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Project Life - Feet Washers Unite!!

Every year the Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry takes a week in June to serve those in need with over a hundred teens from around the Archdiocese of St. Louis in an event called Project Life.  This summer, Project Life will be taking place from late Sunday, June 10th to Saturday morning,  June 16th.  Throughout the course of the week, teens (a.k.a. “Feet Washers”) come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve.  Through powerful programming, hard work, sharing in the Sacraments, and great music, Project Life has given many youth groups and teens awesome experiences.

This year we will be serving the St. Louis area and staying at Ursuline Academy (341 Sappington Road).  We are excited that Ursuline Academy has welcomed us onto their campus.  With two gyms, showers, cafeteria, beautiful chapel, and much more, it will greatly serve our needs for the week!

If you would like to join us this year for Project Life, Online Group Registration is now open!  Please visit the OYM's Project Life page for more information, or if you have any questions about Project Life, please contact Tom Lancia at or 314-792-7618.

Pilgrimage to Brazil for World Youth Day 2013

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is excited to announce that its Office of Youth Ministry and Office of Young Adult Ministry are organizing a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day (WYD) in July of 2013.   The pilgramage will be from July 21 through July 29, 2013, and the cost will be $3500 per person. 

The theme for WYD 2013 is "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19).  This is going to be a powerful pilgimage that will join countless other Catholics from around the world to see and hear our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. 

On March 13, 2012 there will be two informational meetings for anyone interested in attending the pilgimage (youth group leaders, parents, young adults, etc.)  Both meetings will be held at the Cardinal Rigali Center in the Sr. Ebo Room.  The meetings will be held at 1 pm and 7 pm; both will cover the same information and will be no longer than an hour.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathleen McGovern at (314) 792-7628 / or Tom Lancia at (314) 792-7618 /, and young adults can contact Brian Miller, the Director of Young Adult Ministry at (314) 792-7083 / More information can be found on the World Youth Day page of the OYM website.

Teens Invited to XLT, Monthly Prayer Event

Once a month teens from all over the Archdiocese come together for an awesome night of prayer called "XLT."  XLT stands for "Exalt" and this program was created as an opportunity for teens to gather in community before the Blessed Sacrament. 

Over the years XLT has expanded to upwards of 200 teens and young adults gathering each fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Catherine Laboure for a night filled with talented musicians, speakers, Reconciliation, and of course, Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

Many youth ministers and leaders help organize and facilitate these monthly prayer events, which allows for a variety of teens from all over St. Louis to join. 

For more information about XLT, including upcoming dates and contact information, please visit the website of the Office of Youth Ministry.

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