Catholic students in Arnold learn disaster response skills

The eighth-grade class from Holy Child School in Arnold attended a two-day course Sept. 17 and 18 to be part of a Community Emergency Response Team for teenagers, or  Teen CERT.

The class was conducted at the Immaculate Conception parish center by the Rock Community Fire Protection District. It taught the teens how to be prepared in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake or tornado. Students were taught light search and rescue as well as first aid and putting out small fires using a fire extinguisher.

Respect Life Apostolate to hold youth leadership conference in October

The archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate is sponsoring a pro-life youth leadership conference for high school teens next month.

The youth conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Busch Student Center on the campus of St. Louis University in Midtown St. Louis. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
The theme is “Defend Life: Empowering Teens with the Knowledge and Practical Skills to Defend the Culture of Life.”

The event is being co-sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate and its Office of Youth Ministry and St. Louis University’s Students for Life organization.

Featured speaker will be Melanie Welsch-Pritchard, educational director of the Life Educational Corporation and founder of and Refuge Clothing Co.

Respect Life Apostolate works with schools on pro-life issues

When the school bell rings this fall, Catholic youths across the archdiocese will have a chance to strengthen their understanding of pro-life issues, thanks to programming through the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate.

Education “is one of the four pillars of our apostolate,” said director Beth Lauver. “We feel this is very important, because if we can bring up more young people who care about life issues and understand the issues from an early age, then we will affect the culture positively.”

The numerous youth education programs offered through the apostolate are not required programming for schools; nevertheless, many are finding ways to incorporate them into their students’ activities.

Placing Jesus above all: Teens made a commitment to Christ

Fr. Brian Fischer processed with the Eucharist through the Hammons Hall on Saturday night during Adoration.

Clare Ernst never knew how much the Holy Spirit would touch her over the years.

As a youth minister at Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Mattese, Ernst has taken a group of teens to the annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conference every year since the event began in St. Louis 11 years ago.

“The first year that I went, I was going thinking I’m a brand new youth minister, and I’m just going as a chaperone,” she said. “I never anticipated how much the Holy Spirit would work in my life. When you see the teens in love with Jesus, it’s amazing.”

Earlier this month, more than 4,000 teens converged at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., for two weekends of Steubenville conferences. The annual event is sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry.

The conferences are sacrament-oriented and include Mass and eucharistic adoration, as well as the Sacrament of Confession. There also were speakers and entertainment, including Auxiliary Bishop Robert Hermann, “Bible Geek” Mark Hart of Life Teen International, Paul Masek of the REAP Team, Father Brian Fischer of the Office of Youth Ministry, and Adam Bitter and friends.

Beyond Steubenville for teens

Steubenville is over. Now what? It can be a challenge for teens to keep growing in faith, long after the excitement of a youth event has passed. These Catholic teens from the archdiocese share what they do to keep the fires of faith alive.

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