Catholic Scouting Blogs

Presentation Sunday

When: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Where: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Who is honored: Young girls and adult leaders are recognized for their achievements in participation and completion of our faith formation programs, empowering young women to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and stregthening youth ministry in and out of catholic scouting programs.

Nominations are still being accepted until February 23rd for St.Elizabeth Ann Seton Adult Award and St. Ann Adult Award

Questions, please contact Joe Dobrynski at 314-792-7613 or joedobrynski@archstl.org

Mary, the First Disciple Moderator Training

Moderator training for the Mary, the First Disciple Award is on Thursday, February 16th from 7-9pm at the Rigali Center. Register here: http://registration.stlyouth.org/form/mary-first-disciple-moder

Mary, the First Disciple Moderator Training

Moderator training for the Mary, the First Disciple Award is on Thursday, October 13th from 7-9pm at the Rigali Center. Register here: http://registration.stlyouth.org/form/mary-first-disciple-moder

Women of Our Catholic Faith Workshop

A Great Model To Minister To Youth!

Blog written by Adrienne Vonder Haar

Women of FaithSacred Heart Parish of Valley Park welcomed 60 girls ranging in age from Kindergarten through seventh grade on January 11th to the second “Women of Our Catholic Faith” workshop. The workshop was a three-hour event that encompassed learning about three women of our faith: St. Gianna, St. Mary Magdalene and Sarah. The programming was provided by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry of the St. Louis Catholic Youth Apostolate for each of the women studied as a part of their Catholic Identity patch series.

Fleece BlanketsThe girls were led through a series of rotations to explore each of these women. Activities and crafts were provided throughout and they also participated in a service project tying fleece blankets to donate to the Good Shepherd Center. Through the work of volunteers, support from Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Group, SHP Men and Ladies Club and the parish school, the workshop was provided at minimal cost to the families who participated.

The workshop was founded by a group of parish women and Girl Scout leaders with the hope that through exposure, the girls would take away valuable faith related lessons from the stories and history of the women presented each year. Besides being a great Parish community event for the girls of the parish and the area Girl Scout organization, the hope is that learning about women who are role models from the Bible and from the legion of Saints will empower girls to participate fully in their faith growing up and realize that all women have a significant role in the Church and a vocation within it.

Event coordinators this year were Pat Snyder, Emily Henderson, Christine Hendricks, Karen Rasure, Sharon Arnzen and Adrienne Vonder Haar.

More Info

Are you interested in using this model for a way of ministering to youth in your parish? The Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry can support you with their programs. You can contact them by phone at 314-792-7613 or by emailing jennifertrousdale@archstl.org. You can also find more information online at www.catholicscoutingstl.org.

Pat Snyder was one of the main coordinators for the past two years at her parish and she is willing to share with anyone who wants to get the program stated at your parish! Contact Pat at 636-343-6644 or by email at pfsnyder@sbcglobal.net.

I Can Make Things BETTER!

“Why We March”

A few weeks ago, our Venturing crew went to Washington DC as part of the Generation Life pilgrimage. Our purpose was to participate in the annual March for Life and to learn how to be more pro-life in our personal lives. The pilgrimage was a fun, spiritual, and serious trip that brought many members of my crew together.  Being one of the older members of my crew, it is sometimes hard for me to find ways to identify with the newer members of the crew.  Through spending about 36 hours on the same bus , and walking around Washington D.C. with them, both on the march and sightseeing, I got to know these people as friends. 

From the march to the Masses with Archbishop Carlson and Bishop Rice,  we got a hefty dose of what it means to be both pro-life and Catholic, simultaneously. We also heard talks from the Sisters of Life who have dedicate their lives to creating a more pro-life world.  The REAP Team also came to talk to the 8th graders about how to help friends experiencing difficult situations in their lives, while a man from the Radiance Foundation spoke to the high schoolers about how we could promote pro-life ideas as we lived our daily lives.

On a more personal level, going on this trip helped me learn more about myself and how I can affect the lives of others.  It helped me realize how I can change many problems or help many good situations just by speaking up, something I rarely do.  I have realized that in speaking up I can change the world for the better.  This trip has helped me to grow in my faith as well as in my crew.  I have grown to realize more of who I am and what I can do for others.

All in all, this trip helped my group and myself to better understand each other, our faith, and what it means to be pro-life Catholics in a secular world. This is what Venturing is all about - venturing out of our comfort zone to make the world a better place.

Luke Szatkowski

Venturing Crew 2116

St. Justin Martyr Parish

Catholic Scouting Ministry To Host “Day Of Recollection”

What Is Day Of Recollection?

Catholic Scouting Ministry will host its annual Day Of Recollection on Saturday, December 6th at the newly-renovated Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. This day-long event will be packed with fun faith-building activities, games, adventure, guest speakers, and of course food! The day will conclude with Mass at 4pm in the Kenrick-Glennon Auditorium.

Who Is Attending?

This event is available to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, with two separate programs offered for grade school and high school youth. It is particularly beneficial for scouts who are working on Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII faith formation programs. Families are invited to joint participants for Mass at 4pm.

Event Summary

Vocations:

A talk about vocation will be given to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts by Fr. Brian Fallon. Scouts in grade school and high school will attend this talk.

High School Activities:

High school Boy and Venture Scouts will participate in activities that focus on identifying common life struggles, and how to respond as Christians. They will learn the need to continually rebuild their spiritual defenses in order to deal with their struggles. In addition, the activities will focus on helping the scouts become more self-aware, so they will know how their actions affect others.

Grade School Activities:

Grade school Boy Scouts will spend the day touring the seminary, participating in a scavenger hunt, attending Mass, and making Christmas cards for seminarians and retired priests. These activities will focus on the topics of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, as well as growing a deeper understanding of the Mass and sacramentals.

Adult Parents and Leaders:

Finally, an informational session will be offered to adults and leaders which will focus on the programs, recognitions, and retreats offered by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry.

Young Girls Grow Deeper Understanding Of Mary, Reflect On Selves

Day of Discipleship 2014

Over two hundred girls active in scouting programs around the St. Louis area gathered last week for Day of Discipleship, a day of prayer and reflection based on a faith-formation program offered by the Office Of Catholic Scouting Ministry called Mary, The First Disciple.

Mary, The First Disciple

Mary, The First Disciple is a Catholic faith-formation program that focuses on Mary as a model of openness and spirituality for young Catholic girls. Although it is popular in scouting programs, it’s available to all Catholic girls in grade levels seven through twelve. The purpose of this formation program is to encourage girls to deepen their understanding of Mary as the earliest follower of Jesus. Participants worked diligently over the past year or more to complete this formation program, which will formally conclude on Presentation Sunday (March 8, 2015) when they will be awarded at the Cathedral Basilica. For more information on Mary, The First Disciple, or to purchase the project book that accompanies it, please visit the Office Of Catholic Scouting website.

Day Of Discipleship

Over 170 girls participated in Day Of Discipleship on Saturday, November 15th. The event began with a prayer service at the St. Vincent de Paul chapel in the Rigali Center. Following the prayer service, discussions took place in the form of share groups lead by trained adult moderators. By the end of the day, participants had the opportunity to develop insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. It was an opportunity for the girls to grow in appreciation of Mary and to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Girls participating in Mary, The First Disciple are required to attend Day Of Discipleship to receive their award. Girls who could not attend Day Of Discipleship had the opportunity to attend Evening Of Discipleship on Thursday, November 20th.

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