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7th-8th-grade Calendar

?s: Call 248 536-1235


IMPORTANT INFO: We are not a group where you have to sign up and officially join – you can come at any time, or every time - we just ask that you  honor the honor any RSVP and paperwork deadlines - and remember that you are always welcome to bring a friend and they don’t have to be Catholic!  You may find it easier to fill out and hand-in paperwork if the FIRST time you do it, you copy the Media Form and Medical Form, and submit copies for future events rather than filling out all those forms again. J





6th Annual Hall Haunt Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., School Cafeteria. All parishioners invited to come, hangout and build community. Begging open to all parish young people from toddlers thru 8th-grade (All children not specifically signed up with the youth minister must be accompanied by an adult) Kids dress in costume and bring your treat bags. Go “begging” at decorated tables up and down the school hall. Vote on the top 3 BEST decorated tables. Walk through our Living Saints Museum. Free-will offering to enjoy a hotdog, chips and drink with your family! Bring an apple to dip in caramel and roll at toppings table. RSVP by Oct. 14 @ 248 536-1235 to register your family and/or your candy  table. Service Hours for Living Saints and teens and jr. high who hand out candy at a table.  Research a saint’s life, dress like the saint, and bring props. You don’t have to memorize your speech—you can read from note cards! Help put Jesus into the pagan holiday and share what you know to help another person learn and grow closer to God! This is a great day to BE parish! Volunteering teens need to have taken Called to Serve and volunteering Adults need to have taken Protecting God’s Children. Note: This event begins at 11 a.m. and is time structured to end at 1 p.m. It’s important to be on time or you will miss the “begging.”

Sunday, Oct. 21, Come Encounter Christ; A NIGHT OF ADORATION, PRAISE AND WORSHIP AND RECONCILIATION! 6-8 p.m. at St. Lawrence in Utica. All families with teens welcome and you can drive their on your own! If teens and those in junior high are coming with Marilyn and leaving families behind, we leave Our Lady of Sorrows at 5 p.m.  and return about 9 p.m. PS/MF/MF due Oct. 14. FREE WILL OFFERING. ?s call: 248 536-1235.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28 at all the Masses excluding 5:30 p.m. World Youth Day pilgrims’ Bottle and Can Collection! Thank you for your ongoing and dedicated support!

Saturday Nov. 3 W.I.N.D. Conference in Port Huron, for 6th-7th and 8th-graders! The cost is $57 and includes dinner and snacks! Judy McDonald is the Conference keynote – and she is a hysterical Catholic standup comic! RSVP with your paperwork and $ to MTS by Sept. 21.We leave Sorrows 10:30 a.m. and return about 9:30 p.m. Call 248 536-11235 if you have questions or need the paperwork               

Sunday, Nov. 4, the 9th Annual Rake & Run from 12:30-4 p.m. Open to all parishioners—singles, families, seniors, etc. We meet at Sorrows in the Youth and Young Adult Room @ 12:30 p.m., pray, set the tone for the day and get our raking orders and respective assignments. We head out to rake the lawns of parish seniors and the disabled, bagging and dragging ‘em to the curb. Families must register with Marilyn to let her know you are coming. Young people in junior high or high school coming without their families, need to have a permission slip and medical form, available in the youth room, online on the youth group’s website, or in the wall cubby outside the school cafeteria outside the cafeteria door closest to the ramp. RSVP by Oct. 28 so we can make sure we have a seat for you. Rakers at the last house, enjoy Marilyn’s legendary homemade chili and non-legendary hot chocolate and talk about our experience. Service Hours for those who need them, but to qualify, you must be present from beginning, to end, especially for the wrap up talk! Bring a rake, gloves and brown leaf bags! For more info, call 248 536-1235. Pick up is back @ Sorrows at the Youth & Young Adult Room. This is a beautiful family event and a way to make a signature statement about the kind of parish family Our Lady of Sorrows is. Adults need PGC, high school teens need to have taken CTS. We rake rain or shine! Dress for the weather!

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, at all the Masses excluding 5:30 p.m. World Youth Day pilgrims’ Bottle and Can Collection! Thank you for your ongoing and dedicated support!

Sunday, Nov. 11, @ 6-8 p.m. in the School Cafeteria, we write the tags for the Giving Tree Gifts after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. For service hours from MTS, you must register with Marilyn, so that she knows you are coming. High School teens need to have taken Called to Serve.

Friday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m., meet in the Youth & Young Adult Room. Dress for the weather! We will eventually be heading over the Maintenance Garage to sort all the canned/dry goods slated for Thanksgiving Food Baskets. Please rsvp to 248 536-1235 by Nov. 14, spots are limited.                                                                                                                                    

After the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 2 – parish’s First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony out by the fountain in front of the Church! GREAT FAMILY EVENT - Cook Smores at the outdoor fireplace, hot chocolate, hot cider, sing Christmas Carols and if you bring a Christmas ornament slated for your tree at home – it will be blessed by a priest!

-Marilyn’s out of the office Dec. 6-Dec. 13.

Sunday, Dec. 9, Gift Sorting in the Church, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. For service hours from MTS, you must register with Marilyn, so that she knows you are coming. You may write tags, and not sort gifts, or sort gifts and not write tags. Call 248 536-1235. High School teens need to have taken Called to Serve.

Friday, Dec. 14 – High School and junior high come right after school at 3:40 p.m., meet at the statue of the Blessed Mother in the school lobby, and we will make our way to the Y&YA Room to hang out, do homework, eat dinner, change into jeans and Sorrows’ Spirit wear, until we gear up to leave in adult –driven vans, arriving by 5:45 p.m. at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to sing Christmas Carols to folks waiting to depart! We sing from 6-8 p.m., and return to Sorrows by 8:30 p.m. Wear Sorrows’ Spirit Wear and jeans or a solid white shirt—and blue jeans! We’ll hand out Goodie Grabs to passersby! You don’t have to sing well—or even think you have a good voice! God made you who you are and God is pleased with the voice he gave you! We just sing together and have fun! But you must come prepared to sing! You should have a general understanding of how our Catholic Christmas Carols go and sound. You will be given the words and songs in a small “book.” RSVP with your PS/MF/MF by Dec. 1 so I can line up drivers and so the airport can vet you and credential you!  Service Hours for all!  

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at all the Masses excluding 5:30 p.m. World Youth Day pilgrims’ Bottle and Can Collection! Thank you for your ongoing and dedicated support! THIS IS OUR LAST BOTTLE COLLECTION!

Friday, Dec. 21, 7-9 p.m., Shining the Light of Christ to the Kids @ Beaumont Hospital! High School and Jr. High Ministry meets in the Youth & Young Adult Room and heads out to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to gather on the lawn in front of the hospital. At 8 p.m., kids who will be hospitalized over Christmas gather on about the 6th Floor and shine flashlights out to us! We in turn shine flashlights back to them. It’s all over in about 10 minutes – but it’s a wonderful happening! People dress like Santa, they wear Christmas light necklaces, glowsticks, Santa Hats, Elf Hats and more! SOOOOOOO much fun! Jesus said “When you visited the sick, you visited me!” Dress for the weather! BRING A FLASHLIGHT – THAT’S WHY YOU ARE THERE! Feel free to dress fun! Bring a blanket to wrap around your shoulders! Mr. Samra’s buying McDonald’s on the way home! RSVP with your PS/MF/MF by Dec. 14. Service Hours! Teens need to have taken Called to Serve.                                  

A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Christ is born – glorify him! Happy New Year to you and your family! I pray you will receive Christ’s richest blessings in the New Year!

Sunday, Jan. 6Stop in after the 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Jan. 6 in the Lower Level of the Church to a Youth & Young Adult Ministry Showcase. See Holy and Heavenly’s Inaugural 2019 Puppet Show! Come and support this awesome junior high ministry and learn to hear the Gospel message in a whole new way! They especially like to hear from former puppeteers!  Check out our Youth & Young Adult Displays and photos from this past year! Have some “bug juice” and popcorn and buy stock in the summer Away Mission Trip with Catholic Heart Work Camp! Meet the missionary campers as they sell stock! Coffee and donuts and hot chocolate with whipped cream after the first three Masses.

Friday, Jan. 18, 6:30-9 p.m., Movie Night in the Youth & Young Adult Room! Popcorn, candy, stuff to drink – and a GREAT appropriate movie to simply enjoy together!

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, high school and jr. high ministries does second-go-round with “Operation Zacchaeus x 2.” Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly… I’m coming to your home today. “ – Luke 19:5. We travel in a van/car pool to the home of a parish senior who’s waiting for us and enjoy some front-porch ministry. Give them a box with the fixings you bring for a meal, include some homemade cookies or brownies and check in on them to see how they are doing! Maybe tell some bad knock-knock jokes, have a puppet talk for you or sing a song! If some want to invite us in, we’ll know ahead of time! Service Hours for those who need them! RSVP with your PS/MF/MF by Feb. 2, so that you can commit to bringing the fixings for the meal (ie: spaghetti pasta, sauce and a couple of cans of different vegetables. See Marilyn for ideas.) ?s. Call 248 536-1235.   

Sunday, Feb. 24, Jr. High, High School and Young Adults offer BINGO with the developmentally disabled adults at Angel’s Place! 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. To sign-up call 248 536-1235. BINGO, ice cream sundaes and dancing to Motown tunes! Service Hours! Over 18- you need to have taken Protecting God’s Children.

Friday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. Human Foosball! Meet in the Youth & Young Adult Room then head over the cafeteria in the school for some good clean fun! Bring a friend and they don’t have to be Catholic! Should be great laughs, great fun and great exercise! ?s: call 248 536-1235.

Sunday, March 10, say “hi” at the Mass you attend, I’ll be there at every Mass collecting for America Thanks our Troops! Thank you God that we have an all-volunteer standing military to preserve our way of life and our many freedoms!

Friday, March 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Photos of God! We head out in adult driven vans with our IPhones to take photos of God! Then we come back and share them! What? You say? Photos of God? Come and learn to think in a deeper way! It may change your life! RSVP with your MF/MF/PS by March 15 so I can line up drivers. Dress for the weather, we go out rain or shine! ?s: Call 248 536-1235. 

Sunday, March 24 through Tuesday, March 26 Parish Mission where we welcome Fr. Roy Lee, PhD – an awesome evangelist, mission leader, speaker and good friend of the “Sweet Holy Spirit!” The kids in Grenada this summer met Fr. Roy and wanted to bring him to Sorrows! High energy, great fun and he will challenge you to stand up and BE Catholic! He’ll be preaching at all the Masses that weekend, and the Mission officially kicks off at 7 p.m. Sunday with folks heading down to the Lower Level of the Church about 8 p.m. for light refreshments. Dittos to Monday and Tuesday night. Tell your folks, get in the car and come be challenged!

A holy and blessed Easter to you and your families! Christ is risen! Glorify him!

Friday, April 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the 10th Leper Society reconvenes to head out into the mean streets of Farmington/Farmington Hills to show for what they are thankful – in a very tangible way! No place to hide – we are going to show what it looks like to live with an attitude of gratitude – and to thank God ahead of time, as Fr. Solanus challenged! Let’s show the world what it looks like to live as a resurrected people! Resurrected people are fearless! RSVP with your PS/MF/MF by April 5 so I can line up drivers. ?s: call 248 536-1235. Service Hours for those who need them.

Sunday, May 5 – Spring Bling! 12:30-4 p.m. Permission slips/medical form/media forms due April 28 so I can line up drivers. Bring a rake, gloves, brown leaf bags and dress for the weather. We rake rain or shine! Adults need to have taken PGC. A terrific family event for all parishioners and an opportunity to model to your children what service and love look like! Rakers meet up at the last house and have homemade deliciousness! Possibly Marilyn’s chili! Service Hours for those who need them.

Friday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Planning Meeting for Next Year !  Bring all your ideas! What worked, what didn’t, what do you want to do? Call MTS at 248 536-1235.

Catholic Heart Work Camp arrives here at Our Lady of Sorrows on Sunday, June 23 and pulls out on Friday, June 28. Teens signed up last September to participate in camp. But if you want to get a feel for the camp’s vibe – we need volunteers to help unload the truck on June 22, time TBD, to greet campers on June 23 from 11:30-3 p.m.,  to help make dinner on June 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27, and to help load the truck up on June 28, the latter generally begin about 10 a.m. Friday when camp ends. Dinner work times are generally sometime between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and will be known specifically by Saturday, when camp staff arrives. Service Hours for those who need them. Call MTS at 248 536-1235 to sign up or get answers to your questions. High School teens must have taken Called to Serve.