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CHANGE OF VENUE: Fr. Scheid Players Present "The Wizard of Oz" at Chaminade

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 36th season with The Wizard of Oz. Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Put a smile on everyone’s face and come see THE WIZARD OF OZ!

This year’s cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in St. Louis, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 29 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 36th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a change of venue for the show.  All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $14. The theater at Chaminade provides ample seating for our summer show and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. See the Ad Book Order Form for more information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 15.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Project Life Returns!

Next week, 117 teens from around the Archdiocese and their adult leaders and chaperones will participate in the Office of Youth Ministry’s annual week-long service retreat. Project Life gathers teens from various backgrounds to be transformed by the Gospel call to love one another through service to those in need. Throughout the course of the week, teens (aka "Feet Washers") come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve.

The teens and their leaders will be based out of Villa Duchesne High School and will volunteer at 31 different service sites in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and in Illinois.  These include Southside Senior Ministries, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Karen House, Our Lady’s Inn, several parish vacation Bible Schools, and LifeBridge, a camp for children with disabilities.

Please keep the teens and the many people they will be serving in your prayers. Through spiritual programming, great music, hard work, and good times Project Life has become an awesome event that allows Christ to speak and work through them in ways they would never have imagined!

Register Now for the Office of Young Adult Ministry's Encounter Conference

The Office of Young Adult Ministry's Encounter Conference is a conference specifically designed for the twenty-somethings & thirty-somethings of the Church. The Encounter Conference is a partnership between Steubenville Conferences & the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

Encounter will be May 29-31 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. A commuter registration pass is $115, and hotel registration begins at $225. 

Encounter will offer time for community and fellowship, as well as fantastic talks by Chris Stefanick, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Josh Blakesly, Katie Hartfiel, Mary Bielski & Matt Fradd. 

Last year, over five hundred young adults gathered together to encountered Christ - and each other. Sign up today! The deadline to register w/ the hotel option is April 30th. For more details, visit the Encounter Conference website or call the Office of Young Adult Ministry at (314) 792-7008.

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