Changes to the OYM

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Dear Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,

As the Office of Youth Ministry (OYM) concludes our summer of youth retreat camps and conferences, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some recent changes to our office that we believe will strengthen the understanding of youth ministry and offer new avenues for youth to encounter Christ’s love and truth.

On March 13, 2015, Archbishop Robert Carlson announced some changes to the Catholic Youth Apostolate (CYA). The first of those changes was that Fr. Brian Fischer was returning to parish ministry and Brian Miller was announced as his successor as the Executive Director of the CYA. The second was that the Office of Catholic Scouting was absorbed by the OYM. The CYA is now made up of four ministries within one apostolate: Office of Youth Ministry, St. Louis Young Adults, CYC Sports, and the REAP Team.  Read more »

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Training Day

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Every year around September the Office of Youth Ministry has  Training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry. 

Event: Training Day

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

What: This will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

Where: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Time:  Check-in and breakfast is from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Guests: Deacon Dana Nearmyer Read more »

Encounter Weekend: Registration Now Open!

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Encounter is a weekend of camping and outdoor fun with friends, challenging games, hiking, and Activity Stations in the woods. We'll have live praise and worship music as well as Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation on Saturday Evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with an outdoor Mass and breakfast.

Register online or download the form below and fax it to 314-792-7619.

Who:

All Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts

When:

September 18-20, 2015

Where:

Beaumont Scout Reservation

Cost:

$25 per scout and adult

We provide: Programming, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast
You provide: Camping gear and all other meals at your campsite Read more »

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Less Nones

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We’ve all heard the research about the “nones.” More people in the US than ever identify themselves with no religion whatsoever. There’s no doubt many of them are coming from the Catholic Church. Youth Ministry can definitely help stem the tide, but how can we be sure that we are doing the most effective ministry we can? Read more »

It's the shortest verse in Scripture. It might be the most powerful.

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Today I’m going to the funeral of a friend of mine. Her name is Alison. She was 31. 31! She was married with three kids under the age of 7. Her youngest just turned 1 on Easter. She died in the middle of the night. She was very healthy, and the doctors can’t explain what happened. As you can imagine, her husband and the rest of her family are devastated. As I think about what is in store for them – growing up without a mom, explaining to a 3 year old why mommy can’t read her a story, having Thanksgiving and Christmas without your daughter – I can’t help but ask why. We all ask why when faced with something tragic. Read more »