Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Mt. 19:14).‚Äč 

     The Lord has a special place in his heart for our children... and he invites all his followers to share that love.  The 1977, song "The Greatest Love of All"* (used in Muhammad Ali's bio-film) summarizes the attitude Holy Name of Mary has for our youth and young adults:

      "I believe the children are our future.
     Teach them well and let them lead the way.
     Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
     Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.
     Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be..."

Holy Name of Mary's Youth Group, SWAGG, is a long-active ministry.  Under the guidance of our Youth Minister, SWAGG gives our youth "voice" in the operations of the larger parish while providing activities that promote Christian identity and growth.  Our youth have gifts to share with the greater Church. Their faith, innocence, enthusiasm, and belief in their ability to accomplish many things in God's Name is what the LORD wishes us to all hold in mind as we go about preaching the Gospel in word and in deed!  

     Under the guidance of members of the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver and the leadership authority of our Parish Youth Minister, the Third Sunday of the Month is now dedicated to giving our parish youth the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. In the Third Sunday Mass our youth perform all Lay ministries... the end result will be future ministers ready, willing, and able to carry on the legacy of Holy Name of Mary in the Morgan Park Community and beyond!

* (C) 1977, Linda Creed and Michael Masser.  All Rights Reserved.