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.

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.

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