Spotlight

Reflections From Another Intern

This past summer Julie Schneider assisted the OYM with Project Life. What joy she brought to the offices of the OYM and much needed assistance. Check out [her experience][1] in her own words, as well as those from Susanna, Erin, and Katie.

If you are interested in applying to be an intern for the OYM please visit [this page][2].

[1]: /jobs/internships/testimonies
[2]: /jobs

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The OYM is moving!

The time has come for the OYM and [CYC](http://www.cycstl.net/) staffs to come together at one site. After considering the best location for this consolidation to take place, it was decided that the Cardinal Rigali Center was the place to be.

So, come October 27th and 28th the OYM will be packing up and moving to the Cardinal Rigali Center (well, we're actually already packing!). The office will be closed these two days due to the move. We look forward to getting to know and working with the CYC staff. Please keep us all in your prayers during this time of transition! We thank you all for your support!

Though our address will change, you will still be able to reach us at our current phone numbers. God bless you!

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Eucharistic Love

This month the year of the Eucharist will be coming to a close. It is no coincidence that the year of the Eucharist was the last that John Paul II named. He had a great passion for the Eucharist and he encouraged his flock to have the same love of the sacrament.

To close out this year of the Eucharist the Office of Youth Ministry is hosting a prayer and discussion series “Eucharistic Love”. Join us to talk about different Eucharistic themes and have the great opportunity for Adoration.

One participant in the series said “I know for me it has been awesome being able to take a night out of my week and be ministered to after giving to the teens at my parish.” Being youth ministers and core members, you give so much, give your self a chance to receive for a change.

Check the [Eucharistic Love](http://stlyouth.org/reflectionseries/) page of our web site for more information.

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Hurricane Katrina: Ignites prayers!

Our hearts ache for our dear brothers and sisters down south in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, to name a few. It is certainly heart wrenching to see the pictures of the devastation and to imagine what many people are going through. This is an opportunity for us to unite our prayers together for those in need. Let us ask the Lord to strengthen those without hope, to comfort those who have lost a loved one, and to heal those who are sick.

Many of you may be wondering what you can do. Well, a collection will be taken up in the Archdiocese of St. Louis parishes during the weekend of September 10-11. Just mark your contribution "Hurricane Katrina Relief." The funds collected will go directly to Catholic Charities to provide help where it is most needed or check out the Catholic Charities [web site](http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/news/katrina.cfm).

If you know of any students who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, one possibility is to direct them to [Benedictine College](http://www.benedictine.edu/). The college is opening its doors and offering free tuition for the semester for these college students.

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Thank You Interns!

We have been blessed here at the OYM with the assistance and presence of four incredible interns. It has been a joy to share this ministry with them and to smile as they have witnessed the details of what it takes to put on an event. We are grateful for their generosity of time and talent this summer. They certainly helped lift the load of work for us! Thank you Susanna, Erin, Katie, and Julie! Check out their [thoughts on their experience](/employment/testimonies.php) this summer.

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When God Mixes With US!

There is a song that we sometimes sing in church, “Great Things Happen”, but this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri amazing things happened! This past weekend Steubenville St. Louis Mid America Youth Conference 2005 was hosted on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Over 2000 teens and chaperones came by bus, car and van to meet with a very special friend. And how special it was!

The staff of the Office of Youth Ministry arrived on campus on Thursday morning and saw the calm of the streets, heard the quiet of the theatre, and felt the excitement in the air. Yes, even the air held the excitement to come. As a team we gathered with the Young Apostles at Mass to pray for the conference, for the teens, the chaperones and all connected with the upcoming conference. Even the pastor from the local church we attended felt the excitement in the air and expressed his prayer for the conference attendees.

Then on Friday, the busses, vans and cars started arriving. The registration room became a buzz of welcomes, hellos and hugs as groups met groups and staff welcomed participants. Our long hours of work were ending and the Lord’s work was beginning. For not only was He working in our youth attending, He was working in our staff, volunteers, speakers, religious, priests and deacons. His supreme love for us was everywhere. He met us in our brokenness, in our insecurity, in our unworthiness and did what He does always, LOVES us.

This was my seventh year as local coordinator for the Steubenville St. Louis conference. As always, it was a challenging and rewarding weekend. But something more this year, for the first time, I let go! I so often get bottled up in what has to happen and all the details of running a conference I lose sight of the real reason we are gathered, but this year was different for me. I gave the conference back to God and let Him run it. Truly for me it was life changing. I met challenges head on, but did not lose sight of who was running the conference. For the first time in seven years, I attended not one, but both of the women’s sessions. WOW! When I surrender to Him and give it all back – He does amazing things! I have the fire of His love inside of me and I want to scream His love, I feel as if I could burst with the love He has for me. And really all I can say is WOW – great things really do happen when God mixes with us!

This year was for me, my most changing. Someone told me I need to be attentive to others, for God can work through them to me. I have never looked for the small signs from Him that tell me He hears me, so when I take the time to listen and the words they speak, I realize it is from Him, it shakes me. To get that sign so insignificantly from out of the blue can shake you and it certainly shook me. Driving home last night from Springfield again filled my heart with His love and I realized again and again how much He does love me. His love is more than mountains, oceans and people. His love for me, realized can only change me. WOW – amazing things happen when God mixes with us!

Rosanne Twellman

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