October Prayer Petitions

If you missed Supper and Speaker last Sunday, we added a prayer petition box next to the donation basket.  Our goal is to better meet your prayer needs while strengthening our bond spiritually and prayerfully.  As rough patches come up in our lives, and the lives of our friends and family, we invite you to share what you would like us to pray for.  Understanding that some of these prayer petitions are personal, you can always choose to remain anonymous.   

Here are last Sunday’s prayer petitions:

For all those seeking employment, that they will find something fulfilling.
For the success of “Come and Seek” and an increase in vocations.
For all our members of SMYPP!
For job discernment for John Mullan.
For all the unemployed.
For the oven.  (Last Sunday, the oven was acting up, please pray that it continues to work!)
And for all the unspoken intentions that we held in our hearts, and those voiced but not written down. We pray to the Lord,
Lord, hear our prayers.
AMEN.

Prayer is powerful, and thank you for the opportunity to support you with prayer.  How can we pray for you?

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Service Project for Saturday

We have a service project planned for this Saturday 10/19 at St Mary’s in which we will assist 2 parishioners with some gardening tasks at church. We will meet at church on Saturday and the project usually lasts about 2 hours at the most. Time as of now is either to start at 10 or 12 noon. As soon as I know the start time, I will send that out. If you have questions or interested, please contact Elizabeth.ryan303@gmail.com

October Speaker and Supper and CYACC

Supper and Speaker
This Sunday (October 20) we will have our Supper and Speaker event. Ray Manza (St. Mary’s Parishioner) will speak on the topic of Business Ethics. We begin at 4:00 in the St. Mary’s Room, and the event will conclude around 7:00PM. Please join us for this enlightening presentation and discussion.

CYACC Murder Mystery Dinner
This Halloween, be prepared for swashbuckling pirates and elegant princesses, big-bad-wolves and Rumpelstitskin himself. What could bring all of these characters together, you ask? A murder mystery party, of course!
CYACC invites you to a night of costume-creating and crime-solving as we all seek to discover who committed the “murder” in the castle. Make sure you RSVP… you won’t want to miss out on this intriguing event!
You can RSVP and pay the $10 ticket fee at cyacc.org.  

RSVP by this Friday, October 18!

October Events

Here’s what we have coming up this weekend:

Friday 10/11: Swing Dance
Doors open at 7:30, lessons will begin promptly at 8:00 PM. Open dance will take place from 9:00-11:30. This event is open to Young Adult (21-35) singles and couples. Dress is casual, but feel free to dress fancy or vintage (or bring a Halloween costume). Snacks and refreshments are provided. Cost: $8. Free parking is available on St. Mary’s premises. 
*No Experience Necessary

More Details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/610227545682811/

Sunday 10/13: St. Ann’s Mass and Mingle
This event is hosted by the St. Ann’s (Wilmington). All young adults are encouraged to join each other and celebrate the 9:30 mass at St. Ann’s church. Afterward, the group will walk (or drive) to Catherine Rooney’s (4 blocks away) to enjoy brunch/lunch and discussion. 
I will be at St. Ann’s around 9:15, so if you would like to meet me there, please let me know. I am happy to meet you in the vestibule before mass. Otherwise, plan on meeting the group in the first few pews on the right side (on the main aisle).  

September Meeting Summary: Peer Panel

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For our September Supper & Speaker event, we heard from 3 fellow SMYPP members: Katherine Deegan, John Mullan, and Chris Hartung.  Each one shared how God’s love has been a powerful influence on their lives.

Katherine: “Have you ever talked to God?”

For Katherine, the voice of God has always come as a “nudge” in the right direction.  Four months ago, Katherine managed to get an interview for her dream job. Unfortunately, at that time, she was feeling very sick.  Not knowing where to turn, she sent an email to her peers at SMYPP, asking for very specific prayers.  That night, at 3 a.m., when she reached for her Bible, the chaplet of Divine Mercy fell from the pages—a hint that promptly took.  With her anxieties eased, Katherine aced her interview as was promptly offered the job.

Her “dream job” however, turned out to be “the job from Hell.”  Despite her disappointment, Katherine did not lose her trust in God’s will.  “God wanted to teach me, and I needed to listen.”  Once again, she felt a “nudge” to pick up her Bible and came across the passage in Numbers 9:15, with Moses and the cloud over the tabernacle.  She knew it was a sign to trust in God’s presence and guidance.

In the end, Katherine finally arrived at her true calling: a position at DuPont.  With the experience that she gained from her previous job, Katherine was able to approach her new role with confidence.  “Have you ever talked to God?” Katherine asked us.  “Acknowledge your weaknesses and ask him for what you need.  God gave us free will.  We have to ask to continually be drawn closer in our personal relationships with him. ”

John: “God calls us all to certain vocations”

Growing up in a family of 10 children, John has seen multiple examples of how God leads people to their chosen paths.  His parents, although devout, never “forced” religion on their children.  Rather, John and his siblings decided on their own to follow the path of Christianity based on the love that their parents showed them as well as the happiness that they seemed to gain from their relationship with God.

In order to better understand his calling in life, John decided to enroll in a seminary.  There, he felt that he was able to eliminate outside distractions and concentrate solely on God’s message to him.  In the end, John realized that he was not being called to be a priest but, rather, a computer engineer.   Although he chose a different vocation, he believes that his time in the seminary was truly valuable.  “God calls us all to certain vocations,” John explained.  “we must take the time to listen and follow what He wants.”

Chris: “He wants me to walk in His own time”

Although Chris was raised in a Catholic family, he never felt a true connection to his faith until his senior year in high school when he joined Young Life, a nondenominational Christian youth group.  Inspired by this experience, Chris joined a number of Christian groups during his first year of college.  During his second semester, he went on a retreat with the college’s Catholic Campus Ministry.  Not knowing what to expect, Chris asked God to give him 4 things during the course of the retreat: 1) A friend he could trust completely, 2) To know if he was meant to be with his crush at the time, 3) To know if he was meant to be a Catholic, and 4) To learn how to pray.

Over the course of the weekend, all four of Chris’s prayers were answered after meeting Teresa, one of the group leaders who later became one of his closest friends.  Most of all, she taught him how to pray: “prayer doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it’s just a conversation with God,”  He began praying often with another friend from the retreat, Laura.  When he learned that she was going to become a nun, it inspired him to purse a vocation in the priesthood.  However, at the end of his senior year in college, the vocation director of the order he had chosen told him that he did not believe that he had a vocation there.

“The vocation director’s response was completely unexpected, and it raised a lot of questions for me,” Chris said.  “What does God want me to do now?”  Although Christ doesn’t have any definite answers yet, he does have a few ideas: grad school, FOCUS missionary, and marriage.  Despite the difficulties he will face, Chris believes that God will be there to guide him.

Cleanup Service Project

We are planning on a service project coming up on Saturday, October 19th, in the afternoon. The service project is cleaning up/gardening at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. We usually do this project in the early afternoon and work for about an hour or two. Currently, the exact time we would be cleaning is not set; it will depend on whether there is a wedding at the  Church that day. Please contact Elizabeth Ryan (elizabeth.ryan303@gmail.com) if you are interested in participating or if you have questions.

Swing Dancing and Speaker & Supper

Swing Dance-Tonight 8:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist Church (in Philadelphia) will host a Swing Dance (with lessons) beginning at 8:00. Check out their Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/504256122994871/

SMYPP will set up a caravan/carpool so please contact me if you are interested in joining. 
If you plan on driving in yourself, mention St. John the Evangelist Church, while parking at the Loews Hotel parking structure at 20 S. 12th Street (right on the other side of the block from St. John’s) and you should be able to park for $8.

Supper and Speaker this Sunday 4-7PM
We will have 3 peer speakers attest to the power of God’s love and guidance in their lives. We look forward to hearing from Katherine Deegan, John Mullan and Chris Hartung on Sunday.
Supper and Speaker will begin at 4:00 with appetizers and fellowship in the St. Mary’s room of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.

September Liturgy & Lumch

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 
This Sunday we will resume the usual SMYPP activities. We will have our Liturgy and Lunch this Sunday beginning with the 11:30 mass where we will sit in the first 2 right pews (on the main aisle). We will proceed to the St. Mary’s room for Lunch and games after mass.

If you’re around this weekend, we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

*Please notify me if you plan on attending and have any dietary restrictions so we can be sure to accommodate you.

Summer Party Update

Please note that the location of the party has changed.  The July party will me held at St. Mary’s today from 4 to 7.

Summer Party Update

Please note that the location of the party has changed.  The July party will me held at St. Mary’s today from 4 to 7.