Sozo is a Greek verb. To sozo is to save, protect, or deliver someone from danger or evil in order to preserve wellness and wholeness.
SOZO is here at St. Martin Parish to build and develop our High School faith community. Through evangelization and the power of the Holy Spirit we use faith-based activities to guide our High School students into a deeper relationship with Jesus, family, friends and the surrounding community. It is Jesus who invites us to experience 'sozo' through Him, with Him, and in Him for the glory of God the Father. We strive to empower our youth with a greater awareness of their unique gifts and identity. As members of the kingdom of God today, we recognize and affirm our youth as strong, confident disciples of Christ in the Catholic community.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES and OPPORTUNITIES
We use Flocknote to keep everyone up to date! This is a text service that is supervised by parish administrators for your child’s protection. Students can get messages and reply to them through a transparent ap. It is not a group messaging ap. If you are interested in having your cell number on a list for activities or just prayers let Terri Yohman know.
SoZo Monday hangouts are a come and go open ED Building format. We meet on Monday’s after school following the Buckeye School schedule from 3PM to 7:30PM.
We feed everyone: student’s families are encouraged to help keep the freezer full of things like Tater tots, Mac N Cheese and Lasagna and we do the cooking. We always accept extra chips, soda, cookies and candy to keep our youth well fed.
We strive to support one another through small group discussions, Ascension presents videos, monthly adoration and attendance at pop up events. For example, we may attend a healing prayer service or a dodge ball tournament.
“We come hang out, eat, do homework and have Jesus sprinkled in” ~Aiden C. current Sophomore.
There is a permission slip for regular attendees but students are encouraged to invite their friends as well.
Our Youth Minister Terri Yohman is on the Medina County Schools, Safety & Crisis Response Team and can help answer basic mental health questions as needed and help with referrals to area counselors. She is also active at the Buckeye schools and attends the lunch periods once a week in a mentoring role. If you have a student at Buckeye don’t hesitate to ask her to check in on them—and make sure to have them say hi when they see her there!
Buckeye High School FCA - Buckeye Local Schools offer a Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The fellowship meets at the High School on Thursday mornings after 6:30 AM and before classes begin. It is open to all students not only those involved in sports. Our Youth Minister, Terri Yohman along with other adults, facilitates the group. Fellowship consists of a inspirational lesson, discussion, and prayer. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow Christians and start the day off on a good note.
Retreats are offered to the students in the fall, over the Christmas break, and again during Lent. We must have 10 students sign up to have the event.
Our SoZo students help with the planning and presenting of a retreat for the junior high youth group each year on Presidents Day. We begin talking about it in the fall and finalize the plan during the Martin Luther King Holiday
Our SoZo teens help with our annual Ham and chicken dinners as well as Holiday set up/parish cleaning.
Conferences: We take a group to the Franciscan University Summer High School Conferences in Steubenville each year for a weekend conference that includes nationally known speakers, upbeat renowned music and powerful adoration sessions. This is a fast paced Holy Spirit filled journey with very little sleep and lots of activity.
If there is interest, we will take students to Notre Dame for a weeklong program at the McGrath Institute. This is a more personal conference that is saint focused where college students and faculty present the lectures/activities and run the groups. This is a great spring board for upperclassmen to learn what college life might be like while enjoying the phenomenal campus and great cafeteria food!
For more information on SOZO and other upcoming events, please call or email Mrs. Terri Yohman, at 330-483-3808