catholic youth apostolate

Young people in Archstl share insights ahead of 2018 bishops’ synod

Lauren Scharmer, director of youth ministry for St. Louis Life Teen, led prayer during a meeting of the teen ministry at Bishop DuBourg High School.

For Lauren Scharmer, youth ministry is more than giving teens a place to hang out once a week to talk about their faith. The Church, she said, is there to help them understand the relational aspect of the Church — and its desire to help young people become closer in relationship with God.

Generation Life teens on the way to Washington, D.C. have got some serious #busrideprobs

Approximately 2,100 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, Catholic priests, seminarians, and other pro-life supporters will make the trek to Washington, D.C., for the 44th annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 27 as part of the “Generation Life” Pilgrimage, sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Anticipated snow storm in D.C. prompts cancellation of Generation Life pilgrimage

Teens with the group from Immaculate Conception Parish in Union.

Sometimes being pro-life means making difficult decisions.Because of a predicted snow storm in Washington, D.C., the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate cancelled its Generation Life pilgrimage to the March for Life. About 2,200 teens, adult chaperones, volunteers and staff were expected to participate in the 43rd annual march Friday, Jan. 22.

Father Scheid Players bring faith to the stage

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Msgr. Norb Ernst, right, has been involved with each of the Father Scheid Players’ previous 35 shows. He will play the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” presented July 24-26 at Chaminade College Prepatory School’s Skip Viragh Center for the Arts.

With the youngest cast members on stage, two as young as 5 years old, director Dan Karcher stressed probably the most important aspect of not only rehearsing the scene at hand but moving the night along.

"Now pay attention, not just to your parts but to the other parts as well," he said, in a paternal sort of way. "It's important to focus for the next 10 minutes."

With the pep talk complete, the cast commenced "Munchkinland," singing and dancing about the stage with Rosati-Kain senior Marie Reddy in the ruby red slippers of Dorothy.

Young adults 'Encounter' Christ


Fabian Gonzalez, of Rogers, Ark., fell from his faith after high school, partly because there was little to keep him involved in the Church after receiving the sacrament of confirmation his senior year.

That changed when a friend invited him to join XLR8 (prounounced "exhilarate"), a young adult group being formed at their parish.

Gonzalez is now vice president of the seven-member group. "It's helping me not just to find faith, but I'm going back to school, too," he said.

Registration still open for Encounter

Encounter Steubenville Young Adult Conference

At the Encounter Conference 2015, young adults from across the nation will join to raise our eyes above all earthly distractions to encounter God and one another – face to face. For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Speakers at the conference include Chris Stefanick, Father Michael Schmitz, Mary Bielski, Matt Fradd, Katie Hartfiel and Josh Blakesley. There will be celebrations of Mass, concerts, adoration and more.

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