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Generation Life: Young Catholics Proclaiming the Gospel of Life

This week 2,200 youth, young adults, and adult chaperones will participate in Generation Life, the OYM sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life. The trip will take place from January 17th - 21st.

Why Generation Life? Because there have been 59,800,000 abortions since Roe v Wade (1973), 15,000,000 children live under the Federal Poverty Level, 4,774,000 female victims of domestic violence per year, 1460 executions since 1976 (as of 7/15/2016.) It's time for a change. As one participant said, "When people can’t stand for themselves, we have to be the ones to do it, and I think it’s important to learn that as teenagers, we need to stand up for what we believe in."

Many people do not know that Generation Life extends far beyond the actual pilgrimage. GenLifeSTL 365 is the website that was launched as a resource for support on the daily Pro-Life journey. Created as an extension of the Generation Life movement and aimed at a youthful audience, GenLifeSTL 365 serves as a hub for any individual who wishes to celebrate, protect and care for the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

The online community provides resources for people involved in all stages of the movement, with helpful tabs for simple navigation—“Get Informed” for those who wish to learn more and stay in-the-know, “Get Active” for people who are ready to impact their communities, and “Get Help” which provides resources for persons in crisis situations.

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 young people and adults who are taking part in Generation Life, as well as for the many other pilgrims from our Archdiocese who will march for Life this year. Also, watch the GenLife Live Stream beginning Thursday Jan. 18 at 8 pm EST.

Attention Young Adults: Join Pope Francis in Panama!

World Youth Day 2016 – Krakow, Poland

Young adults are invited to join millions of pilgrims from across the globe for the largest gathering of Catholics in the world! Pope Francis has called young people to beautiful Panama City for the fifteenth international celebration of World Youth Day in January of 2019.

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will be taking young adults ages 18-35 for 8 days and 8 nights to Panama for this incredible event featuring cultural festivities, daily catechesis, a day trip to the rainforest of Soberanía National Park, and a pilgrimage walk to an evening prayer vigil and morning Mass with Pope Francis.

The group will arrive in Panama on Sunday, January 20th and return to the US on Monday, January 28th. The estimated total cost of the trip is approximately $2340.00. This will cover the cost of airfare, public transportation, WYD registration and fees, tours, food, and lodging. Registration closes January 12th and space is limited!              

Find more information or to register, visit Pilgrims must be 18 by Jan. 20th departure date. Questions? Email

Parish Registration for Totus Tuus Is Now Open!

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Parish registration for the Totus Tuus program is now open. Totus Tuus (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II's papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for grade school age children and middle and high school youth.

Totus Tuus gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.

The weeklong program is offered as a day program for first through sixth graders and as an evening program for seventh through twelfth graders. Catechists will travel from parish to parish and stay with host families while presenting the program.

Joe Dobrynski, Coordinator of Faith Programs for the Office of Youth Ministry, coordinates the Archdiocesan program. He says “Totus Tuus is more than a summer camp; it’s a way of life. Through dynamic college-aged teachers who are on fire for their faith, the young people of each parish are invited into a relationship with Christ through the Sacraments, catechesis, the Rosary and a whole lot of fun!”

If you are interested in bringing Totus Tuus to your parish, visit the Totus Tuus page of the OYM website for more details and to download the Parish Information Guide, or contact Joe Dobrynski at or call (314) 792-7613.

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