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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.

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

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