Youth

Pope asks youths to rejuvenate Church; youths ask to be heard

Pope Francis posed for a selfie at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome March 19. The meeting was in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment this October at the Vatican.

ROME — The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people to preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told about 300 young adults.

"We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move forward, to strengthen hope for the future," the pope said March 19, opening a week-long meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October.

U.S. delegates to pre-synod meeting lay out priorites

Three delegates will represent the United States at the pre-synod gathering March 19-25 at the Vatican in preparation for October's synod of bishops on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment." The three, named by the U.S.

Totus Tuus catechetical program is growing in archdiocese

Totus Tuus, a catechetical summer program for first- through 12th-graders, is growing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The program, which expanded from seven parishes last year to 11 this summer, has elements of a vacation Bible school and a mission. Taught by young adult catechists, known as "missionary teachers," participants learn what it means to share the Gospel and how to promote the faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship.

Holy Cross students get a glimpse of religious life

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Rachel Schaefer had a simple question after Sister Maryellen Tierney, CSJ, shared her vocation story.

"How did you know?" the Holy Cross Academy seventh-grader asked.

"That's a good question; how does anyone know?" said Sister Maryellen, who attended Catholic grade schools and Rosati-Kain High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1957. A depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion resonated with her.

GROWING UP CATHOLIC | What to do with unruly boys? Ask St. Don Bosco, mentor to the troubled

What to do with unruly boys? Ask St. Don Bosco, mentor to the troubled 

I recently looked in the backyard and saw my 5-year old son enthusiastically beating a tree with a giant stick. His brother, 7, was shirtless and balancing precariously on top of the swing set. The shirt, I noticed, had been discarded for good reason — it was crumpled on the ground and soaked through with mud. Where he found the mud I'll never know.

Filling bellies and minds

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Kim Davis came home one day last spring to find three neighborhood kids sitting on the front steps of her home in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

She didn't know them. They got up to scatter, and she told them, "You don't have to go anywhere." After a few minutes of conversation, the youngest asked for a nickel. The kids didn't have much food in the house, and they wanted something to eat. An older sibling chimed in, and asked if there was anything they could do to earn a little bit of money.

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