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Prayers for Generation LIFE

Youth and young adults from the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for the Annual March for Life.  In the 41 years since Roe v Wade, tens of thousands of young people from our archdiocese have traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the annual Pro-Life March to tell our government leaders and our nation that abortion must end. 

This year, the Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry and Office of Young Adult Ministry have about 2000 young people particpating in the March, and even more pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are attending on their own. You can follow Generation LIFE online via the Generation LIFE blog.

Pope Francis said, “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!” Please pray for all the unborn children and for their parents and for all the young people and adults participating in the March. They stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.

Catholic Scouting Ministry To Host “Day Of Recollection”

Day of Recollection

What Is Day Of Recollection?

Catholic Scouting Ministry will host its annual Day Of Recollection on Saturday, December 6th at the newly-renovated Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. This day-long event will be packed with fun faith-building activities, games, adventure, guest speakers, and of course food! The day will conclude with Mass at 4pm in the Kenrick-Glennon Auditorium.

Who Is Attending?

This event is available to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, with two separate programs offered for grade school and high school youth. It is particularly beneficial for scouts who are working on Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII faith formation programs. Families are invited to joint participants for Mass at 4pm.

Event Summary

Vocations:

A talk about vocation will be given to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts by Fr. Brian Fallon. Scouts in grade school and high school will attend this talk.

High School Activities:

High school Boy and Venture Scouts will participate in activities that focus on identifying common life struggles, and how to respond as Christians. They will learn the need to continually rebuild their spiritual defenses in order to deal with their struggles. In addition, the activities will focus on helping the scouts become more self-aware, so they will know how their actions affect others.

Grade School Activities:

Grade school Boy Scouts will spend the day touring the seminary, participating in a scavenger hunt, attending Mass, and making Christmas cards for seminarians and retired priests. These activities will focus on the topics of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, as well as growing a deeper understanding of the Mass and sacramentals.

Adult Parents and Leaders:

Finally, an informational session will be offered to adults and leaders which will focus on the programs, recognitions, and retreats offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.

Young Girls Grow Deeper Understanding Of Mary, Reflect On Selves

Day Of Discipleship

Over two hundred girls active in scouting programs around the St. Louis area gathered last week for Day of Discipleship, a day of prayer and reflection based on a faith-formation program offered by the Office Of Catholic Scouting Ministry called Mary, The First Disciple.

Mary, The First Disciple

Mary, The First Disciple is a Catholic faith-formation program that focuses on Mary as a model of openness and spirituality for young Catholic girls. Although it is popular in scouting programs, it’s available to all Catholic girls in grade levels seven through twelve. The purpose of this formation program is to encourage girls to deepen their understanding of Mary as the earliest follower of Jesus.

Participants worked diligently over the past year or more to complete this formation program, which will formally conclude on Presentation Sunday (March 8, 2015) when they will be awarded at the Cathedral Basilica.

For more information on Mary, The First Disciple, or to purchase the project book that accompanies it, please visit the Office Of Catholic Scouting website.

Day Of Discipleship

Over 170 girls participated in Day Of Discipleship on Saturday, November 15th. The event began with a prayer service at the St. Vincent de Paul chapel in the Rigali Center. Following the prayer service, discussions took place in the form of share groups lead by trained adult moderators. By the end of the day, participants had the opportunity to develop insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. It was an opportunity for the girls to grow in appreciation of Mary and to develop a deeper understanding of themselves.

Girls participating in Mary, The First Disciple are required to attend Day Of Discipleship to receive their award. Girls who could not attend Day Of Discipleship had the opportunity to attend Evening Of Discipleship on Thursday, November 20th.

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