Annual Pastoral Assembly Highlights Youth Ministry

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Every year the Archdiocese of St. Louis hosts leaders from parishes all over the diocese to discuss key issues for our Church today at the Annual Pastoral Assembly. This year the Assembly highlighted youth ministry as a vital part of the New Evangelization. 

The message sent was one of dire need but also hope. Our young people are dying for a place to be loved and call home, and our Church has an incredible opportunity to be that place for them. 

We have posted here the executive summary and a couple of videos from the event for you to look over or to share with others who may want (or need) to learn more about how youth ministry can help our parishes, our young people, our families, and our world. There are more helpful tools on our resource page as well. 

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Avoid politics at Thanksgiving Dinner. Talk Religion. Ok, well, not really. But we should be prepared to share our witness at any time. That’s what I learned a few days ago. Last weekend I went on a hunting trip with my father, brothers, uncles, and cousins. And even in a family where everyone was raised catholic, I’m often seen as the “Catholic guy.” I’m guessing that many of you can relate. Read more »

Why You Should Care About The Pastoral Assembly

Want to see support for youth ministry grow? Your voice is needed! If you're a youth minister or youth leader, Archbishop Carlson is inviting you to this year's Annual Pastoral Assembly entitled, “The Young Church: Witness of Hope.”

What Is the Pastoral Assembly?

The Pastoral Assembly is Archbishop Carlson's invitation to church leaders and decision-makers from all around the Archdiocese of St. Louis to gather and discuss topics that are important to the church. For the first time ever, they will be discussing the importance of youth ministry programs and the effects they have on our church. This is a big deal! We want you to have a seat at the table so you can provide a positive witness and receive greater support for your youth ministry program. Read more »

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There’s one outstanding skill that I believe every great youth minister possesses. One that even distinguishes youth ministers from everyone in the secular world. Do you know what it is?

Youth ministers are excellent at being professional relationship builders.

Building relationships is your profession. Every experienced youth minister knows that if you want to talk to teenagers about Jesus and the Catholic Church, you have to earn the right to be heard. You do that by building a strong, consistent, and valuable relationship with them. Read more »

People Over Problems: Project Life 2016

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Staring at a mound of trash, holding your nose to avoid the rancid scent of decaying garbage. Walking into a daycare full of underprivileged children, not knowing what their lives are like when they leave the safety of the school walls. Mowing through a field of overgrowth at Greenwood Cemetery that stretches further than you can see in all directions (link to Tony’s blog). These are a few of the tasks that a hundred high schoolers from parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis faced as they embarked on a week of service and prayer known as Project Life. For many of them, these tasks may have seemed overwhelming. Yet, with all of the vigor and youthful energy they could muster, they set out to accomplish a goal and solve whatever problems they faced. But, that’s just the thing, they weren’t there to perform a task or complete a challenge. Read more »