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Has God Pikachu? Popularity of Pokemon Go opens door for church evangelization

Father Thomas Keller, pastor of Assumption Parish in St. Louis visited with Pokemon game players in the church parking lot.  The Parish grounds are a hot spot for the game, and so he and his associate pastor, Father David Miloscia have used the Pokemon craze for some creative evangelization. The high school friends are Alex Koelz, Adam Salman, Blake Koelz, Alec Richardson and Brennan Moore.

The messages are posted across campus at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County:

Attention Pokemon trainers: Feeling alone? God already Pikachu!

Looking for Pokemon? Maybe God is looking for you!

Playing with cheat codes? We've got a sacrament that can fix that!


REAP Team makes a difference, with help from Annual Catholic Appeal

Rachel Allen, chastity educator for the REAP Team, tells of the difference the retreat ministry makes in the lives of young people as they hear about the love God has for them.

Personal testimonies reveal God's ability to free, love others perfectly

The worship band, headed by Ike Ndolo, lead a moment of worship during the 2014 Encounter conference.

Part of the encounter with Christ for those attending this weekend's retreat has been through personal witnesses shared by adults and other young adults.

REAP Team educator pens book on transitioning to high school

Rachel Allen was the smart kid in grade school. So when she moved on to high school, she was more than ready to shed that image. But she later realized she was wasting her gift by hiding her talents, initially afraid of how she would be treated by other students.

Allen shared that message in her first book, "The Next Step: A Catholic Teen's Guide to Surviving High School," published this month by Life Teen. Allen is a chastity educator for the REAP Team, the archdiocesan youth retreat ministry and part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

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