Teens, Guns, and Walkouts

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Yesterday teens all over the country, and many in St. Louis, walked out of school for 17 minutes to honor the 17 students who died in the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last month. In addition to honoring their fallen peers, they also were calling for stricter gun control. Next Saturday, March 24th, there will be a “March for Our Lives” in downtown St. Louis, ending at the Arch, with the same goal.

As you talk with your teens over the coming days, weeks, and months, you might find yourself confused about what to say, how to support them, and what the Church teaches on this very divisive topic. Hopefully this will help. Read more »

Response to the Arrest of Jeffrey Eisenbath

Dear group leaders, chaperones, and parents,
 
I wanted to make you aware of a situation that has unfolded regarding a youth ministry volunteer who was present in the Generation Life Pilgrimage this year and has chaperoned several other youth ministry events in previous years. Mr. Jeffrey Eisenbath, who was a chaperone for Sacred Heart parish in Troy on the Pilgrimage, has been arrested by the civil authorities for possession of child pornography and felony invasion of privacy related to placing cameras in private restrooms, including in a restroom at Sacred Heart in Troy. These charges are public.
 
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Are You Being Called to Be a Youth Minister?

Do you have a desire in your heart to serve Christ and His Church? Do you feel Called to Youth Ministry? Good News, the Archdiocese of St. Louis currently has some awesome opportunities (Full-Time)! Here are few:

Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville, MO - Full Description

Youth Minister at St. Alban Roe Parish in Wildwood, MO - Full Description

Director of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Newman Ctr. & Sacred Heart Parishes - Full Description

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One Heart in Charity - ACA

Every year the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) support a number of programs and ministry across the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Catholic Youth Apostolate is one of them. A great number of people experience Christ's love and mercy through the variety of charities, services, ministries, etc. that are supported through the ACA. Please take a moment and read more about the ACA and those they support HERE. Your prayers and any financial support you can give are greatly appreciated. 

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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. 

Executive Summary Read more »

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