Youth

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.

For parents: How to help your teen grow in faith

It’s no easy task, but part of a Catholic parent’s responsibilities is to raise their child as an active member of the Church. These youth ministers share their advice to parents on how to help teens stay involved as members of the Body of Christ:

Steubenville conference kicks off with a bang

A photo of the monstrance during Eucharistic Adoration last Saturday night. Two thousand teens spent an hour in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

More than 2,000 teens from the Midwest and throughout the United States were at the annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conference last weekend in Springfield, Mo.

Held on the campus of Missouri State University, the conference was the first of two to be held this summer.

The second conference begins today, July 17, and concludes Sunday, July 19. Another 2,000 are expected to attend. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is expected to celebrate the closing Mass July 19.

The conferences are sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry.

The conferences are sacrament-oriented and include Mass and eucharistic adoration. Nearly 50 priests also are expected to be on hand during the two weekends to provide the Sacrament of Confession. 

Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conferences to begin this weekend

Beginning this weekend, more than 4,000 teens from the Midwest and elsewhere in the United States will convene for the 11th annual Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conference.

Two conferences will take place July 10-12 and 17-19 on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. The event is sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry.

This year’s theme is “Above All,” from 1 Chronicles 29:11: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.”

The conferences are sacrament-oriented and include Mass and eucharistic adoration. More than 40 priests also are expected to be on hand during the two weekends to provide the Sacrament of Confession. 

“It’s grounded in the sacraments, and I believe that’s what teenagers are hungry for today, and is a true sign of who they are,” coordinator Rosanne Twellman said.

Project Life teens make most out of service week

Teens participating in Project Life painted the walls last week at Peter and Paul Community Services' emergency shelter in the basement of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Soulard.

The feet washers united on “A Simple Path” at Project Life last week.

That was this year’s theme for Project Life, the annual weeklong service retreat sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate’s Office of Youth Ministry. The program is among the office’s most popular events, and spaces fill up quickly.

Young Catholic evangelist shares message of God's love with students

Catholic evangelist Justin Fatica said he believes his goal in life is to bring the gift of the Catholic faith to the entire world.

Fatica was in St. Louis last week, where he visited with several parishes, schools and youth groups. The 30-year-old, based in Syracuse, N.Y., co-founded and directs Hard As Nails Ministry, an evangelization team whose ministers travel across the country to inspire young Catholics in their faith.

His presentations often are described as high-energy and cover topics relevant to teens, including relationships with family and friends, self-esteem, depression, suicide and sex.

While in town, Fatica also promoted his new book, “Hard As Nails: A Mission to Awaken Youth to the Power of God’s Love,” which was released in February through Doubleday Publishing. Publishers Weekly ranked it the top seller among Catholic paperback books for March. 

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