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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.

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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