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e5 Men

Calling all married and unmarried men! Want to learn how to love your wife (or future wife) better? Consider becoming an [e5 Man][1]! An e5 Man (Eph 5:27) imitates Christ's love for the Church by making sacrifices for the woman in his life through fasting. By fasting for our earthly bride and joining our sufferings to Christ's we bring our brides to holiness. At the same time our act of bodily love in union with Christ accelerates our own conversion. Join 7000+ men and offer much-needed graces for the women of this world.

[1]: http://www.e5men.org/

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The Splendor of You

During the month of June, tune into Catholic Radio WRYT AM 1080 in St. Louis and KHOJ AM 1460 in St. Charles at 4pm Wednesdays and noon Saturdays for "The Splendor of You," a radio show exploring the issue of chastity and purity in today's world. This half-hour program will be hosted by Bernadette Munsell and Deby Sansone Schlapprizzi. Young adults, teens and parents, tune in! Grandparents, adults of all ages tune in as well!

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Free Pro-Life Video

There are FREE videos available through the Pro-Life Office from the group Priests for Life. This is a great resource to show on the bus on the way to Washington DC if you are planning on attending the March for Life this January. It's also a great resource for those who cannot attend the March for Life, to use at a Life night in your parish youth groups to teach your teens more about the evils of abortion. To find out more information about this, or get your hands on a copy of this free video contact at the Pro-Life Office. All orders must be in by January 10.

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Black History Month Essay Contest

The African American History Committee is hosting a celebration for Black History Month. Part of this celebration is an essay contest open to high schoolers. There is a $100 prize to be awarded to the finalist. The contest deadline is Friday, January 14, 2005. Download this [flyer and application](http://www.stlyouth.org/sites/stlyouth.org/files/eman/26.pdf) for more details.

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Ink & Toner Cartridge Recycling

Hi Everyone! I wanted to let you know about a program I'm working on and ask for your help. Instead of throwing out your used ink or toner cartridges from your printers or copiers, or returning them to the office supply store for recycling, put them to good use feeding and caring for the poorest in our hemisphere. I'm collecting qualified cartridges and sending them to Food for the Poor (FFTP), a Christian organization serving people in the Caribbean and Latin America. According to FFTP's literature, just one cartridge, for which they can get $2, will provide beans and rice for 40 kids' meals. 1000 cartridges allows them to build a solid, quality home for a family. If you'd like to learn more about the work of FTTP, please visit their website at [www.foodforthepoor.com](http://www.foodforthepoor.com/).

Please remember us when you change out your cartridges. Please read the list of qualified [ink](http://www.foodforthepoor.org/recycle/qualifiedinkjet.htm) and [toner](http://www.foodforthepoor.org/recycle/qualifiedtoner.htm) cartridges (some, like Epson, are not recyclable) on the site. You can send them addressed to me, Susan Hannibal, at the Office of Apostolic Services, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119, or bring it by in person and visit for a minute in the West Wing of the Cardinal Rigali Center, 1st floor (directly behind the chapel). I'll collect them and as we fill the boxes, send them off to FFTP. Please contact me with any questions at 314-792-7173 or . Thanks for remembering the poorest of the poor in the course of your everyday activities.

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Catholic Youth Foundation

Check out the resource section of [Catholic Youth Foundation](http://www.catholicyouth.org/) for great ideas on: Icebreakers and Games, Prayer Services, Fundraisers, Service Profects and much more.

All of the ideas have been posted for public domain. Do you have your own great ideas already? You also have the opportunity to post some of your own resources to help other Youth Ministers out. It's a great way to help you come up with new ideas for your youth groups and share your own ideas with others.

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