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Random Acts of Sportsmanship Spotted at CYC Lacrosse Games

The CYC Lacrosse season opened last month with 12 games scheduled on Saturday March 21st.  In the game between Sacred Heart-Florissant and St. Michael, a Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) was spotted, not once, but twice. Two different times a Sacred Heart player fell to the ground.  Both times, Evelyn Trampe, a St. Michael player, stopped immediately to see if fallen player was alright, and helped her to her feet.  The Sacred Heart coach, Mike Seibman, called out, "that is great sportsmanship #33".  Way to go Evelyn!

We also want to recognize Mike Seibman and his Sacred Heart-Florissant team and Karen Anderson and her St. Gerard team for their RAS.  Due to a scheduling snafu, two teams were left without an opponent.  In those cases Mike and Karen had their teams stay so the teams that were excited to start the season had someone to play instead of having a forfeit.  Thanks Coaches!!

Often times acts of good sportsmanship go unnoticed, or if noticed, unmentioned.  Those should not be unmentionables!  They should be spotted and shouted about.  As a CYC we want to recognize these acts, praise the people involved, and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.  So when you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship make a mental note and then drop an email about it to buzzswanston@archstl.org so we can shout about it and bring it to everyone's attention.  As the CYC, we want to help everyone realize that good sportsmanship makes great sports!!

Presentation Sunday Prayer Service

The girls have truly seen a glimpse into the very heart of Mary. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to spend time with them as they learned to be able to step into the shoes of Mary and learn from her example how to make all the various activities of life- a willingness to glorify God. As future wives…mothers….and as children of God, may they keep their hearts always turned toward God as they carry out all their many and various activities with which they will find themselves involved, simple because they had said “yes” with the heart of Mary.

The above quote is from an adult moderator for the Mary, the First Disciple faith formation program, which is one of the many faith formation programs offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.  Through this program, girls grow in an appreciation of Mary and in an understanding of themselves. On Sunday, March 8, the 185 girls who have completed the Mary, the First Disciple faith formation program and the 13 girls who have completed The Spirit Alive! program will be recognized at the annual Presentation Sunday Prayer Service.  Sixteen adult leaders will also be presented with the St. Anne and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards. The annual prayer service will be held at the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Blvd. It begins at 2:30 pm and will conclude at 3:30 pm.

The Mary, the First Disciple program is open to all girls in grades seven through twelve.  Through various service projects, discussions and celebrations, the girls grow to understand and know Mary as a model of openness and spirituality – a woman of the Church.   It enables them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord” and is a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. 

The Spirit Alive! is another faith formation program offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.  The Spirit Alive helps young people grow in their awareness of the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit has manifested itself in the history of the people of God.  With emphasis on prayer, study of Scripture, documents of Vatican II, and service to others, this program assists youth in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to a greater participation in the Church’s ministry. 

To learn about the many different faith formation programs and retreats for girls and boys offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry or for more information about Presentation Sunday, please visit the OCS website or call (314) 792-7613.

Come to Me, All Who Are Weary…and in Need of a Youth Leader Retreat!

Annual Adult Youth Leader Retreat

Youth Leader Retreat

The Office of Youth Ministry is hosting its annual Adult Youth Leader Retreat this weekend, Feb 20th-22nd, 2015. The event takes place at the beautiful King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville, Il. There will be around 40 people in attendance as they reflect on the theme for the weekend, which is The Great Christian Adventure: Living and Ministering in Jesus Christ. Click here for a complete outline of the retreat schedule.

Meet the Host: Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STL

Father Jeffery Kirby, STLThe host for the weekend is Fr. Jeffery Kirby, STL. He is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, SC and serves as the Vicar of Vocations. He has a rich history of ministering to the youth in the Catholic Church and is also the author of Lord, Teach Us to Pray: A Guide to the Spiritual Life and Christian Discipleship.

 

Please Pray

Please keep all of the participants in prayer this weekend. Since youth leaders spend a great deal of time ministering to others, this is a great opportunity for them to take time for themselves and to be spiritually nourished and refreshed.

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