Recent Blog Posts

The most recent blog posts from OYM Bloggers.

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 »

Our Joyful Encounter with the Lord

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"In the summer of 2017, the U.S. Bishops and diocesan leaders from across the country gathered in for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel. Listening to each other, we sensed the Holy Spirit calling us to a time of urgent renewal. As I thought about how to bring that urgency and renewal to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, my mind went back to Pope Francis' exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel." The reflection on these pages is the introduction to a series on living the joy of the Gospel in St. Louis. Subsequent sections will be published in December, February, and April."
 
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
 
Archbishop of St. Louis 

Avoid Politics at Thanksgiving Dinner. Talk Religion!

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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 »

5 Essential Tips to Help You Become a Social Media Rockstar

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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 »

When Your Mom Literally is a Saint

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"Only those who have the courage to give of themselves totally to God and to others are able to fulfill themselves"

St. John Paul II canonization homily of St. Gianna

Who do you want to be? Have you achieved it? Are you close?  Read more »

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 »

Meet Intern Maggie

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The OYM welcomed three Spring Interns into our ministry team last month. We are excited and blessed to have them join us in serving youth ministry in our Archdiocese of St. Louis! Today I want to introduce you to Maggie, so check out somethings she shared with me:

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Meet Intern Katie

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The OYM welcomed three Spring Interns into our ministry team last month. We are excited and blessed to have them join us in serving youth ministry in our Archdiocese of St. Louis! Today I want to introduce you to Katie, so check out somethings she shared with me: Read more »