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Girls Encounter Weekend

A weekend of Fun, Faith, Friends, Live Music and plenty of time to relax in the beautiful outdoors!

2014 Girls Encounter Weekend

“Renew and Rejoice Spa”

Who: Catholic Girl Scouts, American Hertiage, and ALL girls 7th through 12th grade during 2014-15 school year.

What: A weekend to relax, renew and rejoice. Come enjoy live music, a tantalizing menu and a faith-filled weekend with friends.

When: August 15 - 17, 2014 Check in Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Ends Sunday at Noon with a Family Mass!

Where: Girl Scout Camp Fiddlecreek located in Gray Summit, Missouri

Cost: Early Bird Registration (July 15, 2014) is $50. After July 15, cost is $55. This price includes lodging, meals, cool T-Shirt and fun!

Health Forms: Youth and Adults must provide us with a health history form from the Scouting Organization in which you are a member. If you are not a member of a Scouting Organization, we have a General Archdiocesan Adult/Youth Health history form attached below for your use.

Youth Staff: We are looking for high school age girls who are in touch with their faith and desire to help plan and guide the youth on this retreat. You will be part of the planning team, attend planning sessions and have fun!  Participant cost above applies to youth staff as well. 

Adult Staff: We need adults to help throughout the weekend. All adults must be in compliance with the Archdiocesan requirements. $40 per person to cover lodging, meals, and T-Shirt.

Interested in being on Staff? Contact Jennifertrousdale@archstl.org and we will let you know when the planning meetings are scheduled.

Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry and the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts

 Register Now Online or Print Out a Registration Form Below!

Message of Pope Francis


Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter

[Sunday, 1 June 2014]


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours.  Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent.  Nonetheless, divisions, which are sometimes quite deep, continue to exist within our human family.  On the global level we see a scandalous gap between the opulence of the wealthy and the utter destitution of the poor.  Often we need only walk the streets of a city to see the contrast between people living on the street and the brilliant lights of the store windows.  We have become so accustomed to these things that they no longer unsettle us.  Our world suffers from many forms of exclusion, marginalization and poverty, to say nothing of conflicts born of a combination of economic, political, ideological, and, sadly, even religious motives.

In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all.  Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately, to grow in unity.  The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.  We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.  A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive.  Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.  The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.  This is something truly good, a gift from God.

This is not to say that certain problems do not exist.  The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement, and this does not make for more balanced and proper forms of self-expression.  The variety of opinions being aired can be seen as helpful, but it also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests.  The world of communications can help us either to expand our knowledge or to lose our bearings.  The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbours, from those closest to us.  We should not overlook the fact that those who for whatever reason lack access to social media run the risk of being left behind.

While these drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media; rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement.  What is it, then, that helps us, in the digital environment, to grow in humanity and mutual understanding?  We need, for example, to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm.  This calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen.  We need also to be patient if we want to understand those who are different from us.  People only express themselves fully when they are not merely tolerated, but know that they are truly accepted.  If we are genuinely attentive in listening to others, we will learn to look at the world with different eyes and come to appreciate the richness of human experience as manifested in different cultures and traditions.  We will also learn to appreciate more fully the important values inspired by Christianity, such as the vision of the human person, the nature of marriage and the family, the proper distinction between the religious and political spheres, the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, and many others.

How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?  What does it mean for us, as disciples of the Lord, to encounter others in the light of the Gospel?  In spite of our own limitations and sinfulness, how do we draw truly close to one another?  These questions are summed up in what a scribe – a communicator – once asked Jesus: “And who is my neighbour?” (Lk10:29).  This question can help us to see communication in terms of “neighbourliness”.  We might paraphrase the question in this way: How can we be “neighbourly” in our use of the communications media and in the new environment created by digital technology?  I find an answer in the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is also a parable about communication.  Those who communicate, in effect, become neighbours.  The Good Samaritan not only draws nearer to the man he finds half dead on the side of the road; he takes responsibility for him.  Jesus shifts our understanding: it is not just about seeing the other as someone like myself, but of the ability to make myself like the other.  Communication is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God.  I like seeing this power of communication as “neighbourliness”.

Whenever communication is primarily aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others, we are dealing with a form of violent aggression like that suffered by the man in the parable, who was beaten by robbers and left abandoned on the road.  The Levite and the priest do not regard him as a neighbour, but as a stranger to be kept at a distance.  In those days, it was rules of ritual purity which conditioned their response.  Nowadays there is a danger that certain media so condition our responses that we fail to see our real neighbour.

It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters.  We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves.  We need to love and to be loved.  We need tenderness.  Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication.  The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness.  The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.  The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others.  Personal engagement is the basis of the trustworthiness of a communicator.  Christian witness, thanks to the internet, can thereby reach the peripheries of human existence.

As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first.  Those “streets” are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively.  The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope.  By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone.  We are called to show that the Church is the home of all.  Are we capable of communicating the image of such a Church?  Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church; today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ.  In the area of communications too, we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts. 

Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to others “by patiently and respectfully engaging their questions and their doubts as they advance in their search for the truth and the meaning of human existence” (BENEDICT XVI, Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013).  We need but recall the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus.  We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes, and to bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, God incarnate, who died and rose to free us from sin and death.  We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert.  To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective.  Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.

May the image of the Good Samaritan who tended to the wounds of the injured man by pouring oil and wine over them be our inspiration.  Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.  May the light we bring to others not be the result of cosmetics or special effects, but rather of our being loving and merciful “neighbours” to those wounded and left on the side of the road.  Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world.  The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.  She needs to be a Church at the side of others, capable of accompanying everyone along the way.  The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.

From the Vatican, 24 January 2014, the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales.





Encounter Weekend 2014


Who:  All Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts

What: A weekend of camping and outdoor fun with friends, challenging games, hiking, and activity stations in the woods. There will be live praise and worship music, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, and Mass.

Where: Beaumont Scout Ranch

When: September 19-21, 2014

Cost: Grade School Program-$25, High School Program-$30

Scouter Development: The Scouter Development Training Program will be offered for adults on Saturday, September 20 from 9am-3:30pm. This program fulfills a requirement for local and national quality unit awards. Two-4-One: if your unit is registered for the weekend, come to the program free of charge. All other adults are welcome to come for $10. Lunch will be provided.

Sign up online at www.catholicscoutingstl.org/register

Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry and the Catholic Committee on Boy Scouts

St. George Trek 2015


July 8 - July 23, 2015

The St. George Trek, sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, is a biennial high adventure Catholic leadership program at Philmont Scout Ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains in Cimarron, New Mexico.  Only selected Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members get to attend the national two-week faith-filled hiking adventure, as each diocese in the United States is allowed to send only two participants each.  This year, Thomas was the only participant from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was sponsored in full by the generosity of a Catholic Committee on Scouting member.  For the next Trek in 2015, the NCCS has already granted the Archdiocese of St. Louis two full-ride scholarships for our selected participants!  If you know of anyone that would be interested in attending in 2015, have them contact the Office of Catholic Scouting.

 Attached bellow is the application for the 2015 St. George Trek.

Here is Thomas Hogan's full story in the St. Louis Review>>> Witnessing the 'Grandeur of God'.

Check out the National Catholic Commite on Scouting webpage for more information on the trek.

Catholic Youth Event stl250 Celebration

Here is a flyer to share with your unit, family, friends, parish, and at events!

Trained Moderators please read!


Important information for after you have been trained!

Trained Moderators please read!

New this year!!!!

Please register each girl that is working on the MFD program by clicking on the following secure link.

Register your girls here: http://ocs.llwebdev.com/NewRegistrant.php

This information will be used to send communications, generating certificates, name tags and for the program booklet at the prayer service on Presentation Sunday at the Cathedral.

Need prayers?

Every morning at 10am, all the offices within the Catholic Youth Apostolate come together to pray. We would like to pray for you and for your intentions. Please visit our Prayer Corner to submit your intentions, and we will voice those intentions for you, unless you want them private, every morning.

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