Catholic Youth Apostolate - General

Fr. Scheid Players Announce Audition Dates for Spring Production of You Can't Take It With You

The Catholic Youth Apostolate and the Fr. William Scheid Players are pleased to announce audition dates for their spring production of You Can’t Take It With You, a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

Audition dates are:

  • Sunday January 22 at 2 pm -  Cardinal Rigali Center
  • Monday January 23 at 7 pm -  Cardinal Rigali Center
  • Sunday January 29 at 7pm - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School

Parts are available for nine men, seven women, and three extras, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The show will take place on March 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at Incarnate Word Academy. If you are interested in auditioning but are unable to attend, please contact the director, Dan Karcher at

For nearly four decades, the Fr. Scheid Players have been presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds to benefit the youth programs of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Synopsis of the play:
Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family and their friends are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them!

But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all!

STL Young Adult Forum

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will host the second annual Young Adult Forum on Saturday, November 5th from 1-4:30pm at Boland Hall next door to the New Cathedral.

November 5th will be the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s fifth anniversary, and we believe the Forum will be a fitting way to celebrate. As the apostolate continues to grow, we are developing new initiatives to engage young adults in the life of their parish and the archdiocese. The day will consist of two short talks addressing evangelization and strategies for young adult outreach, two breakout discussion sessions, the opportunity to meet with other young adult leaders, and prayer. The Forum will officially end at 4:30pm, but we encourage participants to attend the 5pm Vigil Mass at the Cathedral. After Mass, we will be organizing small dinner groups at restaurants in the Central West End so participants can continue the conversation over food and drink.

Pastors from around the archdiocese have been asked to invite two members from each parish to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact you parish priest. Visit the brand new Young Adult website for more information!

St. John Paul II Scholarship Fund

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is excited to announce the St. John Paul II Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is made possible by generous benefactors who have donated to the Catholic Youth Apostolate to help sustain our efforts of reaching youth with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. 

This new Scholarship fund exists to help parishes improve their youth ministry outreach. We know that parishes across our Archdiocese serve our youth in many unique and varying ways.  Some parishes have many financial resources to do this, while others are working with very little, sometimes nothing.  Regardless of your current level of involvement in youth outreach, all parishes in the Archdiocese are eligible for a grant from this fund as long as they meet certain criteria.

Scholarship Criteria


Only parishes within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are eligible for the St. John Paul II Scholarship fund. Programs that operate as multi-parish youth ministry clusters should identify a primary pastoral representive from only one parish to apply.

Demonstrated financial need 

Demonstrate to the grant committee that there is a real need at your parish that is currently not being met.  Each qualifying finalist parish will be asked more in depth questions regarding parish financial resources and the amount of resources currently dedicated to serving youth in direct ministry. 

Mission Oriented Programming

Many of our parishes have programs that engage youth in a various ways.  While not all programs or projects funded by the St. John Paul II scholarship fund need to be strictly catechetic in nature, they should have a spirit of evangelization and leadership at their core.  We are excited to grant these funds to help our parishes continue to develop key leaders and missionary disciples in our parishes. 

Scholarships Available

$2500- 6

$5000 - 4

$15,000 - 1

Our Patron

The Scholarship fund is named in honor of St. John Paul's visit to St. Louis. The visit of this Saint to our city changed youth ministry here forever by inspiring parishes and our Archdiocese to do more for our youth. In his honor and through his intercession it is our hope to continue the spirit of his visit to our city and to inspire parishes to  "Be Not Afraid" of finding new and creative way to preach the Gospel to young people.  

Preliminary Application Process

Each parish wishing to apply for funds will be asked to fill out a preliminary application. This helps our committee identify a list of finalists whom we will ask for more detailed plans of how they will use the scholarship funds and build a comprehensive vision for youth outreach.  The preliminary Application consists of demonstrating your needs, telling us about your dreams, and how you plan to accomplish them with the money granted. Preliminary applications are due by 12/31/16. 


Apply Now


Parishes that qualify as finalists will be notified by January 31 and sent a more comprehensive grant application that must be completed within 30 days.  Final grants will be announced by May 3 and will be distributed in Fiscal Year 2018, beginning July 1, 2017.

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