Youth Ministry - Who Gives a Hoot?

I knew that would get your attention! **The answer is that Jesus does.** So does Archbishop Raymond Burke. So does Sr. M. Consolata whom Archbishop Burke has asked to be the interim Director of the Office of Youth Ministry.

**So do you!** **Over two thousand** of you attended [Steubenville St. Louis Youth Conference](/steubenville/) in Springfield, Missouri. **Another 120** of you attended [Project Life](/projectlife/), and **135** of you have just come back from the Steubenville Youth Conference in Steubenville. **Many** of the parishes have signed up for [VITAL](/vital/), a parish support program. **Some** of you will be welcoming to St. Louis **twenty young visitors from Holland** during the first two weeks of August, and they, in turn, will return the favor during next year's World Youth Day. Many of you have already registered for [World Youth Day 2005](/worldyouthday/). **If you haven't registered, kindly check out the web page.**

**These are exciting times**, not only for you but for all the youth of the Archdiocese. Pope John Paul II keeps telling our youth: **"You belong to Christ and Christ belongs to you!"**

We will continue to lead you closer and closer to Jesus Christ, **to challenge you with His Gospel, to nurture you with the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation** and to invite you to serve others in need. **Jesus**, then, **will use you** to bring others to know Jesus Christ in such a way that their lives will also be changed. This will bring you great joy!

As you know, Father Bob Smoot has taken a leave of absence. Let us keep him in our prayers. He has served you and the Church very well.

**However, the Office of Youth Ministry will continue to make exciting programs available to you.** Joel Stein will continue to work with Sr. M. Consolata in carrying on the work of youth ministry. So will Paul Masek and Heather Gallagher who do an awesome job with the [Reap Team](http://www.reapteam.org/)! Rosanne Twellman will continue to work with us as a part time event coordinator.

Please call Sr. M. Consolata or Joel Stein with any questions you might have about the above programs. Don't forget to register for [World Youth Day 05](/worldyouthday/). I hope to see you at Inspiration 04 at Six Flags!

Meanwhile, pray for the Search Committee as it seeks a new Director of the Office of Youth Ministry. It is a joy to work with you!

*—Bishop Bob Hermann*

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