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The most recent blog posts from OYM Bloggers.

40 Days of Gratitude

Gretchen Pacheco's picture

ImageThis year, in addition to making a sacrifice and “giving something up” (Diet Coke and all other soda, btw – pray for me!) I’m going to really try and focus on what I am thankful for.  I want to spend this Lent focusing not on what I am missing out on - but on all that the Lord has so graciously given me.   Read more »

Catholic in St. Louis? There's an App for That!

Jeff Geerling's picture

I'm sure many of you reading this blog post already have an iPod Touch or iPhone. If you do, go to the App Store, search for 'Catholic STL,' and download the Archdiocese of St. Louis' new App. Read more »


Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

Well, are you ready? It’s almost here! It’s those 40 days of preparation where we anticipate the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior who saves us from sin and longs to draw us ever closer to Him.

And of course, there’s fish fries! There’s nothing like a greasy fish sandwich on a Friday evening! (Maybe I’ll get a check for the advertising...) Read more »

Speed Bumps

Kathleen McGovern's picture

Speed bumps are annoying. When I encounter one I usually try to go over it as quickly as possible, making the whole point of a speed bump irrelevant. However, the other day as I careened over yet another speed bump and nearly hit a pedestrian, the importance of speed bumps hit me.  Read more »

Gospel of Mark: "I Am Well Pleased"

Fr. Thomas Pastorius's picture

Let us continue our exploration of the Gospel of Mark

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:9-11) Read more »


Rachel Allen's picture

Last month, I told you about the teens at Incarnate Word in Chesterfield and their mission to provide clean water for a village in Nicaragua ( For the month of January, we gave up drinking everything but water to help build a water system for the village of El Chonco through Amigos for Christ ( Amigos told us they needed $5,000, so we made that our goal, not really believing we could, but knowing God might surprise us. To help raise money, our teens told everyone at home and school about their mission. Not only did they personally sacrifice all their favorite drinks, but they held dress down days, put donation jars in classrooms, and emptied their piggy banks to try and reach this goal. Read more »

Thank God for This Weather!

Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

How 'bout this weather, huh? It seems to be the talk of the town! After Snowmageddon 2.0 or Snowpacalypse 2011 it's nice to have some sunny 70 degree weather--in the middle of February. Thanks, St. Louis, for having the craziest weather! (Poor meteorologists!)

I was thinking about this great weather when I was out and about today. With sunglasses on and windows rolled down I thought to myself, "Thank God for this weather! Oh wait--yeah, I should thank God for this weather!"

If you're like me, at times you forget to thank God for the simple things, the little blessings that are woven throughout our lives. These little moments can be grace-filled moments if we recognize them as from God, for us. If we're really open to God's grace we'll see tiny ways in which we can grow closer to Him, even if it's as simple as a nice sunny day in wintertime. Read more »

Holy Naps

Paul Masek's picture


Most people I know are convinced that prayer should be a regular part of their lives, and most people I know are also convinced that they don’t pray as often as they should.  I include myself among most people I know.  I find it is easy to forget that prayer is more than just a part of our relationship with God; rather, prayer is our relationship with God.*

My good friend Paula recently shared with me a revolutionary way to approach prayer which is working – and has created quite a following – where she teaches and does campus ministry at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL.  Read more »

Gospel of Mark: The Beginning

Fr. Thomas Pastorius's picture

I have been looking for a topic to write about for my youth ministry blog that would be different from other things that I have been doing and the thought came to me the other day to just take one of the Gospels and reflect on it from start to finish and since I am stationed at St. Mark’s Parish I thought I would start with the Gospel of Mark. Read more »

Why I HATE (and love) Letters from Parents on Retreats

Paul Masek's picture

ImageWhen we include letters from parents as part of a retreat or other ministry event, we have the best intentions. We love to see teens touched by love, especially the love of their parents. It is powerful when teens cry, and there are always some tears when we hand out these letters. Some who work with teens even believe that teen’s tears are a sign God’s presence – and a sign that we have done our job well.

It’s supposed to be a love letter and an affirmation letter. Many good people involved in youth ministry believe that it’s an essential part of retreats. In some places, it is a sacred tradition. Read more »