News and Current Events|
Last Updated: August 5, 2017
(July 1, 2017): SMYLE will be reformed as St. Mary's Catholic Teen Ministry - CTM. The new email address is StMarysCTM@gmail.com
(June 26, 2017): THANK YOU to everyone who came out this past Sunday and spent the afternoon with us at St. Mary's!
We all had a great time getting to know you and really appreciate your input for the direction of this program.
Also, another big congratulations to those of you that won WAWA gift cards.
We will be taking a break from large meetings for the rest of the summer, but if you are interested in smaller get
togethers over the course of the season, let us know.
As we said in a previous email, we still intend to take a group of teens to an amusement park on August 19th. Shoot us an email if interested.
(June 2, 2017): We recently learned that Fr. Chris will be serving at St. John the Beloved parish. Dave Keegan and Alexandra Duszak
stepped up to lead SMYLE. We thank Fr. Chris and Kim Gennusa for their dedication to the program and hard work over the past
four years. Click on the link below to read Dave and Ale's welcome email
Pope Francis wants to hear from you!
In preparation for the upcoming 2018 Synod* on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, the bishops have
created a survey for youth ages 16-29, available at 2018 Youth Synod survey link
Please take a few minutes to complete it! The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese,
and the language can be adjusted from the drop box located at the top right hand side of the webpage.
*What is a synod? A synod historically is a council of a church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine,
administration or application. In modern usage, the word often refers to the governing body of a particular church,
whether its members are meeting or not.
Events and Service Hours Opportunities:
Attention teens seeking additional service hours. "Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love"- Mother Teresa
Below is a list of upcoming events and service opportunities. We are currently taking sign up for all events.
Some events may have a limit on the number of volunteers. If you are keenly interested in an event,
please send your name and the event you are interested in and how many will be in your party to: StMarysCTM@gmail.com
Additional details will be sent as the dates approach.
NOTE: All events take place at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church 7200 Lancaster Pike - Hockessin, Delaware 19707 unless otherwise indicated.
|Wednesday, Aug 16
||Blue Rocks Game - Please join Fr. Dillingham and Fr. Evers at Frawley Stadium for a
night at the Blue Rocks! We will be there too :) St. Mary's has reserved a block of seats for the Wednesday,
August 16 game. This is a parish-wide, family event and all are invited. Tickets are $8.00 each. If you haven’t
gotten your tickets yet, please email us here and we will make sure to get them to you!
|Saturday, Aug 19
||CTM Trip to Six Flags - Join St. Mary's CTM (Catholic Teen Ministry) for a day trip to Six Flags Great Adventure on
Saturday, August 19th! Tickets will be $35-$40 if we have 15 or more teens, and $50 if we have fewer than 15 teens.
Transportation will be provided. Please let us know if you'd like to go no later than Monday, August 7th.
We need to have a minimum of 5 teens in order to go!
Email Dave Keegan and Ale Duszak at email@example.com or call Dave at 302-593-7055 with any questions.
|Sunday, Sep 10
12:30 to 2:30 PM
|Catholic Teen Ministry (CTM) Meeting - St. Mary's Room: Come for the food, stay for the friends!
Don't know anyone there? Bring another teenager! We'll play some games, talk about a relevant topic
that you will help choose, and you will definitely not leave hungry.
All high schoolers are welcome.
We’re gearing up for a fun year and kicking things off with our first meeting on September 10,
which will start after the 11:30 Mass. We’ll hang out at the parish picnic for a little while, then
break off for some icebreakers and conversation. You guys had some great ideas for meeting topics at our
first meeting back in June, so we will try to address one of those. More to come!
|Saturday, Sep 16
||Abbeyfest - There is a wonderful event coming up on Saturday, September 16 in Paoli, PA, just about
45 minutes from Wilmington. Abbeyfest is a one day faith centered music festival for youth, young adults
and the whole family. The day will be filled with Catholic/Christian contemporary music, a key note speaker,
Mass, confession and adoration along with an abundance of food, games and fun all. More information can be
found on their website, Abbeyfest or through the
Diocese of Wilmington’s Catholic Youth Ministry webpage, CDOW Abbeyfest link. Let us know if you are interested in going! We will get a group
together to carpool up and can combine with other parishes too.
Oct 11 and Nov 8
|TENTATIVE--- Meal Kits for Ronald McDonald House-
families or groups would donate and assemble 100 meal kits for family members residing at RMDH.
Kits are assembled off site (church hall).
No age limit, so you can bring the whole family.
Oct 15, Oct 22,
Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 24
|TENTATIVE--- Prepare Sunday Breakfast for Ronald McDonald House-
Prepare and serve breakfast to approximately 35-45 guests staying at RMDH. All food must be prepared on site at RMDH.
Minimum age is 12 but 14 and above is ideal. Parents or guardians need to be present. We need at least 14 volunteers
to prepare the breakfast. Outreach will provide the food for preparation, though homemade casseroles and other baked items
would be appreciated. Families will also be able to donate food items if they so wish.
||National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) - This fall from November 16-18, Catholic youths and their chaperones
from all over the country will come together to learn, love and live their faith. Gathering together in Indianapolis,
they will fill Lucas Oil Stadium, to worship together, and have a faith filled experience they will not forget.
We encourage you to visit the NCYC website and view the videos there to learn more. NCYC info
If you would like more information are interested in attending, please let Dave and I know as soon as possible. We will not
be able to attend ourselves since we will be on our honeymoon (!), but we can certainly connect you with other parishes
from the Diocese who are sending their teens.
For more information about CTM, please contact Dave Keegan at (302) 593-7055 or email CTM at StMarysCTM@gmail.com
Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry: The Diocese sponsors a number of programs
for youth each year. Click on the link below for more information.