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Training Day 2015

Every year in September the Office of Youth Ministry has training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry.  This year, the keynote speaker will be Deacon Dana Nearmyer, the Lead Consultant for Evangelization and Catholic Formation for Youth in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Deacon Nearmyer is also an Adjunct Instructor of Evangelization and Catechesis at Benedictine College where he teaches courses on Youth Ministry. Other presenters will be Katie Gray, Rachel Allen, and OYM Staff.

Event: Training Day

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015

WhatThis will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

WhereKenrick-Glennon Seminary

Time:  Check-in and breakfast are from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Guest:  Deacon Dana Nearmyer

Price$25.00 per person by August 30th, $35.00 per person on and after August 31st.
            Priests are free.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register On-Line Here .

For more information contact Tom Lancia at 314-792-7618 or tomlancia@archstl.org.

Internship Opportunities in the Catholic Youth Apostolate

The Office of Youth Ministry – a ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis – is seeking energetic, motivated, faithful self-starters for our internship program.  This program offers college age students an opportunity to give a period of service to the Church, while gaining valuable experience and formation.  The internship can be used for course credit. For more information please review the OYM Intern Job Description or visit stlyouth.org. To apply, complete our Internship Application and submit it to Tom Lancia, the Director of Youth Ministry:

Tom Lancia
Director of Youth Ministry
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis Mo, 63119

Email: tomlancia@archstl.org
Office: (314) 792-7618
Fax: (314) 792-7619

The Office of Young Adult Ministry strives to support and create a vibrant and visible community of Catholic young adults.  We seek to challenge young adults to live out the Gospel call of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28), while continuing to grow in their relationship with Christ and the Church.  This ministry offers young adults the opportunity to grow in their spiritual life and form lasting relationships based on the call of Christ to holiness, community and service.

The intern for the Office of Young Adult Ministry will gain valuable experience by assisting the office staff with the execution of several major Young Adult programs.  These programs will include, but are not limited to, Emmaus Small Faith Sharing Groups, Encounter Young Adult Conference, Theology on Tap and the Discipulus Young Adult Institute. For more details, view the OYAM Internship Job Description. To apply, complete the OYAM Internship Application and send it to Kasia Penna, the Director of Young Adult Ministry:

Kasia Penna
Director of Young Adult Ministry
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO  63119

Email:  kasiapenna@archstl.org
Office: (314) 792-7008
@STLYoungAdults

Many "Random Acts of Sportsmanship" Displayed During Recent Archdiocesan Baseball and Softball Championship Games!

Several years ago, the CYC started a program called Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS).  We asked any parent, coach, spectator or player to simply report any and all outstanding acts of sportsmanship they witnessed during a CYC game.  These are acts that we want to encourage all our participants to display every time they take the field or court.  In addition to recognizing winners of games, we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize Acts of Sportsmanship at our athletic events.  As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition. 

Many instances of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) were spotted during the recent 2015 Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Playoffs. Following are a few examples:

  • Two Incarnate Word 6th grade softball teams were on a collision course to play in the Championship final game. Coaches Bill Snyders and Dan Walsh got together to discuss the situation. It is impressive that two teams from the same school made it all the way to the Archdiocesan Championship game. They decided that this accomplishment should be celebrated. They also knew that the players on both teams are good friends, not only in school but outside of school too. Plus these two teams often practice together. They decided the best solution was to go ahead and play the game but declare the teams co-champs!  That’s a wonderful example of sportsmanship and of the CYC Spirit!!

                                          

  • Zach Spalding, a 6th grade baseball player for Queen of All Saints was also recognized for his sportsmanship and determination during their Archdiocesan Championship game against St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. For those old enough to remember former major league pitcher Jim Abbott, Zach was a flashback to him when he pitched.  He is a left-handed pitcher who holds his glove in his right arm when he pitches.  As soon as he releases the pitch, he puts the glove on his left hand and is ready to field his position, which he did once during his two strong innings of work on the mound.  Congratulations to Zach for being an inspiration to all who watched the game!
  • There are many CYC volunteers who do tons of work behind the scenes and are never recognized for their hard work.  These volunteers are the ones who make all the games possible.  They are the backbone of the CYC organization. The CYC would like to recognize Mark Bozich, grounds keeper at Queen of All Saints for his (and his crew's) hours of work they did on the baseball field to get it ready to play after 3 inches of rain on a recent Sunday morning.  This is behind the scenes Sportsmanship at its best!

A reminder to all coaches, parents, officials, players and fans to keep a lookout for any Random Act of Sportsmanship you might see at your games.  Just email buzzswanston@archstl.org with a brief explanation of the act(s) and we will recognize those acts because we want to encourage all CYC participants to always practice Sportsmanship!  Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!

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