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Why You Should Care About The Pastoral Assembly

Want to see support for youth ministry grow? Your voice is needed! If you're a youth minister or youth leader, Archbishop Carlson is inviting you to this year's Annual Pastoral Assembly entitled, “The Young Church: Witness of Hope.”

What Is the Pastoral Assembly?

The Pastoral Assembly is Archbishop Carlson's invitation to church leaders and decision-makers from all around the Archdiocese of St. Louis to gather and discuss topics that are important to the church. For the first time ever, they will be discussing the importance of youth ministry programs and the effects they have on our church. This is a big deal! We want you to have a seat at the table so you can provide a positive witness and receive greater support for your youth ministry program. Read more »


SteubySTL Mid-America 2016

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Follow Along with these 2 Awesome Weekends at 






Scouting and the Catholic Church


According to "Renewing the Vision," the US Bishops' framework for Youth Ministry, "All ministry with adolescents must be directed towards presenting young people with the Good news of Jesus Christ and inviting and challenging them to become disciples" (page 10).

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has accomplished this in many ways, including partnering with scouting organizations and instituting Catholic faith programs to be offered through these programs. We have seen many fruits come from our Catholic Scouting programs. Additionally, the leadership and life skills offered through scouting has been a valuable resource for many of our youth. Read more »


Teen ACTS Workshop

Sacred Heart - Valley Park will be hosting a Teen ACTS Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 27, which will be facilitated by Eric J. Martinez, Director of Teen ACTS, ACTS Missions, San Antonio, TX. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Sacred Heart room below the Church.

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in being considered for the Teen ACTS Team that will start formation in April, or who simply wants to learn more about this powerful weekend (perhaps on behalf of a high school age child). Attendees must have attended an adult ACTS Retreat.


Meet our new Coordinator of Faith Programs

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On Monday, February 1st, we welcomed Joe Dobrynski to the Office of Youth Ministry as our new Coordinator of Faith Programs. We are excited to have him be a part of our ministry family!

Joe has great passion for his Catholic Faith and Youth Ministry. Joe graduated from Benedictine College in May 2011 with his B.A. in Theology. Following college he served as a FOCUS Missionary for two years and then was called to the mission field of youth ministry. Joe returned to St. Louis in the summer of 2013 and became the Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation Coordintor at St. Anselm Parish. Joe is also a married with two young boys. His passion, knowledge, experience, and servant heart will help OYM strengthen youth ministry and support all those who wish to empower young people to become disciples of Jesus Christ.


Hope and Holiness

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Pastoral Care for Those with Same-Sex Attraction

March 1, 2, 3, 2016

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