Local teens take on tough subjects for young Catholics

Young women edit books of prayer by and for teens and college students


As editors of published books, Liz Halfmann of St. Joseph Parish in Imperial and Ellen Rosebrough of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin may not be typical first-year college students.

As teenagers, however, they found it easy to relate to the stories and prayers they compiled for their books, "Ups and Downs: Prayers By & 4 Teens" and "Faith Bound: Prayers By & 4 College Students."

Ezra the scribe reads the law of God to the people

On the first day of the seventh month, all of the people came together in the field before the place called the Water Gate. They wanted to hear Ezra, the scribe, read from the laws that God had given to their ancestors through Moses.

Standing on a wooden platform, Ezra held up the scrolls so that the people could see them as he read. On either side of him were some of the elders of the people.

Before he began to read, Ezra blessed the Lord and all of the people, who shouted, "Amen, amen!" in reply.

Are today's teens more ethical?

Whether you're a teen today or were a teen 20 years ago, there are certain issues that remain the same:

Every generation feels pressure to succeed at school. Every generation feels pressure to conform.

It's not the pressure that defines who we become; it's how we respond to those pressures.

A newly released survey shows today's teens make better decisions than those of the previous generation. Their beliefs are more ethical and responsible, and they have a greater sense of responsibility for the world around them.

Church's teaching on death can be eye-opening experience for teens

Teenagers turn to adults as models of faith in the grieving process and can appreciate the Church’s traditions in dealing with the mystery of death, according to a local educator who teaches a class on the subject.

Catholic Youth Apostolate dedicates Msgr. Louis F. Meyer Youth Center

Msgr. Meyer received a proclamation from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay at the dedication ceremony of the Msgr. Meyer Youth Center Oct. 25

The archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate honored a CYC legend this weekend with the dedication of a newly designated center for youth activities.

The Msgr. Louis F. Meyer Youth Center at Magdalen was dedicated after an Oct. 25 Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in South St. celebration of the priest’s 90th birthday. Msgr. Meyer served as associate director of the Catholic Youth Council from 1947-60 and director from 1960-78. He also was pastor at St. Mary Magdalen from 1966-1985.

About 375 people attended last weekend’s festivities.

“This is our way of saying thank you (to Msgr. Meyer) for being a part of our history,” said Msgr. John Borcic, executive director of the Catholic Youth Apostolate and current pastor of St. Mary Magdalen. “We wanted to dedicate the building to him … because of his long service and so many people he’s touched at both places — both at CYC and the parish — and his work in the community as well. There are so many people who have benefited from his 65 years of service as a priest.”

The youth center, located at 4354 S. Kingshighway Blvd., initially was built in 1949 as a parish center for St. Mary Magdalen. The Catholic Youth Apostolate purchased the building and field from the parish in 2008 for $700,000.

Nationally known Catholic singer to give free performance

Artist  has recorded songs about Christmas,  saints and the Catholic  faith

In her quest to find something to boost Catholic teens’ understanding of the real presence in the Eucharist, Nancy Rogers stumbled upon an unlikely source.

Rogers, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School parent, was seeking a way to bring a renewed awareness of the importance of eucharistic adoration among students at the Washington, Mo., school.

She planned to sponsor an event through the Guardian Angels of the Catholic Faith Association, an organization at Borgia that promotes Catholic identity at the school and knowledge of the faith. Rogers serves as president of the group, which was formed in 1997 by parents, grandparents and students.

“The students brought adoration to the school,” she said. “Watching all of this over the years, I felt like there really needed to be a renewed awareness in the real presence of the Eucharist.”

Last summer, Rogers began searching online for a motivational speaker, when a video on YouTube caught her eye.

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