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CYC Volunteers to be Honored at 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.  This banquet honors the many volunteers that have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Bill Bommarito, President of Coaching Coaches, LLC will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this year's event.

Along with the Gold and Silver Boot awards for contributions to soccer in the St. Louis area, the CYC also honors each of the five "District Persons of the Year" and presents a "Sports Service" award for significant contributions to each of the following CYC sports: baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf.

The CYC Sports Banquet first began in the 1950's as a pre-match dinner for the International Soccer matches, generally between a team from Europe and a team of CYC All-Stars.  These games and the "Kick-off Dinners" were held usually the night before the game to introduce the players.  From the dinners spawned the Soccer Banquet, which was the forerunner to the CYC Sports Banquets.

You are invited to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our volunteers and the CYC program in general.  For details on how to order tickets or place an ad in the program, and for more information about the volunteers to be honored, visit the Sports Banquet page of the CYC website or call the CYC offices at (314) 792-7256.

St. Louis Young Adults to Host Men's & Women's Retreat: Exploring Spirituality in Everyday Life

The first St. Louis Young Adults Men's and Women's Retreat will be held on Saturday, October 17th! This will be a day-long retreat, planned and led by young adults with the goal of helping other young adults deepen their faith in their everyday lives.

The men's retreat will take place at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and the women's retreat will take place at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 10 am to 5 pm. There will then be a vigil Mass with both groups to conclude the retreat. Lunch and an optional breakfast will be included.

This retreat will include talks, fellowship, reconciliation and Mass; this is a great way to build community and also take time to encounter the Lord. For more details and to register, visit Office of Young Adult Ministry's page, or email

REAP Team to Host "Romantic Revolution Retreat"

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's REAP Team and Office of Youth Ministry will host the "Romantic Revolution Retreat" at the Cardinal Rigali Center on Monday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  This retreat is open to young women in grades 7 - 9 interested in learning more about relationships, romance and pure love in today's world. Teen and young adult members of The REAP Team will give testimony to the power and beauty of chastity and how only through living out this virtue can true romance be revived in our world.

Following are a few comments from young women and moms who attended last year's event:

From the teen girls:

-I loved this retreat! It was fun and full of non-stop activities. I think that young people will choose to become chaste.

-I thought it was really fun since it was explained really well.  I learned that chastity is a better way to live.

-I liked it a lot. I can actually use the information in real life.

-I thought it was great. I really like the talks. I will always remember to believe in myself.

-I thought about how much I need God in all my relationships.

From the moms

-I have to let you know the best part of the day was our drive home (approx. 35 minutes), my daughter and I had some great conversations about chastity, God, boys, school and choices!  Here's to keeping the talking going and to continuing the "Romantic Revolution."

-The talks from the teens were most memorable for me.

-I especially liked the male perspective on how men/boys view women.

-Yes, (I grew closer to God) by seeing how one little event may change the future of even one girl and how the word of chastity can be spread so easily and quickly.

Visit the REAP Team's website for more details, or if you have questions, please contact Rachel Allen at (314) 971-3153.

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