OYM News

Liz Buncher to move on from OYM

Come by the OYM at the Cardinal Rigali Center (3rd floor) on July 30th from 1-3pm to say good-bye to Liz! 

After more than three years as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Liz Buncher will be leaving the OYM to be the Campus Minister and to teach sacraments at Notre Dame High School this fall.  Liz has brought much joy, creativity, experience and care for youth ministers and young people.  Her love for youth and those who serve them as been an asset to the OYM and parishes in the Archdiocese.  Thank you Liz for using your gifts to serve and to bring Christ to the people of St. Louis! Read more »


OYM Garage Sale

It's been said that "one man's junk is another man's treasure." See for yourself at the OYM garage sale! Our much needed storage space is getting filled up with old computers, printers, vases, clothes, Papal visit posters, banners, sign holders, and other miscellaneous trinkets that we've collected over the years. All items must go! They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Matt Maher's CD Overflow


1. Buy the new Matt Maher CD Overflow


2. Support the OYM!


It's that simple! This is just one more way you can help support the OYM and listen to some incredible music at the same time. OCP has agreed to directly donate some of the proceeds from the CD sales to us. Check out your options on how to order as many CDs as you would like and tell a friend! Thank you for your support! Read more »


We've Moved!

Did you know that the OYM has moved locations? If not, now you do! We are located now at the Cardianl Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr. We would love to see you, so come by and say hi! We are on the third floor! Get off the elevator and turn right, then turn right before the double doors, and just keep walking 'till you find us! See you soon!


Reflection Series Going Strong

We just completed week 4 of our Eucharistic Love series here at the OYM. It has been a blessing for many youth ministers and young adults to come together for some faith sharing and adoration! We have talked about such topics as what it means to await the Lord in the Eucharist, suffering and authentic love. We have encountered the Lord personally through adoration.

There are 5 more weeks in the series and you are all invited to come! That is, if you are a young adult, a youth minister, volunteer, campus minister, or core member! Come let yourself be nourished by the Eucharist as we close out this Year of the Eucharist.

Our Holy Father just began the Synod on the Eucharist in Rome on October 2, 2005. You can support the pope, cardinals, bishops, and priests with your prayers by joining them in praying the [Prayer for the Synod][1].

Come join us next week, October 10, 2005 for prayer and faith sharing on the topic of “Mary’s Intercession in the Eucharist”! It is held at Blessed John XXIII Center from 7-8:30pm. Don’t take our word for it, but listen to some of the experiences of those who are coming:

>"Common life can be messy and the Eucharistic series has satisfied two aspects of my intention to continue searching for Christ this autumn. I enjoy the communion of reality with theYouth Ministry community and this encounter with them teaches me about that intimate place inside each of us that is struggling, creative, ecstatic, deeply engaged and there I find God through what is proclaimed, shared, and prayed. Secondly, to pray with those who have humbly shared themselves before Jesus present in the Eucharist helps to overcome the twists and turns of daily life and ministry. Thank you OYM for this opportunity to pray together for His Church, His Teens, and ourselves."

Check out the [Eucharistic Love][2] page of our web site for more information.

[1]: http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=77486
[2]: http://stlyouth.org/reflectionseries/


OYM and CYC to merge

In keeping with the re-alignment of the Archdiocesan Curia, the Office of Youth Ministry and Catholic Youth Council will merge to form the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. The merger, currently in process, should be completed no later than June 30, 2005.

Presently the two staffs are preparing to consolidate their offices at one site. After examining space at the current locations of the Blessed John XXIII Center and the Cardinal Rigali Center, as well as other locations in the immediate area, it was decided that the place that offered the greater space with the better amenities for both staffs would be the Cardinal Rigali Center. The move will mean a consolidation of all youth ministry work into one office. All the final pieces are still being worked out but, if all falls into place, the physical move could come as early as October 27th or 28th.

The move and approaching merger should not impede the services that are currently being offered by either agency. In the long run, with a combined staff and a combined budget, we are confident that we can improve upon some of those services as well as respond to additional needs for all youth groups, athletic teams, boy scout and girl scout troops, youth ministers, scout leaders and coaches.

We will keep you up to date as the merger continues.

Fr. John Borcic
Executive Director - OCYM