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Archbishop Carlson's Speech at the Rally for Religious Liberty

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Speech from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at the Rally for Religious Liberty in Jefferson City, MO.


Archbishop Carlson Challenges HHS Mandate at Rally

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OYM to Sponsor Presentation for Youth Ministers on Teen Depression and Suicide

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Did you know…

• 1 out of 8 youth, age 15-24, suffer from depression
• 90% of suicides are linked to mental illness, which is treatable
• We lose more young people to suicide than the combined top 6 medical causes of death

The Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry will be hosting a presentation on adolescent depression and suicide lead by CHADS Coalition for Mental Health.  The presentation will help youth ministers and adult volunteers learn to recognize symptoms of depression and warning signs of suicide in children and teens, as well as about treatment and therapy resources, coping skills and appropriate ways to address the topic with young people. Read more »


Group Registration for Project Life opens Thursday, March 8th!

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Every year the Office of Youth Ministry takes a week in June to serve those in need with over a hundred teens from around the Archdiocese of St. Louis in an event call Project Life.  Project Life will be taking place from late Sunday, June 10thto Saturday morning,  June 16th.  Throughout the course of the week, teens (a.k.a. “Feet Washers”) come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve.  Through powerful programming, hard work, sharing in the Sacraments, and great music, Project Life has given many youth groups and teens many awesome experiences. Read more »


XLT invites you throughout 2012

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Once a month teens from all over the Archdiocese come together for an awesome night of prayer called, "XLT."  XLT stands for "Exalt" and this program was created as an opportunity for teens to gather in community before the Blessed Sacrament. 

Over the years XLT has expanded to upwards of 200 teens and young adults gathering each fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Catherine Laboure for a night filled with talented musicians, speakers, Reconciliation, and of course, Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

Many youth ministers and leaders help organize and facilitate these monthly prayer events, which allows for a variety of teens from all over St. Louis to join.  If you have never attended an XLT or have never taken a group, this event is great opportunity for teens. Read more »


HHS Mandate

Read what Archbishop Carlson has to say

Share our short 30 second clip in response to the HHS Mandate.


National Vocation Awareness Week

By Reverend Christopher Martin, Vocation Director

Every year the Church offers to the faithful an entire week dedicated to vocation awareness. What does this mean?

Certainly it is an opportunity for us as a people of faith to be grateful to the many men and women who inspire us by the very lives they lead. But, it is also a time for us to reflect on the fact that we all have a vocation.

The Church reminds us that Jesus calls us each by name to follow Him in faith and love by living our lives no longer for ourselves but for Him. This is what is referred to as the universal call to holiness. Beginning at baptism, each of us is destined for heaven. So becoming a saint is not so much an option for a few, but the pre-requisite for all to enter into heaven.

Jesus calls individuals to follow Him in three primary ways; priesthood, marriage, and the dedicated single life (including consecrated life). Read more »