Recent Blog Posts

The most recent blog posts from OYM Bloggers.

People Over Problems: Project Life 2016

Andrea Koenemann's picture

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

Joe Dobrynski's picture

"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

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

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 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

Tom Lancia's picture
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.
 
Event Details
 

#icebucketchallenge

Paul Masek's picture

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 »