Recent Blog Posts

The most recent blog posts from OYM Bloggers.

Less Nones

Tony Phillips's picture

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.

Tony Phillips's picture

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

Tom Lancia's picture

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 »

Meet Intern Laura

Tom Lancia's picture

In January of 2015 the Office of Youth Ministry welcomed three Spring Interns into our ministry team. 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 Laura, so check out somethings she shared with me:

Laura Dieckhoff

School and Year? Sophomore at Saint Louis University

What are you studying? Theology with a minor in Biology

Home Parish? St. Mary’s- Pierce City, MO

When did you take ownership of your faith? Read more »

#GenLifeSTL Pilgrimage

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What is Generation Life?
 
Generation Life is an annual event lead by the Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As many of you may know, the March for Life takes place in Washington DC every year on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Inspired by the Church’s pro-life teachings, we gather teenagers and young adults from around the St. Louis area to attend the march in the nation’s capitol.
 
While we are there, we will also have three days of programming, Mass, confessions, and free time to tour the city.
 
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#icebucketchallenge

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Yes, I have been challenged to have a bucket of ice water poured over my head… multiple times. And don’t worry – I accepted the challenge.  But before I share footage of an ice water soaked me with the world, I’d like to share my thoughts, which simply don’t fit within the confines of a video.

First and foremost, I think it's awesome that's so much awareness is being raised about ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  For those who do not know too much about this debilitating disease, you can learn more about it here – and when you do, please say a prayer for all who are suffering. 

Secondly, I think it is hilarious to watch so many people get doused with ice water. That's my kind of humor, folks!  I especially like all of the fails! Read more »

Practical Lenten Ideas

Paul Masek's picture

Today is Ash Wednesday.  And it’s not the feast day of your favorite Pokemon trainer, either.

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist sharing this image, which always makes me smirk.

As you know, it’s the first day of Lent!

Lent is a gift, and every year the Church gives us this gift so that we can focus on improving our own personal relationships with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Read more »

Temptation

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In our experience as Christians, we know very well temptation exists. No human being can escape from temptation. Everywhere we go and in everything we do, we are constantly surrounded by temptations- cheating, drugs, alcohol, lust, lying, premarital and extramarital sex, envy, anger, and etc. Our challenge, as Christians, is to resist and overcome temptation in order to attain and participate in a share life with God. However simple as it may sound, we know this to be no easy feat. In fact, Jesus never said being a disciple would be easy. Instead, He told his disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whomever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Read more »

The One

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In our retreat work with high school students, sometimes we allow students to ask us questions – anonymously – by writing them on index cards. The questions can be about anything that we've discussed on the retreat so far: freedom in Christ, how to help a friend, how to keep your faith alive, chastity, love, sex, dating and/or relationships. The questions can also be completely random: what did you have for breakfast, what is your favorite color, who is your favorite Disney princess (spoiler alert – mine is Ariel, The Little Mermaid), or anything else. It's a great session, because lots of people have lots of questions that they might not ever ask out loud, but about which they secretly wonder.  Inquiring minds, after all, need to know.

As one of the married people on our retreat team, sometimes I get asked, "How did you know that your wife was 'the one' for you to marry?" Read more »