youth

‘Make your voice heard’ | Pope Francis says 2018 Synod of Bishops focused on youth needs young people’s input

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for a welcoming ceremony at the 2016 World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. As the Catholic Church prepares for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people saying the Church wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the Church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism."

"Make your voice heard," the pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

West County XLT latest example of collaborative spirit in youth ministry

Known as West County XLT, the collaboration of parish-based youth ministry programs rotates at different west St. Louis County parishes. Bishop Robert Hermann was the guest speaker for the group at St. Clement of Rome Dec. 14. Dominic Dolan, 16, from St. Alban Roe Parish, prayed at adoration.

The soothing sound of a guitar wafted through the church and into the vestibule at St. Clement of Rome as Breeze Bonderer and Josie Davis quietly talked.

The high school freshmen were taking a break from their end-of-semester studies to attend West County XLT at the church in Des Peres. The monthly gathering of praise and worship, adoration, confessions and a talk began in November, and rotates among seven West County parishes.

Be authentic witnesses in connecting with young people in the Church

Image

Encountering young people in an authentic way and taking a step outside of the boat, as Peter did with Jesus, are hallmarks of a fruitful youth ministry effort.

Leaders in youth ministry shared those sentiments at the seventh annual archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly Oct. 29 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Nearly 150 parish leaders, including laity, religious and clergy, attended the assembly, traditionally a time for parish representatives to share ideas and communicate with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson about the priorities of the local Church.

An ‘unforgettable experience’ | Steubenville STL Mid-America has rock-concert feel mixed with silence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Steubenville STL Mid-America conference had the look and feel of a rock concert on this day; in fact, JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus was set up as such — with a stage, three big video screens and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section.

At that evening session July 16, teens counted down — five, four, three, two, one — for the gates to open, then rushed through the concourse so quickly that their wake blew phamplets off a vocations table.

Meta Information
Image

Gymnasts learn skills to have a well-balanced life

Image

Four-year-old Vivi Miller listened to her gymnastics teacher's instruction to start her moves with her arms up.

"Now good, keep those feet together," Abby Arbas said to her student, assisting her with a handstand and a bridge. "Wow," Arbas responded in encouragement, "Good, now hop here, and jump."

It was a busy Monday at Barron Gymnastics in south St. Louis County, filled with youngsters from 14 months on up who are super-charged, having followed the Olympic trials for the U.S. gymnastics team. The gym instructs about 1,400 gymnasts a week.

U.S. pilgrims to World Youth Day reflect new Church demographics

People watch on large screens as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 26. World Youth Day organizers say the changing demographics of the church in the United States will be reflected in the pilgrims to World Youth Day in Krakow.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the Church in the U.S. has shown an increasing presence of Spanish-speaking Catholics, so will the tens of thousands of young people traveling to 2016 edition of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

"There are more groups coming from heavily Hispanic/Latino dioceses, and in a particular way from apostolic movements like Charismatic Renewal, Focolare, and others," said Paul Jarzembowski, World Youth Day USA national coordinator for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Syndicate content