies evolved from cakes, since they were more convenient—they baked more quickly and could be held in the hand. Cookies often used cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, as well as raisins and other dried fruits, which were less expensive than sugar.


SMYG this week…

This is our last meeting of 2015-come join us!!! We are off on 12/23 and 12/30, returning back to regular SMYG schedule on 1/6/16.

YPT-We are going to have a Christmas Quesadilla celebration during the Youth Planning Team meeting from 6 – 7 PM on Wednesday.  A couple of youth are bringing Quesadilla makers, and I’ll bring all the supplies necessary to make quesadillas.  There is no cost to this dinner, this is simply a way for me to say “Thank You” for your involvement in SMYG this year.

SMYG this week:  We will be spending our SMYG meeting in celebration.  We will discuss Christmas, and celebrate accordingly.  Also, in true SMYG style, we will offer time to a worthy cause.  I am very proud of senior Coleen Cobb, as she has been working to organize a food drive for an organization in Detroit sponsored by Sr. Joanne.  We are looking for PB and Jelly donations, individual bags of wrapped chips, bottled water, and bread to make 100 sandwiches.  If you can donate anything to our cause it is appreciated. Bread and chips are the items we currently need the most.  At our meeting we will write words of encouragement on lunch bags to help uplift those who receive our donations.  Yhank you in advance for your consideration.

Gospel:  Luke 1: 39-45
This scripture passage begins with Mary’s journey to see her cousin, Elizabeth.  Upon receiving Mary into her home the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped.  In this scripture passage we hear parts of one of the most famous Catholic prayers-the Hail Mary.  As members of St. Mary’s we are especially in tune with this scripture passage and the beauty of “Our Mother.”

Quote of the Week:

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God’s own love and concern.”
― Mother Teresa

Joke of the Week:

Darth Vader: I know what you’re getting for Christmas.
Luke: How do you know?
Darth Vader: I can feel your presents.

If any of you are Star Wars fans, I thought you’d appreciate that joke in light of the new Star Wars movie coming out this weekend.

Have a great week, I hope to see you on Wednesday.
~Chris K.

SMYG the week of 12/7/15:

As leaders of the Middle School Program, all SMYG members are invited to attend a FREE dinner, prior to the MSP meeting on Wednesday, at 6:15 PM in the gym.  To assist us with ordering the right amount of food please sign up here:  Sign Up

SMYG this week:  Have you ever wondered why we use certain symbols as part of the Christmas celebration?  If so, this week will be a GREAT week for you, as we are going to break open some of the symbols of Christmas.  Before we do that, we have a guest speaker from 100 faithful friends, who is going to speak to us about why he and his wife are part of this wonderful Christian Association.  We may also use our time to brainstorm things that we can do with our circle of friends that will help build the Kingdom here on Earth.  As Catholics we are called to give back (see Gospel) and to make this world a better place.  (As a matter of fact, the Catholic Church is the most generous philanthropic organization in the entire world!)  Our closing activity will be centered on turning one of our MSP participants into a decorated Christmas Tree…

I am excited for a great meeting on Wednesday; I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Gospel:  Luke 3: 10-18
Our meeting this week fits perfectly with the Gospel.  In this Sunday’s Gospel passage we hear John say that whoever has two cloaks should share with person that has none.  After John’s preaching people ask if he is the Christ, but he quickly states that one mightier than he is coming.  This is the Good News!!!

Quote of the Week:

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Maya Angelou

Joke of the Week:

Have you heard about corduroy pillows?
They’re making headlines.

Have a great week, I hope to see you on Wednesday.
~Chris K.

SMYG for the week of 11/16/15

SMYG this week:

YPT will run from 6-7 PM and dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP to either 248-821-8686 or or by signing up at:  MSP Greet and Eat!   Remember, there is no cost to SMYG members because each of you serve as catechists for our Middle School Program.  Thank you for your continued involvement as leaders of the MSP.  I’m teaching Ha-So-Co to the MSP kids who come early; a couple extra SMYG kids leading the games would be AWESOME, so come join me early if you are able!!!

At SMYG we will be teaching the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and we will be talking about Thanksgiving with the Middle School Program participants.  We will be reviewing prepared video clips and trying to assist the MSP youth in tying the video clips to each of the fruits.  It should be a fun meeting!!!  The Fruits of the Holy Spirit, as laid out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1832 The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: “charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.”

The mega-Catholic conference, Rainbow, is scheduled for January 30-31, 2016.  Permission forms for this event were due last Wednesday, but you can still add in with an additional cost to attend.  Forms can be found online at:

Sunday’s Gospel:
John 18: 33b-37

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King and we hear the corresponding reading from John’s perspective.

Things to note about this reading:

  • Pontius Pilate, as governor of the region, is attempting to get Jesus to say that he is the King, because if Jesus did he would be condemned to death.
  • Jesus shifts the conversation from an earthly kingdom to the kingdom of heaven-with God’s rule over all.
  • Jesus reveals that he has come from the Father to reveal God’s truth.
  • From the author John’s perspective, Jesus crucified and raised presents the full truth of a self-living God who now rules forever through him.

Question to ask yourself:  Jesus journey on the cross, and eventual resurrection reveals God to all; how do our actions each day reveal the Lord’s goodness to those we encounter?

Quote of the week:
Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

Mother Teresa

Joke of the week:

Q:        ​How did the hipster burn his mouth?
A:       He ate the pizza before it was cool.

Have a great week, and if you can, join us at YPT (6-7 PM) and SMYG (7-9 PM).

SMYG for the week of 11/9/15

SMYG this week:

YPT, or the Youth Planning Team, will meet from 6-7 PM.  Dinner will be provided so please RSVP to either 248-821-8686 or so I know how much to make!

We have a great SMYG meeting planned.  We will tie it into seeing God EVERYWHERE.  We are tying the meeting topic into the great imagery presented in Sunday’s Gospel reading.

The mega-Catholic conference, Rainbow, is scheduled for January 30-31, 2016.  Permission forms for this event are due Wednesday.      Forms can be found online at:

Sunday’s Gospel:
Mark 13: 24-32

In a quick summary of this week’s Gospel I would say “Always Be Prepared.”  We are building our meeting from some of the references made at the beginning of this reading; from a darkened sun, to a moon with no light, to stars falling from the sky.  The ending of this reading, however, says that we do not know of the day or the hour of the Lord’s return (and thus, we should always be ready for it.)

Quote of the week:
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Joke of the week:

Q:    What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common?

A:    Same middle name.  (I know, this is a bad joke, and we are only 10 or so weeks into the school year!)
Have a great week, and if you can, join us at YPT (6-7 PM) and SMYG (7-9 PM).


SMYG this week, the week of November 2, 2015

SMYG this week:

YPT, or the Youth Planning Team, will NOT meet this week.

At SMYG we will discuss what we can do to make the world a better place.  We will launch our discussion from the widow featured in Sunday’s Gospel of Mark 12: 38-44.  The meeting will also hold great small group discussions and a couple of fun activities.

The mega-Catholic conference, Rainbow, is scheduled for January 30-31, 2016.  Permission forms for this event are due by November 11, 2015.  The cost for this event is reduced significantly by handing in our parish packet early.  We plan on submitting St. Mary’s packet by November 15th.  Forms can be found online at:

This Sunday:  The parish is offering a “Let Us Give Thanks Day of Service.”  If interested sign up here:  “Let Us Give Thanks” Day of Service
It would be great to have SMYG helpers who were able to facilitate stations.  I will be there, I hope you can be there too!

Sunday’s Gospel:
Mark 12: 38-44

In Sunday’s scripture we see a woman contribute 2 small coins to the temple.  And, although, her gift is only worth a few cents, we hear Jesus praise her for her generosity, because she gave from her poverty, not from her surplus.  As someone who works with youth I am constantly amazed at the generosity that they show with their time and talent.  I pray that everyone is inspired by this group of people and that we can all contribute what we can to making the world a more heaven-like place.

Quote of the week:
“Teach us to give and not count the cost.”     -St. Ignatius de Loyola

Joke of the week:

I bought the world’s worst thesaurus yesterday.

Not only is it terrible, it’s terrible.
Have a great week, and if you can, join us at SMYG (7-9 PM) and on Sunday for a Day of Service (12:15 – 3:00 PM)


SMYG this week…

SMYG this week:
We will be hosting the “Meet and Greet” session from 6:15 -7:00 PM on Wednesday prior to our meeting.    The “Meet and Greet” session includes a FREE dinner; I only ask that you sign-up for it using or by clicking here:  MSP Greet and Eat!

SMYG’s meeting will discuss the “Our Father” with the Middle School Program participants.  Thank you in advance for your leadership at these meetings.  As I’ve stated in the past, Fr. Stan is especially proud of you for your involvement with this program.

Fall Retreat was AWESOME.  If you missed the opportunity to join us on retreat, I would highly suggest putting the Spring Retreat-April 22-24, 2016 on your calendar.  See some pictures on Instagram at #subiacorocks.

The CYO Rainbow conference January 30-31, 2016, but permission slips are due back on November 11th.  Permission forms can be found at

St. Irenaeus is hosting a service day this Sunday, November 1, 2015.  The day will include a youth Mass.  Please sign up today if you are interested in attending:
Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12a
I have often heard that this portion of Matthew, referred to as the Beatitudes, provides a road map to happiness and a path toward heaven.  It may be a worthwhile activity to read this portion of Matthew and see how you are “living” each of the “Blessed are…” statements. I know that I have a lot of work to do on many of the statements, and hopefully our time together in SMYG and in prayer can assist each of us in better engaging this section of the Gospel.

Quotes of the day:
Dear young friends, do not be afraid to give your all. Christ will never disappoint you.   -The 10/16 tweet from Pope Francis

In the poor, we see the face of Christ who for our sake became poor. -The 10/22 tweet from Pope Francis

Joke of the day:
Two monsters went to a Halloween party.
Suddenly one said to the other, “A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?”
The other monster replied, “Be a gentleman and roll them back to her.”

Speaking of Halloween, as we head toward Halloween, take a moment to think about the Christian roots of this Holiday. Back in 2001 St. Anthony Messenger ran an article on Halloween.  This article assisted me in my understanding of the Holiday and the roots of Halloween. Check it out for yourself at: