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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.

Women of our Catholic Faith Workshop

A Great Model To Minister To Youth!

Blog written by Adrienne Vonder Haar

Women of FaithSacred Heart Parish of Valley Park welcomed 60 girls ranging in age from Kindergarten through seventh grade on January 11th to the second “Women of Our Catholic Faith” workshop. The workshop was a three-hour event that encompassed learning about three women of our faith: St. Gianna, St. Mary Magdalene and Sarah. The programming was provided by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry of the St. Louis Catholic Youth Apostolate for each of the women studied as a part of their Catholic Identity patch series.

Fleece BlanketsThe girls were led through a series of rotations to explore each of these women. Activities and crafts were provided throughout and they also participated in a service project tying fleece blankets to donate to the Good Shepherd Center. Through the work of volunteers, support from Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Group, SHP Men and Ladies Club and the parish school, the workshop was provided at minimal cost to the families who participated.

The workshop was founded by a group of parish women and Girl Scout leaders with the hope that through exposure, the girls would take away valuable faith related lessons from the stories and history of the women presented each year. Besides being a great Parish community event for the girls of the parish and the area Girl Scout organization, the hope is that learning about women who are role models from the Bible and from the legion of Saints will empower girls to participate fully in their faith growing up and realize that all women have a significant role in the Church and a vocation within it.

Event coordinators this year were Pat Snyder, Emily Henderson, Christine Hendricks, Karen Rasure, Sharon Arnzen and Adrienne Vonder Haar.

More Info

Are you interested in using this model for a way of ministering to youth in your parish? The Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry can support you with their programs. You can contact them by phone at 314-792-7613 or by emailing You can also find more information online at

Pat Snyder was one of the main coordinators for the past two years at her parish and she is willing to share with anyone who wants to get the program stated in your parish! Contact Pat at 636-343-6644 or by email at

Inherit the Wind


The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 36th season with Inherit the Wind. This standard of American drama presents a fictionalized account of the Scopes Monkey Trial. When a high school biology teacher is put on trial for teaching evolution, the two greatest legal minds of the day come to clash in small-town USA in the buckle of the Bible belt.

The play features three priests, Fr. Terry Borgerding, Msgr. Norbert Ernst, and Fr. Bill Wigand, plus many talented adult lay people from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This year marks the group’s 36th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door for $14. As noted above, the location of the show has moved to Incarnate Word Academy. This new venue will provide ample seating for our spring show. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the ticket order form. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at 314-846-1060 or email

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or service. Download the Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 9th. For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at 314-853-7651 or email

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

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