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American Heritage Girls growth continues on upswing in archdiocese

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A new American Heritage Girls troop at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish launched just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

This was good timing, as the American Heritage Girls' National Catholic Committee recently announced a new Our Lady of Fatima patch for girls to earn as they learn about the historic and spiritual significance of the events at Fatima.

American Heritage Girls troops are growing

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Members of the American Heritage Girls troop at St. Clare of Assisi Parish painted faces March 4 at the parish’s fish fry. Olivia Kallaos, Kate Kozeny and Emaline Guntli, students at St. Clare of Assisi School, painted a ‘zombie’ face on Msgr. Kevin Callahan.

Kelly Dean learned more about God's creation in the most direct way possible — she spent a couple of nights camping under the stars.

Not a bad deal for the sixth-grader, who was working on the Daughter of the King badge as part of her American Heritage Girls troop.

"We had an hour of praise one night and got to walk around and draw pictures of examples of God's grace," said Kelly, a member of Troop MO1125 at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville. "We read passages from the Bible and shared what they meant to us." They also painted a mural of examples of God's creation.

Pastors, scout leaders begin to assess future of Girl Scouts

Two weeks since Archbishop Robert J. Carlson issued a letter expressing concerns about Girl Scouts, pastors and scout leaders have begun to discuss the future of scouting in parishes.

The Feb. 18 letter was the latest in a years-long series of communications with Catholics in the archdiocese about concerns with the values and policies of Girl Scouts USA, which Archbishop Carlson has said are "becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values."

Abp. Carlson pushes for switch to Girl Scout alternatives

A new Catholic Committee for Girls Formation is being charged with ministry to all girls in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the new committee in a Feb. 18 letter to priests, scout leaders and the faithful of the archdiocese. The letter reiterated the ongoing concerns with the values and policies of Girl Scouts USA, which he said are "becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values."

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Catholic Youth Apostolate to form committee for American Heritage Girls

Members of the American Heritage Girls troop at Immacolata Parish packed birthday bags for the Wellston Center food pantry in north city. From left, Gabbi Campanella, Ellie Geoghegan, Kate Dolan and Emerson Shea put candles, party horns and cake mixes in the bags.

In response to a growing interest in American Heritage Girls in the archdiocese, the Catholic Scouting Ministry Office is forming a special committee to support American Heritage Girls troops in area parishes.

Archdiocese encourages support of faith-based scouting programs

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is encouraging parishes to support faith-based organizations for girls, including Little Flowers Girls' Club and American Heritage Girls.

"From Baptism, our parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith. And at this tender age, we want to make sure that they're being influenced in a positive way regarding the faith," said Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice.

As a result, the archdiocese will be asking pastors in the years to come to welcome these faith-based groups into their parishes, said Bishop Rice.

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